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  • Smarter-So what is this test turning our schedule and week upside down?  The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium is the one exam that is given to all statewide.  It is a four day exam testing juniors (and grades 3-8) on the subjects of English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Both exams include objective, multiple-choice questions and then what is called "performance" band questions too.  Students complete their work on computers and will have the time they need to complete the work.  Obviously one test size cannot fit all.  Just consider Math, where a junior can be enrolled in anything from Algebra I to Calculus.  So the test "moves" with the student.  A kid showing mastery will get thrown some more advanced questions and those struggling may receive more appropriate queries after.  On the performance exam, students are tasked to go deep.  To explore a topic with multiple inputs, many passages or lots of data.  From there they craft responses or defend a point of view, getting credit for partial or incomplete work as long as it demonstrates some progress.  The school must test 95% of all students in order to get a qualifying score to be published on our Data Dashboard. Pinole Valley is being honored for progress in Math by the school board next week, so we are eager to keep a good thing going.  The benefits to students doing well are significant--earning a Golden State Seal of Excellence, getting a Seal of Biliteracy, getting to skip out of remedial English or Math at the college level, etc, and the benefits for successful schools and communities is large as well.  We are excited about SBAC and hope our stakeholders are too.  Ready or not?  (We're ready), Here we go!

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Smarter Balance Testing for Juniors all week April 15-19.

     Inside Pinole Valley-April 15-19

    Monday, April 15

    • Special Schedule all week—SBAC begins today
    • School Site Council meeting after school
    • Baseball senior night vs. El Cerrito, softball vs. Bethel
    • Two new jobs with Ms. Emily in building 1: Cashier at Panera and Habit
    • Sign ups for the EL Study trip to the Academy of Science today with Ms. Williamson
    • Congressional Art Contest concludes tomorrow—get your work ready!
    • Federal and state income taxes due, am I right, Econ/Gov’t students?
    • Pinole Historical Society essays due in the office by noon

    Tuesday, April 16

    • SBAC special schedule today and A period and AP Test prep Language
    • Cooking Class continues for Parents today in the morning and for students, after school
    • Golf at El Cerrito today,
    • District Art Show today at Richmond Art Center featuring our art and the Spartan Band
    • Mr. O’Shea honored tonight at the teacher of the year ceremonies
    • Tutoring for all including writing coach in the library today.  Chemistry tutoring to

    Wednesday April 17

    • Collaboration Wednesday schedule today—meeting in SWAP groups
    • CAST testing for all juniors and seniors today
    • Rocket Club resumes join us at Collins School
    • Golf vs. St. Patrick, Baseball at El Cerrito
    • Get your spring sports T-shirt in building 4 today, softball at St. Mary’s
    • Sign ups for Spartan radio take over happening April 26

    Thursday, April 18

    • SBAC special testing schedule—also A period and some AP testing in Statistics
    • Principal of the Day—Ms. Tamayo will be carrying the big clipboard today!
    • Instructional Lead Team meeting today after school
    • Junior Statesmen, Car Club, GSA and Earth Team
    • PTSA scholarships coming up deadlines soon
    • Tutoring today after school in the library for general tutoring, room 83 for Spanish and room 19 for Biology

    Friday, April 19

    • SBAC special schedule wraps up the week today. 
    • AP test prep today in American Government
    • Go Fund Me account for Mr. Mazaheri still open
    • Sign up for Day on the Green in building 4.
    • Softball at El Cerrito
    • Robotics tomorrow at Cal
    • Ultimate Frisbee tomorrow on the field
    • Makeup testing for SBAC begins next week
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     Pinole Valley High School’s vision is to become recognized as a California distinguished school.  We will become a vital part of our community—a school that serves our city by sharing our work and talents while utilizing the city and its resources to best serve our students.


    Pinole Valley High School strives to prepare its graduates to succeed in both the academic and professional worlds.  Our high-quality, challenging academic programs enable students to develop the cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral skills necessary to become both lifelong learners and engaged, responsible, respectful participants in our diverse local and global communities.

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    Get one today! Just $20!
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     Thanks to Earl Combs photographer of Pinole Valley April 2019
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