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April 2020
  • Important Announcements
  • Message From Our Executive Director
  • Assessment Corner
  • Student Spotlight
  • Vendor Spotlight
  • High School and Middle School Updates
  • Community Events
  • Friendly Reminders
A Message From Our Executive Director

Dear Excel Academy Families, 

As a nation we are facing unprecedented times of uncertainty, however, rest assured your Excel Academy family is stronger than ever.   We are dedicated to serving you and going above and beyond to maintain consistency and rhythm when it is needed most.  While we may be facing challenges in many ways, I humbly stand proud behind doing what we do best focusing on students first. 

It is my hope that our Excel Academy community can lend a hand and help support others learning from home. We will rise above and move past this national crisis. Our commitment will be a testimony to the value of personalized education. 

Please know we are here for you with an abundance of community resources and crisis support.  Please contact your teacher of record or our counselors at (Melissa O'Dell) or (Lisa Durham) if you need any additional support. 

Please stay safe and healthy by following the guidelines outlined below in 30 days to slow the spread.

Heidi Gasca
Executive Director 

Intent to Return Form
Click Here for a List of Digital Resources
Excel Academy Parent Resources Page:
*Virtual lessons will be shared on ParentSquare and posted on your ToR's PS dashboard.

Dear Excel Academy families,


We are excited to share Excel Academy’s Science Fair project presentations with you. We hope you will join us in celebrating our students and encourage them by “liking” and voting for your favorite videos. 

  1. Please watch the following science fair presentation playlist on YouTube. 

  2. Please choose your top 3 videos based on these guidelines:

    1. Project showcases student inquiry. 

    2. Project demonstrates the scientific method, if applicable.

Excel Academy families, submit your vote here. Voting begins today and ends Friday, April 3rd!

Virtual Science Fair Projects Sneak Peek
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 740 222 4397
FREE writing support for all grade levels!
Tutoring offered by an Excel Academy teacher
We hope to be able to offer our end of school year celebrations at the end of May, but please stay posted as updates will follow
on ParentSquare. 


State Assessments

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, announced that all state assessments have been canceled for the 2019-2020 school year due to the ongoing concern with COVID-19. 


The state assessments include:

  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy and Mathematics tests - Grades 3-8, 11

  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) Grades 3-8, 11

  • California Science Test (CAST) Grades 5, 8, 11 & 12

  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) in Science Grades 5, 8, 11 & 12

  • English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) - Summative Assessments - Canceled, Initial Assessments - Postponed until further notice

  • Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) Grades 5, 7, & 9


Please note that the cancellation of state assessments does not apply to internal assessments that are administered at Excel Academy, for example, i-Ready assessments, paper-pencil alternative assessments, and any related assessments and assignments associated with coursework aligned to your student’s classes outlined on the Master Agreement.


i-Ready Assessments

Now that your student has completed the i-Ready assessments, please encourage your student to complete the personalized lessons at least 45 minutes per week. We will continue to honor Excel Academy students in the monthly newsletters who are working diligently and consistently. If you have any questions regarding your student’s score reports or lessons, please reach out to your ToR for guidance and support. 

Excel Student Spotlights
Excel Academy students are engaging with our many vendors providing virtual and hands-on learning lessons during distance learning.
 iReady Star Student Highlights 
Excel Academy students are working hard and progressing on their i-Ready lessons! 
                                                                Mia Gabrielle Ramiscal
           Ethaniel Ramirez                                   Rory Owen
Excel Vendor Spotlights
Virtual Classes Offered by our Vendors
STEM World offers online classes as well as remote tutoring. Please use this link Virtual Learning to see what they are offering.
On April 22nd WriteAtHome is offering a FREE WriteAtHome PLUS webinar to all students in grades 5-12. 

WriteAtHome PLUS: The Only Essay You'll Ever Need to Write
  • In today's academic world, essays are necessary. Join Brian Wasko and learn the formula of crafting essays that teachers at every level (and college admissions officers) are looking for. It's not as hard as you think.
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • 3:00 PM, Eastern time
Click HERE for the registration link.
Click HERE for more information about WriteAtHome and workshops.


*More high school details can be found on the Excel Academy website~

(HS schedules, College & Career, Socio-Emotional)
Schedule a meeting with Guidance Counselors Melissa O’Dell or Lisa Durham. Simply click on the link and choose the date & time that works best for you. Melissa's Sign Up Genius or  Lisa's Sign Up Genius.


8th Graders: 

It’s that time again! Meet virtually for an 8th grade transition to HS meeting. 

Click on one of the links to sign up: Sign Up Genius (8th grade- Jen Sanchez)  or Sign Up Genius (8th grade - Lorrie Wood).


Calling all 8th grade parents to join us via Zoom!
Topic: High School 101 webinar: What to Expect When You Transition from Middle School to High School.

Time: Apr 29, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Click here to join: Zoom Link 

High School:
Want to know more about the world (foreign) language requirement in regards to college admissions?


Worried about final exams? Check out this article on 5 Research-Backed Studying Techniques: 5 Study Strategies


High School Webinars for students (parents/guardians are welcome to join):


Don’t forget Sara Wetmore’s Writing Tutoring sessions at NO COST to your student! 


Community event recommendation
Timree Paint Studio live streaming and online paint classes 
Click Here-Timree Paint Studio Website
Friendly Reminders
Please use the links below to visit and follow Excel Academy on Instagram and Facebook!
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 by clicking on the icons above.  
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