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May 2021

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It takes us all to keep soaring! 

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and is the perfect time to support the mental health of our community.
We invite you to participate in CHOC’s Check-in Challenge during May, Mental Health Awareness Month. Participants are encouraged to “check in” with themselves, as well as with others.

Here’s how the check-in challenge works: Each week in May, you’ll check in with a different key community group. Complete all five weeks; just pick one person or group to check in with; or simply make a commitment to check in with yourself this May.
  • Week 1 (May 3 – 9): Caregiver – Those who are always looking after others often put themselves last. Make them first on your list to check in with this week.
  • Week 2 (May 10 – 16) : Strong friends – Those in your life who you look up to for strength are often pillars for many others. Who is checking on them? Make it a point to check in on your “strong friends” this week.
  • Week 3 (May 17 – 23): Yourself – Who me? Yes, you. How are you really doing? What does it look like to check in with yourself? What are you doing to take care of yourself this week?
  • Week 4 (May 24 – 30): Neighbor – Maybe it’s time to do more than look away or wave when you see your neighbor. Introduce yourself and ask how they have been getting along during this time.
  • Week 5 (May 31 – June 6): Essential Workers – These are the people in our lives who are sometimes under-appreciated, who keep our world going. Think to check in on the grocery store clerk, your waiter, mail carrier and delivery person. Make them feel seen by asking how they are doing.
Additional information about our ELAC meetings may be found on our website.  

Join Zoom Meeting: 

Passcode: Excel, Meeting ID: 962 4669 2456, Dial In: +16699009128
Schoolsite Council Information:

Riverside, Orange, & San Diego Counties
May 14th Agenda Link 
Join Zoom Meeting:
Passcode: eagles, Meeting ID: 982 1990 5797, Dial-In: +16699009128

Kern, Los Angeles, & San Bernardino Counties
May 14th Agenda Link 
Join Zoom Meeting 
Passcode: eagles, Meeting ID: 949 6955 3286, Dial-In: +16699009128
May Field Trips are open for registration!
Remember to sign into your field trip account
on the school's 
website to register. 
ETL Course Schedule Grades 4-8 (2021-2022)

ETL Course Schedule High School (2021-2022)
BrainstemTV is offering free membership until June! BrainstemTV is a virtual education network that delivers a variety of STEAM curriculum and fun activities that are sparking innovation and creativity in K-12 students. Membership provides access to engaging science labs taught by scientists and leading educators. Once you sign up, you'll have access to labs and worksheets! Please see for more info. @brainstemtv
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
Excel Academy's spiritwear
store is open! 
Spirit Store

Please follow Excel Academy on Instagram and Facebook to connect with f
ellow parents to
 share resources and personalized learning 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 Update

If your students are performing at an eighth grade level or below on their i-Ready diagnostic assessments, your student will automatically have access to personalized learning lessons that are geared specifically to your students’ strengths and learning needs. Tell your students to STRIVE for 45! Students who work on their i-Ready lessons for 45 min. per week in each subject area have shown great progress, and have the opportunity to be featured in our monthly newsletter. Great news, your students’ lessons will be available from now through the month of July. 

Kindergarten and First Grade Paper Pencil Assessments Update

Students who did not complete the spring i-Ready benchmark assessments will be taking the paper pencil assessments in May. The assessments will be administered virtually. Please reach out to your ToR for further details.


CAASPP Update - TESTING WINDOW - 4/12 - 5/14

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate through the remote CAST science assessments. Our students are working hard, and we are so proud of their efforts. Just a friendly reminder that students should have scratch paper and pencils during testing, and should keep the device plugged in to charge the battery.  Students may not have access to phones and Smartwatches during testing, and they cannot access other tabs or the test will be paused. Please ensure that your student eats a well balanced meal and gets plenty of sleep before testing. 


ALL English Learners (EL) - Summative ELPAC Assessments

All English Learners have completed the Summative ELPAC assessments. The score reports will be sent to parents as soon as they are sent to EACS by the state. We are so proud of all of the students who took this assessment. Keep working hard! 


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.

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 i-Ready Rockstars  
Excel Academy Student Council

A big, special thank you to all of the students who participated in student council for the 20/21 school year! You all truly help us soar!!! 


Baylee Snyder, Isabelle Tobias, Aatikah Parise, Jacob Averitt, Matthew Craig, Logan Burger, Seth Harper, Amanda Stein-Sigal, Ibrahim Yaseen, Trevor Barrios, Stephanie Quek, Lauryn King, Jonathan King, and Jessie San!!! 


End of the Year Student Council Celebration will be on May 5th @ 1:00pm. Details will be provided through email. 

Student Spotlights
Ava, a 7th grader at Excel Academy, received two certificates for the National Latin Examination. Congratulations, Ava! Studying Languages has been a highlight of personalized learning for Ava. She is finishing high school Latin 4 this year as a 7th grader. Ava plans to direct her foreign language studies towards advancing her Spanish. We are so proud of you, Ava! Keep soaring! 🦅
Our Eagle Hour Talent Show was a lot of fun! ✨
Students shared their talents in piano, gymnastics, dance, singing, and art. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Content and Community Provider (CCP) Spotlight- Virtual Classes
Now is the time to prepare your children to have the tools and learning tips for them to succeed as we close out the school year. ➕➖✖️➗ WM Tutoring Services offers a friendly and comfortable environment where our tutors go at the pace of each student and explain each in a simple, yet effective way. 👩🏽‍🏫
To sign up your child, contact us at (909) 240-0001 or visit today. 

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

Wishing all of the 2021 graduates success in all future endeavors.


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.


FINAL EXAM TIME - MAY 24th-26th!!! 

This year, final exams will continue to be proctored virtually. 


EDG: Schedule exam with ToR

ODY: Schedule exam with ToR

BYU: Let ToR know which date/time to sign student up for with proctor

Semester 2 Final Exam Info 20/21 


Final Exam Study Tips Webinar: Zoom Link 

Through phone use Meeting ID: 97287766619 Passcode: 272993

Join Us: Mind Out Loud - Student Mental Wellness - 5/4-5/6


Click Here to Register


ETL Course Schedule Grades 4-8 (2021-2022)

ETL Course Schedule High School (2021-2022)
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