From Our Director
Dear Sutter Peak Family,
Thank you to all of the parents and staff who attended the “Stand for All Students” rally hosted by the California Charter Schools Association in Sacramento. I want to take a moment to describe the purpose of the rally and the challenges charter schools like Sutter Peak face at present.
Over 7,000 students, parents, teachers and educators traveled from as far north as Chico and far south as Los Angeles to participate in the event. The rally was a powerful step in defending great public schools and the families they serve. During the event, the California Charter Schools Association unveiled their legislative priorities and policy agenda, which calls on legislators to fully fund and defend great schools and deliver for all students throughout the state. Also addressed at the rally was a set of bills, put forward by a well-organized anti-charter movement, that would challenge the ability of charter schools to meet the needs of the families and students we serve. In some cases, these bills would threaten the existence of schools like Sutter Peak. Learn more about CCSA’s legislative priorities and this pending legislation here.
As education continues to be a central focus in Sacramento, our hope is that the hundreds of thousands of charter school supporters in the state’s 1,323 charter schools will share their story. Stopping harmful legislation and promoting beneficial legislation will be a challenging endeavor. If you would care to become more involved in supporting this endeavor, CCSA has developed an online form to notify legislators of your support for charter schools like Sutter Peak!
How Do We Do Our Part to Show Charter Schools Work?
Sutter Peak is maintaining our focus on the academic and emotional growth of each student. We will continue to tailor our program to the unique needs of each student while adhering to the policies and procedures set forth by the State of California, Nuestro Elementary School District (our authorizer) and Pacific Charter Institute. Our school shows academic growth in three ways: NWEA/ MAP, DIBLES and SBAC. MAP testing is required by our authorizer and SBAC is required by the state of California. After many of you voiced concerns over your child’s reading struggles, PCI added in the DIBLES k-2 to address literacy concerns. Our staff goes above and beyond to make sure that every student feels welcome and well cared for during testing. We have snacks, games, and many smiling faces. Your child’s attendance to testing is critical to our school, critical to all charter schools. We are more than transparent about the critical need for every student (grades 3-12) who is enrolled in our program to participate in testing during Fall,Winter and Spring. We love being able to serve your family. Teacher meetings, student funding, fieldtrips, curriculum, supplies, parent outreach, computers are a small part of what our community offers. We have all (your family included) poured our heart and souls into this program. Please help us continue to be able to work together.
Exact Path Success
We started this fall ready to build on the small success we had during the 18-19 school year. We adopted Exact Path because we knew it was good for kids…turns out, it’s good for all of us! As you may know, the NWEA/MAP test is a national achievement benchmark. The test doesn’t care what curriculum is being used or how it’s being taught. The achievement norms are based on the work of kids across the US. Once kids take the MAP test, the scores are merged with Exact Path. Exact Path uses the scores to create and EXACT learning PATH for your specific student. How cool is that? It takes the guess work out and lessens time spent on the homeschooling parent to create lesson plans. This year, our kids have taken off! I am so impressed with the number of learning paths completed by our students. Next week I am presenting our growth to the Nuestro School Board, I can’t wait to share our progress.
Thank you for continuing to walk this journey with us.
Re-enrolling? We hope so!
We need to know if you will be returning to us for the 2019-2020 school year or if you plan on enrolling at another school. This year you will be responding to the Enrollment Status form 2019-2020 by accessing your PowerSchool Parent Portal. You will need to respond by April 26, 2019 to confirm enrollment for next year. Beginning May 1, 2019 we will begin enrolling new students into any vacancies left by students who have indicated they are not returning or who have not responded.
Please go to https://powerschool.heritagepeak.org/public to access your PowerSchool Parent Portal. Once you’ve signed in, look for “Enrollment Status 2019-2020” towards the bottom of the left hand column and click on the link. When asked if this is the first time you have accessed a form through your parent portal answer “yes”. You will be asked to verify the birthdate of your student. Complete the form and upload any documents you have ready. You will need to respond for each student who is enrolled by returning to your parent portal and clicking on “Account Preferences” and then the “Students” tab.
State Mandated Assessments
April is the month for State testing, known as CAASPP, or California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. These tests are vital to our school’s effort to serve you, our students, and to gauge the effectiveness of our programs.
All Students in grades 3 through 8, and grade 11 are to complete these computer and performance tests over two days. In addition, grades 5, 8, and select high school grades are given a science assessment. Talk to your teacher to make sure that you are properly scheduled for a time and place most conducive to success.
We are so proud of knowing that our students will put forth their best effort and SHINE on these tests. You can learn more about the tests and explore the Frequently Asked Questions here.
Exact Path Progress
By using Exact Path SPCA students earned more than 350 Skills Trophies in February and March. Students are building their skills and earning prizes. We are so proud of them.
Your student can see the latest trophies earned or see a list of ALL of their trophies by checking MY REWARDS on their Exact Path home screen. We are so excited to celebrate our students’ Exact Path success with them at our end of the year bashes.
When Should I Stop Reading Aloud to My Children?
Parents often discount the read aloud experience once a child masters phonetic decoding. However, experts agree that reading aloud to children is the best way to help them:
- Build a knowledge base that is crucial for eventual success in reading
- Cultivate a love for books, a love for reading, and a love for learning
- Increase their listening skills and attention span
- Expand their vocabulary
- Improve memory and comprehension skills
- Encourage participation in discussion about a variety of topics
- Develop empathy
- Internalize an understanding of effective language usage and proper sentence structure
- Relax and snuggle!
Parents who continue reading to their children long after decoding is mastered help them ensure greater academic success and benefit from closer relationships and increased communication opportunities with their children.
For more information and ideas about reading aloud check out Read Aloud Revolution.
Family Field Excursions – Coming Soon
Watch your email for sign up links for these family field excursions.
4/25 Jelly Belly Factory @ 10am, Free
5/2 Old Sacramento History Museum Gold Panning and Historical Scavenger Hunt @ 10:30am, students are free, parents $5
5/9 Hidden Falls Hike @ 10am, Free
We had so much fun at iFly, the Exploratorium, and the Sacramento Adventure Playground!