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Upcoming Events

Message from the Principal

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

Standardized Testing

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.

Community Has Voice in Transforming School

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.

State Testing: Keep Calm and Study On

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.