This Week at Camarena Feb 9-12

Here are the events for this week in anticipation of Presidents’ Weekend.

Monday, February 9 – 3rd Grade Begins Interim California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP) See more below

Tuesday, February 10 – PTA Boot Camp (6:00 PM)

Wednesday, February 11 – 4th Grade Begins Interim California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP)

Thursday, February 12 – Regular Schedule (2:45 Release) PTA Zumba (6:00 PM)

Friday February 13 and Monday, February 16 – No School For Presidents’ Weekend


In the Spring of 2015 all Califronia 3rd through 6th grade students will take the CASPP assessments in Language Arts and Math.  They are the first official assessments related to the Common Core State Standards.  We encourage all parents to take a look at the CASPP website where you can find an overview of California testing in 2015, practice tests and more.


Saturday was the District Spelling Bee (although only 4 schools participated!) at Camarena Elementary and our Camarena students did a fantastic job.  Here are the winners and a slide show of the top three at every grade level.

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1st = Jania (Camarena), 2nd = Madeline (Camarena), 3rd = Cameron (Salt Creek

1st Grade

1st = Eddie (Cook), 2nd = Abigail (Salt Creek), 3rd = Ryan (Salt Creek)

2nd Grade

1st = Shawn (Camarena), 2nd = Angel (Camarena), 3rd = Bella (Halecrest)

3rd Grade

1st = Mia (Camarena), 2nd = Natalija (Camarena), 3rd = Isabella (Salt Creek)

4th Grade

1st = Ruby (Camarena), 2nd = Nika (Salt Creek), 3rd = Cecilia (Cook)

5th Grade 

1st = Eduardo (Halecrest), 2nd = Andrew (Camarena), 3rd = Noelle (Camarena)

6th Grade 

1st = Triston (Salt Creek), 2nd = Eliya (Salt Creek), Anthony (Halecrest)

Jumprope tangle

Jump Rope for Heart was a blast on Friday.  Students jumped to their hearts content and DJ Mr. Garcia provided the inspirational music to get those bodies moving.

Kindergarten recess

I had the privilege of covering Kindergarten recess this week so that teachers could observe each other teach.  Notice that not a minute is wasted.  As students got out to recess they all read the week’s sight words taped near the door.


Finally, there are many activities across campus in celebration of Black History Month.  We eagerly embrace the contributions of Black Americans not only during the month of February but throughout the year as our students study people who make a difference in our world and the many contributions individuals and groups make to develop the rich tapestry of our American history.  Below is a short video (5 minutes0 outlining th life story of Harriet Tubman.

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