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OCTOBER 2020
*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS*

COVID-19 Reopening Update~ 
Link to the updated COVID-19 Safe ReOpening Plan
School Updates & Reopening Map

If you are interested in returning to in person services with your CCP, please contact your TOR for more information on approved providers.

*Families may purchase ANYTIME.  For more information, see the Q & A doc.

Field Trip Registration PS Post: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/4468534
Website: https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/excel-academy-charter-school?_k=n0v7y2

Opening sale: Use code EXCELACHNS20 (cap sensitive) valid for 20% off from Oct. 6th - Oct. 20th

PS Post Links-Spirit Store Post: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/4445404
Save the dates! 
Meeting ID: 972 8776 6619 ~ Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/97287766619

📣Announcing...

Excel Academy Middle School Classes!

Excel Academy is offering middle school classes on Tuesdays for the first time!  We are so excited and HIGHLY encourage every middle school student to participate!  There will be English, math and science being 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.)
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 by clicking on the icons above.  

OCTOBER~

Initial and Summative ELPAC Assessments

Having English Learners take the Initial and Summative ELPAC practice tests is highly recommended. Practice tests can be found on Excel Academy’s website under Parent Tools and Assessment Resources.

 

English Learners (EL)

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.

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

i-Ready - Progress Monitoring and Personalized Lessons

You should have received your student’s score report from your ToR. Any questions related to your student’s score report and personalized learning lessons can be directed to your ToR. 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! (Students will use the same username and password to access their lessons as they did to access the diagnostic assessments.) 

 

Curriculum Associates has created grade level Printable At Home Learning Activity Packs with teacher guides and answer keys. These packets may act as a useful resource tool for parents and students as they are tied to grade level content and i-Ready lessons. Feel free to click the link below and peruse the free materials that are offered to parents and students.

Click Here for Printables
 i-Ready Rockstars  
          Chandler S.               Johnny L.                 Sophia F.              Natalie B.
          Jeremy L.               Michael H.                Joshua H.              Elizabeth L. 

                        Melody A.                                               Jael N.
              Penelope and Harper W.                          *No Photo-Samantha A.
Excel Academy Student Council

National Bullying Prevention Month:

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the Excel Academy Student Council would like to partner up with our fellow student body to prevent childhood bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Unity Day, started by the National Bullying Prevention Center, is on October 21st, 2020 and students are encouraged to wear orange in solidarity against bullying. You may submit photos of your students wearing orange to Alexandra Clary at aclary@excelacademy.education

 

Soaring Eagles Week 10/12-10/16:

We know that our Excel Academy Eagles soar high and exceed expectations. We would like the opportunity to highlight students who are going above and beyond. Students who are highlighted will receive a certificate to enjoy from BJ’s Restaurant. 

 

Monday: Community Volunteers

Know a student who displays a desire to volunteer and support their community? Submit a picture, name, and brief description of their volunteer experience.

 

Tuesday: National Honor Society

The National Honor Society highlights students in grades 10-12 who display values of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Excel Academy has had the opportunity to honor many of our high school students in this way. If your student has been accepted please submit a photo and their name! If you are in 10-12th grade and would like to be considered please contact your TOR with information on how to apply. 

 

Wednesday: i-Ready Rockstars

I-ready is a great resource to boost fluency and comprehension in both reading and math. Students who are taking the extra time to complete i-ready lessons will have the opportunity to be highlighted for their dedication and hard work. Send a picture and your student’s name.

 

Thursday: New Excel Academy Family Experience

We love to hear from our families! This is an opportunity for those families who are new to Excel Academy to share their experience. Please submit a story, encouragement, or a brief description from your experience this year. You may also choose to submit a picture/video. 

 

Friday: Returning Excel Academy Family Tips

For families returning we know that you have wisdom to share. Let  us highlight your best tips for how to succeed here at Excel Academy with homeschooling. Send your tips and encouragement and/or a picture or video. 

 

Please send your submissions to Alexandra Clary at aclary@excelacademy.education.

Content and Community Provider (CCP) Spotlights- Virtual Classes
Investing in a language like German can benefit free studies at the University in Germany! All it takes is to reach the C1 Level over the years. Contact German School Campus to inquire more about it! 
The Scoop on SPED

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

October:

Counselor Corner

Academic Counseling: 

Not sure what courses to register for, or if you are on track to graduate? Schedule a meeting with your Guidance Counselors. Simply choose the counselor that services the county you reside in, then click on the 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)

Melissa's calendar 

 

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

 Lisa's calendar.

 

 College & Career Center:

 

Planning for College?

Please join the counseling team as we continue the

College Webinar Series - Financial Aid 

October 7th, 2020 at 2:00 pm

https://zoom.us/j/97791176790

 

National College Fairs (Register for Free!) 

Dates: October 12th & 18th (times vary)

https://www.nacacfairs.org/

 

 Wellness Center (8:00am-4:30pm):

Meet your wellness counselor Lisa Durham

 

 

Lisa has 20+ years of counseling experience and a M.A. in School Counseling and B.A's in Physical Education and Art.  She has been with Excel Academy since December 2019 and is passionate about supporting our Excel Academy Community! 


High School Webinars: Zoom Link 
*Through phone use Meeting ID: 97287766619

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 Volunteer Opportunity:

 

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

 



 

Join the Student Council to Make a Difference - Your Voice Matters

 

 

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