At Barrett Ranch Elementary School we will:
- Make decisions knowing that students come first.
- Instill life-long love of learning through a creative, engaging and challenging standards-based curriculum.
- Provide a safe, positive and child-centered learning environment in which students, staff and community collaborate to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students.
- Embrace the diversity of our school community to provide a model of citizenship while building lasting relationships.
Welcome to Barrett Ranch Elementary School, a California Distinguished School.
There are many things that make Barrett Ranch such a special place. Our school is a safe and nurturing place in which respect is a part of everyday life at school. School-wide programs such as PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) and Character Counts put a special focus on social and emotional well-being for all students and help foster a special sense of pride and positivity at our school.
The adults work hard to ensure that all academic needs are met- whether a student is struggling (Response to Intervention system) or whether a student is ready for more challenge (Gifted and Talented Education clusters). Our passionate staff is dedicated to teaching and learning.
We are currently on summer break. The office will reopen on July 21, 2014. School will resume on August 6th with all students starting at 8:45 am!
Have a great summer break!
If you are not already aware, we are in the process of making some big changes in “what” and “how” students are learning in schools. This is a shift to new California state standards called the Common Core State Standards. There are three key ideas for parents who are trying to understand the new standards.
- Think deeply. The Common Core emphasizes critical thinking, not just memorizing facts. Students are expected to analyze, discuss, evaluate, justify, and explain their thinking.
- Integrated learning. The Common Core emphasizes learning across subjects (i.e. math, science, and reading are all practiced at the same time). This is what we do in the real world and students need to understand that everything is related.
- Defending their argument. The Common Core emphasizes proof and evidence. Students are expected to provide evidence and support their opinions.
What can parents do to support their children at home to be successful in the Common Core State Standards?
- Ask children “why?” questions like, “Why do you think this?”
- When reading a story or article, don’t just let them answer comprehension questions but ask them, “How do you know? Show me where in the story you found out”.
- Compare how things are alike and different. Look for patterns. Describe and categorize things.
- Do lots of reading and writing about real things and issues (non-fiction is emphasized).
- For more information and to see the actual standards, go to: www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/
July 21 - School office will re-open 7:45 am-4:15 pm
August 1 - Class Lists posted in front of school office @ 5:00 pm
August 6 - First Day of School- Morning bell rings at 8:45 am
August 13 - Back-To-School Night
Early Release Days for August - August 11, August 18, August 25 2:00 Dismissal for grade K-5