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Dear Marshall Lane Families,

Did you attend STEAM Night this week?  If so, I am sure that you will agree that it is our best one ever!! A HUGE thanks to everyone who helped organize and conduct the event.  Teachers, students and parents collaborated to provide many fabulous learning opportunities for our students.  What a great night!!

And speaking of STEAM, a wonderful opportunity for parents is coming up next Tuesday, April 25th from 1:30 to 2:30.  Join us in the STEAM Lab to participate in a parent training to help facilitate an engineering experience based on the book The Most Magnificent Thing.   District STEAM Teacher on Special Assignment, Julie Goo will be teaching this class so parents can help their child/ren’s teacher(s) implement the lesson with the students.  It will be fun!  Please join us for this fun experience!  Hope to see you there!

Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Priscilla Spencer, Principal

Updated Mon, Apr 17th

Updated Mon, Apr 17th

Standardized testing will begin on or around April 24th for all students in third to fifth grades and will continue through May 25th. While students will not work on testing every day, different grade levels will be testing during this time and children will be completing some tests over more than one day or time period. 

To ensure that all students will be present during testing, please do not schedule any routine appointments during school hours for this period of time.  Children should arrive at school on time and not be taken out early or on an Independent Study.

It is also important for students to have a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast every day before arriving at school.  Sending a healthy snack will also help students since some tests may require more than one time frame during the day. 

The SBAC tests are just one of the many ways that we can gauge the success of our programs and curriculum as well as the achievement of individual children and groups of students.  It provides very important information that helps us with continuous improvement.

If you have questions or concerns about the testing that you would like to discuss, please call our office at (408) 364-4259.

Updated Mon, Apr 17th

Students had equal say as adults as more than 100 parents, students, staff and neighbors gave input at a March 23 community forum about creating a new Preschool–8th-grade school in the District.

The meeting began with attendees using stickers to vote on the Guiding Principals the Transformation Team will consider as it develops recommendations for the Governing Board. Then, participants and facilitators separated into affinity groups—parents with other parents, students with students, and so on—so they could discuss hopes, concerns and ideas for the new school. They consolidated their input and reported it back to the whole group. Their responses are posted on the District's Transformation web page in the March 23 meeting notes.

In April, the Transformation Team will review the responses and identify common themes to address in recommendations it sends to the Board in June.

Updated Tue, Mar 28th

State testing will happen from mid-April through May, and we're doing our best to ensure our students do their best.

Each year, students in grades 3–8 will participate in the statewide testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests cover English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3–8, and science fore grades 5 and 8. They provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career.

The principal will send information about specific testing dates and times at your child's school.

Meanwhile: Don't Fret. Stay Informed.

Updated Tue, Mar 28th

WHAT: Saratoga Library, one of 50 libraries nationwide selected to host “Thinking Money,” is the only library in Northern California to offer this museum quality traveling exhibition.  Designed to teach tweens, teens and the adults in their lives about money management in an engaging and fun way, the exhibition is free and open to the public.  No reservations required.


Saturday, April 1, 2017 through Monday, May 1, 2017

Saratoga Library, Community Room, 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070

ABOUT: Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, “Thinking Money” explores themes such as wants versus needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day and imagining a future self. Attendees will learn how money works, acquire important skills and navigate the ever-changing world of personal finance. A series of free programs for the whole family about money will be offered throughout the month of April.  Topics to be covered include: housing affordability, saving, financing college, spending and avoiding fraud.

WHO: The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, developed the exhibition.


April 1, 2 pm: Grand Opening Panel Discussion and Reception – “Baydog Millionaire: Navigating the California Dream and the Future You.”

April 1-24: Furnish Your Room Budgeting Contest!

Kids, grades 4 - 8, design a bedroom with a budget of $500!

April 4, 4 pm: Decorate and Feed Your Piggy!

Kids grades K – decorate a piggy bank to take home.

April 8, 3 pm: Thinking Money – Seek and Find, a Financial Facts Contest: Study the “Thinking Money” exhibit and participate in a trivia contest for prizes. All questions based on exhibit information, financial resources mentioned in the “Explore More” handout and other resources available at the library.

April 15, 3 pm: Harvard Schmarvard? New Perspectives on College and Career: Career coach Dr. Marty Nemko discusses the cost and value of a college education as well as underrated, overrated, and under-the-radar careers.

April 18, 6 pm: College Money Survival Skills Panel Discussion: College students, parents and experts join in conversation to discuss what it takes to financially survive in college.  Q & A session after the discussion.

April 22, 11 am: Thinking Money & Earth Day: Silicon Valley Clean Energy: Saratoga City Councilman and Silicon Valley Clean Energy Board member Howard Miller to discuss the new energy option open to residents of Saratoga and 11 other communities in Santa Clara County.

Class Tours: Educators are invited to schedule a tour of the exhibition. Email requests to lliu [at] Or call the Saratoga Library at 408-867-6126.  The exhibit and tour are appropriate for students in Grades 4 – 12. Tours are available for 45 minute time slots Monday, Tuesday or Friday 11 to noon am throughout the exhibit display dates.

WHO: The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, developed the exhibition.

Updated Mon, Mar 20th

It’s not too late to register for STREAM Session 4! We still have spots available in Lego Robotics for the 3rd-5th grades & for basketball for 4th & 5th grades. To register go to:

Updated Thu, Mar 23rd

The State of California is field-testing a new school accountability tool that uses multiple measures to report school performance and growth.

 Watch the Video

The California School Dashboard is a new tool from the State of California that replaces the old Academic Performance Index (API).  It will provide parents, educators, and the public with important information they can use to evaluate schools and school districts in an easy-to-understand report card format.

The California School Dashboard is a critical piece of California’s new school accountability and continuous improvement system. A 5-minute video explains how the new tool works and what it looks like.

Updated Thu, Mar 23rd

Strategic Plan Committee noted progress during its review of strategic goals and objectives, including STEAM, standards and student support.

The Strategic Planning Committee—35 students, employees, parents, community members, and Board members—met on March 7, 2017 to discuss progress, challenges, and next steps toward achieving the District’s strategic goals.

As part of the semi-annual review, the group created objectives to be completed by September 2018 and a list of current “Perceived Strengths and Accomplishments”.

More details about the Strategic Plan are on the Strategic Plan Web Page

Updated Wed, Mar 15th

Dear Families,

I hope that you are enjoying this gorgeous weather! It is great for us to be able to get the students out again at recess and lunch time!
Just a reminder about the SPRING FLING this Saturday evening at La Riconada Country Club at 6:00 p.m..  This is our most profitable fundraiser of the year.  It is an adult-only event with a fabulous dinner, adult beverages, music, dancing, a silent auction, and a live auction.  Many of our staff members will be in attendance.  We hope to see you there!  Tickets can be purchased this week in the breezeway on online at
As you are probably aware, the Campbell Union School District is in the beginning stages of creating a preschool to 8th grade campus at the Campbell Middle School site.  A Transformation Team has been created to assist with these changes. Your insight and participation is requested by our Superintendent, Dr. Eric Andrew  Please join our District Transition Team on Thursday, March 23rd at Campbell Middle School beginning at 6:00. Our district is seeking family and student voices as they work to develop a new Preschool - 8th grade school.  The evening will begin with a general convening and then move to specific stakeholder breakout groups. These groups will be facilitated by Transformation Team members. Your expertise would be of great benefit to the development of this new school. If you are planning on attending please let me know by emailing me at pspencer [at]
Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the staff lounge.  Join us to discuss important topics about Marshall Lane.
As always, thank you for your support and participation.
Priscilla Spencer, principal

Bell Schedule

  • In Session 8:20–10:00
  • Recess 10:00–10:20
  • In Session 10:20–11:35
  • Lunch 11:35–12:25
  • In Session 12:25–2:35*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:35
  • In Session 8:20–10:00
  • Recess 10:00–10:20
  • In Session 10:20–11:40
  • Lunch 11:40–12:30
  • In Session 12:30–2:35*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:35
  • In Session 8:20–10:00
  • Recess 10:00–10:20
  • In Session 10:20–12:05
  • Lunch 12:05–12:55
  • In Session 12:55–2:35*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:35
  • In Session 8:20–10:00
  • Recess 10:00–10:20
  • In Session 10:20–12:25
  • Lunch 12:25–1:00
  • In Session 1:00–2:40*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:35

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