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Table of Contents

  • Curriculum News
  • Assessment News
  • CWCS GEAs/Events
  • Outdoor Science Camp
  • Yearbook News
  • Guidance News
  • Tiger Tribune

Dates to Remember

March 4: Student Council Meeting
March 4-8: Mandatory School Assessment
March 12: Open House
March 25: CAASPP Testing Begins

Welcome Spring

CWCS March 2019 Newsletter

Welcome Spring!
Curriculum News


With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about curriculum for next year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about what curricula are right for you and your student.  When looking for curriculum, be sure to evaluate whether or not the program will help your student dig deeper into concepts to ensure student mastery of standards and to enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our goal is that every student be career and college ready. 

Please visit our webpage (Departments>>Curriculum>>Recommended Curriculum>>Curriculum Training Index>>Curriculum Overview) to view brief podcasts of how the curriculum is laid out and how to find the interactive features of our recommended programs. These programs have been thoroughly reviewed and vetted by our specialists, highly qualified instructors, and hundreds of our families with positive feedback each year.  For ordering information and pricing, ask your ES to send you your grade level recommended curriculum price list.


Looking for a way to make science meaningful? Check out this cool website (it’s FREE)

The Concord Consortium is a nonprofit educational research and development organization based in Concord, Massachusetts. Their pioneering work brings the promise of technology into a reality for education in science, math and engineering. They want to help your students to learn more math and science. You can find your path through the Next Generation Science Standards with help from the Concord Consortium. They’ve developed a simple interface to you easily discover activities that match up with the Next Generation Science Standards.  You’re just a click away from more powerful teaching!

If you have any questions regarding curriculum, please feel free to contact me via phone or e-mail at any time. You can reach me at or call me at 209-874-1119.

Assessment News

Online CAI Programs

Did you know that by having your student login to use Let’s Go Learn reading and math, iReady reading and math, or Ascend Math daily for a total of 30 hours per subject, your student can make up to a year’s worth of academic progress by finding and fixing skills gaps?  Wow!  What an excellent opportunity for growth!  If you would like additional support on your student’s Computer Aided Instructional (CAI) program, I can provide additional clarity and/or assistance for the programs mentioned above as well as Study Island, Moby Max, or Education Galaxy.  Let’s make sure your student is using their program to the max and getting the absolute most of every minute spent!  Email Jamie Ulloa, RtI Coordinator, at or call Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at (209) 874-1119, ext. 296.


March Moby Max Contest

Help get your student prepared for CAASPP testing!  Login to Moby Max today and start working on this month’s contest!  Be sure to let your ES know the time your student has spent in the program so they can provide virtual raffle tickets to the Grasp the CAASPP contest as well!  Moby Max is a program for students in grades TK-8 that has been provided at no cost to our families courtesy of LCAP funding.  New to our school, don’t have an account, or don’t know your student’s login info?  Please contact your ES you today!


CWCS GEAs/Events

Washington, D.C. Trip

Would you like to send your student on the trip of a lifetime?  I will be leading a group of students to Washington, D.C. during next year’s spring break!  This trip is open to all students of Connecting Waters Charter Schools.  Students in grades 7-12 may travel on their own, and students grade 6 and below must travel with a parent or a chaperone.  The all-inclusive trip is just $1,999 per student and includes everything; airfare and travel expenses, hotel accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and all entrance fees.  This incredible opportunity at this price won’t last long, so register today!


By Phone:
Call EF Explore America’s Traveler Support at 888-333-9756 and enroll with our tour code: 2207540CF (Office is located on the East Coast so please call before 2:30 pm PST if you plan to enroll by phone.) 

We are very excited about the trip and hope you'll join us!  Have more questions?  Please contact Jamie Ulloa at or (209) 874-1119, ext. 296 for additional information.

White House

Dodge Ridge Ski Trip March 15

We hope to see you there, for all of those that submitted paperwork. This is a very fun learning experience for our students and a great way to get out and exercise in the fresh mountain air. The snow is plentiful this year and it should be a great day! If you have questions, you may contact Daneen Campa at

Dodge Ridge

Outdoor Science Camp

In January, 38 5th and 6th grade CWCS students attended Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School in the mountains above Santa Cruz.  They were supervised by a CWCS ES and 9 CWCS High School counselors, as well as Naturalists and Mount Hermon staff.  24 students paid extra to do a tree climbing option. The weather was mostly dry, and we had a great time on day and night hikes, playing games, swimming in the heated pools, attending campfire with skits and s’mores, and learning about nature.  We will be attending again next year in late January.  Starting in the fall, details will appear in CWCS Newsletters and listserve emails.

Students at Mount Hermon

Yearbook News

The time is here to submit your photos for yearbook. Yearbook team is waiting to finish up and finalize this year’s book and we don’t want anyone left out!  You should have your personal TreeRing account by now, but if you do not, just go to the front page of the school website and look on the right-hand side for the link to sign up! It’s so easy and fun to submit photos.  It is FREE to sign up for an account, but remember to make sure the photos have the student’s name included on the tag so we know who it is! 

Your students have access to their own personal pages in their own personal yearbook when they purchase.  This is extra fun because you can work together creating your personal pages that are all about your student. Let the creative side of homeschooling take the lead!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the yearbook team at  If questions pertain to an issue or question for the TreeRing platform, they have great customer service and they are there to help. You can get technical issues solved with them right away when you call.  877-755-8733

See you in the yearbook!

Guidance News
Guidance Department Staff

Christine Trejo

Guidance Counselor (CW Only)

209-874-1119 ext. 213

Melissa Cripe, CTE Program

Coordinator/Guidance Counselor

209-874-1119 ext. 226


Mary Halter

Guidance Director

209-874-1119 ext. 238

Brie Schuckman

Guidance Secretary

209-874-1119 ext. 344

We are available in person by phone or online, to schedule an appointment call 209-874-1119 or email


11th grade students…UC Eligibility in the Local Context Program

Connecting Waters participates in University of California’s Eligibility in the Local Context program for 11th grade students. To find out if your student will qualify for participation, see UC ELC Information. Students with an academically rigorous course load will be considered; criteria for consideration include: a-g course pattern completion (11 a-g courses completed by end of Junior year), a combination of Community College and a-g courses; 11th graders who have general courses but have completed at least geometry will be considered; students with above average SAT and/or ACT scores will be considered (latest exam date for Juniors to be considered is SAT-May, ACT-April, and CW students must use CW School Code 053706 when registering, CWEB students must use the CWEB School Code 050352 when registering ). For CWEB students, our plan is to register CWEB for this program after we become WASC accredited and have a full list of UC approved a-g courses. The goal is to begin with the CWEB Class of 2020.


College and Career Resources

Looking for resources? Visit the Guidance website at, then High School, then High School Guidance.  You will find the High School Catalog, Career Resources, Scholarship and Grant information, Grad Requirements information, and more!!!!

Looking for the right career or college? Try these websites: California Colleges, CA Career ZoneFederal Student Aid; College Board Big Future


Free Online Virtual College Fairs at College Week Live

March All Access Day - 100’s of colleges attend - March 27 2019

Spring College Fairs registration:  WACAC College Fairs

Sacramento State - Sunday, April 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

University of the Pacific - Monday, April 29, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sonoma State - Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dominican University of California - Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

West Valley College - Thursday, May 2, 2019, 10:00 – 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cal State East Bay - Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Saint Mary’s College of California - Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


How can a student earn a 4.25 GPA?  Here’s an explanation of our “weighted GPA” policy

Students who take UC Approved Advanced Placement (AP) courses or UC transferable courses (that meet a-g requirements) at Community College will earn “Honors” credit on their GPA. Grades earned in AP courses or UC approved Community College courses will earn 5.00 GPA points for an A, 4.00 GPA points for a B, and a 3.00 GPA points for a C (D’s and F’s do not qualify for “Honors” credit). Connecting Waters offers AP English Language/Composition and AP English Literature/Composition. UC approved online vendors and AP courses can be found at, then Departments, then Guidance.  Questions?  Contact Guidance at


2018-19 Spring SAT and ACT – College Entrance Exam Dates


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

ACT (with optional writing)

April 13

March 8

March 25

SAT or SAT with Essay and Subject Tests

May 4

April 5

April 24

SAT or SAT with Essay and Subject Tests

June 1

May 3

May 22

ACT (with optional writing)

June 8

May 3

May 20

ACT (with optional writing)

July 13

June 14

June 24

ACT Fees – Basic Registration Fee $46 (with optional writing $62.50)

SAT Fees – SAT with writing $64.50, SAT $47.50; SAT Subject Tests are $26 for basic registration plus $22 per subject (Language tests with listening are $26)

NOTE: test dates and fees subject to change

To Register:   SAT – SAT Registration ACT – ACT Registration

IMPORTANT: Make sure to list your school!

Connecting Waters 

School Code: 053706  

Connecting Waters Charter - East Bay

School Code: 050352

Connecting Waters Charter – Central Valley

School Code: 053963

NOTE: test results are posted onto high school transcripts

Resources for Studying and Test Prep:

ACT Test prep

Official SAT Practice


fire bell

Fire drills at CWCS Sites!    

Connecting Waters Charter Schools will be having monthly fire drills starting on March 8 thru the end of the school year at each resource centers, annex, and the school office. This is required by the Fire Marshal.

Any person who is at any of these locations will be participating in the fire drill. Everyone will be advised to go outside of the building to a designated area when the fire alarm sounds.

Once the drill is completed, we will re-enter the building and resume the regular schedule.

These drills will occur monthly at various days and times. Please inform your students.