Friday, September 14, 2012

September 14, 2012

 Highlight of the Week

TCAP Celebrations
Gold Rush has many things to celebrate, including our recent state assessment, or TCAP, results.  As you may know, students in grades three through five are assessed on the TCAP in reading, writing and math each spring.  Fifth grade students are also assessed in the area of science.  At our first School Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting this week I shared that Gold Rush made tremendous gains in both achievement and academic growth across reading, writing and math.  Academic achievement reflects how our students’ are meeting the state’s proficiency goal.  Academic growth measures individual student's growth and whether their level of growth will allow them to reach proficiency on the state assessment in three years.  I was proud to share that in addition to these results and growth trends, more students scored advanced in all content areas as well.  Click here for more information on our results.

If you have a student in fourth and fifth grade you received your child’s individual results in the mail this week.  Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions regarding his/her scores.  I thank our teachers and students for their efforts that resulted in such great gains! 

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders
Please help us ensure that our drop off and pick up is safe for all children by abiding by the following friendly reminders:

Do not proceed when pedestrians are at or in the crosswalks.
Be patient and don’t drive in a hurry.
Stay in traffic lanes and don’t pass into opposing lanes.
Limit driving distractions and refrain from using your cell phone in the school zone.
Do not block intersections or cross walks.
Make sure that buses can turn into the bus loop.
Provide parental supervision prior to 8:55 AM.
Give pedestrians the right of way.
Slow down when approaching school grounds. 
It is our collective responsibility to make before and after school a safe experience for all.  As always your cooperation is appreciated!

Anti-Bullying Efforts Continue
Next week students in grades three through five will take an electronic survey that will measure how safe they feel at school.  Our school’s anti-bullying committee will use the results from the anonymous survey to identify how we can better our school environment.  I look forward to sharing the results with you in coming blogs.

Digger Dash Volunteers
Volunteers are still needed to man stations on race day! Click here to help.

PTO Meeting
Tuesday, September 18,th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm @ the Gold Mine Room. Topics of discussion: the Digger Dash & Spirit Events

PTO Breakfast
Can’t make our Tuesday meeting? Join us on Friday, September 21st at 9:30 in the Gold Mine Room. This is a time to get a recap from our Tuesday meeting and share your ideas.  Coffee and pastries will be provided.

Event Planning Committee
Do you love to plan events? Have creative ideas? Or just love to help our school? Become a part of the PTO’s event planning committee. We will be meeting Wednesday, Sept 26th at 6:00 – 7:30 in the Gold Mine Room. Our spirit and fundraising events take a lot of volunteers to make it happen and we could use your help. Hope to see you there!  If you are interested please email:

Mark Your Calendar
Student Directory
This is the last chance to pre order the Student Directory. Be sure to order yours! You can check Parent Portal or your RevTrak account to see if you already ordered.

Digger Dash Schedule
7:30am – 9:00am         Setup
9:15am – 9:30am       (Division 1 – K-1st) Stretching   
9:30am – 10:00am     (Division 1 – K-1st) Race Starts 
10:00am – 10:15am   (Division 2 – 2nd-3rd) Stretching 
10:15am – 10:55am   (Division 2 – 2nd-3rd) Race Starts
10:55am – 11:10am   (Division 3 – 4th-5th) Stretching 
11:10am – 11:55am    (Division 3 – 4th-5th) Race Starts
11:55pm – 12:30pm    Cleanup
11:55pm – 3:00pm      Tally Pledges