Friday, September 11, 2015

What's New in GUHSD

2015 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Assessment Results 

On September 9, 2015, the California Department of Education released statewide results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The CAASPP system, established on January 1, 2014, includes the new computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) summative tests that measure student knowledge of California's English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics standards.

These new assessments replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments for students in grades three through eight and eleven. Student scores are reported across four performance levels Standard Exceeded, Standard Met, Standard Nearly Met, and Standard Not Met. The new ELA and mathematics summative tests allow students to demonstrate analytical writing, critical thinking, and problem solving skills along with their knowledge of facts.

Our students scored at or above the State average on tests that are significantly more rigorous than the prior CST test. Click here for more detailed information. As soon as individual student scores come in, we will mail them home. 

New Student Support Center at Granite Hills

Principal Mike Fowler cuts the ribbon as staff, Superintendent Swenson and Trustees Gary Woods and Jim Kelly look on
On Thursday, August 27, in preparation for students’ return, staff participated in a ribbon cutting for the new Student Support Center at Granite Hills High School, which houses many of the support services found at the school. 

Several important offices are now located under one roof - Health (nurse), Finance, Attendance, Campus Security, Counseling and Administration. Included in the design is also a college and career center where students can explore and research their options for the future. For the first time, guidance counselors and administrators are able to work side by side to better serve the students. The building also changes the orientation of the campus. Granite Hills now has a "front door" with a visitor parking lot allowing the community easier, less confusing, more convenient access to the school. The new Student Support Center provides a one-stop-shop for Granite Hills' students. 

Granite Hills Receives $65K Chargers Champions School Grant 

Granite Hills Receives $65K Chargers Champions Grant
Earlier this week, Granite Hills was home to a Chargers media event announcing their 2015 Chargers Champions School Grant recipients. In attendance were #76 Guard D.J. Fluker and #27 Safety Jimmy Wilson.

Granite Hills High opened in 1960, and after three decades of use its weight room had seen better days. All that has changed now, thanks to a $65K grant from the Spanos family and the Chargers Champions program. The school’s new weight room will benefit students at Granite Hills for years to come. 

On behalf of the District, I thank the Spanos family and the Chargers for their generous support. Working together, the Chargers and our local schools are creating better opportunities to help our children get and stay healthy and in shape.

West Hills Wins Most 2014-15 League Championships

Principal Robin Ballarin accepts the award on behalf of West Hills' student-athletes
Congratulations to West Hills High School whose athletic teams won eleven League Championships among our eleven schools for the 2014-15 school year. Principal Robin Ballarin along with Athletic Director Don Rutledge and Assistant Principal Josh Reiderer accepted the award on behalf of their student-athletes. Presenting the awards were Conference President Brian Wilbur and CIFSDS Commissioner Jerry Schneipp. I am happy to report that all eleven schools won at least one title last year. 

Superintendent Ralf Swenson