The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, is the state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. CAASPP assessments include computer adaptive tests in English language arts and mathematics as well as paper-based tests for science. Students in third through sixth grade will take assessments in English language arts and mathematics. Fifth grade will also take the California Standards Test in science. Del Mar Union School District will be testing during a three-week window beginning May 2 through May 20.
Dear Parents: As this school year draws toward a successful conclusion, we want to thank you for the many ways you support the staff and students at Ashley Falls School. During the final month of this school year, staff will begin developing preliminary 2016/2017 student placements. The placements and class rosters will be finalized in August. Many factors are considered as we make student placements.
Ashley Falls would like to congratulate AMY DOYLE as our Teacher of the Year! Amy is extremely deserving of this honor for many reasons including her ability to connect with every single student at Ashley Falls and always go above and beyond. Mrs. Doyle has a unique ability to connect with each and every student. As our Art Teacher, she works with every child at Ashley Falls and helps them find their creativity and artistic ability. She knows that every child is an artist and helps cultivate their problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, and design skills through different mediums in art. Mrs. Doyle celebrates each child’s uniqueness and students feel safe in her classroom to take risks. Mrs. Doyle will never stop learning and growing! She is constantly trying to think of new ways to engage students, create interesting lessons, and help students grow both academically and socially. She is always open to new ideas! This year, she has been very excited about STEAM+ and how to keep making learning more and more integrated and meaningful. She is constantly reading new research, articles, and websites for new ideas and projects to ensure that students receive a top-notch education in her classroom. Mrs. Doyle’s instruction is always standards-based and integrated with grade level content. She finds ways to incorporate reading, writing, and math into her art lessons and delivers instruction in a way that ensures all students are learning.
Each month, this message is highlighting one of the eight core strategies outlined in our district’s strategic plan. This month’s focus is a key component of Core Strategy #8: Student Safety and Well-being, with a look at how we provide a safe and nurturing environment that encourages student engagement and individual ownership of learning.
The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is an important component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Under the LCFF all Local Education Agencies (i.e. DMUSD) are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to EC Section 52060(d). We value your input in this collaborative process as we review progress on the LCAP and revise actions for the upcoming school year.
The 2016 Annual Ashley Falls Jog-a-Thon will be held on Wednesday, March 30th. Every year the success of the Jog-a-Thon helps keep our STEAM+ programs here at Ashley Falls, so please take the time to sign up online at PledgeStar to make your pledge. Invite friends and family to donate as well.
We recently notified you that a judge had ordered your children's confidential school records stored by the California Department of Education (CDE) be disclosed to parties involved in a lawsuit, Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association vs. the California Department of Education, and provided you with information to submit an objection in writing to the court.
We are thrilled to recognize Mrs. Terri Alper as the Ashley Falls Classified Employee of the Year! Terri is truly the heart and soul of our school and ensures that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. Terri's work ethic is unmatched and should be commended. She puts in her best effort every single day and completes anything that is asked of her. Terri is the one that everyone comes to with any question. She knows all of the workings and behind the scenes that happen at Ashley Falls and across our district, because she is so committed to seeing those around her be successful. Terri truly leads by example and all staff look to Terri as a role model. Terri is also a pillar of the community and known by all the families that have been lucky enough to have worked with her. Parents and students still come back to see Terri and say hello, after they have moved on from Ashley Falls. Terri's positive impact on the entire school and community is outstanding. Ashley Falls would not be the same without Terri and she truly is an asset to Ashley Falls and the entire Del Mar Union School District!