Sherman Oaks Elementary School is now implementing a 90/10 Dual Language Immersion Model (Spanish/Eng.), which is proven by research and is field-tested, to be the most effective instructional approach of dual language education. During the 2015-16 school year, we are officialy transitioning from the former 50/50 approach to a 90/10 model with our Kindergarten and first grade classes. We will gradually increase each year as we progress through the grades until we reach 50/50 in fourth through sixth grade. This is exciting news as the whole school benefits from an "upgraded" instructional approach aligned to the Common Core State Standards that meets the demands of the 21st century. Click here to learn more: DLI Brochure.
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Officials from the State of California will be releasing scores from the State’s new testing system in September, not August, as originally planned.
“We are taking an abundance of caution to ensure that the substantial amount of data we are receiving is properly collected and placed in new files on a new site,” said Department of Education spokeswoman Pam Slater. “Additionally, the department will be launching a new website to display the results and needs sufficient time to test the new site.”
Campbell Union School District (CUSD) students participated in the new testing system, known as Smarter Balanced, last spring. The assessments are computer-based tests that measure student knowledge of California’s English Language Arts and Mathematics standards for grades 3-8.
“We’re glad they want everything to be accurate and complete before sending out the official reports,” said CUSD Superintendent Eric Andrew. “This year’s scores are a new baseline for measuring student progress, and we all want them to be reliable.”
Andrew said teachers have multiple ways to measure student achievement, so they can still tailor instruction to the student’s needs and talk to parents about how to continue progress on meeting standards. When the assessment data comes in, it will be added to the mix, he said.
State officials plan to release scores to schools in early September, and if all goes according to plan, parents would see official student score reports in the fall. They also caution against comparing scores from the new tests with those from old tests. The new tests are too fundamentally different from the old ones to make any reliable comparisons between the two, they said.
We are off to a great start! Please join us for Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, Sept. 9th @ 6:00 PM. You will get a chance to meet the principal, school staff, and hear from your child's teachers about our curriculum and the exciting things happening at Sherman Oaks this year!
Welcome back students and families!
Wednesdays are early dismissal days throughout the school year for teacher tranining and professional development, Please note the School Schedule for students below:
Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fridays:TK-3: 2:05 PM Weds. Only :1:05 PM
Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fridays: 4--6: 2:15 PM Weds. Only :1:15 PM
We know as parents it can be tempting to extend vacation days and plan for vacations during the regularly scheduled school days. We ask that you refrain from doing so as this can greatly impact your child’s education. We cannot stress enough the importance of attending school daily so your child may receive the necessary instruction. We understand that unforeseen issues do arise, such as illnesses, so please do not forget to contact the office if your child will be absent at: 408-795-1140
Our parking lot is small and we have limited spaces, which are mostly reserved, for our staff. Please allow yourself plenty of time to find parking and walk. You may park in the Sherman Oaks parking lot—legal space permitting, along the street, or in the neighboring off-street parking where allowed. Please be thoughtful of our neighbors and do not park on grass, or block driveways, and be courteous to pedestrian and automobile traffic. Our children’s safety is one of our top priorities and your help is much appreciated.
You may drop-off or pick-up your child using the “drop off/pick up” lane on the right side of the parking lot. When using this lane, please make sure your child enters and exits to the right next to the curb, not into the parking lot. This will keep your child safe. If your child is not out front when you arrive for pick-up, please use the inner (passing) lane to circle the parking lot until you see your child. Then you may enter the “loading” lane to pick them up at the curb. Please do NOT block the drop off lane, park in red zones, or unauthorized areas, or leave your car unattended. Thank you for your attention and for keeping your student safe.
On Saturday, March 14, you will have an opportunity to attend different workshops to learn about effective strategies to better help your child at home. Topics range from reading strategies to challenging those GATE students to health and nutrition! These inspirational and educational workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish.
Would you like to volunteer in your child’s classroom/school? We need you!!! At Sherman Oaks, our parents make a world of difference and are an invaluable partner with our school staff in the education of your children. There are many opportunities to volunteer in class or at school, and even from home. For more information, please contact: Susie Ferreyra: email@example.com or visit our Volunteers page. You may also contact our school office.
Please return your blue Emergency Contact Form to the Sherman Oaks School Office as soon as possible. This is needed in the event of an emergency and it is in your best interest for the school to have this information available immediately. This form was included in the packet of information you received in the mail.
The District handbook is in your parent folder in the filing cabinets. It is VERY IMPORTANT that the forms in the Parent Handbook are completed and returned promptly at the start of the school year. One form is needed per child. Extra copies of the handbook are available in the office. Please return your completed forms to the Sherman Oaks office.