Messages From Colleen Martin, Principal
The 1st quarter report card is enclosed with this newsletter. We average the 1st and 2nd quarter grades to generate the Semester grade, which is considered permanent and goes on a student’s transcript. Teachers’ gradebooks start over with the new quarter, so it’s a good time to discuss work habits, organization and test preparedness with your child. Cleaning out the backpack and keeping graded work at home can help minimize the amount of clutter in a student’s backpack.
Shoreline is committed to having a conference for every student. Students DO NOT have school the entire week of Thanksgiving Break (November 19-23). Teachers will be holding conferences on Monday (11/19) and Tuesday (11/20). Our school-wide goal is to have a conference for EACH student during these two days. Each teacher was assigned students for conferences. You and your child will be meeting with ONE of your student’s teachers. The goal of these conferences is to look at current progress, College and Career Readiness and make some short and long term goals for the future. We will be reviewing results of the CAASPP test over three years, Accelerated Reader goals and STAR reading results, and 1st quarter grades. Please be sure to return the bottom portion of your conference letter, ASAP. If parents cannot attend the conference, we still expect the student to attend (unless the parent indicates that the student is also unavailable).
Late arrivals to school cause a disruption to student learning. Students do NOT receive a consequence for their first three lates per quarter. Beginning with the fourth late, students are assigned detention. We hold detention on Wednesdays, after school. Students serve 15 minutes for every late beyond the first three. Subsequent detentions start at 30 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for each late. Lunch-time detentions are assigned when we exceed 30 students on Wednesdays, so students with 15-30 minutes can be assigned Thursday detention at lunch. Parents are notified when students are assigned after-school detention, but not lunch-time detention. Arriving to school (and each class) on-time is the easiest way to avoid detention. Our office staff spends a great deal of time tracking lates, calling parents and scheduling detention. Their time could be better spent helping students and parents. Please do not complain to the front office staff about detention, rather contact an administrator if you have questions or concerns. Congestion in the parking lot and traffic are not an excuse for being late. The parking lot will always be congested between 8-8:10, so plan accordingly. Parents can check Illuminate to see their students’ attendance and set their own alerts to get notified if your child is late to school or any class.
Drive For Schools
Thank you to all of the families who participated in the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Capitola Auto Mall Drive For Schools fundraiser this Fall. We raised $2,500 for after school sports, our music program and leadership program. The top selling classes were (1) DeLeon, (2) Bare and (3) Powell. vanDyk’s class had the highest average per student.
Shoreline’s Family Learning Night is Thursday, November 8th from 6-7:30pm. All family members are welcome to attend this interactive evening emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.