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751 W. Lowell Ave., Tracy, CA 95376

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It is very important that TUSD knows  how our district can best serve you  for next year.
Please take  the survey so we can hear your voice!
 
English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCXHQXB
 
 
SARC
 
All public schools are required to prepare and distribute a SARC (School Accountability Report Card). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each public school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators.  SARCs are prepared with information from the previous school year.  The 2013-14 SARCs can be obtained from the school website and district website at https://www.tracy.k12.ca.us/AboutTUSD/SitePages/SARC.aspx.   Paper copies will be made available, upon request.
 
 
Smarter Balance Testing
 
This year, teachers at Monte Vista Middle School are helping students learn and presenting course information in new ways. We are using challenging tasks that require students to provide reasoning, support arguments with evidence, and persevere in solving problems. These are the skills that colleges and employers say our students need to succeed.
The next step is measuring our progress by participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These new statewide tests for students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 are an academic check-up in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. These tests have replaced our former tests to provide better information to help improve teaching practices and target learning. The test is different from past testing in many ways. Some highlights include:
·          Computer Based: Some questions are interactive, and a greater variety of supporting tools can be provided to eligible students, such as magnification of text, and text-to-speech read-aloud of questions.
·          Computer Adaptive: Students receive test questions that help pinpoint what they know and can do. A correct answer is followed by a more difficult question, and an incorrect answer is followed by an easier question. This provides a more precise estimate of student understanding.
·          Realistic Context for Tasks: Knowledge is assessed in context—for example, students are asked to select a word of the same meaning to replace a word in a paragraph, rather than to choose a synonym for a word standing alone. In addition, students will need to provide open-ended answers for some questions, rather than selecting from multiple options, and will be asked to write short essays that will need to be scored by hand.
·          No Time Limits: Students can take the time they need to do their best.
                                                                                                                       
Check in with your child during testing, and ask him or her to share with you some of their experiences with this new approach.
 
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Friday,May 29th; 12:30 dismissal
 
 
PARKING LOT SAFETY - Please stay in your lane and watch out for pedestrians so that everyone is safe. Also, ONLY staff cars are allowed in the back parking lot. Please do not let your chld off there.
 
REMINDER - Whenever you pick up your student early from school, please remember to bring your ID to the office.  We check ID every time on every student to ensure our students' safety.  Thanks for your cooperation! 
 
LANYARDS: Students are required to wear their IDs on a lanyard around their necks every day.  Please make sure that your child has the ID and lanyard ready to wear as he/she leaves for school. Thanks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 CURRENT EVENTS

 

 

 

 PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

 

 
Dear Families,
 
Welcome to April! 
 
Our  Smarter Balance testing has begun.  Although it will go on throughout the rest of the school year, please check with your child’s teachers about their testing calendars.  Students need to be well-rested and well-fed for them to do their best. Remember that we provide a healthy breakfast every day in our cafeteria.
 
You are really encouraged to look at the Common Core Practice tests with your child so that all of you know what they are like. Please go to: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp
 
Another idea: Khan Academy, an online resource, has lots of practice activities for students to prepare for testing. Try it!
 
The weather is actually getting warmer, so please remind your child about the dress code! It is found in the agenda that all students carry daily. 
 
Thank you so much!
 
Susan O'Hara-Jones