PTSA and Band Meetings Tuesday, Nov 4th

PTSA and Band Meetings

Tuesday, November 4th

Band 6-7pm in Room 43; PTSA 7-9pm in Room 8

After PTSA business is complete join us for

The Family University:  Common Core and Middle School Math

Math is Everywhere

Please join us for our next PTSA meeting.  On the business side, we’ll review a proposal for the website update and talk about our new math tutor.  Then, we’ll welcome Phil Gonsalves and Drew Kravin from the WCCUSD Mathematics Center.  Phil, Drew and their crew train our teachers.

It isn’t often (maybe never)  that we get to combine “Math” and “Fun” in the same sentence, let alone in the same evening, but indeed, this is what you will get – a completely engaging evening about math.  We’ll cover the new Common Core standards, why we are changing and what the NEW MATH looks like.  We’ll also discuss where parents can find resources.

We couldn’t encourage you more to come on out and hear what these gentlemen have to say.  Yes, bring your kids!

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Fright Fest is coming… And needs your help

Fright Fest pumpkinFright Fest brings ghoulish good fun to the KMS campus during lunch October 27th-31st.  We need volunteers to run a Fright Fest station!  Lunch times are 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday / 10:30 a.m. – Noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  It’s a short time on campus and super fun!  Any number of days you can help are greatly appreciated!  Contact PortolaPTSA@gmail.com to get your questions answered or to sign up.

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National Junior Honors Society

National Junior Honors Society induction ceremony tonight 10/16 6-7 pm in Room 43. Congratulations to all the inductees in this prestigious program!

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WCCUSD School Board Candidate Forum Report

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WCCUSD School Board Candidate Forum

Parents’ Voices Loud and Clear

Ten candidates gave opening statements and answered 6 questions from parents at Monday Night’s Candidates Forum, sponsored jointly by the PTAs of El Cerrito/Kensington schools. Three of the candidates will be elected on November 4th. Two of the candidates are incumbents.

The questions were about teacher quality; supporting and increasing the number of high-achieving students; follow-through on new programs; balancing charter schools and traditional public schools; and “What is the best book you have read recently about education?” The final question was from a Kensington fifth grader about how to fix school lunch.

View the Candidate bios.
You can review the campaign financing records of the candidates at the Contra Costa County Elections Division website: www.cocovote.us/campaigns/public-viewing-of-campaign-statements/

More than a hundred people attended, so ask around if you missed it and want to know more.  Please remember to vote on November 4th!

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Cross Country is here!

Cross Country meets are starting:

9/29 Golden Gate Fields- Albany
10/2 MLK-Berkeley
10/6 Orinda Intermediate School
10/16 Prospect Sierra
10/20 MLK-Berkeley
10/23 Venue has not been announced
10/27 Prospect Sierra
* all meets start at 4:15 p.m. and end around 5:30 p.m.

Championship Meets:
10/30 MLK-Berkeley
11/6 Kennedy Grove Park-El Sobrante
*meets start at 4

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Fright Write is here!

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For a pdf flyer and writing guidelines, click here

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WCCUSD School Board Candidate Forum

WCCUSD SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM
SAVE THIS DATE!!
Monday, October 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Harding Elementary School Theater

 The school board makes important decisions that affect teachers and children attending public schools in the district.

Arts education, all-day kindergarten, bond measures for construction, charter schools, differentiated instruction, Gifted and Talented Program (GATE), Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) spending, math programs, parcel taxes for programs, parents as stakeholders, teacher quality and compensation.  Who should be elected to shape these programs and spend this money?

The PTAs of Kensington, Harding, Madera, Mira Vista, Fairmont, Washington and Korematsu are proud to join together to sponsor a WCCUSD School Board Candidates Forum.

This November, three seats out of the five are up for election.  There are ten candidates running. We will have at least one new board member since long-time board member Charles Ramsey is not seeking re-election.

This forum is especially designed for the El Cerrito feeder school population and will be moderated by our own Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor.  Come and have your questions answered. Learn about these candidates!

For information, or to submit a question to the forum, please email us at: 4westcounty@gmail.com

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School Site Council Ballots are here

This is an important school group! The School Site Council (SSC) is composed of the school principal and a group of people selected by their peers, representing all segments of the school community for the common goal of supporting student success. The SSC does this by developing and monitoring the implementation of the school’s plan known as the Single Plan for Student Achievement. The SSC members include the principal; teacher representatives; other staff representatives; parents/other community representatives, and student representatives at the secondary level with each group selected by their peers.

Election Schedule
· Election ballots will be published on 9/17/2014 and elections will last until 9/24/2014. Get your ballot here.
· Election results will be published on 9/29/2014

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Back to School Night – Thursday, September 18th

Back to school night_image_2You are cordially invited to “Back to School Night”, an orientation for parents. Students should not come to this event. You will follow an abbreviated daily schedule, meet your child’s teachers, become familiar with the scope and sequence of standards-based curricula, and see fabulous classrooms and displays.

It is essential that you bring your student’s schedule with you so that you know where to go. Your visit in each class will be ten minutes and there will be a few minutes in between each period (passing period). There is a template that you can fill in with the information about your student’s schedule in a letter from Mr. Burnham.

Starting at 6:30pm, visits in each class will be ten minutes and there will be a few minutes in between each period
(passing period). Physical education classes will convene in room 39.

If you are interested in learning about Powerschool, Ms. Bogie our librarian will be in the
computer lab (room 12) from 5:45 – 6:15pm to offer assistance.

We are looking forward to a spectacular evening. See you there!

Map of Campus Here:

http://portolanews.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/korematsu-middle-school-map-of-temp-campus.pdf

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School Site Council Needs YOU!

Voing_ImageWhat is the SSC?
The School Site Council (SSC) is composed of the school principal and a group of people, selected by their peers, representing all segments of the school community for the common goal of supporting student success. The SSC does this by developing and monitoring the implementation of the school’s plan known as the Single Plan for Student Achievement. The SSC members includes the principal; teacher representatives; other staff representatives; parents/other community representatives, and student representatives at the secondary level with each group selected by their peers.

There are currently several openings in our SSC:
 For parents/community members there are 2 openings
 For teachers there are 3 openings
 For students there are 2 openings
 For classified and other staff there is 1 opening

Please complete an SSC Declaration To Run Form and return to the school no later than 9/16/2014 if you are interested in running. The form is in English and Spanish.

Election Schedule
 SSC Declaration To Run forms are due no later than 9/16/2014
 Election ballots will be published on 9/17/2014 and elections will last until 9/24/2014
 Election results will be published on 9/29/2014

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