Florence Markofer Elementary http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer Elk Grove Unified School District Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:37:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blogs.egusd.net/?v= Common Core State Standards Survey http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/09/03/common-core-state-standards-survey/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/09/03/common-core-state-standards-survey/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 22:43:37 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=488 As the Elk Grove Unified School District enters its third year of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), we are seeking your feedback and input on the communications and supports that we are providing families. We will use this information as part of our continuous efforts to improve the communication tools and resources that we provide.

Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/73QSB5C.

As a reminder, the Common Core State Standards are an updated set of academic standards that have been developed with the intention of unifying learning expectations for students across all states. Common Core State Standards bring strong advantages to students in California and in the United States. First, by unifying the expectations, assessments of educational quality and the federal funding that is based on such assessment will be more equitable. Second, students throughout the United States will be in a better position to compete with students throughout the world for university admission and for jobs in a global market. Finally, these standards define kindergarten through twelfth grade learning that will ensure that students are well prepared for post-secondary education and careers.

With the implementation of the CCSS, California will move from the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessment system to a new system in the 2014-2015 school year. This new system will be referred to as the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP). Within this system, students will take assessments referred to as Smarter Balanced Assessments, which includes shifting from paper-and-pencil tests to computerized assessments starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The new assessments are designed to meet federal and state-level accountability requirements and provide teachers and parents with timely and accurate information to measure and trace individual student growth.

EGUSD will continue to share information about CCSS and the new testing system throughout the school year.

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EGUSD to Hold Community Meetings on the Superintendent Search http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/08/04/egusd-to-hold-community-meetings-on-the-superintendent-search/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/08/04/egusd-to-hold-community-meetings-on-the-superintendent-search/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:46:17 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=486 The Elk Grove Unified School District’s (EGUSD) Board of Education invites the community to participate in the process of selecting the next superintendent. The Board has launched a search to find the best superintendent to meet the needs of a diverse and growing district of over 62,000 students and 5,000 employees.  EGUSD is the largest district in Northern California and the 5th largest in the state. In June, Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D., announced his retirement as of September 12, 2014. Ladd is the 5th superintendent in the District’s 55 year history.

In order to engage the community in the conversation, there will be eight meetings held in early August at four high schools. The meetings will be held as follows:

Wednesday, August 6 , 2014
4 p.m. or 6 p.m.

Florin High School – Library
7956 Cottonwood Lane
Sacramento, CA 95828


Laguna Creek High School – Library
9050 Vicino Drive
Elk Grove, CA 95758


Thursday, August 7, 2014
4 p.m. or 6 p.m.

Valley High School – Career Center
6300 Ehrhardt Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95823


Pleasant Grove High School – Multi-Purpose Room
9531 Bond Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624

In addition, there is a survey posted on the District website at www.egusd.net.

The information gathered will give guidance to the Board on the attributes that the community feels are important to consider in the next superintendent. The information provides an opportunity for the Board to receive valuable communication on the direction of the school district. Lastly, the comments, suggestions, and recommendations will be given to the newly selected superintendent as a reflection of EGUSD.

The Board has hired a professional search firm, McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, to assist in finding a new leader for our District.  Representatives from the search firm will lead the community discussion and analyze the survey results. For more information and updates, please visit the EGUSD website at www.egusd.net.

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2014-2015 and 2015-2016 School Year Calendars. http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/05/07/2014-2015-and-2015-2016-school-year-calendars/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/05/07/2014-2015-and-2015-2016-school-year-calendars/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 21:08:44 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=483 The Elk Grove Education Association and the EGUSD Board of Education have approved the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school year calendars.  http://www.egusd.net/calendars/index.cfm

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Mustang News May 2014 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/05/02/mustang-news-may-2014/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/05/02/mustang-news-may-2014/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 22:15:15 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=480 Mustang News May 2014

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Getting to the Core of the Matter – Volume 4 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/04/21/getting-to-the-core-of-the-matter-volume-4/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/04/21/getting-to-the-core-of-the-matter-volume-4/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:09:50 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=474 The Elk Grove Unified School District is committed to ensuring that our staff, parents and students understand the changes taking place with the Common Core State Standards. To further these efforts, the District has developed the newsletter “Getting to the Core of the Matter.” Please click on the link below to read Getting to the Core of the Matter Volume 4.


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The Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests are Available for Student Practice http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/26/the-smarter-balanced-practice-and-training-tests-are-available-for-student-practice/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/26/the-smarter-balanced-practice-and-training-tests-are-available-for-student-practice/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:03:49 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=469 Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests are Available for Student Practice

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CA Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – Parent Letter http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/26/ca-assessment-of-student-performance-and-progress-parent-letter/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/26/ca-assessment-of-student-performance-and-progress-parent-letter/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:24:24 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=465 SBAC letter parents 2014 field test caassp

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Getting to the Core of the Matter – Volume 3 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/06/461/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/06/461/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:31:06 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=461 The Elk Grove Unified School District is committed to ensuring that our staff, parents and students understand the changes taking place with the Common Core State Standards. To further these efforts, the District has developed a new newsletter “Getting to the Core of the Matter” that will be distributed monthly through April. Please click on the pdf below to read Getting to the Core of the Matter.

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Survey – EGUSD Engaging Parents in the Local Control Accountability Plan http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/06/survey-egusd-engaging-parents-in-the-local-control-accountability-plan/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/06/survey-egusd-engaging-parents-in-the-local-control-accountability-plan/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:17:02 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=459 In June of 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law one of the most significant changes to the way California’s school districts are funded. This new system – the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) – changes the way the State of California allocates funds to school districts. The LCFF provides base funding for all students as well as supplemental and concentration funding to support students from low income families, English Learners and foster youth. The LCFF went into effect as of July 1, 2013.

Under the new funding rules, school districts are required to adopt a Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) that describes the actions, services and expenditures that support student growth. The LCAP clarifies how programs/services will be measurably improved in quantity or quality, proportionate to the increase in funding. It also requires the engagement of parents, staff, students and other stakeholders in the building of the LCAP. The LCAP is a three year plan that must be adopted by July 1, 2014, and updated each year.

EGUSD is in the process of building the LCAP. To help the District in this process, a LCAP survey has been created. To take the online survey, visit http://blogs.egusd.net/lcff-lcap/survey/

To learn more about LCFF and LCAP visit http://blogs.egusd.net/lcff-lcap/.

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Mustang News March 2014 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/03/mustang-news-march-2014/ http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/2014/03/03/mustang-news-march-2014/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:54:18 +0000 http://blogs.egusd.net/markofer/?p=455 Mustang News March 2014

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