Dear Millard Families & Friends,
In the afternoon of Tuesday, May 12, we will be holding a practice emergency drill at Millard. At that drill we will be including student release practice. We have a system in place to safely release students to parents should there be a large emergency in the area. We would like to practice that protocol with students and parents on the 12th. Please see the flyer at the back of this newsletter with more specific information about how you can assist us in this process. Once the drill has been completed, we will also be asking for written feedback from parents and families who participated. Thank you for your help and support in our endeavors to keep all students at Millard prepared and safe.
Beginning this week, our students will be taking the statewide testing with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) for students in grades 3rd through 6th. These statewide assessments are replacing the STAR English and Math tests that our students are used to take. These new assessments are testing students on the new California Common Core State Standards. This year, we will be receiving student data from these tests, which will be used as baseline data for future testing. Our 5th grade students will still be taking the STAR science test until that is eventually incorporated into SBAC. I expect all student scores to be sent home to families during the summer. Many of our special education students are also taking the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) at this time. Their scores will also be reported.
As the weather begins to get warmer and our students are more physically active, parents are asked to review both Millard’s discipline and dress policies. These are found on the inside and outside covers of the Mustang folder that comes home with every student on Thursdays.
Here are some key issues:
¨Shoes must be worn.
¨On PE days, no thongs-sandals or shoes without a heel strap may be worn. This is a safety issue.
¨Tank tops or off-the-shoulder or short blouses/shirts which show the torso, stomach or midriff are not allowed.
¨Students may not wear short shorts or mini-skirts that are higher than mid-thigh.
We want to maintain an environment that is conducive to learning and safety. Thank you for your support.
On May 7, 2014, the Fremont Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt new math programs for grades kindergarten through eight.