Boy working

Our sign

Walkathon 2014

Ms. Prieto

On a project

Mrs. Cantlen

Walkathon 2014

swinging

Students working

Two students

At Desk

Walkathon2

Mrs. Zamorano

First Almaden Elementary

Welcome to Almaden Elementary School

Parent Survey

The 2014 Parent Survey will be sent home with students on Friday, April 4. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey for your youngest student.
You can take the survey on paper and return it by mail using the provided postage-paid envelope.

The survey is also available online and you can take it there by entering the numeric code found in the bottom right corner of the survey. Go to Parent Survey and enter the code to sign in. Thank you for your help!

Encuesta para padres


La encuesta para padres de 2014 se mandó a casa con sus hijos el 4 de abril.  Por favor dediquen de 5 a 10 minutos para contestar esta encuesta pensando en el menor de sus hijos que es estudiante del Distrito. Usted puede contestar la encuesta impresa y devolverla por correo postal usando el sobre adjunto con porte pagado.

También puede contestar la encuesta en Internet escribiendo el código numérico que se encuentra en la esquina derecha inferior de la encuesta.  Vaya a Encuesta para Padres y escriba el código para tener acceso a la página. ¡Gracias por su ayuda!

Assessment Update

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, California is moving to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These computer-based tests replace the STAR program. CAASPP is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.

This year, CAASPP is being field tested to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn.

Who will take the test?
All students in grades 3-8 and in grade 11.

When?
Between April 7 and May 7, 2014. Almaden students in grades 3-5 will be testing.

Will parents receive test results?
No. Because this is a field test to determine how effective CAASPP is, schools, districts, and students/families will not receive scores.
Visit http://www.sjusd.org/parents/assessment-information/ for complete testing information and dates.


Últimas noticias sobre los exámenes estatales

A partir del ciclo escolar 2013-2014, California pondrá en marcha la nueva Evaluación de Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil de California (CAASPP, por sus siglas en inglés).  Estos exámenes que se tomarán vía computadora reemplazarán al programa STAR.  El nuevo examen CAASPP está alineado con los estándares académicos, comunes y fundamentales de Inglés y Matemáticas que California adoptó en 2010 para describir cuáles conocimientos y habilidades necesitan tener los estudiantes a fin de estar bien preparados para los estudios universitarios y las carreras profesionales, independientemente de su lugar de procedencia o la ubicación de su domicilio.

Este año, el CAASPP se pondrá a prueba para determinar qué tan bien funcionan las preguntas individuales de dicho examen a fin de que los estudiantes demuestren lo que saben y lo que todavía necesitan aprender.

¿Quién tomará este examen?
Todos los estudiantes del 3º al 8º grado y los estudiantes del 11º grado.

¿Cuándo?
Entre el 7 de abril y el 7 de mayo de 2014. 

¿Recibirán los padres los resultados de este examen?

No. Debido a que este ciclo escolar el examen CAASPP únicamente se está poniendo a prueba para determinar cuán eficiente es, las escuelas, los distritos escolares, los estudiantes y sus familias no recibirán los resultados.

Visite http://www.sjusd.org/parents/assessment-information/ para obtener la información detallada acerca de este examen y las fechas de administración.

From Principal Montes


Principal Montes

Our school is one of many in the country participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test this spring. Schools in 22 states will administer the online assessment in mathematics and/or English starting this March. The Smarter Balanced assessments are a key part of implementing our new academic standards and preparing all students for success in college and careers. When the assessments become operational in the 2014-15 school year, they will provide an academic checkup by measuring real-world skills like critical thinking and problem-solving. Please go to my April 2014 Newletter for more information about this assessment, as well as other exciting Almaden news and information!

Our exciting spring Science Night!
Science Nite

Learning about science on our special Science Night
Science Nite

Our terrific 2014 Walkathon!!

Walkathon 2014

Sharkie & Principal

Beautiful artwork by 2nd grade students

2nd grade art

Almaden students surprise Principal Montes with a birthday song, banners, cards and hugs!

Birthday Gathering


Pioneer High School students regaled Almaden students and staff with a rousing musical version of Winnie The Pooh!

Winnie photo


Halloween 2013: We enjoyed a “spirited” Halloween at Almaden Elementary!

Halloween photos


Reading Day (below): This is the first of several School-wide Reading Days this year! Every student from Kindergarten through 5th grade read to a buddy from another class and was able to share a favorite book. We love reading!

Reading Day photo


Thank You Dads!

What a day we had on Tuesday, September 10th when 50+ Dads brought their child to school. It was great to see everyone smiling and having fun! Dads were making bookmarks with their children in order to promote literacy all while enjoy donuts and warm coffee

Thanks to Ms. Shelley Alberti and PTA for their brilliant idea and help with Dads and Doughnuts! Also, much gratitude to Starbucks for providing the delicious coffee!!