Curriculum & Instruction Newsletter

Edition 2 - Volume 1 - October 7, 2016

Smarter Balanced Results: Growth in Every Grade!

SVUSD saw positive momentum with the 15-16 administration of the SBA.  The new state assessment system is designed to help improve teaching and learning.  Teachers are encouraged to analyze results of students in their classroom and reflect on progress.  The resources below can help unpack the assessment results.  Academic Coordinators or Vice Principals can assist teachers with locating data on students in their classes.

Get to Know Your C & I Department

Karla Conroy: Director

Kathi Geissinger: Administrative Assistant


Jennifer Matthews: Ed Technology Coordinator

Jennifer is new to the department and will be overseeing the implementation of the Tech Plan including: launch of 1-1 devices beginning at the high school with grades 10 and 11 this year, Digital Citizenship, and classroom implementation of the Tech Plan.  She will be working closely with the Ed Tech TOSA’s and Ed Tech Leads to provide instructional technology support.  She comes to us with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Technology.

Lyndsey Munn: Assessment Coordinator

Lyndsey started working for the C&I office full time in December of 2014.  The Assessment Coordinator position centralized duties which were previously allocated to a multitude of people who are no longer in the district.  Her responsibilities include: coordination of state and district wide assessments, data analysis, elementary report cards, and district level oversight of English Learners.  She works closely with Academic Coordinators, site and cabinet level administration.

Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs)

TOSAs are available to support teachers with curriculum and instruction in classrooms. To request support visit and click on TOSA Support.

Krista McAtee: Elementary Math (1.0 FTE)
Margaret Jacobson: ELD/Exploratorium (1.0 FTE)
Amber Williams: Elementary Ed Tech (1.0 FTE)
Kaitlyn DeGrano: GLPP (0.8 FTE)

Michael Amaral: Secondary Ed Tech (0.6 FTE)
Andy Mitchell: Secondary Ed Tech (0.4 FTE)
Laura Hoban: Secondary Math (0.4 FTE)
Michelle Walters: Secondary NGSS (0.2 FTE)
Nancy Case-Rico: Secondary Literacy (1.0 FTE) -returns in October

Assessment Update

  • The CST Science assessment has been replaced by the California Science Test (CAST).  The CST will not be administered for the 2016-17 school year!  The CAST is aligned with the NGSS and will be piloted this year.  All students in grades 5 and 8 will participate in the pilot.  Students at the high school will also participate, however, the grade level is TBD.
  • Initial CELDT assessments have been completed at all schools.  Annual Assessments are continuing through October.  Thank you to all for your efforts in this; we know it takes time away from instruction.
  • SVUSD Assessment Responsibilities, Calendar and Purpose has been updated with Elementary PT Scoring dates.  Please see your site principal if you have questions.

C&I Materials, Pilots, and Adoptions

Clickable Resources

CDE Materials Adoption Timeline 

SVUSD Curriculum Cycles: Secondary    Elementary

Current Status of New Curriculum


  • Piloting Math:  Expressions and Bridges (K-5)
  • Piloting ELD Program Type 5: English 3-D and iLit (4-5)

Middle School

  • Piloting ELD Program Type 5: English 3-D and iLit (6-8)

HIgh School

  • Piloting Engineering Design and Development

Upcoming Events

Meetings and Professional Development

October 11: Middle School ELA Performance Task Planning - 3:45-5:00 - DO

October 13: Curriculum Advisory Council - 4:00-5:30 - DO

October 18: YouCubed Group Meeting - 3:30-5:30 - DO

October 18: Grades 3-5 ELA Performance Task Planning - 3:30-5:30 - DO

October 18: TOSA Staff Meeting - 3:30-4:30 - DO

October 19: CTE Advisory Committee - 3:30-5:00 - DO

October 24: Elementary Grade Level - 3:30-5:00

October 24: Secondary CCSS Collaboration - 3:30-5:00

October 27: Ed Tech Leads - 3:30-5:30 - DO

October 31: Professional Development Day

November 3: GATE Advisory Committee - 4:00-5:30 - DO

November 7: Elementary Grade Level - 3:30-5:00

November 8: Dreambox Webinar - 3:45-5:15

November 9: Secondary Literacy Leads - 3:30-5:30 - DO

November 17: Curriculum Advisory Council - 4:00-5:30 - DO