Category Archives: 8th Grade

JLS Online Directory is Here – Are you in it?

The JLS Online Directory is Here–Are you in it?

Simply activate your account here and set up your password. Then log in, and verify that your contact information is correct. Please take a moment to check.

If you are not in the directory, but would like to be, send e-mail to stating that you would like to “opt-in to PTA Contact and the school directory”. Be sure to include the name of your student(s) and your relationship to the student(s).

Please make sure your household information is correct, so that the print edition is accurate. No edits made afterFriday, 10/3 will be reflected in the print edition.

Questions? Email

8th Grade Parents – Yearbook Ads on Sale till Nov 1st!

8th grade parents!  Would you like to do something special for your graduate this year?  You can buy an ad in this year’s yearbook to celebrate his/her achievements over the last 3 years.  You can include special photos, poems, and messages to your graduate.  You can sign up and view sample ads, and pricing at our yearbook company’s site:
Prices range from 50.00 to 200.00 for ads.  The DEADLINE for placing an ad is November 1st, 2014.  If you have any questions, you can contact (yearbook advisor).

Annual Data Update -(Broken Link Now Fixed!)

**** The Link Below was incorrect but it has now been fixed *****

All PAUSD students’ information must be updated each year to ensure that the district has current information: emergency contacts, health conditions, and healthcare providers.

The information is already in the system.  You just need to make sure it is correct and up to date.

Please log on to the parent portal of Infinite Campus :

Go to your Inbox and click on the “Annual Data Update” message to start the process.

NEW THIS YEAR:  You can choose to save paper by checking  “YES – I would like to opt out of receiving paper report cards delivered to my home.” You will be able to save the report as a pdf or print the report card at home.

ADU Update Flyer

Not In Our Schools Week – Embracing Diversity, Honoring Differences

Not in our Schools (NIOS) Week

Monday – Friday, April 21 – 25


This week is dedicated to: embracing diversity, breaking stereotypes, standing up to hate and respecting and honoring each other’s differences. The JLS Leadership and BeTCha committee have been working together to create a weekly agenda of themes and activities. Please see the embedded weekly calendar for the NIOS events. Each day will have a theme and a corresponding lunch activity.

Daily Theme Activity at Lunch and/or WIP
Monday April 21st Fostering Global Community

To celebrate the diverse population/cultures we have here at JLS and seek to strengthen these bonds

Duniya Dance and Drum Company – Dancers/ drummers will perform songs/dances from Africa and India.

Global Community of JLS Map- Place a star sticker on the world map of where you are from. (This will be up all week in the Breezeway)

Tuesday April 22nd Caring for your environment-school, local community, earth! Earth Day Rally sponsored by the JLS Green Team- “Don’t Stereotype your Trash”

Fun team activities to promote awareness of keeping campus clean. Students will learn more about composting and win cool prizes!

Wednesday April 23rd Standing Up To Hate and Name Calling

To take steps to address name calling in all its forms, as individuals, school and community.

Signing of No Name Calling Banner Staff and students sign the No Name Calling Pledge towards standing up to name-calling as individuals and as a school community.

Open Mic. at lunch for poetry or spoken word reading. Staff and students have the opportunity to read poetry and express their feelings about standing up to hate, stereotyping, diversity, and the environment

JLS Choir to perform at lunch

WIP Program- 2 videos- We will show a video by the NIOSgroup and a JLS created video.  Students are profiled with their personal experiences how they overcame the difficult experiences and obstacles.

Thursday April 24th Destroying Stereotypes

To take steps as individuals and as a school community to dissolve stereotypes

Dissolving Stereotypes Pool/ Bury Stereotypes: Staff and students write stereotypes they want to destroy on pieces of rice paper and either dissolve them or bury them.
Friday April 25th Celebrating Diversity

To embrace and acknowledge all of JLS’s rich diversity of wonderful differences and similarities.

JLS Heritage Heart and Photo on the field

Staff and students form a “heart” on the field for a JLS group photo. Participants write what represents them on a heart shaped sticker. The idea is to embrace who you are. (ex. Ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality, sexual identity,

8th Grade Promotion – Help Needed! …and… Tickets on Sale!

This info is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents. It has been published through the PTA eNews and other sources. It is being published here as a reminder (none of this inormation is new or has changed).

Promotion Info From JLS Principal Sharon Ofek (letter mailed March 25)

Ticket Info

8th Grade Promotion Party: Parent Volunteers From All Grades Needed!

Even if you do not have an 8th grade student, your help would be greatly appreciated to assist with the set-up and support of the promotion party. Eighth grade parents have already begun planning the party, but they depend on 6th and 7th grade parent volunteers to help with the event while they attend the promotion ceremony. Please pay it forward, learn what will be involved in your own child’s event, and visit our sign up sheet at : 2014 JLS 8th Grade Promotion party to see what you can do to help make the promotion party a success.  Please contact Julia Byun orSunita Verma if you have any questions.

Common Core Testing at JLS (Letter from Sharon Ofek)

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Dear Parent/Guardian:

This is an exciting time for everyone at JLS.

As you may already know, we, along with thousands of schools across California, are participating in a field test of a modern assessment system designed to help shape teaching and learning in the classroomBlow Up Tent. Known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress – or CAASPP – these computer-based tests replace the STAR program.  These tests are also called Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA).

These tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.

Part of the goal of the field test this year is to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn. We are also taking this opportunity to see how well our technical capabilities meet the demands of computer-based assessments and to see what resources our teachers and school may yet need. For an excellent video describing additional rationale for participating the SBA field tests from a student’s perspective, please click here:

Finally and importantly, this year gives us an opportunity to try out the new system without consequences. All of this combined means that there will no scores this year. Instead, we will use what we learn from this field test to help ensure a successful full launch of the system in the 2014-15 school year.  AB 484 requires all California districts to participate in the field test. Students in grades 3-8 are expected to participate. We look forward to students and staff supporting us in this important effort and opportunity.

Our next step in that transition is to administer the field test to 6th through 8th grade students from April 16th through April 25th. If you want to see what types of questions students will be asked or how the test will be presented, there is a practice test available online at

If you would like more information, please visit the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Web page at

If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact me.  Thank you for your support.


Sharon Ofek


FAQ –Smarter Balanced Assessment

What does the Smarter Balanced field test mean?  Why are we participating?

The participation requirement for this field test is laid out by AB484 on October 2, 2013. Watch the high school students in this video describe the rationale for participating in the Smarter Balanced Field test. (

Our students will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test so we can: 1) test our infrastructure for administering online assessments to 400+ students at the same time, 2) give our educators a better sense of how college readiness and the Common Core State Standards will be measured, and 3) allow students the opportunity to experience this new online test and to provide important feedback about the process.

What is the Smarter Balanced assessment?

The Smarter Balanced assessment replaces the STAR test in English-Language Arts and Math in 2014-15 and in the future.  There will be no scores generated during this first field test year because the test is still under development; that is, the purpose of the field test is to ensure quality of test questions, evaluate testing software, evaluate effectiveness of test administration and training materials, and establish scoring and reporting levels.  In effect it is a “dress rehearsal”.

Does my child need to study for the Smarter Balanced assessment?

No.  We only ask students to try their best and give it an honest effort.