Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Student Safety: A message from the Superintendent

Student Safety: A message from HJUHSD Superintendent William Fishbough


As tragic mass shootings continue to plague our nation in increasing numbers every year, I know many of our parents, students, staff and community members are concerned about local school safety, as well.

While we have no credible information about any current threats of violence at our schools, we always take student safety very seriously: Training for and practicing emergency response plans, partnering with local law enforcement to quickly and completely address any potential threats, and working with community health services to help students and families who need support. 

Above and beyond precautionary plans, our school communities strive to create a school environment that fosters a strong sense of safety and community. We are committed to helping our students become educated, compassionate members of society and supporting their potential to making our community and our world a better place.

Our hearts go out to all of the families involved in the recent school shooting in Florida and every other one of the 290 school shootings that have occurred in our country since 2013.

These numbers are frightening and we understand that families are rightfully concerned about even vague possibilities of such tragedies happening in our own schools or communities. 

While we urge care to not spread the unfounded rumors that always seem to follow national school gun violence news, we do support parents in talking to children about violence and encourage parents, students, staff and others to report any specific concerns about school safety to your school administration or local law enforcement. 


Monday, February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018 Foggy Day

February 5, 2018 HJUHSD schools are on a foggy day schedule. Buses are delayed 3 hours, school starts at 8:55 am. For updates please check channel 18 or the foggy day hotline number, 559-583-5909.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

State Testing begins March 19

Each spring, California students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

This year, students will take the following test(s), depending on grade level:
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in English language arts/literacy (grade eleven)
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in mathematics (grade eleven)
  • California Science Test (grades eleven and twelve)
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are online tests that measure what your student knows and is able to do. The tests include many different types of questions that allow students to interact with the test questions. Results help identify gaps in knowledge or skills early on so your student can get the support he or she needs to be successful in school.

California is in the process of implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards. As part of that implementation, students in grades five, eight and high school will try out a new test called the California Science Test, or CAST.

To learn more about either the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or the CAST, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.

You can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the CAASPP Web Portal at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html.

For information on specific dates and times when your student will take the test in each subject, please contact your school’s Testing Secretary:
  • Cathy Hatfield (Hanford High), 583-5902, ext. 3122; 
  • Christine Lee (Hanford West), 583-5903, ext. 3128;  
  • Sharon Prichard (Sierra Pacific), 583-5912, ext. 2006. 
How can I help my student get ready for the CAASPP? 
  • Talk about the test with your student. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
  • Tell your student that you and his or her teacher have high expectations and that you are both there to help, every step of the way.
  • Take a practice test with your student.
  • Make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.
Pursuant to Education Code section 60615, any written request to excuse your student from participating in any or all parts of the CAASPP/CAST/ELPAC assessment will be granted. Pursuant to Title 5, section 852 of the California Code of Regulations, you may annually submit a written request to excuse your student from participation in any or all parts of any test provided pursuant to Education Code section 60640 for the school year. Education Code 60615 requests must be received prior to March 1, 2018.



Cada primavera, los estudiantes en los grados tres a ocho y la escuela secundaria participan en la Evaluación de California del Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil (CAASPP).
Este año, su estudiante tomará las siguientes pruebas, dependiendo de su nivel de grado:
  • Evaluación sumativa equilibrada más inteligente en artes del lenguaje en inglés / alfabetización (onceavo grado)
  • Evaluación sumativa equilibrada más inteligente en matemáticas (grado once) 
  • Prueba de Ciencias de California (grados once y doce)
Las evaluaciones sumativas Smarter Balanced son pruebas en línea que miden lo que su estudiante sabe y es capaz de hacer. Las pruebas incluyen muchos tipos diferentes de preguntas que les permiten a los estudiantes interactuar con las preguntas de la prueba. Los resultados ayudan a identificar las brechas en el conocimiento o las habilidades desde el principio para que su estudiante pueda obtener el apoyo que necesita para tener éxito en la escuela.

California está en proceso de implementar los Estándares de Ciencia de Próxima Generación de California. Como parte de esa implementación, los estudiantes en los grados cinco, ocho y la escuela secundaria probarán una nueva prueba llamada California Science Test, o CAST.

Para obtener más información sobre las Evaluaciones Sumativas Equilibradas más Inteligentes o el CAST, visite la página web de las Guías para los Padres del Departamento de Educación de California en https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.

Puede ver ejemplos de preguntas de prueba en las pruebas de práctica, que se pueden encontrar en el portal web de CAASPP en http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html.

Para obtener información sobre las fechas y horarios específicos en los que su hijo tomará el examen en cada materia, comuníquese con el Secretario de Evaluación de su escuela:

  • Cathy Hatfield (Hanford High), 583-5902, ext. 3122
  • Christine Lee (Hanford West), 583-5903, ext. 3128
  • Sharon Prichard (Sierra Pacific), 583-5912, ext. 2006

¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi estudiante a prepararse para el CAASPP??

Usted es una parte importante de la educación de su hijo. Algunas cosas que puede hacer para ayudar a su estudiante son:

  • Hable acerca de la prueba con su estudiante. Asegúrate de que no tengan miedo o ansiedad.
  • Dígale a su hijo que usted y su maestro tienen altas expectativas y que ambos están allí para ayudarlo, en cada paso del camino.Take a practice test with your student.
  • Asegúrese de que su hijo duerma bien y tenga un desayuno nutritivo antes de la prueba.
De conformidad con la sección 60615 del Código de Educación, se otorgará cualquier solicitud por escrito para excusar a su estudiante de participar en cualquiera o todas las partes de la evaluación CAASPP / CAST / ELPAC. De conformidad con el Título 5, sección 852 del Código de Regulaciones de California, usted puede presentar anualmente una solicitud por escrito para excusar a su estudiante de la participación en cualquiera o en todas las partes de cualquier prueba provista de conformidad con Código de Educación sección 60640 para el año escolar. Código de Educación 60615 las solicitudes deben recibirse antes del 1 de marzo de 2018.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 Foggy Day

UPDATE: Morning school buses are on a 3 hour delay. School will start at 8:55 am and buses will run this afternoon. 

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Ben Stidman
MOT Director 
583-5901 ext.3296
Fax 559 582-1162
8710 E. Lacey Blvd
Hanford Ca, 93230

January 31, 2018 Foggy Day

January 31, 2018 HJUHSD schools are on a foggy day schedule. Buses are delayed 1 hours, school starts at 8:55 am. For updates please check channel 18 or the foggy day hotline number, 559-583-5909.

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Ben Stidman
MOT Director 
583-5901 ext.3296
Fax 559 582-1162
8710 E. Lacey Blvd
Hanford Ca, 93230