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PTA Mtg Wed 11/19: Q&A on Curriculum

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If you have questions about the Common Core, the current math curriculum, “A Story of Units,” math homework or differentiation, then you should come to Wednesday’s PTA meeting for a presentation and discussion by Berkeley Unified School District’s Lori McDonald and Oxford first grade teacher Jaime Vines. Go to the Oxford committees’ Agendas and Minutes page to see the full agenda for the evening.

The PTA meeting takes place on Wednesday 11/19 from 6–7:30 pm. Childcare provided. Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

Early Dismissal, Report Cards, Conferences, Holidays!

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From The Oxford News:

It’s Report Card and Parent Conference Time!

Teachers have been working hard to get them done and I’ve spent some time looking them over, too. It helps to give me a more complete picture of each child. Report cards will go home next week; they will be given to families at the parent/teacher conference. If you haven’t scheduled your conference or have forgotten when it is, be sure to reach out to your child’s teacher. KQED’s MindShift has a helpful guide on focusing parent-teacher conferences on creating a partnership, so please check it out.

This is a new report card format, aligned to the Common Core standards, so everyone is still getting used to it. As with any report card, only limited information can be conveyed with numbers and marks; the critical part of knowing how your child is doing at school is the parent/teacher conference. An information sheet explaining report cards in more detail will be given to families at the conference. Blanks on the report cards show that it isn’t any area of concern, or that the topic hasn’t been taught yet. There may also be an N/A if it hasn’t been covered yet. Be sure to check out the information sent home by our Family Engagement Liaison to help be prepared for the parent/teacher conference.

Early Dismissal 11/4 to 11/7, Closures 11/10 & 11/11

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SBA State Testing, Grades 3-5

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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium logoSBA is the Smarter Balance Assessment. This is the new state testing program that begins this year—well, the field test is this year. All 3rd through 5th grade students will be testing but it’s a “test of the test.” The purpose of the SBA this year is to evaluate the testing software, ensure the quality of test questions, establish scoring and reporting levels, and familiarize participants with online testing and correlation to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This dress rehearsal also gives us an opportunity to figure out schedules, computer needs, and any other issues that may arise. We will not get the results of the tests. Oxford students will take the test on April 7, 8, 9, and 14, right after spring break. Continue reading “SBA State Testing, Grades 3-5” »