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March 2020
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Important Announcements
  • Assessment Corner
  • Vendor Spotlight
  • Student Spotlight 
  • February Field Trips & Events
  • High School and Middle School Updates
  • Community Event
  • Friendly Reminders
*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS*
March Park Days 
Bring a friend who would like to learn more about Excel Academy's personalized learning model. An Excel credentialed teacher will be available to answer questions and a fun craft will be provided! 
MARCH TEST PREP SESSIONS
We are excited to announce that Excel Academy ToRs will be offering CAASPP online test prep sessions for Excel students! 
 
The focus for the courses will be navigating the test site, key terms, test preparation, and test-taking skills with a focus on the Performance Task portion of the CAASPP. Please note the sessions below by grade level. 
Grades 3/4 Zoom Links:
March 9th @ 10 AM: https://zoom.us/j/200588117   / Meeting ID: 200 588 117
March 9th @ 12 PM: https://zoom.us/j/907618768   / Meeting ID: 907 618 768
Grades 5/6 Zoom Links:
March 11th @ 10 AM: https://zoom.us/j/137273558  /  Meeting ID: 137 273 558
March 13th @ 2:00 PM: https://zoom.us/j/375259432 /  Meeting ID: 375 259 432
Grades 7/8 Zoom Links:
March 16th @ 10 AM: https://zoom.us/j/325667464  / Meeting ID: 325 667 464
March 19th @ 10 AM: https://zoom.us/j/840081928  / Meeting ID: 840 081 928
Take a stand against cyberbullying! 
Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.
Children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying. This resource from Woodburn Press helps students know what to do when dealing with a cyberbully.
Sign up for the Traveling Naturalist and HS Squid lab at Excel Academy's field trip site. We will also have UCI's astronomy team, Mad Scientist, and our wonderful student presenters. We hope to see you there!
Update on the Science Fair: 
Project Guidelines are available on: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/2307536.
Also, any students interested in creating an invention that improves access to healthy food for everyone, everywhere, and every day, please consider the following guidelines for the Invent It Challenge 2020 at https://inventitchallenge2020.epals.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Invent-It-2020-EntryGuide.pdf

Wednesday Webinars For Parents


 

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/2222099526

*The Following Wednesdays @ 10 AM

  • February 12th

  • March 11th

  • April 15th

  • May 13

 

How can you help your students feel successful taking the ELPAC and CAASPP assessments?

Provide your students access to the practice tests, AND have your students participate in the test prep sessions and watch the recordings! Ask your ToR for support! 

 

***ELPAC AND CAASPP PRACTICE TESTS 

https://login1.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V390/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c=California_PT

Simply sign in as Guest and follow the instructions to enter your students grade level. 

 

 

CAASPP practice tests will appear first in pink. 

ELPAC practice tests are gray and available when the student scrolls down.

 

CAASPP sample -

 

ELPAC sample - 

 

ELPAC Testing  - Now through April

Students who are designated English Learners will take the ELPAC now through April.

 

CAASPP Testing - 4/14 through 5/22

CAASPP testing locations, details, test security form, test prep sessions, and recordings were sent to all families (by their ToRs) and posted on the ToR ParentSquare dashboards last week. Registration begins today, Wednesday, March 4th. Your ToR will share with you a letter that includes the registration link. If you have any questions, please reach out to your ToR. We’re looking forward to a successful testing experience for all students! 

 

Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) 

Parents of students in grades 5, 7, and 9 will receive testing information from their ToRs.

 

i-Ready Benchmark Monitoring - 3/2 through 3/20

The i-Ready spring benchmark monitoring began on Monday, March 2nd and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 20th. Please allow your students five school days to complete the math progress monitoring and five school days to complete the reading progress monitoring. Monitoring your student’s completion without providing any assistance is crucial in determining that the results are accurate and a true reading of your student's progress. If a student is flagged for rushing, the student will be asked to retake the specific benchmark assessment. Once your student finishes the i-Ready benchmarks in both reading and math, your student will immediately have access to the personalized learning lessons (grades 8 and below). If you have any questions, please reach out directly to your ToR. 


 
Boot Camp Sessions Link:
https://zoom.us/j/2885222934
  

Excel Academy Testing Information and Site Locations
CAASPP Test Prep
Excel Vendor Spotlights
Learn more about our Arbor's Philosopher Series classes for high school students by visiting TheArborLearningCommunity.com.
Excel Student Spotlight
5th grader, Love Acierto is a very accomplished dancer and completes in competitions through one of Excel Academy's vendors, K2 Studios. In addition to her accomplishments in dance, she is also a stellar student and is excelling in math this year!
 iReady Star Student Highlights 
Robert Jhung                                                            Sienna Padilla
Aiden Phillips                                                          Donna  Contreras      
DeJong Dairy Farm 
Discovery Cube
Huntington Library 
Ocean Institute
Reagan Library 

*More high school details can be found on the Excel Academy website~ www.excelacademy.education 

March

 

Counseling (HS schedules, College & Career, Socio-Emotional)

Schedule a meeting with Lisa Durham ( Guidance Counselor). Simply click on the link and choose the date & time that works best for you. Sign Up Genius (HS)

 

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).


H.S. Essay & Visual Arts Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide 

California high school students in 9th-12th grade are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide. The submission deadline for both contests is Monday, April 6, 2020.  All winners will be awarded scholarships and a trip to Sacramento to be acknowledged at the California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ annual Armenian Advocacy Day during a press conference on April 27, 2020. Winners will be contacted directly and announced to mainstream and Armenian media by the California Armenian Legislative Caucus on April 17, 2020. Original artwork will be requested from visual arts applicants if selected as a finalist for possible display in the California State Capitol. Scholarship awards are $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place in each contest. 

Instructions: Essay/Scholarship Information. Students may enter both contests, but submissions must be entered separately. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Savage, Chief of Staff, Office of Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, at 916-319-2046 or daniel.savage@asm.ca.gov. 

 

It’s all about college fairs!!! 

 

College Fairs (April 21-29) free & open to the public. Students can interact one-on-one with college admission representatives. To register click on the link below: https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/student-registration/

San Diego National College Fair 

Date: April 21, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: San Diego Convention Center, 

111 W Harbor Dr.

San Diego, CA

 

Orange County National College Fair

Date: April 26, 2020

Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Anaheim Convention Center

800 W Katella Ave.

Anaheim, CA 92802

 

Inland Empire National College Fair

Date: April 27, 2020

Time: 9:00 am-12:00pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Ontario Convention Center

2000 E Convention Center Way

Ontario, CA 91764

 

Ventura/Tri-County National College Fair

Date: April 28, 2020

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Location: Ventura County Fairgrounds

10 W Harbor Blvd.

Ventura, CA 93001

 

Greater Los Angeles National College Fair

Date: April 29, 2020

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

Location: Pasadena Convention Center

300 E Green St.

Pasadena, CA 91101



 

Otis College of Art & Design

FYI: This tour has been set up for 4/24. *Registration is Open!

 

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

 

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

COMMUNITY EVENT
STEM SAVVY

STEM Savvy: Girls’ Science Day is a morning conference for 6th – 9th grade girls Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – noon, at Pasadena City College. STEM Savvy is a fun filled morning of hands-on workshops designed to develop girls’ interest and self-confidence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines.

This FREE EVENT is for 6th-9th grade girls & their parents/guardians. Girls are welcome with or without their parents/guardians, and will be chaperoned throughout the event.

Special sessions are available for parents/guardians to help support their student for a career in STEM.

Registration will begin on April 4th at 
https://stem-savvy.eventbrite.com/

Check out STEM Savvy event information and workshop descriptions at the AAUW STEM Savvy website: https://pasadena-ca.aauw.net/tech-savvy/

  • 8:30 am Check-in/Welcome

  • 9:30 am Workshop I

  • 10:30 am Workshop II

  • 11:30 am Meet the Presenters and College Women in STEM

FAQs

Where do I drop-off my student or park for the event?

Parking for families attending STEM Savvy is available for free in PCC Parking Lot 5, entered on Bonnie St.

For student drop-off, enter Lot 6 from Bonnie Ave. and drive through to the drop-off area. Volunteers will be there to accompany your student to the check-in area.

Click here for a map of the PCC campus.

Will my student be chaperoned at all times during the conference?

Adult chaperones will be with every group of students and will guide them to and from workshops.

Will food be served as part of the conference?

A continental breakfast will be served to students and adults during the check-in period. Snack bars will be provided to students between workshops. We encourage everyone to bring their own refillable bottle of water to keep STEM Savvy green!

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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