As we enter the third trimester of school and with spring just around the corner, we realize we are entering into the final grading period and that the school year is quickly nearing completion. We are proud of the efforts of our students during the second trimester of school. Thank you for continuing to support your child in their academic success.
March marks the beginning of testing season. It is important that we continue to work together to ensure that your child has mastered the grade level standards needed to be successful on the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) Test in grades 7 and 8 and the Science CST in grade 8 from March 31 – May 8, 2015. Teachers are working with students on the practice test to reassure them that they are ready to take the tests. We will be receiving assessment results and we look forward to using these results to improve our instructional practices. If you would like to learn about the types of questions on the CAASPP computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. As always, student attendance is critical during the assessment period. We appreciate your efforts in making sure your students come to school well rested and on time. A healthy breakfast with plenty of protein is always beneficial, as is encouraging your students to work hard and try their best!
Please take note of a few important dates. The District Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday, March 8th from 9:00-12:00 at Vineyard Junior High School. Our First Annual Color Run will take place on March 13th. We hope all of our students will register to participate as we find a healthy way to earn money for our school. Our Open House evening, Warrior Pride Night, will be on Tuesday, March 17th from 6:00-7:00 p.m., preceded by the PTSA General Association Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Our chorus and jazz band will be performing that evening for your entertainment and to put some celebration in the air! We will hold a book fair the week of March 16-20 and will be open from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for Warrior Pride Night. Finally, March 20th is a modified day and the start of our Spring Break. Students return to school on Monday, March 30th.
As we begin this final trimester, let’s make it the best yet! Eighth grade students in particular need to be concerned regarding grades and promotion. Students must maintain a 1.6 GPA and cannot receive an F grade in the final trimester to participate in end of the year activities. Please make every effort to check grades on Illuminate to ensure your student is on track for a strong finish. We ask that you continue to encourage your child to set goals for themselves and to strive to achieve their personal best. We believe that ALJH is an outstanding school with an incredible staff, hardworking students, and dedicated parents. We thank you for your continued support.