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ELAC Meeting
Date: 4/24/2014, 3:15 PM
Location: Library
SSC Meeting
Date: 4/24/2014, 4 PM 5 PM
Location: Library
Pacoima Singers Show
Date: 5/8/2014, 7 PM
Location: Auditorium
Pacoima Singers Show
Date: 5/9/2014, 7 PM
Location: Auditorium
Pacoima Dance Theater Show
Date: 5/22/2014, 4 PM 5 PM
Location: Auditorium
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Welcome Message

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Parents,
Allow me to take this opportunity to thank the students and parents who participated in last year's LAUSD Sharing Brings Hope Campaign. Our students and staff have been very generous over the years during the District's Consolidated Charitable Campaign. Last year, Pacoima Middle School raised $3000 for various charities.

On behalf of our students and families and in the continuing tradition of our Panther Pride, I am asking for your support for the 2014 LAUSD Sharing Brings Hope Campaign. This year's campaign continues to consolidate all of our District's fundraising efforts to a single annual appeal.

Please consider giving during the Sharing Brings Hope Campaign. No amount is too
small because together, sharing does bring hope. Again, thank you to everyone who
has donated in the past. Your gifts help to make a difference in the lives of thousands of
families. By working together, we can make our communities a better place to live for
everyone.

Sincerely,
Marcy Hamm, Principal

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Panther News

Smarter Balanced Field Test
Pacoima Middle School is administering the computer-based Smarter Balanced Field Tests from April 7, 2014 to May 16, 2014.These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.

Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this opportunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assessments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need.

Finally and importantly, this year also gives our student an opportunity to try out the new system without consequences. All of this combined means that we will not be capturing scores this year. Instead, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.
Implementation of NCLB CORE Waiver
CORE stands for “California Office to Reform Education”. It is a consortium of 10 districts who have been working together to support school reform. CORE is a non-profit organization that will support the implementation of the CORE Waiver work, and will communicate with the US Department of Education. For more information, please read the attached letter from Dr. Deasy.
API Gains
Congratulations to our students, teachers, parents, and community. The official API score from the state is out. For the 2012-2013 school year, Pacoima Middle School's API score is 731, a gain of 7 points from the 2011-2012 school year. In the past 4 years, we have made a total of 82 points gain. "Way to go Panthers!"
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