Our goal is to ensure that each of our students meets or exceeds their grade-level standards. If a student is far below grade level, our goal is to make significant improvement each school year to reach grade level standards as soon as possible. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to achieve these goals. We will work hard for our students in pursuit of academic excellence and we know that parents and guardians will work hard for their children too, but our students must work hardest if they want to achieve results.
New this year, our students will receive integrated thematic instruction. This means that every classroom will start a new unit, every six weeks, that will explore a standards-based science OR history theme. ELA Common Core state standards will be taught through our Next Generation science and history units. Students will be placed in flexible groups; sometimes they will work with other students who are at the same reading level and sometimes they’ll be placed in groups of mixed ability reading levels depending on the activity. We are committed to differentiating curriculum, instruction, and academic experiences to meet the diverse needs of our student body.
Wonders for K-6 and Pearson Common Core for 7-8
Students will be placed in math groups within their classrooms based on ability and grade level. Math concepts build on each other, so it’s crucial to provide curriculum and intervention that meets students where they are in math ability. These groups will also be flexible. The decision to move students between groups throughout the school year will be based on mastery of Common Core standards determined through formal and informal assessment.
EnVision for K-6 and Pearson Digits for 7-8
Independent Study Learning and Attendance
Although we have our students on campus for much of the school week, we are by name and by nature an independent study program. Over the last few years, the program has grown and evolved into more of a hybrid program where students are able to get more time and attention on campus in order to have all academic and social needs met. As an important piece of our program, there is some basic information that parents and/or guardians will need to know and understand to ensure success for their child in independent study.
Attendance & Work Completion
For all schools who use the independent study model of education, student attendance is not based on time on campus but instead by the work a student completes. This work can be completed either at home or on campus. Also, there is an expectation that our teachers and families develop close partnerships in order to create a good educational experience for each student. Here are some important things to look out for as part of our program:
Daily Homework & Monday Homework Packets
It should be expected that your child will have homework every evening. This could be both assigned homework and/or unfinished classwork. It is recommended that a parent/guardian discuss school and homework with your child every afternoon and support him/her with time and attention towards their best effort and completion of homework. If you feel that your student is taking more than 30-45 minutes to complete the homework or often does not understand the homework, you should schedule a meeting with your teacher. Also, on Friday’s, each student will be sent home with a Monday Folder containing work that must be completed to receive attendance for Mondays. Monday Folder work should take more time than the homework assigned on a school day.
Each Friday, we will send home weekly attendance sheets for students in their Monday Folders. The attendance sheet must be signed and dated by a parent or guardian and turned back into your student’s teacher on Tuesday. The method to complete attendance sheets includes two tasks; First, place an X in the box for each day your student completed schoolwork, either on campus or at home. Secondly, print, sign, and date? in the middle of the page. The bottom of this form will be completed by the teacher.
Conferences and Progress reports
Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be held in November and February. During your scheduled conference appointment, you will reflect on your child’s academic and social strengths and areas in need of improvement. Much of the meeting will be spent planning how to meet your child’s social and academic needs for the following trimester both at school and at home. Progress reports will be sent home in your child’s Monday Folder in the middle of each trimester or at the request of a parent/guardian. You may, at any time, request a conference with your child’s teacher to ask questions and/or address concerns.
Title: Principal Hometown: Nevada City, CA Education: National University: M.S. in Eduation; CSU Chico: B.A. in Social Science; Clear Administrative Credential; Clear Teaching Credential Interests and Hobbies: Family, sports, and outdoor activities.
Title: Vice Principal Hometown: Quincy, CA Education: UC Davis: BA in Education and Communications; CSUS : Multicultural/Multilingual Multiple Subjects Credential, MA and Administrative Credential, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; SCOE: Leadership Institute: Clear Administrative Credential Interests and Hobbies: I love to travel and experiencing different cultures. One of my hobbies is to run and be outside. I also have a passion for empowering young women and educating students on social justice issues.
Title: Curriculum Coach Hometown: Fort Bragg, CA Education: CSUS: BA in Liberal Studies; CSUS: Clear Credential HQT – Language Arts and History Interests and Hobbies: Yoga, reading, and Legos
Title: K-1st Teacher Hometown: Sacramento, CA Education: BA in Criminology; TEFL Certificate; Preliminary California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Interests and Hobbies: Running, dogs, social justice, teaching, and learning
Title: 3rd and 5th-8th Grade Math Teacher Hometown: Bakersfield, CA Education: CSU Bakersfield: BA in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Theater; Preliminary California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Interests and Hobbies: Musical Theater, salsa dancing, and karaoke!
Title: 4th Grade Teacher Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Education: CSUS: BA in Psychology; SCOE - Credential Interests and Hobbies: Jogging by the river, painting, and exploring Sacramento
Title: Para Educator Hometown: Fresno, CA Education: Fresno Pacific University: BA in Sociology Interests and Hobbies: Food, shopping, movies, music.
Title: Clerical Staff Hometown: Roseville and Auburn, Ca Education: Sierra College: AA Bussiness Administration, AS Social and Behavioral Sciences; Sacramento State: BS Accounting (in progress) Interests and Hobbies: : Playing with my 2 year old son, BBQ’s with family, wine tasting with friends, mostly, being a MOM!
Title: 7th/8th Grade Teacher Hometown: Sacramento, CA Education: Sac City: AA in Social Science; CSUS: BA in English; USC: MA in Teaching, Teaching Credential in English Interests and Hobbies: : Video games (Call of Duty), Harry Potter fan, reading, drawing, arts and crafts, watching movies and TV shows (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones), and spending time with my husband and three dogs.
Title: 5th/6th Grade Teacher Hometown: Galt, California Education: University of California, San Diego Interests and Hobbies: Jamming on Piano, Keyboards, Organ, or Rhodes. Open Mics. Supporting Local Live Music. Family. Game Night! Fine Foods. Beach, Ocean, Mountains, and Camping.
Title: Paraeducator Hometown: Kaney, Ukraine Education: Degree in accounting in Ukraine; AA –Business/Liberal Arts from ARC; Working toward a degree in Psychology at Sacramento State University Interests and Hobbies: Reading, Dancing, Travelling, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting and Camping.
Title: RSP Teacher
Title: Teacher Hometown: Pasco, WA Education: University of Portland: BA in Education Interests and Hobbies: Reading, exercising, watching British mysteries, hanging out with my new grandson.
Djuana Kennedy-Rupert (Ms. Dee)
Title: At-Risk Specialist Hometown: Cleveland, OH Education: Yuba College: AS; National University: BA in Global Studies and MS in Multi-Cultural Studies/Credential Interests and Hobbies: Drawing, water color, crafts/sewing, reading, horseback riding, kayaking, family (in no particular order).