Notes from the Principal

Paper Picnic, RtI, Twitter, Smarter Balanced, Attendance, GATE testing, Back Gate Reminder

NEW!Paper Picnic Friday, September 22
Calling all parents/grandparents…a ream of paper is your ticket in, to one of our fun Chaparral traditions! Come out to Chaparral this Friday and have lunch with your child. Bring your ream of paper, a picnic lunch, a blanket or a chair, and enjoy a picnic with your student during their regular lunch period. For Friday only, all grades will eat first, and then play. See schedule below:
Kindergarten @ 11:00 am

TK @ 11:30 am

2nd and 3rd Grade and Room 8 @ 11:40am
4th and 5th Grade and Room 6 @12:25pm
1st Grade Room 7@1:10pm


As a special bonus, Chaparral Fitness Club shirtst will be on sale.

(The "Back Gate" will be open for parents to enter through Montero)


IMPORTANT!Response to Intervention and Instruction (RTI2)

Please read the attached letter regarding Chaparral’s commitment to high quality education for every student.


Parents, if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to follow us on Twitter @BuhrCHES. This is our attempt to be more deliberate about sharing the Hawk student experience with our families.  We are hoping to send out a Tweet a day.


NEW!Smarter Balanced State Assessment Results Coming

See attached letter regarding Smarter Balanced


NEW!Attendance Awareness Month
Did you know that children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year? That’s just 18 days or 2 to 3 days a month.   And that can add up before you know it.   This September, Chaparral  is celebrating Attendance Awareness Month with a renewed push to get all kids to school-on time, every day.   Research shows us that absences add up.   That’s as true for kindergarteners as it is for 12th graders.   It is true for excused absences as it is for skipping school.   We know there will be days when your child will miss school, especially when they’re sick.   But we know nationwide, as many as 7.5 million students miss 10 percent of the school year.   That’s 135 million days of missed school and missed learning opportunities.   And research shows us it also marks the point when students begin to fall behind academically because they have missed too many days.


So this September, for Attendance Awareness Month, let’s work together as a community – school and business leaders, parents, students, teachers, doctors, neighbors -  to get all kids to school – on time, every day.


2017-2018 GATE Testing Information
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) involves services for students whose cognitive needs may require modified classroom curriculum and instruction to accommodate their learning differences and ensure their achievement.  Parents may request GATE testing for students in grades 2-7.  


TEST Date (only 1 test opportunity)

Request Submission Window

School Site/School Day Testing
January 23-January 25, 2018
@ each school site during the school day.
*Each school will determine their testing
date(s) within this 3 day window.

September 5 through
November 30, 2017.

To request GATE testing for your child, complete a GATE Parent Questionnaire/Test Consent form online through the PUSD GATE webpage:

Please note:  Requests for GATE testing will only be taken during the request submission window dates.


Back Gate Reminder

Please be advised that the back gate leading to Montero Road will close promptly at 9:00 a.m.  The safety of our students is our first priority at Chaparral and this includes locking our back gate at this time every day without exception.


If you need to be on campus beyond this time, please use our front parking lot on Tannin Drive and enter the school through the front office.


We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe.  Should you have any questions on this policy, please feel free to contact me.



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