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September, 2019
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • DIRECTOR'S WELCOME MESSAGE
  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
  • STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
  • ASSESSMENT CORNER
  • VENDOR SPOTLIGHT
  • FRIENDLY REMINDER ~ PLEASE FOLLOW EXCEL ACADEMY ON INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK!
*ANNOUNCEMENTS*

 

~ The Back to School Packet was sent out on the 1st day of school, September 3rd.
*Please be sure to review and sign each packet per student.

~ Pali overnight camp for 5th-8th graders still has spots open! Register your student today!


~ Our Back to School Celebration Events were a huge success and so much fun! Thank you to all of our families who joined us at one of the events!  The raffle prize winners are listed below. Congratulations!!

~ Make-up school picture days will be in September and October. Dates and details to follow. 

PALI OVERNIGHT EDUCATION CAMP!
The Pali outdoor education overnight trip was a huge success last year, and Excel Academy is proud to be offering it again this year to our 5th-8th-grade students! Registration closes on September 10th. There are still available spots, so don't miss out!  Educational funds may be used and we hope your student will join us for this fun, educational adventure! 

Mark your calendars and set a reminder~
SEPTEMBER 11th-
November and December field trip registration opens on  September 11th at 10 am!


NOVEMBER:

November 4th - Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Wacky Science in Orange 

November 5th - The Pout Pout Fish Musical in La Mirada 

November 6th - California Pizza Kitchen Tour in Riverside, Pasadena, and San Diego 

November 7th - Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach 

November 8th - Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta 

November 12th - Tessmann Planetarium in Santa Ana 


DECEMBER:

December 3rd - Caltech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena 

December 5th - Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium in Carlsbad 

December 9th - iFly Indoor Skydiving in Ontario 

December 10th - California State Fullerton Tour 

December 12th  - The Nutcracker Performance in Riverside 

December 19th - The Nutcracker Performance in Claremont 



Hello High School families. We are so happy you have joined us at Excel Academy!  We have many wonderful options designed for our students' academic success and are excited to be a part of this journey with them!


Please take note of our High School Admin Team:

Melissa, O’Dell, School Counselor can be reached at modell@excelacademy.education

Jen Sanchez, High School Coordinator can be reached at jsanchez@excelacademy.education

Lorrie Wood, Assistant High School Coordinator can be reached at lwood@excelacademy.education.

 

Course Reminders:

A-g courses - Excel Academy has several options for receiving a-g credit for coursework, so please see your ToR for more information.

CTE courses - Entrepreneurship and Child Development led by Excel teacher Jessika Unterberger

CHYA Health course - led by Excel teacher Danielle Sellers 

Supplementary writing courses - led by Excel teacher Sara Wetmore

 

College Tour:

Upcoming free college tour: 

September 4, 2019 @ 10AM - 

UC Riverside @ 900 University Avenue, Riverside CA 92521

 

College/University Spotlight: Grand Canyon University https://www.gcu.edu/

Grand Canyon University partners with hundreds of public schools across the nation including public charters. We are pleased to announce that scholarship opportunities are available for Excel students should they choose to apply to GCU.  Please speak with your counselor for details. 

  

CLEP EXAM: Your students have the knowledge. Help them get the credit by encouraging them to take a CLEP® exam. CLEP exams cover intro-level college course material in 34 subjects. More than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities grant credit to students with qualifying CLEP exam scores and allow them to skip the introductory courses in related subjects.

 

Is Concurrent Enrollment for your student?  Check out this article that includes information to think about when considering concurrent enrollment for your student(s): Community College article

 

It is always a great idea to get organized for the academic year! Purchase a High School Planner from Amazon using instructional funds!

 

 New Sign Up Genius link for the new school year (2019-2020). Parents can use this link to schedule meetings with me.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0445A4AA2DA0FB6-201920

Welcome to our incoming 9th graders and their families!  We are so happy to have you in the High School Excel family.  We have so many wonderful options designed for your individual academic success and look forward to hearing about your growth and development.

 

Thank you to our 10th-12th graders and their families! We are thrilled that we can continue to serve and support you throughout your high school journey.

 

There are many new and exciting opportunities for all of our high schoolers. Please stay tuned for the following updates:

 

~ A-G Options.  We have a variety of a-g course offerings.  Please see your ToR for details.  

 

~ Students, if you have extra instructional funds, please consider purchasing a daily planner to help you keep all of your coursework organized.

 

~ 10 day ordering window to add/drop any high school course 

 

A course dropped within LP1 (after the 10th day) & LP2 will receive a “W” on the report card/transcript and have the possibility of the loss of instructional funds.

 

A course dropped after LP2 will receive a/an “F” on the report card/transcript and loss of instructional funds.

 

~ Stay tuned for student council opportunities.  There was a sign-up sheet at the Anaheim Back-to-School event.  If you were unable to sign up, please reach out to your ToR. There will be a chance to sign up at the other Back-to-School events as well.

 

~ Stay tuned for monthly high school webinars. 

 

College Spotlight

 

Upcoming free college tour: 

 

September 4, 2019 @ 10AM - 

UC Riverside @ 900 University Avenue, Riverside CA 92521

 

College/University Spotlight: Grand Canyon University - CPE program 

Grand Canyon University partners with hundreds of public schools across the nation including public charters. We are pleased to announce that scholarship opportunities are available for Excel students should they choose to apply to GCU.  Please see your counselor for details. 

  

 

CLEP EXAM: Your students have the knowledge. Help them get the credit by encouraging them to take a CLEP® exam. CLEP exams cover intro-level college course material in 34 subjects. More than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities grant credit to students with qualifying CLEP exam scores and allow them to skip the introductory courses in related subjects.

 

Great article: Information parents should think about when considering concurrent enrollment for their student(s): Community College article


WE HAD A BLAST! THANK YOU FOR COMING!

We hope you enjoyed all that our Back to School Event included:

  • Professional student school photos 
  • Vendor fair- meet Excel vendorsBalloon artist 
  • Free curriculum giveaway
  • Face painter 
  • Magician 
  • Raffle prizes (winners announced below)
  • Human Body/Microscope table activities
  • Cookie decorating table
  • Excel giveaway items
  • Meet our Excel teachers
  • Parent Q&A tables 
  • STEM activity tables and more!

MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY Update
Makeup picture days will be scheduled soon and will be taken by the same photographer that we had at our main BTS event. Make-up days will be in south Orange County, Riverside, and Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more details.

 For families who do not attend the BTS event or any makeup picture days, they have the option to email a high-quality headshot to the photographer Patrick Holzhauer at patntam@verizon.net directly, copy Excel Registrar at registrar@excelacademy.education, and order their IDs after their enrollment has been verified by Admissions/Registrar. 
 

Student IDs are $10 each including S&H if purchased alone. The student IDs are also included in certain packages for free if families are ordering those packages. Please ask your ToR if you need the photo packages flyer. Parents may request home educator’s IDs at the same price to qualify for certain retail discounts for teachers. Their IDs will clearly indicate “Home Educator” so they will not be mistaken as credentialed teachers employed by Excel. Please reach out to your ToR with any questions regarding picture days. 

Student Spotlight
Congratulations to Ayslin Hebard who competed in the Jiu-Jitsu World League American Open on July 27. She won gold in her belt/weight bracket! 
  • CAASPP Test Scores - This month, CAASPP results will be accessible again to parents through their Excel Academy parent portal. However, if you are unable to access your student's scores, please reach out directly to your ToR who can access the data upon your request. The state will continue to upload the test results as the data is received. 
 
  • i-Ready Update -  i-Ready is an incredible resource tool which offers progress monitoring twice a year and personalized lessons geared to each individual student's needs.  i-Ready has made some new and exciting changes that we are thrilled to share with our families. The required i-Ready progress monitoring window will open on September 9th and close on September 20th. ToRs will be providing their students with their new usernames and passwords for the school year. Students in grades K and 1 are welcome to complete the reading and math assessments upon request.  Immediately following the completion of the reading and math progress monitoring, your students will be able to access their individualized lessons. We recommend that students utilize the lessons approximately 45 minutes per week to see the best results. If you have any questions, please reach out to your ToR for guidance. 
Excel Vendor Spotlight

Roos Music specializes in guitar lessons, ukulele lessons, voice lessons and piano lessons in South Orange County.  You can click here to visit their website where you can sign up for a free trial lesson. 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RAFFLE WINNERS!!

Prize 1: Asher Douglas, TOR Andrea Lowe--Navy Blue Backpack with school supplies

Prize 2: Aiden Chang, TOR Hannah Cho--Shark Backpack with school supplies

Prize 3: Lyla McHenry, TOR Sarah Horikawa--Hot Dog Backpack with school supplies

Prize 4: Brielle Kim, TOR Lorie Taylor--Mathematics Games and Excel Cape

Prize 5: Nathaniel Kim, TOR Nikki O'Neill --Excel Laptop Bag, Lunch Tote and water bottle
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