9/16 Back to School Night 6pm
9/23 After School Homework Support Begins in Room 36
9/29 School Site Council Meeting 4pm in Room 25
10/2 Progress Reports Sent Home
10/7 PTA Meeting 6:00pm
10/14 ELAC Meeting 1:30pm
10/27 SSC Meeting 4:00
10/28 SBDM Meeting 3:00
11/4 Community/Town Hall Meeting
1st Day Pics
VP Mrs. Beavers
For years, Southgate has needed an assistant principal to support the our great work. We are blessed to have the ultra-talented Ms. Beavers. Please join me in welcoming her to the team. I know she will be an amazing asset and source of strength and wisdom for all who work with her.
Our Parent Teacher Association was held their first meeting on September 2nd. The PTA is focused on school beautification, providing fun/educational activities for our community, and providing more play equipment & structures for our students at recess. This year a special emphasis will be placed on improving the work environment for the students and providing assisting in integrating technology and art to enrich our students. If you would like to be a part of these projects please come out and support. The next meeting is October 7th at 6pm in the MPR
Southgate’s English Language Advisory Committee held their first meeting Wednesday, September 9th. Our ELAC is a very involved group of parents, who ensure our English Learners are receiving all the proper supports and accommodations that would allow equal access to the general curriculum. If you are a parent of an English Learner please join us on October 14th for our next meeting.
The first School Site Council meeting of the new year will be September 29th in room 25 at 4pm. The School Site Council plays an intricate role in developing the Single Plan for Student Achievement. The School Site Council also ensures all purchases made from federal or state funded resources are used appropriately.
If you would like to volunteer in classrooms or chaperone field trips, HUSD requires that you mush be fingerprinted. Please come by the office and pick up a volunteer packet
Made in Hayward Spotlight
In Hayward, we have a lot of reasons to be grateful. We are so very proud of our city and so proud to be Made in Hayward. Hayward is such a tradition-rich city, with many famous and influential people originating from this awesome place. Southgate is pleased to boast one of the next great individuals to call Hayward their home - second grade student Dania Silva.
Dania Silva participated in the National & World Championships for Jui-Jitsu Martial Arts, this summer. The National Championship was held in Las Vegas, where Dania was crowned national champion. Dania then moved on to The World Championships in Ontario, CA where Dania brought home World Championship Gold.
I would like to send out a special thanks to our local Boy and Girl Scout Troops who have done a lot to improve our school. Our Boy Scout troop built planter boxes for each grade level to start a garden. Our local Girl’s Scout groups led by Mrs. Shelley Anderson and Mrs. Elilah Cumero planted trees and plants in the planter boxes. Thank you for your efforts and supporting our goal of creating a more welcoming environment through school beautification.
Also an extra special shout-out goes to former Southgate Grizzly Isabelle Anderson who earn her Scout’s Silver Award, by refurbishing all the school’s Halloween Carnival games. Isabelle, we appreciate your service to Southgate!!!!!!!
As we move into the 2015-16 school year, let’s remember that we are a neighborhood school that has houses adjacent to us. Let’s be careful when driving down our local streets—monitoring speeds. Also, be cautious when parallel parking, there have been several occasions when I have received phone calls that Southgate visitors have parked in our neighbors drive ways. Finally, students, please discard all trash in trash cans and not on our neighbors lawns. Again, be nice and be courteous and we will all live happily ever after.
Made in Hayward (Continued)
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.”
Academics at Southgate
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.
Great Pictures From Southgate
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
Thank you all for making the start of the school year the smoothest ever. I appreciate the cooperation and patience that everyone demonstrated as we transitioned from summer break and back into the swing of things.
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
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.
Southgate Cheer Squad
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.
Box Tops for Education
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.
LCFF & LCAP
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.