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March 2021

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.
March is National Women's History Month!
Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

Check out this link for activities dedicated to celebrating women’s history: 

Click Here
 CAASPP test prep sessions are offered through March! Please note the dates below by grade level and mark your calendars.
* Dates were also sent through ParentSquare. 
Practice Entry Form
CA Student Media Festival website.
Congrats to our Coderz Pro League team for placing 3rd! We are so proud of you! 👏🥉

Upcoming 10th-12th graders!
Check out Girls Who Code's Summer Immersion Program. It is a free 2 week immersion program. No prior experience needed! Please see the flyer below and the 
website for more info.

Calling All Scientists!
Don't forget to sign up to be a student presenter at our science fair. 
April 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 and links. 
*Please find active links on the ParentSquare post or your ToR's PS dashboard. 
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
Our Excel Academy spiritwear
store is open! 
Spirit Store
Save the dates! 
Meeting ID: 972 8776 6619, Passcode: 272993 ~
Zoom Link:

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!


 i-Ready - SAVE THE DATE!
Required i-Ready progress monitoring opens on March 15th and concludes on March 26th!

The i-Ready diagnostic progress monitoring window will begin on March 15th and will conclude on March 26th. On March 15th, students will have five school days to complete the math assessment. Once the math assessment is completed, students will have five school days to complete the reading assessment. Both tests must be completed by March 26th. Your student will use the same login information to access the assessments on March 15th. Once the assessments are completed, new, valuable, personalized lessons will be available for your student that will target skills and strengthen any learning gaps. Score reports will be provided to parents/guardians. Please reach out to your ToR for further details. 



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:

  • Click practice and training tests

  • Sign in as GUEST

  • Choose grade level


***Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CAASPP testing will be virtual this year and will begin the week of April 12th. Your ToR will proctor the assessments and will be sending out information regarding the assessments and your student's testing dates. Students in grades 3-8, 11, and 12th graders (who did not take the science test during high school) are required to participate. 


***In preparation for the upcoming CAASPP assessments, this week your ToR will be providing parents/guardians/students with paper, pencil, EACS Test Prep Packets across all grade levels that have been created by our incredible ToRs and are aligned with the strategies, vocabulary, and skills students should know in ELA and math. These optional packets are incredible resources for your students! Please make sure to read the cover letter that is attached to each packet for specific details and instructions. 


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 this month. Specific details and Zoom links will be found on ParentSquare, in this newsletter, 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:

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 in March.

Parent and guardian resources:

  • Click practice and training tests 

  • Sign in as GUEST

  • Choose grade level


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

  • Tamara Murphy is conducting weekly Summative ELPAC test prep workshops that focus on two of the four domains that our students will be tested on: listening and speaking. 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 or EL Paired Workshops, please contact your ToR or Excel Academy’s Title 1 Coordinator, Tamara Murphy at For all testing related questions, you can reach out to your ToR or to Jenny Craig, Assistant Director of Assessment and Community, at


    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.

 March's  i-Ready Rockstars  
         Scarlett N.                         Dominic E. 
         Paige and Audrey B.                     Jayden K.                                                      
              Alannah H.                           Taylor C.                                                                   
         Isabella H.                         Nathan D.                                                                   
                    Isaac H.                             Cade B.                                                               
Excel Academy Student Council

Student Council General Meetings: 

Join us on March 3rd, 17th, and 31st
@ 1:00 pm
for our Student Council general meetings.

Student Spotlights
Meet Neveah, a seventh grader at Excel Academy, who is an amazing artist! This is Neveah's first year at Excel Academy. Keep up the awesome work!👏
Content and Community Provider (CCP) Spotlight- Virtual Classes
The Scoop on SPED

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

Check out these links for activities and information dedicated to celebrating women’s history: 


LA County Library 


City of Riverside City of Arts & Innovation


PBS SoCal celebrates Women’s History Month 2021 


We Are


Counselor Corner: 

  • Academic Counseling: 


It’s time to schedule classes for next year! Work with your ToR to schedule a guidance meeting with your Counselor to review your 4-year plan and discuss post-graduation goals.


As a reminder:


Melissa O’Dell services students living in Orange County, Riverside County & San Diego County. Sign Up for ToRs.


Lisa Durham services students living in LA County & San Bernardino County. Sign Up for ToRs.


Seniors: make sure to complete your FAFSA! Deadline to submit is March 2nd! Work with your ToR for assistance.



ATTENTION 8TH GRADERS!!! It’s that time again….


Work with your ToR to schedule your 4-year high school planning meeting. These are invaluable meetings to help your student successfully transition into high school. 

  • 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.

High School Webinars:

Save the date:

Essay and Visual Arts Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide - Friday, April 9, 2021. Instructions and Directions. See flyer below:



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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