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Project Cornerstone Caring Climate Award Video

The video below, published by Project Cornerstone, highlights the many strengths of Don Callejon that allowed the school to earn the Project Cornerstone Caring Climate award.  Congratulations!

 

Posted by: Don Callejon School
Published: 3/21/14

Attention 3rd-8th grade parents and students: CAASPP tests April 7–May 9

Dear Parent/Guardian:

This is an exciting time for everyone at Don Callejon School.

As you may already know, we, along with thousands of schools across California, are participating in a field test of a modern assessment system designed to help shape teaching and learning in the classroom. Known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – or CAASPP – these computer-based tests replace the STAR program.

These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.

Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this opportunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assessments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need.

Finally and importantly, this year also gives your student an opportunity to try out the new system without consequences. All of this combined means that we will not be capturing scores this year. Instead, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.

Our next step in that transition is to administer the field test to students in 3rd-8th grades from April 7th- May 9th. If you want to see what types of questions students will be asked or how the test will be presented, there is a practice test available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.

If you would like more information, please visit the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterfieldtest.asp. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Liz Kozlow at 408-423-3354.

Sincerely,

Mary Martinez
Principal

Posted by: Don Callejon School
Published: 3/18/14

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests are now available.  Smarter Balanced is the system of academic tests that is expected to replace the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program tests in English–language arts and math beginning in the 2014–15 school year. The Smarter Balanced tests are based on the Common Core State Standards adopted by California in August 2010.

Please view the website and letter linked below for more information.

Posted by: Don Callejon School
Published: 10/30/13

Mornings with Ms. Martinez

Mornings with Ms. MartinezPLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION: Don Callejon School Library

We invite interested parents to join Ms. Martinez for informal gatherings throughout the school year to hear updates about Don Callejon, ask questions, and provide input.  Each of these sessions will feature highlights about important programs at the school while reserving plenty of time for open discussion.  

For example, Ms. Martinez plans to share information about the following topics across the various sessions:

  • this year’s school plan, details about the additional funding the school will receive, and the exciting new programs included
  • strategies used at Don Callejon to help students adhere to expectations for behavior and focus on learning
  • the new Common Core standards being adopted by California and how they will be integrated into the Don Callejon curriculum
  • tips for a successful transition from elementary grades into middle grades (featuring a presentation by Project Cornerstone)
  • a year-end review and plans for the next school year

These are just a sampling of preliminary ideas for topics and are subject to change as the school year progresses.  For each gathering, we will select items that are timely and seem to be of most interest to parents.  Of course you may also ask questions on topics other than those featured on a particular day.

Please join us for Mornings with Ms. Martinez in the Library at 8:30-9:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2013
  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014

We will serve some light refreshments for you to enjoy while you listen and talk.

Posted by: Don Callejon School
Published: 10/28/13

Online Pre-Registation

Santa Clara Unified School District now offers online pre-registration for new students.  If your child has never attended a school in Santa Clara Unified School District, you can now pre-register your child online at https://air.scusd.net/air

Once you complete your pre-registration which includes filling out all of the information on line,  please email Tanya Pratt at [email protected] to schedule an appointment or call her at 408-423-3307. 

After completing the online registration, print out the registration forms, complete the following documents and bring all completed forms with you the appointment.

(K)          Kindergarten Information Sheet  

(K - 1)     Oral Health Assessment    Report of Health Examination

(K - 8)     Verification of Residency    Health History Form    Student Record Request

And

3 Current Proofs of Residency

Home Owner:

  • Property Tax Bill (current year)
  • PG&E, Santa Clara Utility Bill  Current bill only
  • Land/Cell Phone Bill

Current bill only

And

  • Birth Certificate/passport
  • Immunization Records

 

 

Renter:

  • PG&E Bill, Santa Clara Utility Bill

Current bill only

  • Land/Cell Phone Bill

Current bill only

  • CurrentRental Agreement

And

  • Birth Certificate/passport
  • Immunization Records

 

Living with Another Family:

  • A signed affidavit and 2 current bills needed in the name of the person you are living with

         and

  • 3 of the following documents in your name
  • CurrentDMV Car Registration          
  • CurrentDoctor Bill or Credit Card Bill
  • Current Land/Cell Phone Bill

And

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records

 

If you qualify for free or reduded lunch, please apply online at:   https://onlinemealapps.scusd.net

The Governing Board of Santa Clara Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals.  The District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or association with a person or a group with one or more of these perceived or actual characteristics.  The Board shall promote programs which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district.

The District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so and when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

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Where are all the student pictures?

We know many people would love to see pictures of Don Callejon students here.  Unfortunately, at this time, privacy restrictions prevent us from publishing photographs of students on the general school website.  Parents are encouraged to attend the many school family events in person to see the students' smiling faces.

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