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Fremont Unified School District


A California Distinguished School

A 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

43545 Bryant Street

Fremont, CA  94539

(510) 656-1200, Fax (510) 651-4211



October 24, 2014

Chuck Graves, Principal                                                        Shanthika Sukumar, Secretary

cgraves@fremont.k12.ca.us                                                   Rachel Cannon, Attendance Clerk


 Character Trait for October is Honesty:  I am truthful and honest

As part of our monthly recognition of students displaying the trait of the month, I get to go to each classroom and personally acknowledge students of the month. I truly look forward to this opportunity as it allows me to have one on one contact with students and to see the excitement of their peers when their name is called. Seeing the genuine surprised look of each student and the appreciation of their classmates makes up for the time it takes to go to each classroom. Truly a fun filled morning.

Principal Graves


Mark your calendars!  Our annual Halloween Carnival will be held at Mission San Jose on Saturday October 25th from 11-3:00.  As in the past, the students, staff and parents of Mission Valley will be joining us for this fun filled afternoon. Watch for an informational flyer coming home.  ALSO, on Friday, October 31 we will have our Halloween Parade from 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.  All students will have an opportunity to parade around the campus in their costumes.  Parents are invited to attend and take pictures.  REMINDERS:  All costumes must be school appropriate; i.e. nothing sexy or racy, no weapons, nothing with a lot of blood and guts.  If you have questions, please ask.  STUDENTS DO NOT WEAR THEIR COSTUMES TO SCHOOL.  They will be given time before the parade to change into their costumes.  Friday, October 31st is a minimum day.

Math Competition:

At the recent Math League competition, MSJE had 4 students place in the top 20. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Alexander L. who took top honors. Also performing well was Anish K. (13th place), Abhitha V. (18th place) and Tommy K. (19th place). There were 100 sixth graders participating in this contest. MSJE has four more competitions scheduled until the end of February 2015. This couldn’t be done without our wonderful coach, Leena S.

MSJE Rocks The Vote:

Last week, intermediate students selected their student leaders for the year. MSJE’s student council will be the following:
President: Marcus L.                                        Sergeant of Arms: Amulya H.

Vice President: Tommy K.                               Treasurer: Erin T.

Secretary: Archith I.

Mark Your Calendars:

October 27 – 30            6th Grade Science Camp in Scotts Valley

October 31                   Minimum Day

November 10               Staff Development – NO SCHOOL

November 11               Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL

November 24 & 25      Parent Conferences – No School

November 26 – 28       Thanksgiving Break – No School

District Science Fair

This year, the Fremont Unified School District Science Fair will be held earlier to allow students in grades 6 through 12 to compete in the Alameda County Science Fair held March 20th.  The District Science Fair will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 1:00-3:30 in the Multipurpose Room of Centerville Junior High School, located at 37720 Fremont Boulevard here in Fremont.  MSJE’s Science Fair is scheduled for January 22, 2015.

 Reminders about Independent Study Contracts:

Per Board Policy 6158: 

  • Short term voluntary Independent Study (IS) Contracts may extend for not less than five (5) and not more than (10) consecutive school days. 
  • Students may only have one (1) IS per school year. 
  • Students may only have three (3) in their entire K-12 school experience in FUSD. 
  • Students whose achievement is below grade level standards, based on multiple measures, in Language Arts or Math may not be eligible for IS.
  • No Independent Study contracts are issued the first twenty (20) days of the school year or the last twenty (20) days of the school year. 
  • Students who do not successfully complete the assigned work from a previous Independent Study will not be eligible for another IS.
  • Teachers must be given at least 10 days’ notice to prepare the material for an IS.


Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) provides differentiated instruction for students with superior ability and high-level academic performance.

This year all 3rd grade students will have the opportunity to take the GATE test.  Testing information was presented to 3rd grade parents during the month of September.

Students in grades 4 or 5 who have not been tested in Fremont automatically are offered testing. Those students will be assessed with an ability test during March. A letter will be mailed to the student’s home address with an assigned testing session and for parental written permission. Nomination of those students is not necessary. If your child is new to the district this year and you have not received any information regarding testing by the end of February, please contact Mr. Schroeder at 510-657-2350 ext. 12325 or at jschroeder@fremont.k12.ca.us.

For those students in 5th and 6th grade who have been tested, Teacher and/or Parent Nomination forms are accepted for review under other identification criteria.  Additional information and forms are available in your child’s school office or may be downloaded from the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Department’s website.  If you believe that your child may require GATE services and is in the 5th or 6th grade, submit a completed nomination form to the GATE Office, 4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538, between November 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015Faxes will not be accepted.

California English Language Development Test (CELDT) 2014/2015

The State of California mandates that the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) be given to students who speak another language when they first enter a California public school.  This test identifies students who are English learners (limited in English proficiency) so that schools may immediately provide appropriate instruction to meet their needs. The CELDT must also be given to all English learners every year to monitor their progress in learning English and to help evaluate the programs they receive.  The test has four parts:  Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.  For the 2014/2015 school year, Fremont Unified will be giving this test starting October 1 until October 31, 2014.  Additionally, we found some students who were never initially tested upon registration.  These students will also be tested during this time frame.  If you have any questions about the test, please call Federal and State Programas at (510) 659-2531.

加州英語發測試  (CELDT) 2014/2015

加州政規定初學語言說非語的生在首次進入加公立校時必須加州英語 發展測試(CELDT)此測試用於辨別英語學習者(即英語度有者),以便學校即安排符合他需要課程英語學習者須每加州英語發展試,查他們英語 學習上進度幷幫助評估他們接受教育方案。此測包括分:聽,說讀,寫。在2014/2015 中,菲利蒙聯合學區(FUSD)將從201410120131031日 進行此試。外,我們亦會讓初次學註冊時沒參加考試學生同時接受此試。如果您任何關此測驗的疑問請致電給聯邦和各州項目部門話是(510)659-2531

Late Lunches:

If you child forgets lunch you may drop off lunch in the bins outside the office by 11:00 a.m.  If your child’s lunch is not here by 11:00, they will have to “charge” a lunch and parents will have to reimburse the cafeteria the next day.   Please DO NOT put glass containers in your student’s lunch boxes. We have already had several accidents with glass this year. Having a glass container at school is a real safety hazard.

Fremont Education Foundation:   Run 4 Education

The 10th Annual Fremont Run 4 Education is a fund raiser for the Fremont Education Foundation. The run is scheduled for Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Niles Elementary School, 37141 Second Street, Fremont. Funds raised help support our local community and schools. For more information please visit:  www.FremontRun4Education.org . Volunteers are also needed to make this a successful event. Please sign up at: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/3156900440119

Remember to read the Announcements and Headlines on the web page too.  Additional information is posted there as it comes up on a day to day basis

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Last Modified on October 24, 2014