Superintendent's Update
Volume I : Issue III
June 16, 2015  Like us on Facebook
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As the school year comes to an end, we want to share a few quick items with our FVSD Community.

We are extremely proud of all three of our middle schools and their Gold Ribbon School recognitions!  In addition, we are excited to answer some potential questions about the reports you will receive regarding your student's Smarter Balanced Assessment results.  And lastly, we are doing our part to help conserve water and want to keep you informed.  

Thank you for all that you do to support teaching and learning in our District!  

Mark Johnson, Ed.D.
CELEBRATE: FVSD Earns Gold Ribbon Status!

We are pleased to announce that all three of our middle schools have been named Gold Ribbon Schools.  This prestigious recognition honors "California schools that have made tremendous gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the the State Board of Education for all students."  

"These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson said.  "They provide great examples of things educators are doing right -- embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching and creating a positive school climate."

We are thrilled to have Fulton, Masuda and Talbert among the twenty-four middle schools recognized in Orange County.  Thank you and congratulations to our staff, students, parents and the community for everything that you have done to aid us in earning this well deserved distinction!
Gold Ribbon Schools Recognition with State Superintendent, Tom Torlakson
From left to right: Principal - Jennifer Morgan, Principal - Jay Adams, Superintendent - Dr. Mark Johnson, State Superintendent - Tom Torlakson, Assistant Principal - Jennifer Kajdasz, Principal - Kevin Johnson, FVSD Board President - Ian Collins.
FOCUS:  What do the New SBAC Parent Reports Look Like?
In the coming months, parents of students in grades 3-8 will receive a two-page report describing their child's Smarter Balanced Assessment results.  Parents should understand that the new results cannot be compared with scores on previous state standardized tests, as this year's English language arts and math tests are based on a different set of academic standards.

Instead of using five levels of achievement (far below basic to advanced) like the former California Standards Tests, Smarter Balanced uses four achievement levels: standard not met, nearly met, met and standard exceeded.  The levels will designate the degree of "progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills needed for success in future coursework."

The second page of the report elaborates on the purpose of the Smarter Balanced test, which, it says, includes a " wider variety of questions than traditional multiple-choice tests and include tasks and test items that require students to explain how they solve problems." It breaks down the overall score into components that the Common Core standards stress. These include reading, writing, listening and research/inquiry skills in the 5 th -grade English language arts test and problem solving, concepts and procedures and communicating reasoning for 5 th -grade math.

Click here to learn more and see a sample report.

FOCUS: FVSD Doing Our Part to Conserve Water
As you know, the State of California is currently in a drought and local residents are being asked to do their part to conserve water.  We have been asked to do our part, too.  

In the City of Fountain Valley, we will be watering our fields on Mondays and Thursdays, in agreement with the City's restrictions with a maximum of 15 minutes per station.  

In the City of Huntington Beach, we will be watering our fields on Mondays and Thursdays, too, but will be using Huntington Beach's restrictions with a maximum of 10 minutes per station.  

Find out more from our cities about what you can do to help conserve, please visit the below links:
UP NEXT: See you in the Fall!
We hope you all have a terrific summer break! 
Our next issue will be published on August 31, 2015.

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