Parent Message 4-24-22

Parent Message 4-24-22
Posted on 04/24/2022

Dear Falcon Families,


We are one week out from beginning our “testing season” with AP Exams, the math and English state CAASPP exam, and the science CAST exam coming up in May. I want to wish everyone good luck on their exams and say a big thank you to students, families, and teachers for working so hard to prepare our students for success. I hope you have a good final week of prep before the testing begins. As a reminder, the Progress Report Grading Period 4 ended on Friday, April 22nd. Grades will be posted on PowerSchool this coming Friday, April 29th. In today’s update, I’ve included information regarding SDUSD’s Level Up Enrichment opportunities for the summer, a reminder regarding the CAASPP exam, and some important counseling updates. Please see below for the latest updates as of 4-24-22.


* Please forward this message to your child’s email account so they have all the latest info.


Progress Report Grading Period 4 Ended on April 22nd  

The Progress Report 4 (P4) grading period closed last Friday, April 22nd. Teachers will post grades this coming Friday, April 29th. These grades are a formative progress report and do not represent a final summative semester grade. The final summative grading period for semester 2 closes on June 14th.


Summer Level Up Enrichment Opportunities

Summer Level Up presentations facilitated by SDUSD will be happening next week. The two presentations are on Monday, April 25th at 5:30 pm and Thursday April 28th at 10am. The district will have interpretation in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, and Tagalog, with the option for other languages. See the following links for additional info:

Link: Summer Level Up Presentation English

Link: Summer Level Up Presentation Spanish


CAASPP – for 11th and 12th Grade Families - Reminder


You may have already received the following communication sent out by the district CAASPP Parent Letter 2022at the end of last month. Our site will be administering the CAASPP Smarter Balanced assessment for English Language arts and mathematics to our 11th grade students and the California Science Test (CAST) to our 11th and 12th grade students. Our 12th grade students have not taken the CAST due to school closures through the pandemic and as stated in the letter above, students take it once while in high school. Please see the updated 2021-2022 Falcon Time Schedule for the updated information on the dates and bell schedule for our testing. The data the CAASPP provides to our site is valuable. We will provide updated information on statewide testing as we approach our site’s testing window beginning Monday, May 23rd. In the meantime, please view the link to SDUSD Assessment Services for further parent information.  

CAASPP Participation Rate Penalty

With the resumption of statewide CAASPP testing, 2022 marks the first year that the new, more significant penalty will be imposed for testing fewer than 95% of students on CAASPP assessments. The prior, “modest” penalty is replaced by a more rigorous penalty that assigns the Lowest Obtainable Scale Score (LOSS) to a sufficient count of students to bring a school to the 95% threshold. This Link: CAASPP Participation Penalty Example provides an example that compares the marked difference in the penalty between the old and new methods. 

Given this change to the penalty for not meeting the 95% threshold, it is very important that students take CAASPP testing seriously and participate fully. Typically, we have some of the highest CAASPP scores in the district/county, so we want that to continue and do not want our scores effected by this participation penalty. Support in this area would be greatly appreciated.


Counseling Updates

Free Mental Health Caregiver and Parent Workshop

“Decoding the Mental Health Messages of Children and Adolescents: A Webinar for Parents and Caregivers” hosted by the California School Counselor Association (CASC). Monday, May 9, 2022 from 4:00-5:30 P.M. Registration link and event flyer

Summer Level Up UC Scout Classes

Our district will be offering an opportunity for students to be able to take AP classes this summer that can be included on the District transcript. Our Level Up AP Courses offered through UC Scout this summer are independent study, asynchronous courses. The courses begin June 21 and conclude August 18. Students work at their own pace, but must complete the course before or on the end date of August 18.  Please keep in mind these are very advanced courses, teaching college level material, condensed into just two months. Students should only sign up for a course if they have time to dedicate to this level of academic rigor. If your student is interested in earning first time credit in one of the AP courses being offered, please tell them to fill out this form by Friday, April 29, 2022. Once your student has expressed interest, they will receive an email correspondence beginning of May with all information pertaining to how to register through UC Scout. (Courses being offered are listed on the form.) An email with this information was also sent directly to all students in the Class of 2023, 2024 & 2025.

CSU News Article

The CSU will no longer use SAT and ACT scores in admissions, but what does that mean for applicants? “Explained: Admissions Without the SAT or ACT

SENIOR (Class of 2022)

Seniors Admitted to a CSU or UC School: If your student has been admitted to a CSU or UC, please make sure they notify the registrar if the CSU or UC college is requesting a midyear transcript. This will prevent a delay in the transcript being sent. The email notification should be sent at the same time as the electronic Xello Transcript Request [email protected]

Students Admitted or waitlisted for SDSU (Re: Midyear Transcript Request): If your student has already emailed the registrar making her aware of their admittance into SDSU, requested their transcript in Xello, and see that Xello portal is marked 'sent' next to SDSU, they do not need to request to have their midyear transcript to sent again. Please be aware that SDSU may not update their portal for several weeks after a transcript is sent by the SRHS registrar.  As long as the transcript is sent prior to the deadline, it will be acknowledged by San Diego State University as being received on time.

Final Transcript Requests for Seniors: As students decide what their plans are for next year, they may need to request a final transcript sent off on their behalf once they have earned their diploma. Please click here for information to share with your student about requesting their Final Transcript.

That’s all for today. Thanks and I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday.




Matt Lawson, Ed.D


Scripps Ranch High School

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