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  • A Message from the Principal Welcome to March, everyone! The second trimester has come to a close,

    and we are in the home stretch of the 2013-14 school year; that doesn’t mean we don’t have

    a lot to still complete, however.

    March is a busy month on campus for our students and staff alike. Starstruck Show-

    case practice begins the first week of March in preparation for the show on April 8th & 9th.

    Also, our students will continue to prepare for pilot testing of the new Smarter Balanced

    Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests that will accompany the new Common Core stand-

    ards. Those tests will be much more demanding than the old CST tests and will be done en-

    tirely on computer. To help schools prepare for the first wave of testing in 2014-2015,

    schools will be taking pilot tests in late April & early May. In addition to the these state sanc-

    tioned pilot tests, this month we will be doing additional test preparation by going to the

    SBAC site and walking the kids through the on-line sample questions to help familiarize them

    with the styles and complexity of the questions. Please see the accompanying “Common

    Core/SBAC Parent Info” letter that will provide more important preparation infor-

    mation. Also, The next Parent Info Night, “Unpacking Common Core Standards”, has

    been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1st. Our guest presenters from the Placer County Of-

    fice of Education (Jennifer Palmer & Andy Wood) will walk you through the history and de-

    velopment of the new national standards and the SBAC testing; we’ll also let you know what

    we’ve been doing over the last three years as a district to get both students and staff ready

    for the new Common Core standards.

    In addition to continued Common Core/SBAC preparation, our staff will be com-

    pleting their Love & Logic training this month. So far, the response has been very positive,

    and it has been a great compliment to the parent course that many of us have just complet-

    ed. We are also in the beginning stages of implementing our new Positive Behavior, Inter-

    vention, & Supports (PBIS) program. This world-renowned program emphasizes re-

    warding positive behaviors to help teach our students the behaviors we’d like them to

    demonstrate at school, at home, and in their everyday lives. In conjunction with a revised,

    consistent discipline plane and our Love & Logic training, we expect PBIS to help us create an

    even better overall school climate and to do even more to help us develop the character of

    our little Tigers in the years to come!

    And lastly, I wanted to give you all another update on the progress of our security

    camera purchase. I have spoken with our interim Director of Technology; he has assured

    me that the cameras will be purchased, but the final project may not get completed until

    summer. Thanks again to those of you who have contributed to our Safety Fund; anyone else

    who is interested may still contribute.

    Warmest Regards,

    Rey Cubias Go Tigers!

    Tiger Tales M A R C H 2 0 1 4 V O L U M E 3 , I S S U E 6

    CAL ENDAR

    3/3

    TK & Kinder Registration

    Forms Available (Must show

    proof of residency)

    3/6

    PTC General Mtg. 3-4 in the

    Library

    3/7

    2nd Trimester Report

    Cards Come Home

    3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28

    Tiger Tracks Running Club

    & Adult Hoops Afterschool

    3/10

    “Sami’s Circuit” Health

    Assembly

    3/11

    TK & Kinder Registration

    Day at 8:30 am in the Multi

    (Doors open at 6:30 am)

    3/13

    “Sami’s Circuit” Circuit

    Day

    3/22

    PTC Sponsored Daddy-

    Daughter Dance - “Neon

    Glow”

  • This is an exciting time for everyone at Twelve Bridges Elementary School

    As you may already know, we, along with thousands of schools across California, are partici-

    pating in a field test of a modern assessment system designed to help shape teaching and learn-

    ing in the classroom. Known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Pro-

    gress – or CAASPP – these computer-based tests replace the STAR program.

    These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which Cali-

    fornia adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared

    for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.

    Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow

    students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this oppor-

    tunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assess-

    ments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need.

    Finally and importantly, this year also gives your student an opportunity to try out the new sys-

    tem without consequences. All of this combined means that we will not be capturing scores this

    year. Instead, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full

    launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.

    Our next step in that transition is to administer the field test to students in 3rd through 5th

    grades over a two week period from mid-April to early May. If you want to see what types of

    questions students will be asked or how the test will be presented, there are practice tests and

    training tests available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp and https://

    sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/login.aspx?c=SBAC_PT. You are strongly encouraged to pull up

    those tests and review and practice them with your students.

    If you would like more information, please visit the California Department of Education Smart-

    er Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp. If you have any

    questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact me at (916)434-5220.

    Sincerely,

    Rey Cubias

    Principal

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/login.aspx?c=SBAC_PT https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/login.aspx?c=SBAC_PT http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp

  • Twelve Bridges Elementary PTC General Meeting, March 6, 2014

    Agenda

    Review Minutes

    Review Budget

    Mother/Son minute to win it recap

    Daddy/Daughter Dance

    Bingo Night

    Technology

    Misc.

    Upcoming Events:

    March —Red Robin Restaurant Night

    March 22nd 6-8pm Daddy/Daughter Dance

    April 4th—6-8pm Family Bingo Night

    April 9 & 10—Starstruck Showcase

    May 9th—Spell-a-thon

    May 16th—Movie Night