2019-2020 New Student Enrollment

 Welcome to Sundance!  Enrollment for TK and Kindergarten begins May 1, May 8 for grades 1 - 5. Open the link below to schedule an appointment to meet with us and complete the enrollment process. Enrollment forms will be available the end of April.  Please bring those completed forms, immunizaiton record, birth certificate and proof of residency with you to your appointment. A kindergarten information meeting is planned for late May.  More information to follow onlinereg.powayusd.com/AptSchd/SDES/


CAASPP Testing, April 29 - May 15

An important part of your student’s academic program is measuring progress through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments.Smarter Balanced English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments – grades 3 -8 and 11. Students across California will take assessments each spring to gauge each student’s performance in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. This year your child will take the following test(s), depending on his or her grade level: Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades three to eight and eleven   These tests measure the skills called for by the California academic standards, which focus on a student’s ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems. Because CAASPP tests are given statewide, they provide an opportunity to measure the skills of all students against the same academic standards. Given online, the tests are computer-adaptive, allowing more precise measurement of individual skills. Parents can use their student’s ELA or mathematics results as one of many indicators of their child’s performance.  Our teachers and principals also use these results to compare their schools’ performance toward achieving our state standards.California Science Test (CAST) – grades 5, 8, and 12   California’s state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers—asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. Working with science teachers, California has developed a new assessment that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. This year students in grade 5, 8 and 12 will take the CAST assessment. This test is designed to measure how students are performing in relationship to the California science standards.   California Alternative Assessments – grades 3 – 8, and 11 California Alternative Assessment in Science (Field Test) grades 5, 8, and 12 The goal of the California Alternative Assessments (CAAs) is to ensure that students with the most significant needs in special education can attain increasingly higher achievement levels and leave high school ready for academic or career options. Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven are eligible to take the CAAs in ELA and mathematics as determined in their annual Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting.  This year, in grades 5, 8 and 12, special education students will have the opportunity to take the science alternative pilot assessment.  .Participation Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents have the right to opt out of any state assessment.  It is recommended parents meet with their child’s school principal if they are considering this option.  Our teachers and principals have found many benefits in having our students participate in this assessment, and we want to assure parents that student results from any assessment will not be shared beyond the use of school staff directly involved in your child’s education.  Section 852 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations further provides that parents or guardians may annually submit a written request to the school to excuse their child from any or all parts of the CAASPP for the school year.   Therefore, if you wish to exempt your student from testing, notification in writing to your school’s principal is required.  How can I help my child get ready for the CAASPP? You are an important part of your child’s education. Some things you can do to help your child are: Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.Tell your child that you and his or her teacher have high expectations and that you are both there to help, every step of the way.Take a practice test with your child which can be found at www.caaspp.orgMake sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing. 


TK Request (5 between June 1 - Sept. 1)

Parents of children with a fifth birthday between June 1st and September 1st, 2019who wish to enroll their child into a TK class, rather than a Kindergarten class, MUST place their child’s name on a District Interest Wait List. Beginning March 1, 2019, at 8:00 AM, go to the District Website and select "TK Interest Wait List" to put your child's name on the list. District staff will notify parents on the Interest List starting in June, or later in the summer, of an opening in TK.  Due to increased numbers of students required to enroll in TK, please note space is very limited and will be determined on a first-come, first served basis.  It is critical for all parents to enroll their students in Kindergarten at their home schools when enrollment begins in May. 


Library OverDrive is here - eBooks for all grades at a fingertip!

Poway Unified School District is pleased to introduce a new, free reading service providing digital books through OverDrive.


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Take a peek into life at Sundance through our Facebook Page!   


Typing Agent

Recognizing the great need for students to keyboard accurately and efficiently, we've enrolled all students in an excellent online keyboarding program, Typing Agent.  This program adapts to each student's needs as it moves them through proper posture and keyboarding practice.


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