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Fremont Unified School District


A California Distinguished School

2014 National Blue Ribbon School


43545 Bryant Street

Fremont, CA  94539

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



March 23, 2015

Chuck Graves, Principal                                                         Shanthika Sukumar, Secretary

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



Character Trait for March is Citizenship: I help people in my classroom, school, and community.

Mark Your Calendars

April 3 – 10                 Spring Break

April 21                       PTC Meeting 7 pm

April 22                       SSC Meeting 3 pm

May 04                        SBAC Testing Begins @ MSJE

May 19                        Open House 6:30 – 7:30 pm

.Parent Satisfaction Survey 2015 The Parent Satisfaction Survey 2015 is live online.  The survey is open from February 20 to April 15, 2015.  Please click on the link below to take the survey.  Your feedback will help us plan for the 2015 -2016 school year.

 Parent Survey English: http://bit.ly/fusdparent2015

MSJE Spellers Place in Top Ten

Anish K. and Ayushi K. represented MSJE and FUSD in the Alameda County Spelling Bee Championship last weekend in Dublin. The brother and sister team spelled their way into the top ten with an outstanding performance. Anish finished in tenth place while Ayushi finished in fifth place. Way to go Anish and Ayushi!

Statewide Testing for 2015:

Grades 3-6 will participate in the annual Smarter Balance Assessment. The testing window for Smarter Balance is April 20 through May 29. Fifth grade will also take the CST STAR Test in science. Testing will run through April 20 to May 01. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Attention Parents of 6th Grade Students:

For the 2015 / 2016 school year, California Law (AB 354) requires an additional immunization called Tdap in order for your student to enter 7th grade. The adolescent whooping cough/pertussis booster shot, (Tdap) must be given on or after age 7 to meet this requirement. Valid proof must show: 1) type of shot given, 2) date, 3) provider’s signature/stamp. You can provide proof to your Elementary School Site up until the last day of school.

If parents have not provided proof to their school by the first day of school, August 26, 2015, your student will NOT be allowed to attend.

Elementary Parent Meetings for Health & Sex Education

 Upcoming Meetings for parents are listed below. 



Time for Parent Preview


5th grade

March 25, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

D.O. Professional Development Center

New Registration for 2015 – 2016

New enrollment for 2015-2016 is ongoing. Please complete the online registration and make an appointment with the enrollment center to complete your registration. Please visit www.fmtusd.org for detailed registration instructions.

Change of Address/Residency:

Please be reminded that it is the responsibility of parents under Board Policy 5111 to notify the school office within five (5) days if they move in or out of the attendance area.  Any move within the attendance area still requires two (2) new proofs of residency to verify the new address.  Failure to do so will result in revocation of the student’s placement at the school.

Reminder to visitors:

All parents are required to sign in at the office before going anywhere else on campus.  There are School Board policies about classroom visits.  You must have made an appointment in advance with the teacher.  In order to maintain the orderly instructional and testing environment, parents may not just drop in.  You can only visit the classroom in which you child is enrolled.

First Day of School for 2015- 2016 School Year – Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

All students are expected to report to school on the first day, Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Students who have not attended the first two days of school will be dropped at the end of the third day of school. Students who are dropped will not be guaranteed a seat at the school and may have to be overloaded to other schools upon return. The only exceptions will be students who are absent due to illness. If a student is absent the first three days due to illness, parents or guardians must notify the school every day the student is absent. Seats will not be held for students on extended vacations or other optional activities, whether or not the school is notified.

FUSD Announces Secondary Core Novel Adoption Proposals for 2015-16

The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) has announced its secondary (Grades 7-12) core novel proposals for adoption for the 2015-16 school year. The public is invited to review the books and provide feedback at a community meeting Tuesday, March 24th, 3:30–6:30 pm, in the Professional Development Center at the FUSD District Office, 4210 Technology Drive, Fremont.

The proposed titles are:

7th Grade

·        The Giver by Lois Lowry

·        Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett

8th Grade

·                 Whirligig by Paul Fleischman

·                 Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

10th Grade

·                 Night by Elie Wiesel or Maus by Art Spiegelman (Site to Choose One)

·                 The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Site to Choose One)

11th Grade

·                 The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

All proposed core novels are on display at FUSD’s Curriculum & Instruction Office. Call 510-659-2596 for more information.           ​


The office continually receives informational flyers on community activities, and other programs. Please check the informational rack in the library for the many informational flyers available.

Mommy and Me Classes at Fremont Adult School:

The Parent Education Department at Fremont Adult School offers classes for parents to attend with their toddlers and/or preschoolers.  Each parent will participate with his/her child in activities provided in a preschool setting to help children develop skills in the following areas: creative art, pre-math, reading readiness, science and sensory exploration, circle time story and songs. Classes are offered Monday-Thursdays.  For registration information please call      510-793-6465 or visit www.face.edu

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) 

This May, our students will be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which is the state’s new academic testing program replacing the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) System.

Last year, students in grades 3-6 participated in a computer-based field test. Although no scores were provided, it allowed students and teachers to experience online testing and new types of questions. Also, it helped evaluate how well our school’s technology systems could meet the demands of online tests and determine what resources teachers would need to better prepare students. As a reminder, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-6 as well as the remaining paper-based tests for science in grades 5.

Key Features of CAASPP

Measures critical thinking with questions that ask students to demonstrate their research, writing, and problem solving skills

Assessments are untimed and students can take breaks so that they can do their best

Accessibility resources for all students and accommodations

Following the May 2015 testing (May 4th – May 15th), individual student results can be available electronically within four to six weeks. The delivery of results takes into account machine scoring and hand-scoring. It is very important that you encourage students do their best when taking these tests. The test results can provide valuable information about student academic progress. It will help us understand what knowledge, skills, and processes they have mastered and which ones they may still need to learn. To learn about the types of questions on the tests, you can visit the:

Smarter Balanced website: http://www.smarterbalanced.org

Take the Practice Test: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test

Scoring Guide for the Practice Tests (Answer Key):


I am confident that we have done our best to prepare and that we are ready for this new testing experience. You may contact your child's teacher if you need more information about the exact test times during these weeks. 


Chuck Graves

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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