Willett Updates: 4/21/23
Posted on 04/21/2023
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CAASPP Testing For Grades 3-6

There are many ways to measure your child’s learning. Your child’s teacher uses report card grades, classroom work, teacher observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of your child’s learning. Each year, students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Your child will take the following tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts and math, required tests in grades 3–6.
  • California Science Test (CAST), a required test in grade 5.

The testing schedule for Willett Elementary is listed below. Please note that these tests are untimed and staff work with students to ensure that they do not spend too much time on any given assessment. 

Grade 3    May 8th-12th

Grade 4,5    May 22nd-26th

Grade 6    May 15th-19th

You are an important part of your child’s education. To make sure your child feels comfortable taking tests, you can:

  • Explain to your child that these tests are tools to help them learn, and they should not be anxious or scared.
  • Explore the practice tests with your child at caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html so they can become familiar with the platform and setup of the tests. 
  • Remind your child that you and their teacher want them to try their best and are there to help, every step of the way.

You will receive your child’s results at or before the beginning of the next school year. The results will identify where your child is doing well or needs more help, so you can better support their learning at home and teachers can better support their learning in the classroom. These results are accessible in the DJUSD Parent Portal.

To learn more about these tests go to the Starting Smarter web page at ca.startingsmarter.org/, or review the Parent Guides to Understanding at cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp

We use these results to help guide instruction and make decisions about programs for our school site. If you have questions at all about these assessments, please feel free to contact me via email at [email protected].

Thank you for your support.

Adults On Campus During The School Day

A quick reminder that any adults on campus during the school day are to check in to the main office and get a visitor badge for safety purposes. We continue to have adults/parents who are walking across campus after drop off or during the school day which goes against our closed campus policy.

Dogs On Campus

Please refrain from bringing dogs to school unless they are registered service animals displaying their service reason.   

Willett Jog-a-Thon: April 28 

The Willett Jog-a-Thon is an important fundraiser for the Willett PTA. Funds raised go to support programs and events at Willett that benefit all our children: Art, Dance, Yoga, Chorus, Robotics, Clubs, Library, Classroom Supplies, Teacher Grants, Teacher/Staff Appreciation Events, 6th Grade Celebration, Lunar New Year Celebration, and much more. Sign up your child to participate HERE and then start collecting pledges!

It takes less than two minutes to create and share the link with your friends and family. We are looking for volunteers! Sign up here, it will be fun!

Want to know a little more about the Willett Jog-a-Thon? Click HERE!

2022-23 Willett Yearbook Pre-sales

Our 2022-2023 Willett Yearbooks are available for purchase! Get your presale copy now for only $20. Purchase online at buytheyearbook.com. School code: 713716 

Do you have a Willett 6th grader? 

The PTA is happy to gift every 6th grader an "End-of-Year Signature T-Shirt!" Indicate what size your child would like HERE. Please fill this out, even if you got a paper form, by this Wednesday, April 26.

The Who’s News 

More information about the Willett PTA is included in our weekly newsletter, The Who’s News. Read online at: https://www.willettpta.org/newsletter.

Upcoming Dates:

April 24th                  Strings Concert

April 26th                  All City Orchestra Concert. 6:00-7:00, Willett MPR

April 28th                  Willett Jog-A-Thon 

May 1st                     Student Council

May 8th-12th             3rd grade CAASPP Testing

May 15th-19th           6th grade CAASPP Testing

May 16th                   All City Band & Orchestra Final Concert, Brunel Theater 6:30 PM

May 17th                  Spring Band Concert, Brunel Theater 6:00 PM

May 18th                  Last Day To Check Out Books

                                 Battle Of The Books

May 20th                  Willett Community Picnic

May 22nd-26th         4th, 5th grade CAASPP Testing