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Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In just a few short weeks, we will be approaching the halfway point of the semester and the three-quarter mark of the 2014 school year. Teachers are working diligently to cover all of the new Common Core Standards in preparation for the computer based Smarter Balanced Assessment. This new assessment, which replaces the California Standards Test (CST), will be administered during the months of April and May.

As our faculty works diligently to prepare lessons, we need the same commitment from students. It is vital they are in school every day, for the entire school day. Additionally, it is equally essential they keep up with their homework, study for all of their exams, practice, and thoroughly review. Parents can assist their child by having them prioritize their time and limit the amount of time spent watching television, surfing the web, playing video games, and using cellular phones.

As a reminder, students can attend our after-school teacher tutoring program that occurs every Monday and Wednesday from 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. During this time, students receive additional support in either English or mathematics and targeted assistance with their homework. In addition, beginning Saturday, March 15, we will also offer an additional intervention program. This program is scheduled to run every Saturday through May 24 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Parents interested in enrolling their child in either program should contact the counseling office or their child's English or mathematics teacher. It is my hope that all students needing additional support will take advantage of these beneficial

Parents and guardians are invited to attend our annual PBLAO parent conferencing, scheduled for Thursday,March 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Parent conferencing is an excellent opportunity for you to find out about your child's progress in all of their classes. We will also been conducting a sixth and eighth grade parent meeting on the day of the event. The sixth grade parent meeting will be held prior to the beginning of parent conferencing and begin at 4:30 p.m., while the eighth grade parent meeting will be conducted after parent conferencing and begin at 7:00 p.m. If you would like additional information about parent conferencing or the grade level meetings, please contact your child's counselor.

Finally, I want to remind the entire Dodson community we recently began our Breakfast in the Classroom program. This program provides all students the opportunity to receive a free breakfast each morning during homeroom. As a result of this program, the cafeteria will be closed during nutrition.

Thank you again for all of your continued support.

John Vladovic
Dodson Junior High Class of 1992

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