945 East Nearfield Street
Azusa, CA 91702
Principal Alexis Norman
Secretary Martha Villanueva
ST Math at Magnolia
JIJI AND COMMON CORE MATH?
What does a penguin named JiJi and Common Core have to do with each other? JiJi is the students “friend” and “guide,” as the student navigates the math Common Core Standards. Students enjoy helping JiJi move on, as they learn about math concepts! It’s an interactive, fun and imaginative program that leads students to success!
December 3 CHAMP 4th Grade Graduation @ APU
December 4 ELAC 8:30
December 10 SSC
December 10 Christmas Night
December 19 Minimum Day
December 22-January 2 Winter Break
Accelerated Reader Home Connect
Accelerated Reader at Home
AR continues to be an exciting way for students to see their progress in reading. Whether through points per book or the number of words in a book, students gain self-confidence and improve their reading skills. You can team up with your child by monitoring their AR progress at home. Whether it’s looking at the books they’ve read and scores achieved on the books, or seeing their AR reading level, you can team up! You will need the following:
Your child’s school username; and their password. Log onto: https://hosted57.renlearn.com/266967. It’s that simple! Try it!
Character Counts at Magnolia!
Here at Magnolia, we value student character as well as achievement. We focus on one character trait each month To remind us to practice positive character, we call Wednesday, “Character Day” We wear the color associated with the character we are studying. Please see the colors below for each character trait we will study this year.
Students who are caught demonstrating positive character on any day, receive Mustang Madness tickets. Tickets will go into a classroom drawing and one winner a month will be chosen to invite a friend to “Lunch with the Principal”. Also, one student a month is chosen by their teacher to receive recognition for exemplifying the character of the month.
September – Attentiveness – Green
October – Kindness – Purple
November – Thankfulness – Brown
December – Dependability – White
January – Self-Control – Red
February – Truthfulness – Orange
March – Respect – Black
April – Goodness – Purple
May – Patience - Yellow
5th Graders use the District's Technology Resource Center
Fifth grade students had a walking field trip to the District Office Technology Resource Center. Students were able to use the laptop computers to do research and access the Smarter Balanced Practice Test. This is a valuable experience for our 5th graders as we get closer to the testing window. By utilizing the practice test, students will be more familiar with the structure and resources available when completing the real assessment.
Magnolia Student Support Team
Letter From the Principal
Dear Partners in Learning,
The staff and I welcome you to an exciting year at Magnolia School! We look forward to a successful school year. We are committed to collaborating with our families this year and forming partnerships that will support the educational life of our students.
You can help your child’s academic achievement by spending at least ten minutes each day talking and asking critical thinking questions like:
1. Why do you think that…?
2. What is the relationship between…?
In addition, please encourage your child to read 20 to 30 minutes every day. The more hours students spend reading, the greater the increase in their vocabulary!
There have been a few staff changes since last year. We are pleased to welcome and introduce these new staff members:
• Mr. Derrick Riggs, 4/5 teacher
• Ms. Megan Gustafson, 3/4 teacher
• Mrs. Irene Nava, 2/3 teacher
• Ms. Hanna McKee, Preschool teacher
• Ms. Janet Cardenas, Preschool teacher
Thank you for your supporting your child’s education. Together we make a positive difference in the lives of our shared students. For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 626-815-5800 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Award Recipients
Magnolia students set reading goals and reach them all year. We have special incentives for those who reach their goal by the deadline. Some of the incentives this year will be a magic show, a live stage performance, a popcorn party, and an extra recess. Keep reading Mustangs so you can earn the next reward!