945 East Nearfield Street
Azusa, CA 91702
EMAIL Principal Jennifer Cooke
EMAIL Secretary Charly Valdez
ST Math is moving along 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.
ATTENTIVENESS, THANKFULNESS, KINDNESS, DEPENDABILITY, SELF-CONTROL, TRUTHFULNESS, RESPECT, GOODNESS, PATIENCE
Here at Magnolia, we value student character as well as achievement. We focus on one of the following character traits each month: attentiveness, thankfulness, kindness, dependability, self-control, truthfulness, respect, goodness, and patience. Students who are caught demonstrating positive character receive Mustang Madness tickets. Each month we draw 2 tickets from each grade level to enjoy " Lunch with the Principal." Also, one student a month is chosen by their teacher to receive recognition for exemplifying the character of the month.
Character counts at Magnolia!
5th Graders Participate in the Blue Ribbon Music Festival in Los Angels
Magnolia's 5th graders had the honor of participating in the Blue Ribbon Music Festival at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Once accepted to attend, the students learn a dance that they perform with all of the other 5th graders from the LA area. They also get to see a live, professional, musical performance in the theater. Magnolia had 5th row seats! This is Magnolia's 3 year to be able to participate. Thank you to Ms. Batrez for applying early each year so our students can have this experience. They had a great time!
Magnolia's Classified Employee of the Year 2013-14
Magnolia recently announced our night custodian, Telca Scruggs, as our Classified Employee of the Year. Ms. Scruggs takes pride in Magnolia and makes sure the classrooms are ready for our students everyday. She volunteers regularly at Magnolia. She can often be seen working with parents to make popcorn for an event and then following up by making sure the machine is cleaned properly when it is cooled. Telca is definitely an important part of the Magnolia team. She gets along well with staff and supports school activities. She relates well with families and helps with fund raising. Thank you, Telca, for all that you do!
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
Important Dates to Know
1-4 Spring Break
11 5th grade trip to the Blue Ribbon Music Festival in Los Angeles
12 Azusa Pacific Jr. Olympic Track Meet 8:00 am
17 Awards Assembly; 5th grade Parent Orientation for Foothill Middle School @ 6:00pm
22 All District Music Concert @ APU 7:00pm
25 Parent Coffee @ 8:30am, all parents are invited; Progress Reports go home to parents
1 Awards Assembly
3 Parent University @ AHS
6 School Board Meeting honoring our teacher of the year
7 School Site Council 2:45
A Message from Principal Jennifer Cooke
Hello Magnolia Families,
The Magnolia School is setting reading goals and reaching them! We have various incentives for students who reach their individual goals. Already this year we have had an on-stage production of Robin Hood, a Double Recess Teachers Play day and Breakfast Bingo. Students are loving reading and talking about their favorite books.
This year we are fully transitioned and setting our goals for student learning based on the Common Core State Standards. California is one of 45 states who have adopted these new 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. Starting next year, students will be tested with the 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!
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.