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Sequoia Middle School
Home of the Eagles
9452 Hemlock Avenue
Fontana, CA  92335

(909) 357-5400
Fax: (909) 357-5419

Gorge Santiago, Principal
James Raymond, Assistant Principal

Welcome Families;

We are off to a tremendous start with many things planned to make this year a remarkable year. One of the major changes we are making this year is adopting a college atmosphere. To promote this change, we will refer to our students as scholars, and each of our buildings will be named after a university or college. Scholars will be learning about the A-G requirements and our Career and College Center (SOAR) throughout the school year. To help prepare our scholars for college and career, your son/daughter will be taking two (2) important assessments at the beginning of the year.

MAPs: MAPs (Measure of Academic Progress) is administered three (3) times a year during fall, winter, and spring. The scholars are tested in the content areas of Reading, Math, and Language. The results of these assessments are used to determine the courses your son/daughter is eligible to take. The outcome will also provide a RIT score, which identifies the grade level one is currently working at. More importantly, this assessment provides teachers information of the scholar’s strengths and weaknesses in specific areas. MAPs is a strong indicator on how your child will perform on the ACT (college entrance exam) and the type of college they might qualify for. If you would like more information, please see your scholar’s teacher.

CELDT: CELDT (California English Language Development Test) is administered to all of our English Language Learners. Scholars are tested in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking skills. The results determine your son/daughter’s English Language Development (ELD) level and the placement of an ELD class. If a scholar fulfills the requirements of achieving good grades and shows growth on both the CELDT and MAPs assessments, it is possible your child may be a candidate for reclassification. Until a scholar is reclassified they must be placed in an ELD elective, instead of an elective of their choice. Please encourage your scholar to do their best in these assessments.

We will be providing more information on these and other assessments at our Coffee with the Principal, which we hope you can attend. Our first Coffee with the Principal is Thursday, August 27th at 9:00 a.m. in our Parent Center. We hope to see you there!


Gorge Santiago

Bienvenidos Padres de Familia:

Hemos tenido un tremendo inicio de clases y estamos emocionados con muchas cosas planeadas para hacer de este año extraordinario. Uno de los primordiales cambios que estamos haciendo este año es la adopción de un ambiente universitario. Para promover este cambio, nos referiremos a nuestros estudiantes como erudito, y cada uno de nuestros edificios llevará el nombre de una universidad o colegio. Los estudiosos van a aprender acerca de los requisitos AG y distintas carreras por medio del centro de universidad (SOAR) durante el año escolar. Para ayudar a preparar a nuestros estudiantes para la universidad y la carrera, su hijo / a va a tomar dos (2) evaluaciones importantes al principio de año.

MAP’s: La prueba MAP’s (Medida de Progreso Académico) se administra tres (3) veces al año durante el otoño, invierno y primavera. Las pruebas medirán las áreas de Lectura, Matemáticas y Lengua de los eruditos. Los resultados de estas evaluaciones se utilizan para determinar los cursos que su hijo/a es va a tomar. El resultado también proporcionará una puntuación RIT, que identifica el nivel de grado en el cual el erudito está actualmente trabajando. Más importante aún, esta evaluación proporciona a los maestros la información de las fortalezas y debilidades en áreas específicas de cada alumno. MAP es un importante indicador de cómo su hijo/a va a realizar en el ACT (examen de ingreso a la universidad) y el tipo de universidad que podrían calificar. Si desea más información, consulte el maestro de su hijo/a.

CELDT: CELDT (Examen de Desarrollo del Idioma Inglés) se administra a todos nuestros Estudiantes de Aprendizaje de Ingles. Los eruditos son examinados en las habilidades de lectura, escritura, escuchar y hablar. Los resultados determinan el nivel en que su hijo/a está desarrollando del Idioma Inglés (ELD) y determina en cual clase de ELD será inscrito. Si un erudito cumple con los requisitos para lograr buenas notas y muestra un crecimiento tanto en el CELDT como la prueba de MAP’s, es posible que su hijo/a pueda ser un candidato para la reclasificación. Hasta que se reclasificado todo erudito debe estar en una clase de ELD, en lugar de una clase electiva de su elección. Por favor anime a su erudito de hacer lo mejor en estas evaluaciones.

Vamos a proporcionar más información sobre estas y otras evaluaciones en nuestro Café con el Director, esperamos que pueda asistir. Nuestro primer Café con el Director será el Jueves, 27 de agosto a las 9:00 am en el Centro de Padres. ¡Esperamos verlos ahí!


Sr. Santiago

8/17/2015 12:00 AM Intramural Volleyball  
9/3/2015 6:00 PM AVID Parent Night  
9/4/2015 7:30 AM SPD - Wear Red & Black 
Show your school spirit on Sequoia Pride Day - now called SPD!!  Wear red & black on purpose & ASB will see which class will win each week!
9/4/2015 8:20 AM Renaissance Rally  
9/7/2015 12:00 AM Labor Day Holiday - No School 
All FUSD schools and offices will be closed.
9/8/2015 12:00 AM CELDT Testing  
9/9/2015 12:00 AM Blood Drive 
9/11/2015 12:00 AM SPD - Wear Red & Black 
Show your school spirit on Sequoia Pride Day - now called SPD!!  Wear red & black on purpose & ASB will see which class will win each week!
9/17/2015 2:00 PM ELAC Meeting 
9/18/2015 12:00 AM SPD - Wear Red & Black 
Show your school spirit on Sequoia Pride Day - now called SPD!!  Wear red & black on purpose & ASB will see which class will win each week!
(More Events...)
CELDT Testing 
by Gorge Santiago
 8/13/2015 1:46 PM
MAPs Testing 
by Gorge Santiago
 8/13/2015 1:45 PM
School Safety 
by Gorge Santiago
 8/13/2015 1:29 PM
Forgotten Items  
by Gorge Santiago
 8/13/2015 1:19 PM
Letter to Parents - Traffic FlowAttachment 
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 7/27/2015 11:13 AM
(More Announcements...)

Recognitions for the Month of January 2015

Fernando Iribe
Student of the Month

Fernando is a 2nd year AVID student that has made great strides this year! He has matured as a student and is earning high grades this year. In AVID he is a role model in tutorials often leading the group and asking amazing higher level questions to his peers to pushing them to better learning. He works to his full potential and has learned that he will continue to find great success by completing his assignments to the best of his ability. He always gives his best effort.
Mr. Raymond Santibanez
Teacher of the Month

This is the 12th year that Mr. Santibanez has been at Sequoia. He currently teaches Language Arts and Social Studies. In addition to teaching Language Arts and Social Studies, he is also the PLCF for 7th Grade Social Studies and volunteers after school to coach the boys and girls soccer teams. Mr. Santibanez is a former student from Fontana Unified and is passionate about seeing students succeed. His commitment to our students and school is evident in his willingness to help set up the Computer Lab for MAPs testing for his peers and helping in whatever manner he can.
Ms. Barbara Rainey
Staff Member of the Month

Ms. Rainey is the Health Assistant at Sequoia Middle school. Whether dealing with a broken ankle or the common cold, students at Sequoia know that Ms. Rainey is always there for them. This is Ms. Rainey’s 12th year at Sequoia, and we are fortunate to have her here
Ms. Maria Andrade
Parent of the Month

Maria Andrade is one of our parents’ volunteer that faithfully helps us every Tuesday. She is part of our “Eagle Eyes” and, English Language Advisory Committee. She constantly improves herself attending district and school offered workshops’. Even though she has a quiet personality, she is very friendly and always willing to share a smile, and her delicious Mexican “antojitos”.
Click here to see the Monthly Recognition Archive.​​
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