945 East Nearfield Street
Azusa, CA 91702
Principal Jennifer Cooke
Secretary Martha Villanueva
ST Math at Magnolia
Magnolia students are all studying with JiJi the Penguin as they use the ST Math program in the computer lab. This math program helps students understand math concepts based on the Common Core State Standards. The program reinforces and helps students see math in a different way which helps students develop math concepts more fully.
Important Dates for 2014-15
1 Labor Day - No school
2 School Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
8 Fund Raiser begins
11 Back to School Night 6:00
15 Kindergarten Early Bird/Late Bird Schedule begins
16 Picture Day
22 Staff Development Day - No School
23 Fund Raiser Money and Orders Due
25 Juice it Up sales
26 Awards Assembly; Lunch with the Principal
Accelerated Reader Home Connect
Parents! Parents! Parents!
Want to find out how many Accelerated Reader quizzes your student has taken and how well they scored?
Log in to the website below, enter your child's school username and password and you will be able to see the books that have been read. You can also use the AR Bookfinder to know the reading level of the book your child is reading. Letter's will be coming home in February that provide this information in more details. Here's the website: https://hosted57.renlearn.com/266967
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.
A Message from Principal Jennifer Cooke
Hello Magnolia Families,
I am thrilled to begin my 4th year as principal at Magnolia and my 32st year in the Azusa Unified School District. I have taught in the classroom for 19 years, had support roles for 7 years and have been in administrative positions for 5. I love to be a part of student learning and enjoy the progress I see everyday. The Magnolia community is thriving! We have skilled teachers, actively involved parents and students eager to learn.
This year we are fully transitioned and setting our goals for student learning based on the Common Core State Standards. With them, comes an emphasis on informational text starting with Kindergarten. Students will be expected to refer to the text while writing well-developed essays. Along with new standards comes the new assessment of these standards. This is the first year that students will be tested with the entire
Smarter Balanced Assessment. This computerized assessment will be taken by third through fifth grade students at Magnolia. For more information about the Common Core Standards visit the website cde.ca.gov or to take a practice test of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, visit smarterbalanced.org. See how well you do.
Remember, as we practice our skills, we improve them. Let's make the skill of reading, something we practice everyday. Good reading skills make other subjects easier to learn, too!
Take a good book with you where ever you go. When ever you have to wait, there's time to read!
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!