Dear Alta Loma Junior High Families,
November welcomes the 2nd trimester of school. Students have taken interim assessments that mirror the new state assessment and completed final projects to end the trimester successfully. We are confident that teachers are working diligently to best prepare our students for the new Smarter Balanced assessments that they will take in early April. Teachers have taken time to attend several staff development opportunities focused on the Common Core State Standards and effective strategies designed to meet the needs of today’s students. Student report cards will be mailed home on Friday, November 7th. The start of the winter trimester is a perfect time to remind students that each trimester is a brand new beginning and an opportunity to be achieving their personal best reminding them that “Working hard is worth it”.
October was a busy month ending in Red Ribbon Week, Halloween, and the end of the 1st trimester of school. Daily Red Ribbon events focused on reminding students of the harmful effect of substance abuse. We enjoyed a Motivational Assembly regarding making responsible choices and being a good citizen. We wore our red bracelets that read “I Choose to be Drug Free” provided by our PTSA and several theme dress up days sponsored by our ASB that included “Double Up Against Drugs” and “Team Up Against Drugs”. We closed out the month with staff and students dressing up for Halloween with prizes for categories such as: best twins, scariest, and best clown. Some things never change at ALJH!!!
November promises to be busy with the holidays and many events just around the corner at ALJH. Please remember to mark your calendars. Once again, the ASB will be organizing Project Basket in an effort to support the needs of our local community. Homerooms will be assigned a particular food item that will become a part of a Thanksgiving dinner for a family in need. Of course, we encourage any support in the form of a donation to help the cause. We will be collecting donated items from October 27th – November 17th. Also, we hope you join us for our ALJH Band Family Dine-Out Night at Pieology in the Colonies on November 19th from 12:00-8:00pm. We will celebrate Admissions Day and Veteran’s Day with two days out of school on November 10th and 11th. Our Talent Show Assemblies will be held on November 14th. The Thanksgiving Holiday will be from November 24th-28th.
As we approach the holiday season, we appreciate your extra caution when dropping off or picking up your students. Please remember to follow the safety rules set in place around the school. We thank you for your continued support.