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OVMS Panda Summer 2017 Learning Program

Congratulations to your child on completing the 2016-2017 school year! Your child has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and learned many new skills this past school year that will be needed for the next school year.  Unfortunately, most students lose many of these new skills and knowledge during summer break; this is known as SUMMER LEARNING LOSS.  Studies on summer learning loss have shown that:

  • 2.6 months  of math skills are lost over the summer
  • the equivalent of one month of overall learning is lost after summer vacation
  • 2 months of reading skills are lost over the summer
  • It takes up to 2 months from the first day of school for a student to get back on track

Although these statistics may be troubling, the same studies have shown that students who spend 2-3 hours per week reviewing grade-level material will decrease the effects of Summer Learning Loss. This amounts to just 30-45 minutes per day of review for your child.  We know that parents of Olive Vista Middle School and STEAM magnet students want the best possible education for their children so we are providing each 6th and 7th grade student with a resource titled, “Getting Ready for the 7th Grade” or “Getting Ready for 8th Grade.” The book contains 7 weeks of review material for your child. We are providing a schedule with weekly assignments to keep your child’s skills sharp and ready for the first day of school. In addition to this, we recommend that your child read a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Please take a moment to read pages 4-12 in your child’s book as they are written especially for parents.

 

As an incentive for your child to complete the summer review book, students who bring their completed book and assignments back to summer registration will receive 3 free-dress day passes and a certificate for a free lunch at a local restaurant.

 

We wish you a safe, fun-filled summer and look forward to seeing you at orientation/registration on August 8th for returning students and August 9th for incoming 6th graders and STEAM students. If you have any questions, please call the school or email Mrs. Garces at ubm1452@lausd.net

 

For a printed copy of the letter and schedule click HERE.

 

Getting Ready for the 7th and 8th Grade

Assignment Schedule

 

Dates

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

June 19-23

Pgs. 14-15

Pgs. 16-17

Pgs. 18-19

Pgs. 20-21

Pgs. 22-23

June 26-30

Pgs. 24-25

Pgs. 26-27

Pgs. 28-29

Pgs. 30-31

Pgs. 32-33

July 3-7

Pgs. 34-35

Pgs. 36-37

Pgs. 38-39

Pgs. 40-41

Pgs. 42-43

July 10-14

Pgs. 44-45

Pgs. 46-47

Pgs. 48-49

Pgs. 50-51

Pgs. 52-53

July 17-21

Pgs. 54-55

Pgs. 56-57

Pgs. 58-59

Pgs. 60-61

Pgs. 62-63

July 24-28

Pgs. 64-65

Pgs. 66-67

Pgs. 68-69

Pgs. 70-71

Pgs. 72-73

July 31-Aug 4

Pgs. 74-75

Pgs. 76-77

Pgs. 78-79

Pgs. 81-88

Pgs. 89-95

Sylmar Tech Firm Sends OV Students to National Robotics Competition

When students Andres G. and Justin S. took the Gold Medal at the Skills USA State Competition in the Robotics Search and Rescue category, they qualified to compete in Louisville, Kentucky at the National Competition.  We knew that this would be a tremendous opportunity for our young engineers but securing the resources to send them was another story.  We reached out to some local businesses and were so fortunate that L3 Ocean Systems, a Sylmar based marine technical company stepped in to make a generous $3000.00 to assist with the travel and lodging expenses for the competition.  

 

Our champion engineering team was so appreciative and proud to provide a robotics demonstration to the L3 Ocean Systems leadership and outreach team.  We look forward to future partnerships with L3 Ocean Systems and a future field trip to learn about their innovative marine sonar systems.  Thank you L3 Ocean Systems for supporting the engineers of tomorrow right here in Sylmar!

Proficiency for All- SBAC Testing Continues Through May 26

Greetings Families- Currently our students are taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in Math and English Language Arts.  8th Grade Students will also be taking the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Pilot Assessment.  Please assist your child in demonstrating their learning by:

  • Ensure that your child is present at school and on time to their classes each and every day.
  • Ensure your child is getting adequate sleep by limiting TV, computer time, and after hours cell phone usage.
  • Regularly talk with your child about their "testing experience" and academic progress.  This can ease students' anxiety over the testing process.

In order to ensure that students have ample time for each testing session, we will be using the following schedule during testing:

M/TH- Periods 1, 3, and 5; W/F- Periods 2, 4, and 6; Tuesday is regular schedule with a 1:18 PM dismissal.  Students who are absent for any part of the test will have an opportunity to make up the missed testing session during the testing window.

Stay Connected!

In addition to communication to you via our websites- http://olivevistams-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com and https://sites.google.com/site/ovsteammagnet/ , we send important updates and information through parent meetings, Blackboard Connect phone messages, letters, and flyers.  You can also follow me on Twitter @Mr_Wright_11 where I will post updates and articles for parents, teachers, and students.

Much of our communication depends on you providing the school with accurate and updated contact information.  This allows us to communicate with you and your designated contacts in case of emergency and to share with you important information about your child’s academic progress.  Please contact the school immediately if there has been a change of phone number or address and to verify that we have your current contact information.  I also encourage you to list an active email account as many messages are also sent via email.

Our ability to stay connected greatly increases the web of support that is provided to each Olive Vista student.  I hope you will consider stopping by to our next Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, May 4, 2017. 

Olive Vista Music Program Receives VH1 Save The Music Grant!

The arts are flourishing at Olive Vista Middle School who recently was awarded a grant providing a new piano and three student keyboards by the VHI Save The Music Foundation. In celebration of the ...more

LAUSD & Olive Vista Parent Involvement, Parent-School Compact Information

Parents will find the following documents located in the District Policy Locker under the Parent tab.

 

  • LAUSD Title I Parent Involvement Policy - Click HERE for English and Spanish
  • Olive Vista Parent Involvement Policy - Click here for English or Spanish
  • Olive Vista School-Parent Compact - Click here for English or Spanish

 

These documents are in both English and Spanish.  All documents are available in the Attendance Office, Parent Center, or call Ms. Fernandez, TSP Office at 818-833-3961.  These documents will be mailed home on Monday, November 28, 2016.