2017-18 NWP NEWS!
The Homelessness Project
We are well underway on this year’s major project – the Homelessness Project. We launched this project in January and are well into our benchmarks. For more information, and details about the project benchmarks and content, please feel free to visit the NWP Inquiry Team page @ https://theinquiryteam.weebly.com
Stay tuned for our 4/19/18 Exhibition date invitation and flyer – save the date!
Student Spirit Shirts
Thank you so much to everyone who created designs and gave us feedback in our first NWP t-shirt design process for 2018! We really had many excellent design choices from which to choose! Based on student google form feedback, we will be making a school spirit t-shirt from design #6!
In addition, because they were so many thoughtful and cool-looking "custom combo requests" in your feedback, the team decided to create another design for our school based upon our icons/leadership skills, too!
POUSD School Board OFFICE HOURS
On May 17th from 2:30-4:00pm in the NWP MPR, the POUSD School Board will again be holding their new “office hours.” In recognition of the tremendous value to promote community awareness and open lines of communication, the Piner-Olivet Union School District (POUSD) Board has created a policy regarding the implementation of regular, open-door engagement opportunities or “office hours” with the intention of providing an opportunity beyond the portion of the Board’s monthly agenda set aside for public comment. During these office hours, the larger District community will be able to connect with and share ideas, concerns or express a point of view on topics that may be useful to the individual Board members and potentially the Governance Team as a whole. Attached is the Parent/Guardian/Community letter regarding Board Office Hours.
Our annual school safety plan was approved by the POUSD School Board on March 7th. We held a school safety assembly this morning and will be holding a Parent School Safety Workshop on March 13 at 6pm in the NWP Fishbowl. Today, NWP launched a new online reporting tool STOPit designed to improve student safety by deterring and mitigating bullying and cyberabuse.
CAASPP testing @ NWP
Our district’s statewide testing window is April 16 to May 15. Please be aware that although we are not a school that “teaches to the test,” we want our students to have many successful opportunities to be able to demonstrate and convey their understanding of their learning in a variety of contexts - including standardized tests. Plus, the tests have changed a lot since the days of the “bubble tests.”
The California Department of Education (CDE) has created Parent Guides to the new Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. The guides provide sample test items in English language arts/literacy and mathematics and explain how student achievement is reported to parents. In addition, they are grade-span specific, focusing on the concepts and skills to be mastered by students in: Grades 3–5, Grades 6–8, and Grade 11. I have attached the grades 6-8 and Grade 11 guide(s) to this email. If you would like more information, please go to http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents - there is lots of information there designed to help you understand the new CAASPP testing and year-round support system.