September 20, 2010

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year! We have had a wonderful beginning to our new year. Our seventh graders have transitioned into middle school life and are effortlessly moving from one room to another. We are very proud of them.

It was exciting to see most of you at Back to School Night. Each one of our teachers prepared a thoughtful and detailed presentation to share with you. We want to make certain that families are kept clearly informed of the standards and expectations we have for your children. Our goal is for all our students to achieve proficiency in each of their classes. Please know that we are here for you and want to keep our lines of communication open at all times.

SCHOOL FOCUS 2010-2011
The Davis staff maintains a high standard of education in each of our classes. It is our goal to provide a stimulating and enriching curriculum throughout the year. State and district standards are clearly articulated to our students and effective best teaching practices are utilized to support learning. We expect all our children to achieve or exceed grade level standards and we also expect them to meet our Academic Performance Index (API) and attain Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the California Standards Tests. Parents are partners at Davis Intermediate, and together we make education a top priority. We appreciate the time you invest in reviewing your child’s daily assignment book, monitoring homework, and in making certain that projects and reports are completed in a timely and satisfactory manner.

TESTING RESULTS
The State Department of Education recently released the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and the state Academic Performance Index (API) for all California public schools. For the AYP, the government sets targets for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math on the Spring STAR testing. At Davis, 53% of our students scored proficient or advanced on language arts, 46% scored proficient or advanced in math, 59% scored proficient in science and 45% scored proficient in history. Our school’s 2009-2010 API jumped 28 points to 772. Davis has made more growth over time than any other intermediate school in the Oak Grove School District. We are very proud of our students’ efforts, and we commend our teachers for their dedication and diligence in providing our students with an excellent education.

HONORS NIGHT – CJSF INSTALLATION
On Thursday, September 30th at 6:00 P.M we will be honoring our 8th grade students who achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher for the 2010 spring semester. Following the Honors Program, we will hold the installation ceremony for the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF).

INFINITE CAMPUS/PROGRESS REPORTS
We have hit a huge learning curve with our new district wide data system. We attempted to create progress reports to be sent home every two weeks but the system does not allow us to create these systematically. Therefore, we will not be able to send progress reports until October 8th. These progress report grades will be averaged with two more six week grading periods to determine a final semester grade.

DAVIS WEBSITE:
Don’t’ forget to visit our Davis Intermediate School website with the most current information. The address is http://davisintermediateschool.wikispaces.com/

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC)
Our first school site council meeting will take place on Monday, October 25th at 4:30 PM. Please let us know if you are interested in being part of this committee. A vote is required for parents and staff to be part of the School Site Council. We will be sending ballots in the near future. If you are interested in serving as a member of the School Site Council for Davis School, please contact the school office 227-0616.






PARENT FACULTY CLUB (PFC)
Our first Parent Faculty Club meeting will be held on Monday, September 27th at 6:00 P.M. in the Davis Library. Please join us as this is a wonderful opportunity for us to build a community relationship. It is through the Parent Faculty Club that our students are able to engage in activities such as Davis Day and the Holiday Coin Drive. We hope to add some fundraising activities to provide additional events for our student. We hope to see you there!

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
September 15 – October 15 has been recognized as Hispanic Recognition Month. In the United States today, more than 44 million people are of Hispanic heritage. During this time we celebrate the achievements of those important individuals with a Hispanic heritage. We remember the contribution of Hispanic Americans and share with our students the culture and history from which they come. On Sunday, September 26th, we celebrate Hispanic Student Recognition Day. A large number of our students will be recognized for Academic Excellence, Academic Improvement, and Hispanic Heritage.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
The Boys & Girls Club is a non profit organization that serves students’ ages 6-18 years old with a focus on Davis Intermediate students. They provide various activities including a mandatory homework center for all members. Homework center has all the books and materials students may need to complete homework assignments and projects. The staff members have earned college credits and passed a district test to ensure their ability to tutor. When homework center ends, that’s when the fun begins! Members have the opportunity to choose from a number of different clubs, such as art, tech, game room, science club, all girls or all boys club, leadership club, and sports! Our core areas are health & life skills, character & leadership, technology, sports & recreation. Our goal is to help members become well rounded students learning how to balance responsibilities and having fun at the same time. The Boys and Girls Club is open every school day Monday-Friday 2-6pm. We also provide a light snack for students after they are done with school. Membership is $25 for the school year, scholarships are available. Sign up space is limited!

DISTRICT COMMITTEES:
Davis is looking for parents to represent our school in district level committees to meet with our Superintendent. The District Advisory Council meets the first Thursday of the month, starting October 7th, at the District Office at 7 PM. HABLA, the Hispanic parent group, and our Koffee Klatch, the African American parent group, also meet once a month with a meeting schedule to be determined. If you are interested, please call us at 227-0616. Thank you.

NEWSLETTER
The Davis Faculty encourages open communication with parents and guardians. We send home a monthly newsletter and a monthly calendar. We hope that this keeps you updated. We also post our letter and calendar on the Davis website. If you have any comments or suggestions, please fill out the comment section at the bottom and return it to the office.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DRILLS
Safety is a priority at Davis Intermediate as it is in the entire Oak Grove School District. To be certain that we are prepared for any disaster, we have scheduled a District Evacuation Drill on Thursday, October 21, 2010.

UPCOMING EVENTS
September 24 Welcome Back Dance 3-5 P.M. in the cafeteria
September 26 Hispanic Student Recognition Event
September 27 PFC Meeting 6:00 P.M. in the Library
September 30 Honors Night / CJSF Installation 6:00 P.M. in the cafeteria
October 8 First Progress Report
October 21 District Wide Disaster Drill 10 AM
October 25 SSC Meeting 4:30 P.M. in the Career Center
October 29 Halloween Dance 3-5 P.M. in the cafeteria

I know that this will be an exciting and fulfilling school year. I look forward to interacting with you during our upcoming events. Thank you for your partnership in providing your children with the highest quality education.

Sincerely,



Oscar A. Ortiz
Principal


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