Happy Super Bowl!!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Here at TECA we are entering a very evaluative and instructional period. We are assessing how much our students have learned so far this school and we are looking at identifying the best strategies for ensuring all of our students demonstrate progress in their assessments including the California Department of Education (CDE) standardized examinations that all students in grade 3-8 will be taking in early April.
Students in grades K-2 are finishing up their Fountas and Pinnell Assessments (F&P). These assessments determine your child’s reading level. Grades 3-8 completed the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in reading and mathematics last week. Next Week we will be sending home to you, your child’s results on both of these benchmark assessments
Beginning next week, two days a week for 45 minutes all administrators, grades 3-8 teachers and other staff, will be working with students on reading aligned with the state examination’s ‘Performance Assessments’. The students will be organized by their performance levels within their grade, rather than by class. All staff not just English Language Arts (ELA) teachers are responsible and committed to supporting the academic advancement of all students and their preparation for the state examinations.
Our Supplemental Educational Services (SES) after school reading and math program begins February 16 for selected students. You have been contacted about your child’s qualification for this service. Students in this program will meet with their instructors Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30.
You can support your child at home with his/her reading and mathematics progress. Please read with your child or provide time for your child to read for twenty minutes – to half hour each evening. Please have conversations with your child about what he/she is reading in school and at home. Ask him/her questions about the characters and actions that take place in the story. Ask him/her their opinions about the events in the story. On the weekends have a special ‘writing time’ where your children can write personal creative stories, write about an experience and/or write about the stories in the books and articles you read. Talk to your child about books and articles you read. Model sharing an opinion with evidence from the story by sharing your opinions about what you read with your child. Take your child to the library and support him/her in checking out and reading books. Take your child to a book store. Allow your child to choose and purchase books of interest to him/her. Follow-up by providing time at home for your child to read the books he/she selected from the library and/or purchased at the book store.
Often to help your child focus on reading at home, you have to turn off the television, turn off the computer, stop the phone texting and join your child in the reading activity. When we show our children that reading and writing are important to us and that these are activities we enjoy and make time to do, our children will become interested and comfortable reading as often as possible.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful children with us.
Dr. Olivia Lynch
The PTC Meeting will be on February 2nd, 2016 at 8:30 am in the Cafeteria and at 5:00 p.m. in the Dance Room (Room 114).
The ELAC Meeting will be on February 16th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 353.
The Site Council Meeting will be on February 2nd, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in the Dance Room (Room 114).
The Board of Directors Meeting will be on February 9th, at 6:00 pm in the Dance Room (Room 114).
Watch TECA Students Shine!
TEACHER WORK DAY
Friday, February 12th will be a Teacher Work Day. There will be no classes for students. Teachers will use this day to plan, learn and receive professional development.
Monday, February 15th will be President’s Day. TECA will be closed, school will resume on Tuesday February 16th.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION
TECA’s African American Heritage Celebration will take place February 23rd, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Saturday February 20th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm will be TECA’s Campus Clean-Up. Come help clean up our school and do some gardening.
TECA Panthers – Help Us Build Our Field of Dreams!
STUDY ISLAND PROGRAM – LEARNING EVERYWHERE!
Study Island helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade master state-specific, grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner. Study Island combines rigorous content that is highly customized to specific state standards in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with interactive features and games that engage students and reinforce and reward learning achievement. Visit the Program by clicking the link below:
ALERT – IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please be aware that a number of e-mail groups exist (yahoo groups, Google groups, pencil etc.) through which parents and others have been communicating. TECA welcomes and supports the TECA community being connected. Please know that for official information from TECA the following information channels are in use: the school website (www.teca-sf.org), the auto dialer, letters by postal mail from the school on school letterhead, monthly newsletters, other flyers and hard copy communications from the school. TECA communications generally have the school letterhead, the school’s email address and/or the Executive Director as the origin of the communication. At times we post official TECA information on our Facebook page and ask groups such as the PTC google group to share our official communications with their group members. Please take note of all communications concerning TECA that you receive so that you may be cognizant of when the information is officially from the school.