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Principal's Update - January 14, 2021

Dear Addison Families,

Hope everyone is well and settling back in to the school routines.  It was great to welcome back our "A" hybrid cohort students this week and as a reminder, the "A" cohort will attend school again next Wednesday, Jan. 20, since we have the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, Jan. 18.  The full Wednesday calendar was sent in a previous newsletter but you can also reference our school website to know which cohort attends school on Wednesdays.

I continue to receive many questions regarding when our staff will be eligible for the COVID vaccine.  We are all eagerly anticipating a firm timeline and have been informed that PAUSD staff will be considered in Phase 1B.  Hopefully within the next week, I'll have more information.  In the meantime, here is some information that may be helpful if you are looking for free COVID testing :

Stanford Health Care

Actual Link: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/discover/covid-19-resource-center.html

Santa Clara County

Actual Link: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/covid19-testing.aspx

Project Baseline

Actual Link: https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/

Teachers are busily preparing for our mid-year literacy and math assessments.  We reviewed our assessments and timelines at our Staff Meeting yesterday and will start the administration this month.  All literacy assessments will be done at school for hybrid students and online for our full distance learners.  The literacy assessments are conducted 1:1 in order to capture a child's accurate reading level and analyze progress in relation to our PAUSD literacy benchmarks.

In math, our kindergarten and first grade students are using the Dreambox online program as their mid-year math assessment.  It will not seem like an assessment for the students as they simply keep using the program and data becomes available to teachers regarding the math standards at which the child is proficient.  Watch for reminders from your child’s teacher to be sure that your student is completing the required number of lessons for our assessment to be complete.

For 2nd through 5th graders, we use the NWEA Growth Assessment in math.  We have been using this assessment for several years now in September, January and May.   This year we were not able to administer the assessment in September, so this will be the first use of it for this school year.  Hybrid students will be assessed on days that they are in school.  Our distance students or any students who may need to be quarantining at home will take the assessment in the distance setting.  There are some additional important steps that must be followed in order to effectively administer the assessment while students are not present in school.  Please watch for specific directions to parents of our distance learners that will be coming from your child’s teacher.  

Just as with our reading assessments, these math assessments inform us about the instruction and possible interventions needed for each child.  They don’t influence the progress report or have any lasting impact on a child’s placement.  We need to know what each child is able to demonstrate in terms of their understanding of mathematics at this time, so it would be counterproductive for parents or tutors or care-givers to assist students with the assessment if taken at home.  The assessment is designed to take students to the limit of their knowledge so they will reach a place where they aren’t able to answer correctly.  

The last update is all Elementary Principals are moving to 2x/month parent newsletters similar to years prior.  I will aim to send my newsletters on Wednesday evenings but will continue to send important updates as needed.

Fondly,

Amanda Boyce

Principal