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BERNAL GRADUATION CEREMONY

THURSDAY, JUNE 11

OAK GROVE HIGH SCHOOL,

285 Blossom Hill Rd.,

San Jose, CA 95123

10:00 AM on the athletic field

(no tickets required)

***GRADUATING STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE BY 9:30

Students should meet staff at the ramp near the snack shack.

Students should not carry anything with them. (no leis, cameras, phones, etc.)

Parents will sit in the bleachers behind the black fence, not on the field.

The ceremony will be approximately 45-60 minutes. You can meet your student afterwards at the ramp behind the snack shack.

 

Would you like a photo taken at the ceremony of your student with his certificate? Lifetouch photographers will be taking photos of all of our graduates. You can preview and order a photo online.

 Log into  http://events.lifetouch.com/tempHomepage.aspx?EventID=146558 to order a photo.

 

7th Grade Students are in session at Bernal on June 11 from 8:05 – 11:00

 

OTHER IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

 

June 9                 LAST DAY FOR BACKPACKS!

Talent Show:      7th Grade Assembly  8:42 – 10:05

                                                          8th Grade Assembly  10:18 – 11:40

                  

June 10     NO BACKPACKS AT SCHOOL

                   Last day of school at Bernal for 8th graders

Graduation practice

                   8th Grade Dance:         5:30 – 8:00

 

June 11     School for 7th graders 8:05 – 11:00

                  

 

                   

YEARBOOKS

Dear Parents & Students,
 
Yearbooks are back on sale! Students who Pre-Ordered their books will receive them during their 1st Period Class on Tuesday, June 2nd, and be able to enjoy time to sign them with their friends who also pre-ordered! Regular sales will open up Tuesday after school in the New GymThey will continue to be available for sale at lunch and after school through Wednesday, June 10th. Students must bring $42.00 CASH ONLY for new orders. Checks will NOT be accepted. Students will also be required to sign their names, indicating that they've read and understand the terms of receiving their Yearbook. The terms are centered on student responsibility for caring for their books, and the need to be respectful and show integrity in terms of what they choose to write in each other's books. We are so excited to share this wonderful student production with the 2014-2015 Bernal community!! If you have any further questions, please email Mrs. Ospring at bospring@ogsd.net or Mrs. Fraschetti at sfraschetti@ogsd.net

Bernal May Newsletter

BERNAL MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

 

We continue to gain support for our technology advancement and movement into Common Core and Technology infusion. Our school will soon have some very important folks from Sacramento, state officials visiting our learning environment and discussing our proud movement for student success. Bernal is definitely gaining momentum and gaining the positive publicity it deserves.

 

ANNUAL STATE SMARTER BALANCE ASSESSMENT

The annual Smarter Balance Assessment (SBAC) will begin May 4th (ELA) and will continue through 22 (Math). These new assessments will embody both technology, computer based assessments and some activity within the classroom.

It is very important that students are well prepared for the duration of testing which can be up to 90 minutes in a given session. Students are reminded to get a good night’s rest and eat a hearty breakfast so they can be alert and do their personal best. We ask that parents do their best not to schedule any medical or dental appointments during the Testing Window.

 

DISTRICT VISION AWARDS

Congratulations to Breonna Ospring (Globaloria teacher) and Samantha Fraschetti (History) as the recipients of the Oak Grove School District Quality Instruction Vision Awards. Congratulations to Brian Del Fava and Samira Syad as the recipients of the Oak Grove School District Vision Award for Student Success.

They will receive their special recognition at the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m., at the Forrest Williams Gymnasium located on the Herman Intermediate School Campus: 5955 Blossom Avenue.

 

GRADUATION

This year’s graduation ceremony will be held at the Oak Grove High School track located at 285 Blossom Hill Road in South San Jose on June 11 at 10:00 AM sharp! Students are expected to arrive by 9:30 AM for line up. No tickets are needed to attend this 1 hour ceremony.

Plenty of parking will be available. A professional photographer will be on the field to capture the moment.

 

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Just to clarify a final communication, 7th graders WILL have school on Thursday, June 11th just like the rest of the school district. They will end at 11:00 and be dismissed to enjoy their summer. Our 8th graders will attend the Graduation ceremony at Oak Grove High School and WILL NOT come to Bernal on that day. Therefore, their last day at Bernal will be, technically speaking, Wednesday, June 10th.

 

STUDENT RECOGNITION

Congratulations to our very own 8th grade students, Jordan Elizondo and Victoria Sanchez Monroy, for earning the Cinco de Mayo certificate for excellence, along with a Scholarship for future endeavors. These two scholars have a bright future ahead of them. We are very proud of their leadership and academic excellence.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, May 18                    No School for Students; Teacher AB Day

Monday, May 25                    No School: Memorial Day

Thursday, May 28                  7:30 District Vision Awards: Herman Intermediate

Thursday, June 4                     Science Night: Roller coaster projects

Friday, June 5                         8th grade Great America Day

Tuesday, June 9                      Talent Show

Wednesday, June 10               5:30   8th grade Dance

 

 

Sincerely,

Kristina Clecak                                               Janine Stovall

Principal                                                          Assistant Principal

 

 

 

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Dear 7th & 8th Grade Parents,

 

Earlier in the month you received a communication indicating that classes would not be in session on June 11th.  After confirming this with the District Office I found that if our 7th graders do not attend school on June 11th, they will be short of the state requirement of 180 days of instruction for all students.  In order to assure compliance with state regulations, we will need to be in session for part of the day on Thursday, June 11th. 

 

Thus, all 7th grade students must report to school on Thursday, June 11th at 8:00 AM.  Students will be released from school at 11:00 AM. 8th grade students do not report to school but will report directly to Oak Grove High school by 9:30 for the graduation ceremony.

 

I apologize for any inconvenience that this schedule change may have caused you.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation and for a wonderful school year.  We are so proud of the achievements of your children this year!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Kristina Clecak

Principal, Bernal School     

 

 

 

 

News

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

This spring, students took part in the first statewide administration of the CAASPP program’s Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for students who were in grades three through eight and grade eleve... Continue
Posted by: Janine Stovall
Published: 6/23/15

News

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

This spring, students took part in the first statewide administration of the CAASPP program’s Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for students who were in grades three through eight and grade eleve... Continue
Posted by: Janine Stovall
Published: 6/23/15

News

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

This spring, students took part in the first statewide administration of the CAASPP program’s Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for students who were in grades three through eight and grade eleve... Continue
Posted by: Janine Stovall
Published: 6/23/15

News

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment
Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

This spring, students took part in the first statewide administration of the CAASPP program’s Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for students who were in grades three through eight and grade eleve... Continue
Posted by: Janine Stovall
Published: 6/23/15

News

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment

This spring, students took part in the first statewide administration of the CAASPP program’s Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for students who were in grades three through eight and grade eleven during the 2014–15 school year. These computer-based tests replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program’s paper-based, multiple-choice California Standards Test (CST) assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics

The tests are an academic check-up, designed to give teachers feedback they need to improve CCSS instruction. The assessments use computer adaptive technology and human scoring to provide more accurate information about individual student performance.

Like the new academic standards, the new Smarter Balanced Summative tests are too fundamentally different from the old CST exams to make comparisons between old scores and new. That’s why this year’s test results will only establish a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

Based on trial runs of some test questions in California and other states, many if not most students will need to make significant progress to reach the achievement standards set for math and ELA that accompany college and career readiness.

As we make these changes to curriculum, instruction and assessments, we are keeping a watch and see approach. Just like a newly remodeled kitchen takes a while for cooks to get used to, with these tests, there will a period when our school’s education remodel will be evident. “Under construction” signs may be likened to a student’s test scores that seem lower than in the past, but are really early indicators of how a student is progressing towards being college- and career-ready. Please remember that this first round of test scores will provide us with a baseline for how our students are doing against the new standards and allow us to inform our teaching methods over time and measure improvement.

There are four new achievement standards: Standard Not Met; Standard Nearly Met; Standard Met; and Standard Exceeded. Standard Met is considered being “proficient” with the new standards. However, there is no way to stress enough that Standard Met on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments CANNOT be compared to Proficient on the CSTs. The assessments and the standards being assessed are far too different for any valid comparison. We would be better off comparing apples to oranges.

Your student’s CAASPP Score Report will be mailed home at the end of July or early August. On the front side there will be information about your student’s overall scores and achievement standards for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics, while on the backside there will be a further breakdown of the areas that make up your student’s overall score.

No student, parent or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will not be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade. Rather, the results will provide an opportunity to focus on the needs of students and support teachers and schools in their work.

California’s new assessment system represents the next step in our comprehensive plan to promote high-quality teaching and learning and improve student outcomes. This plan recognizes that assessments can play a role in promoting high-quality instruction.

Teachers in California support these changes because, unlike in other states, the primary purpose of testing here is to support learning, not to impose high-stakes consequences. This approach fits well with California’s new LCFF funding our schools, which recognizes that decisions about education dollars are best made by parents, teachers and communities themselves.

The system-wide changes we have begun are focused on helping students succeed in the long run, achieving their dreams of college and a career. They will take considerable time and effort to carry out. That’s why the course we’ve set in California is to carefully phase in change as state and local capacity grows. In a state as diverse and complex as California, adjustments will always be needed to make lasting progress. Patience and persistence will be required to help our schools continue to succeed during this time of transition.

 

Posted by: Janine Stovall
Published: 6/23/15

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