Moreland School District
4711 Campbell Avenue
San Jose, CA 95130-1790
Phone: (408) 874-2900
Fax: (408) 374-8827
Superintendent's Message - November 2013
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The holidays are almost upon us, which means parent-teacher conferences are getting underway. This is a tremendous opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress with his/her teacher. Please ask your child if there is anything they would like you to discuss with the teacher, and be sure your child understands that you are working together with the teacher in order to help them. I know that staff members greatly appreciate your participation in these important conferences.
In last month’s message, I chronicled the District’s efforts to inform our community about issues surrounding our ability to issue bonds already approved by the voters in 2010. On October 1st , we convened a town hall meeting to discuss this important topic. It was our original intent to complete the bond work in 3-5 years. Today, after just three years, our work has been stalled largely by a change in state law. The new law, modifying the rules surrounding the use of capital appreciation bonds, means that if Moreland does not raise our tax rate slightly, we will not be able to complete the promised work for another 10-15 years. This means an entire generation of Moreland students will not enjoy all of the benefits of this bond work – facility and technology improvements. Importantly, this tax increase will ultimately save taxpayers millions of dollars because our bonds will be paid off so much sooner, saving us interest. The Board considered the matter at its last meeting on October 22nd, and will consider final approval at the November 12th meeting. We appreciate your support as we deliberate this critical issue.
In early October, California passed a new law suspending the use of most of the STAR tests for the 2013-14 school year. This means there will be no API scores for schools or the District going forward. Instead, the state is directing school districts to field test the new Smarter Balanced tests, which are aligned to the new Common Core standards. These new assessments will be formally administered for the first time in the spring of 2014-15, and we now have an opportunity for students to practice with the new test this coming spring. For more information, please see www.moreland.org > Common Core State Standards..
I hope that everyone had an opportunity to enjoy the Pumpkin Patch over at the Moreland Woods during the Halloween season. We are grateful to the Moreland Education Foundation and dozens of parent volunteers for making this Moreland tradition a huge success.
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Have a restful and joyous Thanksgiving Week.
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