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February 2021
*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS*
 "Staying Sane: Tips for Parenting in Unprecedented Times" series. There are several videos that could be helpful to families. 

The link to the video library is here:
https://www.uctv.tv/education/staying-sane/
There is good in every day. 💙

Mr. D made a short video so you can meet him and hear more about the sessions.
Click here to see the video.
*Please register by using OPS or the links below (if paying out of pocket.) If you have questions specifically about the classes, please reach out to Mr. D directly at dennis@mrdmath.com. If you have questions about payment or OPS order, please reach out to your ToR.
Links to Register:

Grade 6.       Grade 8

 CAASPP test prep sessions are offered through March! Please note the dates below by grade level and mark your calendars. 
Calling all scientists!
Don't forget to sign up to be a student presenter at our science fair. 
March Field Trips are open for registration!
Remember to sign into your field trip account
on the school's 
website to register. 
Don't forget to sign up for our inquiry workshops!
Visit the 
PS post for more info. 
Congratulations to Christian G., Joshua H., and Noah R. who made it all the way to the semi-finals of the CoderZ League Pro Playoffs and placed 3rd place out of 64 teams! 👏 Our team did an amazing job creating a solid code for the tournament.Way to go!
New for Excel Academy Students~Big/Little Buddies!
  • Teacher of Record chaperoned virtual session
  • Opportunity for High School student volunteer hours
  • Socialize, share hobbies & talents 
  • Learn from others & have fun
Buddy Program Interest Form
The STEMapalooza Student Conference is on February 24th.

STEMapalooza is a virtual STEM experience for ALL of San Bernardino and Riverside County 4th - 8th-grade students.The purpose of STEMapalooza is to provide students with exciting STEM learning experiences that expose students to STEM careers, the essential skills those careers require, and the pathways that lead to them. This free virtual experience will feature engaging keynote speakers, STEM lessons, career exploration, and informative videos from local industry professionals, STEM-related high school pathways, and STEM-related postsecondary programs

To learn more and register: http://bit.ly/STEMapalooza21

Our Excel Academy spiritwear
store is open! 
Spirit Store
Save the dates! 
Meeting ID: 972 8776 6619 ~ Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/97287766619
STAY CONNECTED!

Please follow Excel Academy on Instagram and Facebook to connect with fellow parents to share resources and
homeschooling experiences! 
We encourage our families to join our Excel Academy social media sites. Being an active part of these sites will allow families to receive important school updates and reminders via our Instagram and/or our private Family Facebook Page and also make them feel a part of the school community as a whole.  Also, join our private Facebook groups for families in your region! Please visit our social media sites and
join using the links below!

CAASPP Update

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System consists of the following assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy and mathematics - Grades 3-8, 11

  • California Alternate Assessments for English language arts, mathematics, and science (Participation determined through IEP team guidance)

  • California Science Tests - Grades 5, 8, & 11 (and 12th grade if the student has not taken the CAST in high school)

Parent and guardian resources: https://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/parent-resources.html

  • Click practice and training tests

  • Sign in as GUEST

  • Choose grade level

  • Choose SMARTER BALANCED PRACTICE TESTS (in pink) OR CALIFORNIA ALTERNATE ASSESSMENT (CAA) PRACTICE TESTS (in pink - IF determined by the IEP team)

 

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CAASPP testing will be virtual this year and will begin the week of April 12th. As we continue to receive detailed information and direction from the state, we will share updates with our families. Students in grades 3-8, 11, and 12th graders (who did not take the science test during high school) are required to participate. 

 

CAASPP Test Prep - Calling all students in grades 3-8 to participate! 

To help prepare our students for the CAASPP, three amazing ToRs will be offering test prep sessions through January, February, and March. Specific details and Zoom links will be found on ParentSquare and your ToR’s dashboard. If you have any questions, please reach out to your ToR.  

Grades 3- 8, 11 - Assessment Resources links - CAASPP and ELPAC Practice Tests:

https://www.excelacademy.education/parent-tools/assessment-resources/

https://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/parent-resources.html

Follow the same steps outlined above to access the practice tests. 

 

ALL English Learners (EL) - Summative ELPAC Assessments

Having English Learners take the Summative ELPAC practice tests is highly recommended. Practice tests can be found on Excel Academy’s website under Parent Tools and Assessment Resources. All designated English Learners will take the Summative ELPAC beginning at the end of February and through March, and will be notified of their testing dates in early February.

Parent and guardian resources: https://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/parent-resources.html

  • Click practice and training tests 

  • Sign in as GUEST

  • Choose grade level

  • Choose ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENTS (ELPAC) PRACTICE TEST (in pink) 

  • Tests for grades 3-5 are the same, 6-8 are the same, 9-12 are the same

 

During the month of February, Tamara Murphy will be conducting weekly Summative ELPAC test prep workshops that will focus on two of the four domains that our students will be tested on: listening and speaking. Please be on the lookout for information to be shared with you through ParentSquare and email. The sessions will be organized by grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. EL students are highly encouraged to attend. These sessions will continue throughout the school year and will focus on various aspects of all domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing to build language skills and fluency. What an awesome opportunity for our students!

 

English Language Development (ELD) Curriculum

Please encourage your students to complete the required English Language Development (ELD) Curriculum daily. If you have any questions about ELD Curriculum, please contact your ToR or Excel Academy’s Title 1 Coordinator, Tamara Murphy at tmurphy@excelacademy.education. For all testing related questions, you can reach out to your ToR or to Jenny Craig, Assistant Director of Assessment and Community, at jcraig@excelacademy.education.

 

Eagle Hour 

Eagle Hour is offered weekly on Thursdays at 11 a.m.. Students are encouraged to attend to get to know other students within Excel Academy, and have the opportunity to engage in a lesson and tutoring session. Please refer to ParentSquare for more information.

 

i-Ready - Progress Monitoring and Personalized Lessons

Students performing in eighth grade or below in reading and math will be provided with personalized learning lessons that are specifically geared to each individual student's strengths and learning gaps. This is a valuable resource tool and one that is highly encouraged. Students should aim to spend 45 minutes completing lessons in both reading and math each week. Strive for 45 in each subject! Students who work on their lessons throughout each learning period will earn a special certificate from their ToRs and have the opportunity to be featured in Excel Academy's monthly newsletter. We can't wait to honor our students for their hard work and dedication! 

 February's  i-Ready Rockstars  
     Anabella, Evaneglina, and Giuliana                                          Faith V.
          Molly and Cooper K.                                                Claire J.
                     Irelynn A.                                                            Serena F.
Excel Academy Student Council
February

Excel Academy Spirit Week Recap:

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Excel Academy Spirit Week last month. All participants will receive a BJ’s Restaurant Certificate. If you do not receive one please reach out to Alex Clary at aclary@excelacademy.education. If you missed one of our Student-Led Workshops, please know that the recordings will be made available for you to watch and enjoy. 

 

Student Council General Meetings: 

Join us on February 3rd and 17th @ 1:00 pm for our student council general meetings. 

https://zoom.us/j/92515372863

Student Spotlights
Excel Academy students engaged in acts of kindness in celebration of the Great Kindness Challenge. We are so proud of all of our students who have embodied a culture of compassion and kindness during this special challenge and every day!  ✨

Elex (8th grade) cleaning up Christmas decorations for elderly neighbors; Ares (3rd grade) checking his grandma's vitals; Calli and Liam dropped off winter supplies to California Veterans Assistance Foundation, which serves local homeless veterans.
Content and Community Provider (CCP) Spotlights- Virtual Classes
The Scoop on SPED
       Line it Up                              Step by Step.                            Break it Down

*More high school details can be found on the Excel Academy website~  https://www.excelacademy.education/home/high-school/

Blog Link for activities and information relating to Black History Month 

LA County Public Library celebrates African American History 

PBS SoCal celebrates Black History Month 2021 

 

Edgenuity and Edynamic offer African-American studies courses 

 

Attention Middle School Students!

Do you have questions about Excel Academy’s High School Program? Join the HS Team for an informational webinar about the exciting opportunities for HS students. View flyer below and see Zoom Link for access.

Counselor Corner: 

  • Academic Counseling: 

 

It’s time to schedule classes for next year! Schedule a guidance meeting with your counselor. Simply choose the counselor that services the county you reside in, then click on their link and choose the date & time that works best for you.

 

Melissa O’Dell (Services students who live in Orange County, Riverside County, & San Diego County) Sign Up 

 

Lisa Durham (Services students who live in LA County & San Bernardino County) Sign Up

 
  • College & Career Center 

 

Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) Apply, and 

California Dream Act Application (CADAA)Apply

 

Deadline: March 2, 2021

 

Students applying for FAFSA or CADAA please use the school code assigned to the county you live in:.

  • 054948 - Orange County, Riverside County, San Diego County

  • 053418 - LA County, San Bernardino County

 

Need Assistance filling out the FAFSA?

 

Free one on one assistance completing your FAFSA and/or CADAA, please contact Vicky Kaylor at vkaylor@excelacademy.education to schedule your appointment.

 

Free Cash for College Webinars (Register Here) - Dates & times below

Webinars will provide students & families with information on the FAFSA and CADAA

 
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

 
  • Mental Health Center

Do you need or want to talk about feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and/or sad about life, school, and/or what issues are occurring in the world. Schedule an appointment with Lisa Durham today by clicking on this link: Calendly Sign Up.

 

Attention student(MS and HS)! Here’s your chance to make a difference and raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health. See flyer below for submission categories, details, and deadline.

 

Mr. D made a short video so you can meet him and hear more about the sessions.
Click here to see the video.

*Please register by using OPS or the links below (if paying out of pocket.) If you have questions specifically about the classes, please reach out to Mr. D directly at dennis@mrdmath.com.  If you have questions about payment or OPS order, please reach out to your ToR.

Links to Register:  
Grade 6

Grade 8
 

Please join us each month throughout the school year for our high school webinar series. These webinars include a variety of different topics that are geared towards supporting students in grades 7th-12th. See flyer below for more details:

High School Webinars: Zoom Link 

*Through phone use Meeting ID: 97287766619

 

 

 

Is your student eligible for the National Honor Society? Check out the flyer below and see our website for more information.

 

Reminders: 

 
  • The 10-day ordering period for HS course changes runs from 1/25/21-2/5/21


📣Announcing...

Excel Academy Middle School Classes!

Excel Academy is offering middle school classes on Tuesdays!  We are so excited and HIGHLY encourage every middle school student to participate!  There will be English, math, and science
classes offered this year.


Each course costs $150/semester with an additional cost for required curriculum.  
Please register your student by filling out the form that is linked on the Class Schedule.  

Click on the Middle School Class Schedule for more information!

Parents, please sign up on the Middle School Class Sign Ups and place a PO using the "ETL Provider" dropdown.  Write the course name and teacher name in the description.)
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