Thank You to Our Volunteer Parents!
The Crocker Parent Group would like to give a GIANT thank you to the following parents who spearheaded a fantastic New Parent Reception on August 22. It was a smashing success. Thank you to: Ingrid De Moor Kitahata, Barbara Streett, Jana Fore, Mahtab Hafezi, Michelle Fowler, Anna Schaffner, Ann Lloyd, Margaret Pardasani, Margaret O'Connell, Heather Berry, Lindsay Ranii and Barbara & Anthony Rodio.
On the first day of school, August 25, Elizabeth Battat and Denise Orwin organized a fantastic lunch for teachers and staff at Crocker. Thank you to Elizabeth and Denise for going above and beyond to make sure all Crocker staff enjoyed lunch.
Parent Survival Guide and Back-to-School FAQs
YOU’VE GOT QUESTIONS, WE’VE GOT ANSWERS
Whether you are new to Crocker, or your fifth child is an eighth grader, the first few weeks of school bring up many questions for parents.
The following documents were distributed at our first Parent Group Meeting on Friday, August 29. In case you missed it, please print out these helpful documents:
(See also: FAQ for specifically Grade 6 linked below)
Grade 6 Upcoming Events and FAQs
Welcome to the Sixth Grade! Our grade level looks forward to the following exciting events coming up soon:
Sixth Grade Retreat – Sept 15
Sixth Grade Outdoor Ed – Oct 20-24
Sixth Grade Parents’ Networking Meeting – Oct 22
Sixth Grade Ice Skating Party (see below) – Nov 7
You should have received a list of the customized FAQs to help parents transition to sixth grade. If you would like an extra copy or didn’t receive one, please download the 6th Grade FAQ PDF. If you have any ideas or contributions for the list, to help next year's new sixth grade families orient to Crocker, please forward them to Liz Schenk (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Celine Shimizu (email@example.com), your head room parents.
We have recently assigned room parents per homeroom and you should be receiving announcements and reminders to keep you informed throughout the year.
Don’t Miss the 6th Grade Costume Skating Party!
Skate on over to Belmont Iceland on Friday, November 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for some fun Fall skating. We’ll have pizza, treats and prizes for the best costumes. Simply recycle your Halloween costume or dress in head-to-toe NEON. No need to be a good skater…just a desire to have a fun Friday night with your friends! Be sure to have your parents pay and submit your permission slip, available online and in the school office. Permission slips are required to attend the party.
Grade 8 Networking Coffee on 9/26 - Transitioning into High School
Transitioning into High School
8th Grade Networking Meeting on Friday, Sept 26
Eighth grade parents are invited to join us at 8:45 am on Friday, September 26 at the Crocker Library to hear Principal Catherine Mikes discuss transitioning into High School. A few of the topics she will cover will include information about public and private high schools, the application process and important decision making factors for your child. Eighth grade parents will not want to miss this!
Come by the Crocker Library for coffee and knowledge!
Angela Castellino, Melissa Jones, Schyler Tollmann
8th Grade Networking Chairs
Associated Parent Group (APG) News
Parent Coffee - Sept 19:
The Resource Parents and APG, in association with Student Services, invite all parents to "A Parent Coffee Celebrating our Children in Special Education." Please join us as we "Share the Journey" on Friday, September 19th from 9:00 - 11:00am at the home of Barbara and Anthony Rodio, 521 Roehampton Road.
Superintendent Ranii and District Staff will provide updates and gather parent input. Parents are encouraged to ask questions and network! Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 17th, to firstname.lastname@example.org or 375-0445.
Special Kids on Hillsborough Together (HT):
Want to hear about local events and resources for families with children with special needs? Sign up for Hillsborough Together and then join the online discussion group “specialkids”. The Resource Parents are also collaborating with HT to build out a “Special Kids” section of the HT Directory. To access recommended private therapists, doctors, camps, etc., click on “Directory” and then scroll down to the “Special Kids” section. Please feel free to add your own recommendations as well! We look forward to hearing from you online.
State Testing Update
As you may already know, state testing was very different during the 2013-14 school year. Instead of taking the old STAR CST or CMA tests**, all students in 3rd – 8th grade participated in the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) field test of the new assessments designed for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system, known as CAASPP. Since this was a practice test for the new system, NO results are being reported for either individual students, schools, or districts.
Two of the “old” STAR tests did remain in place, however. Last year’s fifth and eighth grade students only (current 6th and 9th) were given the STAR CST/CMA assessments in Science. In addition, students who were eligible for the alternative CAPA assessment did receive it. Scores are being reported for these specific tests, and results are being mailed to parents the week of September 1st.
Looking ahead, for the 2014-15 school year, the new CAASPP testing program in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be fully operational for grades 3-8 (not 2nd, as in previous years). In addition, the science tests will continue to be given at grades 5 and 8. The CAPA test will not be given this year, but an alternative assessment will be field tested. More information about these tests will be forthcoming throughout the year.
If you have any questions about the test itself or your child’s participation, please contact your site principal or Modell Marlow Andersen, Director of Educational Services.
** Here is a list of Acronyms to help you out!
STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting)
CST (California Standards Test)
CMA (California Modified Assessment)
CAPA (California Alternate Performance Assessment)
CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress)
Hillsborough Schools Foundation (HSF) Update
Save the Dates! The Hillsborough Schools Foundation (HSF) is excited to start a new school year and invites our entire community to participate in our 3 Signature Events this year:
Hillsborough Classic – Thursday, October 16 (tennis); Friday, October 17 (shopping and luncheon), 2014
Dinner Dance – Saturday, April 11, 2015
Hillsborough Fun Run – Sunday, May 31, 2015
Mark your calendars and join us as we build community and raise money for our award-winning schools. Go to hsf.org for more information or call the HSF office: 650-344-6685.
eScrip.com – Don’t forget to register or renew your credit cards with eScrip! Make your shopping count for our kids! Groceries = dollars (Mollie Stone’s, Lunardi’s, Piazza’s, Trag’s and Draegers all donate a percentage of your sales to the Hillsborough Schools Foundation for all eScrip-registered credit cards)
Back to School Shopping – buy supplies for the kids and give to the kids, all at once! Click through the hsfshopping.com website on your way to purchase all of your back-to-school needs. Amazon, Office Depot, REI and so many more merchants donate a percentage back of every purchase originated at hsfshopping.com! Click on their logo to be directed to their website and shop as usual!
Look for Hillsborough Classic invitations in your child's backpack next week! This year, HSF is excited to offer two days of fun: Sign up for a no-stress game of Round-Robin Tennis on Oct 16th at some of the most beautiful courts in Hillsborough. Whether you play tennis or not, treat yourself on Oct. 17th to boutique shopping, lunching with friends old and new, and enjoying an exquisite fall fashion show sponsored by Wilkes Bashford! All to benefit our award-winning public schools!
Hillsborough Recreation Fall Activity Guide Online: Hillsborough Recreation offers a number of opportunities for middle school students to enjoy after-school sports, recreation and enrichment classes.
For more information regarding registration deadlines and enrollment or to view the complete Fall 2014 Activity guide, please visit: http://www.hillsboroughrecreation.com
Sate Routes to School: Safe Routes to School has several events planned again for the 2014/2015 School year and we welcome volunteers to assist with any of the events to encourage safe walking, biking and carpooling to and from school. Please note the following Safe Routes to School Event Dates:
Wednesday, October 8th - International Walk to School Day
Wednesday, March 11th - Golden Sneaker Contest
Wednesday, May 6th - National Bike to School Day
Additionally, Safe Routes to School will also be collecting student data twice this year (once in the Fall and once in the Spring) on ways students are traveling to and from our schools. This is a new contractual agreement between the San Mateo County Office of Education and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Analyzing our student travel data year to year helps Safe Routes to School track progress towards increasing active (walking/biking/scootering) and shared (carpool) modes. We hope to build our community support for the program as well as identify ongoing barriers that the program can seek to overcome in future years.
Please feel to contact me throughout the school year if you have further questions at email@example.com
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
HNN: CERT Classes offered: Be Prepared! Register for the fall CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) classes offered to Hillsborough residents by our Central County Fire Department (CCFD). Classes are only one evening a week for six weeks starting September 11th. Courses are inter-changeable with other towns and make-ups are simple. Get started now to learn how to better protect your family and home. For more information please go to: http://www.hillsborough.net/315/Emergency-Preparedness-Classes-for-Resid. To register, please go to: https://hillsboroughcacert.samariteam.com/RequestInfo.aspx or call Lisa Bartolo at 650-558-7668.
HNN Program Coordinator