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January 2021
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 CAASPP test prep sessions begin this month and are offered through March. Please note the dates below by grade level and
mark your calendars. 
Remember to sign into your field trip account
on the school's 
website to register. 
Our Excel Academy spiritwear
store is open! 
Spirit Store
Save the dates! 
Meeting ID: 972 8776 6619 ~ Zoom Link:


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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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.  



The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System consists of the following assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy and mathematics

  • California Alternate Assessments for English language arts, mathematics, and science

  • California Science Tests

Parent and guardian resources:


***Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CAASPP testing will be virtual this year and will begin the week of April 12th. As we continue to receive detailed information and direction from the state, we will share updates with our families. Students in grades 3-8, 11 and 12th graders (who did not take the science test during high school) are required to participate. 


CAASPP Test Prep 

To help prepare our students for the CAASPP, three ToRs will be offering test prep sessions through January, February, and March. Specific details and Zoom links will be found on ParentSquare and your ToR’s dashboard. If you have any questions, please reach out to your ToR. 


Assessment Resources links - CAASPP and ELPAC Practice Tests:

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. All designated English Learners will take the Summative ELPAC in February and March, and will be notified of their testing dates by the end of January.


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 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.

i-Ready - Progress Monitoring and Personalized Lessons

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! 

 December's  i-Ready Rockstars  
                  Victor M.                               Lauren H. 
               Jose R.                            Christopher M.
                      Leo M.                                 Yannis B.
                  Anthony R.                               Otis O. 
Excel Academy Student Council



Holidays Around The World:

Excel Academy Student Council learned about holidays celebrated around the world. Please enjoy the following presentation and find out all about what we learned. Video Link


Yearbook Cancellation:

Due to the unforeseen stay-at-home learning this year, we are unable to gather school-wide student headshots and pictures for the yearbook.  Those who purchased yearbooks will be refunded, and we look forward to creating a future yearbook. Thank you all for your understanding.


Join us for our January General Meetings: 

January 6th and January 20th, 2021 @ 1:00 pm


Spirit Week is January 25th-29th:

Kick off the New Year in a positive way and join our spirit week!! Each day we will have a new theme. Take a snapshot of your students participating each day and email your pics to Please include your student's name, grade, and TOR name as well as written authorization to use your photo.  


Monday: Silly Dress Day (sunglasses, hats, mixandmatch, crazy socks, throwbacks)

Tuesday: Try Something New Day (Cooking, Crafting, New Skill)

Wednesday: Friendship Day (Write a Letter, Share your Pet, Do an act of kindness)

Thursday: Hobby Day (Reading, Gaming, Sport, Film)

Friday: Pajama Day (Finish the week with a virtual movie and pajama day)

***More Information to come on Parent Square

Student Spotlight
4th Grader Taryn made a model of the Santa Clara Mission with Legos! 
Fantastic job, Taryn! 
Content and Community Provider (CCP) Spotlights- Virtual Classes
The Scoop on SPED
        Writing detailed sentences                       Non fiction text structures

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


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 their 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) Sign Up 


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

College & Career Center: 

Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) Apply, and 

California Dream Act Application (CADAA)Apply

Deadline: March 2, 2021

Students applying for FAFSA or CADAA please use the school code assigned to the county you live in:.
  • 054948 - Orange County, Riverside County, San Diego County

  • 053418 - LA County, San Bernardino County


Need Assistance filling out the FAFSA?


Free one on one assistance completing your FAFSA and/or CADAA, please contact Vicky Kaylor at to schedule your appointment.


Free Cash for College Webinars (Register Here) - Dates & times below

Webinars will provide students & families with information on the FAFSA and CADAA

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


UC Campuses still accepting applications until January 8, 2021

  • UC Merced

  • UC Riverside

  • UC Santa Cruz

  • 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 Wellness Sign Up.


Attention student (MS and HS)!
Here’s your chance to make a difference and raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health. See the flyer below for submission categories, details, and deadline.


Final Exam Information:

Parents! Remember that final exams are just around the corner. Please click on link for information: 20/21 Final Exam Info (Semester 1) 

Attention middle schoolers! Come learn what Excel Academy’s High School Program has to offer!!!


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 the flyer below for more details:



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




  • Spring semester begins 1/25/21

  • The 10-day ordering period for HS course changes runs from 1/25/21-2/5/21

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