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Updated: Oct 9 2015 - 11:39am

This month’s ABC book: “Simon’s Hook” by Karen Burnett is a colorful story that compares teases to fishing hooks and tells the tale of how the fish learned not to bite.

Goals of lesson:

  •   Help students feel empowered and in control of their responses to

    hurtful teases and put-downs.

  •   Have students learn and practice specific language and techniques

    to allow them to swim free.
    Please ask your child about the 5 strategies that Simon’s neighbor, Grandma

    Rose, offers to help Simon avoid taking the bait:

    •   Do little or nothing—don’t react!

    •   Pretend to agree with the hook.

    •   Change the subject to distract the bully.

    •   Laugh at the hook and make a joke of it.

    •   Stay away from the hooks and swim in another part of the sea.

      As caring adults in the lives of youth, we can help develop and nurture skills to navigate the rough patches in life. Our ultimate goal is for youth to be able to handle these bumps and ruts on their own!

      When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors...Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it! 


Updated: Oct 8 2015 - 4:50pm

Please add these dates to your calendar:

Monday, October 12th—PROFESSIONAL DEVLOPMENT DAY for teachers. NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS.  Enjoy your long weekend!

Wednesday, October 14th--“Rising Young Author’s Awards” at Barnes and Nobel on Stevens Creek honoring Marshall Lane 4th grader Faith Gonia and other students from the Campbell Union School District at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 15th –Great American Shakeout Drill at 9:45 a.m.
Marshall Lane will be participating in a statewide earthquake drill

Monday, October 19th to Friday October 23rd—Parent/Teacher Conferences;
STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED EVERY DAY at 1:35. Please arrange to pick your child/ren up on time.

Saturday, October 24th—MARSHALL LANE’S 44th ANNUAL PUMPKIN WALK from 1:00 to 5:00.  Come join us for Halloween fun, games, food and activities.

Updated: Oct 8 2015 - 4:51pm

The CAASP scores are in! This year’s scores are better thought of as a starting point or baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time. We see these tests as an academic checkup. Similar to class assignments and report cards, they are just one measurement in a set of tools on student progress used to provide you and your child’s teacher(s) with information about your student’s work toward the high goals we have set. 

The assessment results indicate our students performed well in some content areas and need more support in other content areas. We expect to see both individual and district student achievement growth in subsequent administrations of the CAASPP assessments.

Once the official results are received, your child’s teacher(s) will use them to help set learning goals for his/her students this year. A copy of the results will also be sent to you in mid October.  If you have questions or concerns about the report, please talk with your student’s teacher(s) to arrange a conference.

Updated: Oct 8 2015 - 4:51pm

Dear Parents,

Last year, our students took the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Test. Smarter Balanced, or sometimes referred to as “The SBAC Test”, which utilizes computer adaptive technology to measure student achievement. The goal is to measure student progress toward college and career readiness in both English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Results are in and if your child was in 3rd grade or above last year, you will be receiving information about their test scores in the next couple of weeks. The

2015 SBAC results cannot be compared to previous years’ results on the California Standards Test (CST) or STAR Tests:

  • They measure 2 different sets of standards.
  • They use different scaled scores.
  • A “Proficient” score in previous CST scores does not equal a “Proficient” score on Smarter Balanced.
  • Whereas the CSTs focused on skills, the SBAC focuses on critical thinking.

CUSD prepares students for college and career readiness by building the critical thinking and problem solving skills that can be applied in any context. The Common Core Standards guide schools to focus on deeper, richer, and more applicable learning. Results of the SBAC are one indicator on a dashboard of measurements used to assess student progress. Using a car metaphor—while the odometer is important, it’s not the only gauge on the dashboard. Within CUSD, we have a system of assessments—curriculum-embedded, district-wide, as well as statewide assessments—that are used to gauge student progress.  This year’s scores will be used by the state of California, Santa Clara County, the Campbell Union School District, and Marshall Lane to set a baseline for future growth and continuous improvement.

As with any assessments, these results tests measure a moment in time.  It does not tell us everything we need to know about a particular student.  However, it can show trends and areas of strength or challenge.  Our staff has been busy disaggregating the data and looking at it in a variety of ways to inform our instruction.  Here are some things that we will be working on:

  • Increased computer access and skills
  • Focus on writing ability
  • Work on teaching students to communicate their mathematical thinking
  • Increased collaboration between grade level teams and across grade levels.

If you have any questions or concerns about the assessment data or your particular child, please contact your student’s teacher(s).

Updated: Oct 7 2015 - 10:18am

Somain Chainani has recently completed the third book in his “School for Good and Evil” trilogy and will be at Marshall Lane for a presentation about the series and a Q&A with our students.  This assembly will be attended by 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders on October 21st at 10:30 in the cafeteria.  All three of his books will be available to order prior to the event and each book purchased will be autographed in person by the author.   Look for order forms in your Thursday envelopes and in the office.  

Updated: Oct 6 2015 - 10:59am

Please remember that there will be no school on Monday, October 12th.  

Updated: Oct 6 2015 - 10:56am

Please click on the title to view the Rhythm and Moves Newsletter for October 2015.

Updated: Oct 5 2015 - 4:51pm

Please take a moment to answer a short survey* about our school and district websites.

Campbell Union School District redesigned its school and district websites to be easier to use on all types of digital devices AND to make it easier for parents to find the information they seek most often. Your answers to survey will help us reach those expectations and to refine and improve our websites for those who use them. The survey closes October 16th.

* The URL is:

Updated: Sep 28 2015 - 8:57am

At Marshall Lane, we truly appreciate the participation of our parents in the education of our students.   The requirements to volunteer at school are outlined in the following regulation from our Campbell Union School District handbook:

All Volunteers shall submit Parent/Guardian or Non-Parent Volunteer Application, Photo ID and evidence that they are free from active tuberculosis at least, every four years and must have a current TB Clearance on file at school site. 

Volunteer applications are available in the office or from your child’s teacher.  A record of your current TB test should be available from your doctor.  Please make a copy and submit it to the office.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this requirement, please call out office at (408) 364-4259.  Thank you!

Updated: Oct 8 2015 - 4:52pm

Dear Parents,

Last spring, all California students in 3rd to 5th grade participated in the first official year of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) otherwise known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) standardized tests.  This computer-based, adaptive assessment system was piloted the previous spring.  Last year’s administration of the test marks the first time that individual student scores were recorded to be shared with schools and families.

On or around October 1st, parents whose students were in 3rd to 5th grade last year will receive their child’s standardized test scores in the mail.  Keep in mind that it is impossible to compare the SBAC results with the previous assessment system STAR results.  The current tests cover the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in a format that is new to our students.  These new test results are considered to be a baseline for our school, our district, and the entire state of California.  The staff and I will be disaggregating and examining the scores in the upcoming weeks to assess our instructional strategies and approach.  As always, our goal is for continuous improvement in what we do to provide the best possible education for all of our students.  We are dedicated to this goal as we collaborate and work hard to do our best possible job for your children.

Once you have received your student’s test scores, check out the information on the CUSD website at for more information.  If you still have questions after accessing these resources, you may email me at or call me at (408) 364-4259 so I can address your questions.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our very first Family Bingo Night for the year that was held last week.  It was very well attended by our community and people who were there had a lot of fun!  A special thanks to our fantastic MCs—John Conta and Morgan Griffith—and to the Bingo Night organizers—Kim Wen, Stephanie Griffith, Jodie and Brent Topping—as well as our fabulous PTA for sponsoring this fun family event!


Priscilla Spencer, principal


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