Welcome To Paradise Elementary School
Paradise Elementary Welcomes
Incoming 2017-18 Transitional Kindergartners & Kindergartners
Monday, January 30, 2017
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Kindergarten = Fifth birthday on or before September 1, 2017
Transitional Kindergarten = Fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2, 2017
Extended TK = Fifth birthday on December 3, 2017 through January 15, 2018
(Extended TK enrollment is based on space, site availability, and Superintendent recommendation)
REGISTER EARLY! ...space may be limited.
In the event this happens, there are several school closing situations that might occur, depending on what time
the snow falls:
leave on their routes.
(2) School(s) must close earlier than the normal release time.
notified by telephone and/or email through our School Messenger system. It is very important that each school
has up-to-date contact information on each student. The District will also continue to notify local radio and TV
stations immediately, including the Town of Paradise emergency broadcast station at 1500 AM and the Upper
Ridge emergency broadcast station at 1460 AM. (Refer to the list shown below.) You may also obtain information
by logging on to the District web page or by calling the Transportation Office at 872-6484. Please realize phone
lines may be busy.
If you have any questions, please give me a call at (530) 872-6400.
Town of Paradise-AM 1500
Upper Ridge-AM 1460
KRCR-TV Channel 7
KHSL-TV Channel 12
KNVN-TV Channel 24
California’s academic standards—the things we want students to know and be able to do—are designed so students graduate ready for college and a career. One way we measure their progress is through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments. Students across California in grades 3–8 and high school take these assessments each spring. These tests were created specifically to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science. These tests measure the skills called for by the academic standards, including the ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems.
Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills.
This year, your child will take the following tests between April 24, 2017 and June 2, 2017:
- Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and mathematics
- Fifth and eighth grades only: The California Science Pilot Test
Smarter Balanced Assessments
The Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics tests reflect California’s rigorous academic standards and allow students to demonstrate analytical writing and critical thinking skills as well as their knowledge of facts. In 2017, parents will be able to compare results across three years (2014–15, 2015–16, and 2016–17) to determine their child’s progress in meeting the standards. (Exceptions: Only two years of data will be reported for students in grade 4, and only one year of data will be reported for students in grade three.)
To learn more about these tests, please visit CDE’s Test Score Guide Web site at http://www.testscoreguide.org/ca, which provides informative guides and test score descriptions as well as sample test items at different levels of difficulty.
Another great resource are the Practice and Training Tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Here, parents can experience the kinds of questions that students will encounter on the tests.
- Fifth and eighth grades only: The California Science Pilot Test
California’s new state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers-asking questions and learning through hands-on investigations and discovery. Working with science teachers, California is developing a new assessment that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. This year your fifth grade child will participate in the tryout of test items for this future assessment. While this tryout will not provide scores for your child, it is an important step in developing an assessment that will fairly and accurately measure how students are achieving on the new science standards. For additional information about the new science tests and sample questions, please visit the CDE’s CAASPP Science Assessment Webpage at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation in statewide assessments, please contact Paradise Elementary School at 530.872.6415 or email@example.com.
Deborah D. Davis
Dear Parents, Students, and Families:
My name is Debbi Davis and I am extremely honored and excited to join the staff of Paradise Elementary School (P.E.S.) as the new Principal. Over the past two weeks I have had many interactions and conversations with parents, teachers, and students. It is clear that there is collaboration between all the stakeholders and there are many rich traditions that have fostered successful students.
I am very passionate about education and I look forward to partnering with you to provide our students at P.E.S. with a rigorous, engaging, and high-quality elementary school experience. As a parent I recognize the importance of a strong home-school-home connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child’s social, emotional, and academic needs are met.
Before joining P.E.S., I served over the past 25 years, in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles, in the state of Washington and Idaho. I attended California State University at Chico for my Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and Biology and received my secondary teaching credentials along with my K-8 Multiple Subjects credential there as well. I also have a Master Degree in Education with an emphasis in Technology and a certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration.
I believe that great schools are the results of a great staff. The staff at P.E.S. is dedicated to preparing our students for the 21st Century with a high-quality education, which is intellectually challenging and relevant. In addition to the academic success, the staff at P.E.S. has a passion for teaching, a strong work ethic, are reflective of their practice, and most of all love our students.
If you have not signed up to be part of our wonderful Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) please do, so we can continue to foster the home-school-home relationships. My door is always open; please feel free to stop in, call or email me to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet!
Thank you for the opportunity to be the instructional leader of such an awesome school community!
Debbi Davis, P.E.S. Principal