Richland Elementary School

Proud Traditions and New Opportunities

      Richland Elementary Stampede

May 2015

Where has the year gone? We cannot believe that May is here already.  Summer is coming  before we know it! Please find Richland’s busy May calendar with all that’s going on!

Attendance: In an effort to reduce the number of absences , tardies, and early pick-ups from school, we are synergizing at Richland to Make Every Minute Count.  Every minute in school is important, and a minute out of school is a missed opportunity for learning.  Missing 10 minutes a day over the course of the school year is equivalent to missing 30 hours of instructional time.  Imagine what your child could learn in 30 hours?

 There are THREE different types of absences and tardies students can have.  EXCUSED means you called it in and it is for a legitimate reason stated by the State of California (illness, doctors appointment, death in family, or religious holiday), UNEXCUSED means you called it in but for a different reason (Out of Town, vacation, or other reason).  UNVERIFIED  means we did not receive a reason , it is considered unexcused and you have 72 hours to “clear” an absence. Please be mindful when missing school for any reason as we are helping to build positive habits for our children while increasing the learning that takes place every day in school. 

 Next Year Class Placement requests: It’s hard to even imagine that we are already planning for the next academic year. The placement of students each year is a task that our staff takes very seriously. A letter explaining the process should be sent home soon. The process and criteria that the teachers and administration use when we are building classes for the new school are a team effort year. It is a combination of Teacher Knowledge of Students,  Balancing Classes and Peers, need for combination classes as well as parent input.  This is a lengthy, complicated and painstaking process, but we believe that is essential to create classes that are well balanced, manageable for teachers and acceptable to the majority of our families.

Again, let us reassure you that the teachers and administration have your child's best interest in mind. Our goal is to create an optimum learning environment for all of the students at Richland!


The “Common Core”-ner

This box is dedicated to parent information regarding the implementation of Common Core State Standards.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP,  is the new state academic testing program. CAASPP is  intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. This year, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English–Language Arts and Mathematics.  The testing schedule is as follows:            

                                 3rd Grade:  May 18 to May 22

4th Grade:  May 4 to May 8

5th Grade:  May 11 to May 15 and May 19 to May 20


To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at:


Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–Language Arts and Mathematics, and other information.


Enjoy a wonderful May at Richland!

           Julie Barbara and Lena Martinez              

                                Principal/Assistant Principal

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