Students are advised and encouraged to practice the SBAC tests; actual testing began on Monday April 13, upon our return from spring break:
- 6th grade: testing 4/13-4/24
- 7th grade: testing 4/27-5/8
- 8th grade: testing 5/11-5/22
Here's how to do it:
- Go to caaspp.org/practice-and-training/
- Click the big green button that says "Student Interface Practice and Training Tests"
- Leave everything the way it is, and login as GUEST.
- Select your grade, and then which test you want to practice.
There are 3 types of tests you can practice:
- The "6-8 Training Tests" are shorter, and have a range of 6th, 7th and 8th grade-level questions.
- The "Practice Test" is longer and grade-specific. This is like the "CAT" (Computer-Adaptive Test) part of the real SBAC.
- The "Performance Task" is the really challenging question, similar to one of the District writing tasks (in ELA) or a MARS task (in Math). This is like the "PT" (Performance Task) part of the real SBAC.
Teachers can also create a "Session ID" for practice tests, which will allow students to practice logging in with the Secure Browser; here's how:
Teachers, do this:
- Click the big blue button that says ""
- Login using first.last name and the password you set.
- Scroll down the list of practice and training tests; select the one you want; click the Start Session button. A session ID will appear, which will look something like this: TRAIN-1234-1
- Direct students to do the following:
Students, do this:
Follow steps 1 & 2 above (where it says "Here's how you do it" — not teacher instructions).
Unclick Guest User, enter your first name and 10-digit SSID (which your teacher will provide).
Unclick Guest Session and enter the session ID your teacher gives you.
College-Ready 7th Graders
From The Santa Cruz Sentinel (3/21/15):
"A sea change is happening in Santa Cruz County schools: Students are preparing for college at an earlier age, and the results are showing. Half of the county’s seventh-graders, 1,400 students, attended a summit on college eligibility requirements Friday at UC Santa Cruz. … In April, the rest of the county’s seventh-graders will attend a similar event at CSU Monterey Bay."
E. A. Hall MS 7th graders will be taking part in the April field trip to CSUMB, on Friday April 24. More information coming soon. Learn more about the Countywide Santa Cruz County College Commitment ("S4C"), a collaboration of educators started in 2011 and sponsored by the County Office of Education, at their website, www.sccommits.org. Learn more about CSUMB at their website, www.csumb.edu. Read the Sentinel article at www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20150320/santa-cruz-county-seventh-graders-learn-college-planning.
EAHMS in the News!
Congratulations to the Mathematics students of 6th grade teacher Jeff DeMarco! This was on the front page of the Saturday February 28, 2015 edition of the Register Pajaronian. Another picture at www.register-pajaronian.com/ v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=18056&page=72
Miss Olga's Mid-Year Message...
Dear Falcon Parents,
We at Edward A. Hall Middle School would like to wish all of you a wonderful Holiday Season. Please know that our vacation begins on Monday, December 22nd. Students will be excused on Friday, December 19th at 12:47; this means that this day will be a minimum day.
It is very important that you check with your student regarding any unfinished assignments. We want all of our Falcon Students to be successful and to soar academically. We strive to provide every opportunity to help your students by providing help during lunch and afterschool. Students have been much more responsible in coming to school on time, however, we still have some chronic tardies. Please help all of us by ensuring that your students come every day ready to learn and with their assignments done. Check School Loop for the latest assignments and progress for your student. If you do not know how to access this information, ask your student or come to the Parent Volunteer Center and ask Brenda Guzman to help you.
Finally, let’s welcome in the New Year, 2015, with Peace In Our Hearts! Have a wonderful family time. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated staff working at E A Hall and such kind and loving parents. See you all back on Monday, January 12th, 2015.
Olga de Santa Anna, Principal
2014-2015 Anthology Submission
Use the Google Form to share your Anthology piece with Mr. Levy and the rest of the Anthology Editorial team.
Watch this video if you want to see how to use this form to submit your anthology piece. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDJPcCkBrpE)
2015 Girls in Engineering
Join the excitement this summer!
July 27–July 31, 2015
at Cabrillo College in Aptos
The Baskin Girls in Engineering @ Cabrillo College summer engineering program is designed for female students entering 6th - 8th grades who want to learn more about the role engineers and engineering play in our lives. This program is aimed at fostering female students' interest in engineering as an innovative, creative, and exciting field that shapes our lives. Students will engage in hands-on learning experiences in all areas of engineering designed to nurture their natural curiosity and will apply their creativity to solve engineering design challenges.
Participants attend a attend a 5 day long hands-on workshop on the Aptos campus of Cabrillo College in the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Transportation is provided. And it's FREE!
- Building a book light to discover electronics
- Designing a watercraft to explore buoyancy
- Constructing a card stock bridge to learn about the strength of materials
- Building a windmill to learn about alternative energy
- Discovering coding with Tic Tacs
Experiencing hands-on design projects, students will be exposed to the many fields of engineering and technology at an early age and learn that these fields offer exciting, lucrative, and rewarding careers.
Learn more at www.cabrillo.edu/associations/foundation/news-Baskin-Girls-in-Engineering.php.
We are now in the process of checking out Chromebooks to students — but each student and a parent/guardian must first attend one of the Chromebook Informational Meetings!
Read more on the Chromebook Resources page.
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Students of the Quarter!
Student Supplies required for the 2014-2015 School Year
This is a list of supplies that each student will need as an E.A. Hall Falcon:
1. A 3-ring binder at least 1.5 inches wide
2. A supply of lined paper
3. A set of dividers for separating school work by class
4. A plastic zippered pouch for holding pencils, pens & erasers
5. Blue or black ink pens and pencils
All items can be purchased at Target, Kmart, or Staples.
For all P.E. classes, students will need the following items (which can be purchased in their P.E. class):
6. An E.A. Hall t-shirt ($8) with the student's name written on the front, and blue cotton shorts ($10) or nylon mesh shorts ($12) or sweatpants ($15).
7. White athletic socks and athletic shoes (which can be purchased at department or sporting goods stores).
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: Pertussis (whooping Cough) outbreak in Santa Cruz County
Read Every Night!
Read for at least 30 minutes every day after school. Then write a 3-sentence summary of what you read in your Planner. Don't forget to include the title and author. Finally, get it signed. If you are reading in the After School Program, have your teacher sign it.
Posted by: Philip Halbig
10 Years Later
To complete the "Ten Years Later" Letter to a Friend, open this letter template, make your own copy of it, and then replace the blanks as you wish to write a letter to an old friend — pretending that you and your friend both graduated high school 10 years ago.
Healthy Kids Survey
7th grade students: Take the California Healthy Kids Survey! (Your teacher will provide you with the school code.)
Student Illuminate Login
Students: Access the Illuminate Student Portal, for taking online Benchmark Assessments.
Remember to click the Student tab before logging in, using your usual username (ID #) and password (birth date).
Read Important Policies dealing with Discrimination,Sexual and other Harassment
Free Homework Help and More! At Youth Now Center
Located at 15 Madison Street —around the corner from EAHMS— students in grades 6–8 can enjoy no-cost after school program. Our program features low student to adult ratios, homework help, free healthy snacks, recreation activities, enrichment options and one on one tutoring.
Hours of operation are from Monday–Thursday 3–5:30 pm. Learn more at www.youthnowcenter.org/inspire/middle-school/ or www.youthnowcenter.org.
Ed100 is a new website for parents and others, to help people understand and get involved with their local schools. Find it at www.ed100.org y en español a www.ed100.org/es/.
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has created a Student Support Resources Directory, which can be found at www.sccstudentresources.org/
Activities and Events
Congratulations New Student Council!
The Following students were elected to student council for the 14-15 school year:
1. President: Karina Bautista
2. Vice-President: Jennifer Vazquez
3. Secretary: Isaac Rocha
4. Treasurer: Alison Ramirez
Please congratulate these students and we look forward to their leadership next year!
S4C 7th Grade Survey
7th graders: go to sccommits.org/7thGradePreSurvey and take the survey!