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Assistant Superintendent:
Shannon Potts 
650-854-6311 x17

Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent:
Sherry Jones


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Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction Department Overview

Areas of Responsibility

The Director of Curriculum and Instruction oversees the educational aspects of the school district. This includes selecting curricula, monitoring student performance data, training and evaluating teachers, and keeping the superintendent and school board informed on these issues. 

Strategic Plan:

  • Review and implement the District Strategic Plan
  • Facilitate the work of the District Strategic Plan 


  • Ensure that Common Core State Standards are implemented 
  • Assist in the development of curriculum goals
  • Guide the selection of textbooks and other instructional materials, per Board Policy
  • Manage the ordering of textbooks and supplemental materials
  • Conduct curriculum reviews
  • Provide professional development, training and workshops related to specific content areas


  • Provide resources and information
  • Provide professional development opportunities related to instructional strategies, techniques and methods


  • Manage all State and local assessments
  • Provide data about State and local assessments
  • Manage Data Management System


The California Common Core Standards

Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.

Since 2010, a number of states across the nation have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Results

Parent Information

March 10, 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian:


The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is the state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress. CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English–language arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-8, as well as paper-based tests for science in grades 5 and 8.


We continue to learn lessons from previous year’s test administrations which help to ensure a successful, full launch of the CAASPP system this school year. Students will take the test in grades three through eight during the test window of March 3- June 8, 2016. Each of our sites has developed a testing schedule for each of the grades tested.


To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page.



Following the spring 2016 testing, students will receive individual score reports, typically mailed over the summer. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts and mathematics, and other information.


If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact Christy Chalfant, Assistant Principal, at Las Lomitas School or Sonya Dineen, Assistant Principal, at La Entrada School.


Both of our school sites will begin the assessments after Spring Break. All third through eighth grade students will take both the English-Language Arts and Math exams, totaling approximately 8 hours of assessment. Your child should get plenty of rest, eat a protein-rich breakfast and feel confident that he/she has been well-prepared to do his/her best!





Lisa Cesario



Parent Guide (Grades 3-5) to SBAC 2016 (1).pdf


Parent Guide (Grades 6-8) to SBAC 2016.pdf





The California Department of Education publically released the 2014 - 2015 CAASPP test results. You can access this site by clicking this link.


Individual student score reports were mailed out to parents in September 2015.


Understanding Your Child's Score Report

When you receive your child's CAASPP score report, you may be tempted to compare these results to the old California Standardized Testing (CST's) results from 2013, but it would be a mistake to do so.  The CST's were based on the old standards, and those tests and standards are completely different from the new rigors of the Common Core and the demands of the new Smarter Balanced testing.  



The Museum of Tolerance

The Museum of Tolerance is a partner to schools in advancing anti-bias education, inclusion, and equity through unique professional development programs. Set in the immersive, high-tech learning environment of the Museum of Tolerance, participants are challenged to examine the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts, confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and assume responsibility for positive change. Every program features innovative methods to promote self-reflection, critical thinking, and action planning.

Las Lomitas Elementary School District has been fortunate to receive grant funding to send more than 100 participants made up of teachers, administrators, board members, classified staff, and parent and community stakeholders to attend workshops at the Museum in Beverly Hills.  This work is helping us  to increase our own individual awareness and knowledge in the areas of equity and diversity.  Using what we learn at the Museum, our goal is to build upon our strengths as we enhance district relationships and culture.MOT Group Pic Sept
September Las Lomitas District Museum of Tolerance Participants 

New Math Materials Adoption K-5

The textbook currently used in grades K-5 is Math in Focus.  You may obtain more information about Math in Focus by clicking here

Dr. Yeap Ban Har explains the Singapore math philosophy...



New Math Materials Adoption 6-8

The Board-approved textbook for math in grades 6-8 is Big Ideas Math.  More information is available here.



Instructional Content Areas

Board-Approved Textbooks

Resources for Parents and Caregivers


A coding class is offered as an elective at La Entrada.


The "Hour of Code" day is offered so that all La Entrada students have the Coding experience during a Nationally advertised week. It continues being integrated in many classrooms.  


Here is an excellent site listing coding programs by grade level.

ISTE Standards