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Venessa Tregembo, Principal


It’s hard to believe that the month of March is already upon us. February seemed to fly by! We were very busy in February, which likely contributed to that feeling.

Our Renaissance team hosted a beautiful Father Daughter Dance at Sundance in February. We welcomed over 300 fathers and their beautifully dressed daughters. In order to accommodate the large crowd we doubled our photographers in the photo booth and doubled the dance floor utilizing the gym and cafeteria- it made for double the fun! Thank you to Renaissance Committee Coordinator Ms. Cheyenna Yates and the Sundance Renaissance committee for organizing another successful family event. Thank you also to our volunteer DJs Eddie Jaramillo and Crystal Martinez, and our volunteer photographers Eileen Cordova and Keith Quintana.

Thank you for attending your Parent/Teacher Conference. I hope they were beneficial for you and your child, and that the option of holding Zoom conferences allowed everyone the opportunity to attend.

This month we will celebrate Read Across America Week with fun theme days and special guest readers. Reading is such an important part of keeping students engaged and challenged.

I hope you all enjoy a productive and happy March. School will not be in session March 11th-15th for Spring Break. Enjoy this time and be safe.

-Venessa Tregembo, Principal

Melissa Lowther, Assistant Principal

The Groundhog Predicts: Several Weeks of Spring Testing
Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting the weather every spring since 1887, and according to, scholars have taken standardized tests in America for about that long too, with a resurgence around 2002 with the onset of the No Child Left Behind Act. I don’t know why we count on a rodent to give us meteorological advice, but parents should ask and have the answer as to the “why” we give standardized tests to students. Information in an article on the Scholastic Parents website clearly explains that these tests provide schools with a tool to evaluate the performance of the students and the school in connection with state and national standards. These tests provide educators with the data to show student progress towards standards, they help identify areas of need for the student and the tests help schools know where to focus more attention and where to set educational goals. It is important to note that these are standardized tests, and as such, are only a piece of the puzzle that schools use to make these determinations for your student, but consider it a “corner” piece.

So, if these tests are inevitable, and schools take several weeks during the spring to administer them, how can families help to prepare their students for these important assessments? How can families help students truly show what they know?

Here are a few testing day tips:

  • Students need a good night's sleep, a good breakfast, and comfortable clothes on testing days.
  • Students need good attendance and to be on time on testing days.
  • Review and encourage your student to use good test-taking strategies, to use their tools (i.e. scratch paper), and, especially, have their iPads charged, updated, and ready!
  • Express the importance of perseverance- to keep at it, use your time wisely, and don’t give up!
  • Share with them the expectation to do their best, read questions carefully, work out math problems, and check their answers.
  • And, most importantly, let them know to remain relaxed, ask for breaks, and stay positive!

The scores from these tests will be shared with you, so don’t hesitate to ask questions about what the results mean and have crucial, constructive conversations with your student about their education. Make it a family priority.