Dear Parent or Guardian,
This Spring, our students will once again be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). CAASPP is the State’s academic testing program and includes the computer-adaptive Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA), California Alternate Assessment (CAA), and the new California Science Test (CAST). It is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress on an annual basis and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.
Our students in grades 6-8 will take the SBA or CAA. Additionally, students in grade 8 will take the CAST.
Teachers have been preparing students for these assessments throughout the year by implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their curriculum. Students have also had the opportunity to take similar types of online tests through the District’s Common Interim Assessments (CIAs) and Common Formative Assessments (CFAs). The administration of the actual tests won’t occur until later in the Spring. Our school is still finalizing the specific testing window and will provide those dates as soon as they have been determined.
Should you wish to provide opportunities for your child to practice these tests prior to the actual administration, they can be found at this link: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html and clicking on Student Interface Practice and Training Tests. Additional resources for parents are also available through the California Department of Education (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/), the California PTA (http://capta.org/focus-areas/education/student-assessments/), and Capistrano USD (http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/CAASPPforParents).
Results from CAASPP testing this Spring will be available next Fall, except for CAST. The 2016-2017 administration of CAST is considered a pilot so no results will be available. Results from the other CAASPP assessments will be mailed home and available through the Aeries Parent Portal.
As always, staff are here to support parents and students. Counselors are available to help alleviate testing anxiety students may experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions or concerns.
Niguel Hills Middle School
NEW for 2016-2017
MORNING HOMEWORK CLUB
Want to get a little extra time in the morning to work on projects or assignments?
Help with homework?
Need a few tips and tricks on getting organized?
Morning Homework Club is for you! Come in and let NHMS parent volunteers help you get organized, focused and ready to do your best!
Would you like to help students on their path to success in middle school and beyond?
As parents, we have a unique opportunity to offer support to students who want or need assistance with organizational skills, study strategies, and homework assignments. We know our Niguel Hills Shark community of parents are an amazing resource to help students reach untapped potential.
Please consider donating your time and expertise to guide our NHMS students to success. (*Please note: fingerprinting is required for volunteers on campus)
Tuesday mornings (30 minutes, 8:10-8:40am)
Thursday mornings (45 minutes, 8:55-9:40am)
Niguel Hills Middle School Library
Supporting students in organizational strategies, general study strategies, and homework and test support.
Contact Shilpa Shenoy and Jadey Liu at NHmorninghomework@gmail.com or Assistant Principal Meaghan Snedeker at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
What is the Community Advisory Committee? It is a Special Education Community Advisory Committee
Every Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is required to establish a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is a collaborative partnership of parents, educators, and community members in the Capistrano Unified School District (District). The CAC is lead by parent volunteers.
The Purpose of the CAC:
• Review the local plan (local policies, procedures and programs) to ensure it is consistent with state laws, regulations, and policies for Special Education.
• Provide parent education opportunities, give families an opportunity to communicate with district administrators, connect with other parents, and share resources and support.
• Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.
CAC meetings are held monthly and are open to anyone. You are warmly invited to attend, learn more about special education in the District and connect with other parents.
CAC meeting calendar is below and posted on the District website.
Veronica Hoggatt, Chairperson
Barbara Kakuda, Vice Chairperson
CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Community Advisory Committee
Meetings are held at the District office: 9:30am
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Niguel Hills Middle School