We have a short week due to the holiday but it will be a busy one with the "Back to School" evenings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. We hope you will be able to come follow your child's schedule to give you a better idea of what they are doing during the eight hours they are at school. I know many feel you are seeing and hearing the same thing year after year, but the teachers are new in the elementary grades and the subject matter is new every year for all students. This is an opportunity for you to learn how the teachers teach and the expectations they have for their students. This is especially true of the middle schoolers. The biggest and most frequent complaint I receive from parents of fourth through eighth grade parents is that they don't know what is happening. When you come Wednesday or Thursday night, you will hear how to best communicate with and receive information from the teachers as well as course changes. I think it will be time well-spent.
Last week we had the first meeting of the School Advisory Council for 2017-18. We have had the same committee members for the last three years so it was especially gratifying to have three new parents join us for this year. The purpose of a SAC is to assist in the preparation and evaluation (developing and evaluating) of the results of the school improvement plan. The SAC also helps us develop a special goal that can be supported by one of our business partners. Last year the emphasis was on math improvement. Before that we had targeted attendance and academic improvement of students as measured by i-ready. This month we will decide on a target for 2017-18. Thank you to the members of the 2017-18 SAC: Joe Solano, Chair, Jeff Kolowith, Kathy Bechtel, Leyanit Barron, Sally Malatesta, Sabrina Lugo, Shannon Dromgool, Meg Curulla, Miranda Lansdale, and Elizabeth Ortiz.
Next week we will have the September Governing Board meeting at 8:00 Monday morning in room 9. On Tuesday, Sept. 12 we have school pictures for the yearbook (You will be receiving the order forms tomorrow.) The girls' volleyball team has games Tuesday and Wednesday. You can find reminders of all of these events on the school calendar. Also on Tuesday is the first Family Skate Night.
Have a good week. See you Wednesday and Thursday.