Sunday, October 4, 2015

Washington Charter School  
45-768 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert , CA  92260
Allan Lehmann, Principal 

WCS Chatter
September 22, 2015

Quick Note for Parents and Guardians
In the spring of 2015 students in grades 3-5 took the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test.   In the coming days individual student reports will be mailed out to families by Desert Sands Unified  School District. There is an excellent short video, (3 minute 40 seconds), that was developed by the California Department of Education. That video can be accessed on the Desert Sands Unified School District webpage:

Once you are on the home webpage go to:

‘Test Scores Report’ and click where it says ‘MORE.’

You then will see a box titled, “Understanding the CAASPP Individual Student Score Report.” If you place your cursor in the middle of the box, there will be an arrow. Click on the arrow and the video will play. The message is in English. Directly to the right of the box is the same message in Spanish.

Proposed Calendar Change for 2015-16 School Year
At the October 15 meeting of the WCS Governing Board there will be an action item requesting a modification of the 2015-2016 WCS Calendar. The Desert Sands Teachers Association and Desert Sands Unified School District came to an agreement on a two-year contract and included in the contract was the addition of two Professional Development Days for teachers. However, since calendars for DSUSD and WCS had already been approved, in order to comply with the new contract, the Association met with district personnel to select two days for Professional Development Days.

As you know, Washington Charter School’s student calendar does not mirror the calendar of DSUSD. We, too, are obligated to add two Professional Development Days, but how we choose to do that is left to the WCS Governing Board. Attached is the PROPOSED calendar being presented to WCS Governing Board for approval. I am sending  calendar change information to families at this time because the Governing Board is aware that families make summer plans and want to know when the last day of school will be. The last day of school also impacts TK/K graduation and 5th grade promotion. 

Proposed Changes of Note
> Monday, January 25 - No school for students. This will be a professional development day for teachers at all schools in DSUSD.
> Tuesday, June 7 - This will be a full day of school
> Wednesday, June 8 - This will be a minimum day for the school and the last day of school

Upcoming Events
Friday, September 25 - Picture Day and Free Dress Day