April 16, 2021
Dear OPA Families and Staff,
Happy Friday OPA! This has been a very busy week for our OPA staff, getting ready to bring back more students and have an extended school day starting on April 26, 2021. We are very excited to have our champions on campus for the longer day so that we can infuse more instruction, small groups, enrichment, and support into our school day for both our virtual and hybrid students! Our on-campus students will also be able to get back to some of the “normal” activities such as a longer day, lunch, and play time. I wish that it had been for a longer part of the year, but at least we get to have this extra time for a few months.
Next week, our site administrators will be sending out more information regarding the extended day. Also, if your student will have to change classes/teachers, you will be notified on Monday, April 19, 2021. Since we have had to alter the bell schedule slightly to accommodate lunches and the extended day, all families will also receive a new bell schedule next week which will begin on Monday, April 26, 2021.
This summer we are very excited to have the opportunity to offer our OPA Full STEAM Ahead summer program. This program will provide additional support and enrichment for those students who might be struggling after over a year of virtual and hybrid learning. Students will receive an invitation to the summer program based on assessment data, however, if space is available, we will open the program up to all OPA students. Please take a few minutes to fill out a very brief interest survey regarding the Full STEAM Ahead program. This will allow us to determine staffing needs so that we can offer this program to the most OPA students possible. The survey will close at 12:00 pm on April 21, 2021. More specific information regarding the program will be shared with families once we get closer to the summer, but the program will tentatively run Monday-Thursday, from June 28 – July 22, 2021.
California has submitted several waivers to the federal government regarding end of year assessments in light of the decreased instructional time available this school year. We are happy to announce that several of the waivers have been approved. Therefore, we will be using the iReady assessments which are already built in to our instructional schedule for most of the end of year testing instead of taking hours out of our precious instructional time to administer the CAASPP. Students in grades 3-5 will continue to take the iReady assessments for accountability reporting for ELA and Math and parents will receive a score report showing how their student is mastering the standards at the end of the year. Grades 6-8 will use the iReady assessments for ELA and the Smarter Balanced assessments for Math and parents will also receive a score report at the end of the year showing mastery of standards for each of those assessments. We are very happy not to have to take extra time from instruction this year for these assessments.
Thank you all for your continued flexibility and support. I know there have been many changes throughout this year, but we have made all of these changes so that we could maximize instruction while ensuring the safety of our students, staff, and families. As we finish the 2020-2021 school year strong, I want everyone to start looking ahead to the incredible school year we are going to have on campus, together next year! Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong OPA! We are all in this together!
The OPA Administration Team