Movie Night 4/29
4/6—Talent Show Tryouts
4/7—Oakland A’s Game Trip for Home Reading Winners
4/11—6th Grade Visits Ochoa
4/13—SF Opera Visits Southgate (Rooms 2 & 4)
4/15—ELAC Meeting 1:30pm in Room 8
4/15—6th Grade Trip to Facebook
4/15—PTA Event—Spaghetti Feed/Magician Show
4/20—SF Opera Returns (Rooms 3 & 5)
4/20—Bike Mobile 1pm—3pm
4/21—Bike Rodeo 10am-1pm
4/22—BMX Bike Assembly (Testing Kickoff Event)
4/26—State Testing Begins (CAA, Science CST)
4/27—Talent Show 6:30pm in MPR
4/28—School Site Council Meeting
5/2—CAASPP Testing Begins
Southgate’s next School Site Council Meeting is March 22nd at 4pm in room 7. We really need parent participation as we strive to develop the based academic and financial plan for your students for the 2016-17 school year.
Our English Language Advisory Committee is holding elections for officers for the 2016-17 school year. If you are interested in running for the ELAC Board please contact Elizabeth Gonzalez at 510 723 3905 ext 31210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The next ELAC meeting is 4/13 at 1:30pm in room 8.
Southgate’s Parent-Teacher Association is continuing it’s amazing work. The PTA is sponsoring a series of art classes through The Sun Gallery Art Institute for all students TK-6th grade during the months or April and May. We thank our PTA executive board for their tireless commitment to our students, and for supporting Southgate’s dedicated effort to promoting the Arts.
Please continue to support our PTA. The PTA has two fundraising events coming up. On April 15th, the PTA is hosting a Magician Night and Spaghetti Feed beginning at 6pm. On May 6th, the PTA is holding their annual Walk-a-thon. You will receive more information in mid-April.
Southgate continues to offer supports to families. Please check out our Adult Literacy English Conversation classes on Wednesdays at 12:30 in room 7. This program assists adults in understanding English and improves their ability to communicate in English.
East Bat Agency for Children’s Child abuse Prevention Program (CAP) will be returning this spring for another series of classes. Please look for a flier in April announcing the start of these workshops. This program is provided to youth and offers specialized training to parents and care-givers.
Family Literacy/Community Based English Tutoring Program (CBED). This this program provides instruction in English as a second language, as well as, trains parents in tutoring strategies to help their students. These classes are in room 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:30am.
Southgate also offers Nutrition Classes in English and Spanish. These classes cover topics such as planning and preparing low-cost, good-tasting and nutritious meals. The class provides recipes and food demonstrations, as well as, information regarding physical activities to keep families healthy and happy.
The Hayward Police Department is providing a Youth and Family Services Counselor every Monday, on campus, to support families. Ms. Patricia Diaz, MFT, connects community members to services, and holds group, family & individual counseling sessions. To connect with these supports please contact Yvette Beavers at 510 723 3905 ext—31207 or email@example.com.
1st Day Pics
Box Tops for Ed.
The money earned from Box Tops for Education will go a long way in funding student field trips through-out the year. The Box Tops for Education Program, rewards parents, students and teachers for purchasing day to day products at your local grocery stores. These companies reward your loyalty by donating funds back to your child’s school.
On the top of many grocery products you’ll find a pink Box Top. Examples of products that have this logo are: Cereal, Kleenex, Ziploc, Granola Bars, Pillsbury Products, etc. If you cut out the Box Top and send it to school with your child we get 10 cents for every one! Make sure you cut them out along the dotted lines. Please do not cut off the expiration date.
The class that brings in the most Box Tops by the end of the year earns an ICE CREAM PARTY!! So let’s get collecting! Any questions please see Mrs. Lopez.
Made in Hayward
The city's Made in Hayward Campaign is all about ensuring the above mission and vision are reached and exceeded.
For more on Made in Hayward the following words are those of the founder of the Made in Hayward Campaign and leader of our school district Superintendent & CEO Stan Dobbs:
On behalf of the Board of Education and the staff of the Hayward Unified School District, I welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year. We are committed to preparing every student to be college and career ready at graduation. Together, we will maintain an environment that maximizes the academic, social, and emotional potential of every student as we educate a whole new generation of talented youth who are “Made in Hayward.” What does it mean to be “Made in Hayward?” Students who are “Made in Hayward” are focused and determined, courageous and tenacious in pursuit of their goals of higher education. Being “Made in Hayward” begins with being at school every day, for every lesson, learning with intention and enthusiasm. “Made in Hayward” students are productive and responsible citizens who care for one another and achieve together, making positive contributions to our community and the world. Becoming “Made in Hayward” doesn’t happen without the support, encouragement and engagement of parents, teachers, guardians, families and the community. Be sure to communicate with your child’s school, be as involved as you can with school activities, and continue to support their becoming a “Made in Hayward” graduate who is college and career ready. Together, we are part of educating more than 62,000 students each day and we are all proud to be “Made in Hayward.”
Great Pictures From Southgate
Academics at Southgate
Over the years, I have boldly claimed Southgate is the best school in all of Hayward. I truly mean that. Not only do we have the safest campus, and the most welcoming environment, but now we have the standardized test scores to prove Southgate reigns supreme when it comes to student achievement. Led by our 3rd and 6th grades, Southgate students performed admirably on the 2015 CAASP Assessment. Our (2014-15) 3rd grade students were the highest performing students in mathematics within the district with an average scale score of 2440.3. Their score also exceeded the state and county averages of 2415.1 and 2432.6, respectively.
Southgate’s (2014-15) 6th grade students were the highest performers within HUSD in Math and English—Language Arts. Our 6th graders’ average scale score in English-Language Arts was 2520.8, out-performing our academic rivals Stonebrae Elementary and Burbank Elementary 2506.0 and 2516. 4, respectively. In Math, our 6th grade had a average scale score of 2523.9, while Burbank scored 2504.7 and Stonebrae tallied an average of 2474.3. Our sixth grade Math and ELA scores were also well above the state average as well.
In short, all of our grade levels did well compared to our district, county and state-wide contemporaries. We will continue with the great work this year. Thank you parents for your dedication; teachers for going above and beyond daily; and students for all your hard work. Congratulations
As we ended the 2014 - 2015 school year, I would like to share with parents the rich recent history Southgate has had when it comes to End-of-the-Year assessments. Since 2010, Southgate has consistently performed within the Top 3 of all elementary schools in Hayward on End of the Year/Standardized Assessments. We plan this year to improve upon that tradition, as we strive for excellence. Below, you will find a synopsis of Southgate’s 2014 end of the year student achievement performance information in comparison to the rest of the Hayward Unified School District.
English Language Arts
In the spring of 2014, the Hayward Unified School District administered a summative assessment to all students 3rd-11th grade. Based upon the district's data, Southgate students 3rd - 6th grades met the district’s pre-determined standards for proficiency in English-Language Arts at a rate of 60.1%. The district percentage for proficiency in ELA based upon the summative assessment was 43.9%. Other schools within the same high school feeder pattern as Southgate performed at a 49% rate. Overall, Southgate performed 10% higher than the rest of the feeder pattern and 16% higher than the district as a whole.
In the spring of 2014, kindergarten students in HUSD took the Basic Phonics Skills Test. Based upon the results, 69.2% of Southgate kindergarten students met the proper proficiency level. Comparatively, only 31.8% of the kindergarten students district-wide met the predetermined proficiency standard, while 42.4% of the students attending other elementary schools within our feeder pattern are meeting the proficiency standard. At a glance, Southgate kindergarten students are performing 37.4% higher than the district average and almost 27% higher than it's neighboring schools.
The Hayward Unified School District also administered a Reading Passages Assessment to all 1st and 2nd grade students. Based upon the results, 87.1% of Southgate 1st and 2nd grade students met the proficiency standards. District-wide, 74.9% of 1st and 2nd grade students performed proficiently on the assessment, while 81.4% of the 1st and 2nd graders attending our neighboring schools performed proficiently on the same assessment. Based upon the data, Southgate out-performed the district by 12% and its neighboring schools by 5.7%.
Last spring HUSD also administered a District Wide Math Test to monitor student progress and comply with state and federal accountability mandates. Based upon this 2014 math assessment, 65% of Southgate students (3rd-6th grade) met the predetermined district standards for proficiency. Comparatively, the district as a whole scored a proficiency level of 51.7%. The high school feeder pattern that Southgate belongs to performed at a proficiency level of 54.5%.
Comparing Southgate to: 1) the district as a whole, 2) its three closest neighboring elementary schools, and 3) an elementary school within the district that annually ranks #1 or #2 in students’ achievement, Southgate performed reasonably well. Based upon the data, Southgate answered a higher percentage of correct answers in 17 of 20 categories of the multiple choice portion of the test. On the Written Response section of the assessment, Southgate outperformed the comparative groups in 19 of 20 categorize.
Based upon data tabulated at the end of the 2013-14 school-year,
English Language Learners
These End of the Year assessments also affect the reclassification status of our students who are deemed English Learners. Based upon data since 2010 Southgate continues to reclassification a good percentage of students to English proficient each year.
Last year, Southgate reclassified 23.5% of it's English Language Learners. In comparison, The Hayward Unified School District reclassified 15.6% of HUSD ELL students, while Southgate's neighboring schools (High School Feeder Pattern) reclassified 18.9%.
Based upon the data only 5.6% of Southgate ELL students are considered long term ELL students. In comparison, 18.9% of HUSD ELL students are considered long term ELL students, and 23.8% of our neighboring schools' ELL students are considered long term ELL students.
Southgate Elementary School was able to reclassify 38 students during the 2014-15 school year. That number is consistent with reclassification numbers since 2010. Southgate's yearly reclassification numbers consistently lands between the high 36 and low 42 per school year.
Southgate Cheer Squad
The Southgate Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball teams complete their seasons on Saturday April 2nd. Led by their coach Kevin Smith, the Lady Grizzlies placed 3rd in their league. Thanks to the efforts Priscilla Lucatero, Jerney Nelson, Michaela Parajes and Aliyah Sanders the Lady Grizzlies constantly improved all season - developing cohesiveness and a great competitive spirit.
The Boy's Team was led by coaches Christina Carabello and Thomas Ingram. The boy's team earned a spot in the Hayward Area Recreational Division's Championship game on the backs of 6th graders Caden Sanchez, Arias Medhavi, Valentino Jimenez, and Miguel Figueroa. The boy's battle to the end, falling a couple baskets short of the championship - placing second in the league.
The Southgate coaches and players should be commended for their tireless efforts this season. They continually make the Southgate community so proud.
Home Reading Program
Our Home Reading Program will be off and running October 1st! We could use your support to remind your students to read every night! (At least, 15 minutes for grades K through 3 and 20 minutes for grades 4 through 6 for 25 days or more each month.)
Students who reach their goal each month will earn a Pizza Certificate for a Personal Pan Pizza at Pizza Hut. They will have an opportunity to receive 6 pizza certificates throughout the program, a passport to Reading and a sticker each month from Pizza Hut!
You can help kick off the Pizza Hut Book It Program with free Kindle books! This year you may visit amazon.com/PIZZAHUTBOOKIT and enter promo code BOOKITFREE to download new books with the FREE kindle app on any device.
Students benefit in many ways when they participate in the Home Reading Program. Not only do they benefit from all the above awards but they become better readers, more confident in their reading, learn to enjoy reading and gain more knowledge in the process.
If you can volunteer any time to help with the Home Reading Program (just once a month), please call the office at 723-3905 and ask for Mrs. Louie.
Let’s help our students to become super readers this year and “Read their Hearts Out”! Thank you for your support!
From the Desk of Mr. White
It’s already Spring Break, the Easter Bunny is preparing it’s eggs, pollen is in the air, and the sun is staying high in the sky later into the evening hours. It’s spring time, and we are coming down the homestretch of the school year. We are down to our final 55 days, which is exciting, but also concerning. We still have so much more to cover and learn over the final 12 weeks of the school year. I plead with us all not to tire; but to finish the marathon strong through June 14th. Our most important days are ahead of us. Let’s stay focused and press on to the end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Southgate students (3rd—6th gardes) will take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test in five weeks. This test will give us much needed information about our students’ abilities in comparison to the local and state-wide averages. Southgate performed very favorably on last year’s assessment in comparison to our local counterparts and state averages. We plan to improve upon those results in 2016.
The CAASPP results are very important in many ways. They are used to rate schools, which in turn, rates neighborhoods, districts and cities. Consequently, school ratings raise or lower real estate prices—which drives the local economy. Big businesses also make decisions about building and relocating to certain areas based upon the results of these standardized assessments.
Needless to say, these assessments are big deals! Most importantly, these upcoming assessments give your student the opportunity to show their brilliance.
Southgate’s CAASPP testing window opens May 2nd and will last until May 20th. It is imperative that we have 100% attendance during these two weeks. Please plan all doctor of dentist appointments for your child outside of this three week window. If you have to make an appointment for your child between May 2nd—20th, please make it an afternoon appointment.
LCAP & LCFF
The Hayward Unified School District will be hosting Town Hall meetings during the months of January and February. The aim is to convey to the community to the current state of the Hayward Unified School District and its future plans/direction. The goal is also to get as much parental feedback as we possibly can to make the best decisions for our children and city. The information gathered will be used to develop HUSDs Local Control Accountability Plan or (LCAP). The LCAP is a three year plan that must include the district’s goals for all students and for each subgroup, and specific actions and strategies the district will use to achieve those goals. Please participate in these Town Hall meetings. It is very important that we hear from you.
The first meeting is January 23rd at Dr. MLK Jr. Middle School at 10:30am.
Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
LCFF is a new formula for funding education in California. LCFF provides a base of funds per pupil. Additional funding called Supplemental and Concentration funds are received based on the numbers of students who are learning English, low income or foster youth. A student meeting more than one of these criteria is counted only once and this is referred to as “unduplicated pupils”. Almost 80% of HUSD enrollment qualify as unduplicated pupils. The LCFF funding model will not be fully funded by the state until 2020-2021.
The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a three-year plan that must include the district’s annual goals for all students and for each subgroup, and the specific actions and strategies the district will use to achieve those goals. The Board of Education must adopt the LCAP by June 30th of each year after consultation with parents, teachers, school personnel, students, and with the advice of a district-level parent advisory committee. The Annual Update is a report of progress, describing whether we accomplished our goals. The Hayward Unified School District Board of Education identified the following Board Priorities in the LCAP:
1) Financial and operational decisions will be driven by student success and district priorities and goals
2) All students graduate college and career ready
3) Create a safe and positive school climate 4
4) Engage students, families, staff and community to support student achievement and success
In the early spring parents will have the opportunity to attend Town Hall Meeting, to help revise our LCAP to fit the need of our community.
At Southgate We:
Foster a warm, welcoming environment for all our families,
Build a foundation of confidence and culture of success,
Ensure high levels of student engagement in classrooms where instruction is multi-sensory and layered with all the necessary supports.
In a caring culture of success, the Southgate community motivates, inspires, develops skills, and builds confidence to awaken the highest potential in every member.
Raising Leaders; Touching Lives
Southgate Elementary School has a philosophy and programs purposefully designed to meet the needs of students transitioning into adolescents. We believe that all students should be exposed to comprehensive academic curriculum, guided by state and district standards .
All students participate in a rigorous academic program which maintains, reinforces and expands academic skills so all students can become productive, responsible, and compassionate citizens in our ever-changing community.
Homework can provide many benefits for children. It can improve memory and comprehension, develop study skills, and teach children how to manage time. You can help by making sure your kids have a quiet, well-lit place to do homework and provide assistance, but not complete answers. Learn how to help your kids with homework and succeed in school.