Garden Gate Elementary School 10500 Ann Arbor Ave., Cupertino CA 95125
From Our Principal
Learning Day, Friday, September 17, 2010
Please remember that this Friday is a non-school day for students. Teachers will participate in professional learningcommunities and 21
century schools training in the morning along with staffs from two other Cupertino schools.The afternoon will be devoted to technology training and staff collaboration.
Garden Gate’s Academic Performance Index (API) = 990!
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a score on a scale of 200 to 1,000 that annually measures the academicperformance and progress of individual schools in California. The state has set 800 as the API score that schoolsshould strive to meet. Recently released API data from the state shows that Garden Gate School has made a 10point jump from last year’s API of 980. Our API now stands at 990. We are thrilled with the new API score and veryproud of our staff, students and their parents!I remind everyone that the API measures academic performance, not school quality. It cannot measure the breadthand depth of our excellent programs and commitment to children. Garden Gate programs such as ProjectCornerstone, Spectra Art, Lunch Laps and many others contribute greatly to the overall educational experiences of your children. Yet, they are not measured for their influence on your children’s academic growth. I believe theseenrichment and support programs do have a significant impact on children’s academic growth.However, we recognize that the API is one of the few very visible measures of schools for the public to see so it isunderstandable why it receives so much scrutiny. Keeping the above information in perspective, I do want to repeatthat we are delighted by our latest API and feel validated that Garden Gate School is an excellent school, as are allof the schools in the Cupertino Union School District. Congratulations, Garden Gate staff, students, and parents!
Ready to Learn
Send your child to school with three things to ensure success.
By now, the teacher has sent home a list of things your child needs for class this year, but don’t forget to prepareyour child by instilling:1. Concentration. Block out some time each day for quiet study. During this time, no one (not even you) watchesTV or talks on the phone. Instead, everyone reads or does homework.2. Organization. Hang a checklist by the door. Have your child check off all the things that should go to school.Stick another list of the things that need to come home in his book bag. Set up a “parking place.” Inside the door,use a box or shelf as a place for your child to stash all the stuff that has to go to school the next day.3. Motivation. How can you encourage your child to do his best? Set aside time each day to ask him about school.Look for ways he can show you what he’s learned. If he is studying percentages, have him estimate how much thesales tax will be if you’re food shopping.Reprinted with permission from the September 2007 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary SchoolEdition) newsletter. Copyright © 2007 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.
Back to School Night – Tonight, Thursday, September 16, 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The schedule is as follows:6:45 – 7:25 p.m. Grades K - 3 (In classrooms)7:30 - 7:45 p.m. GLC (Introductions/announcements)7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Grades 4 - 5 (In classrooms)We look forward to seeing all of you tonight. Please remember that this is an evening for adults only. Thank you.