Silicon Valley Reads 2018

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic.
Books selected for this year:
  • Adult: My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward – Mark Lukach (memoir)
  • Adult: Goodbye Vitamin – Rachel Khong (novel)
Kick-off Event: Thursday, Feb 1, 7:30 pm, Cupertino
More information at Silicon Valley Reads

Reflections Reception – “Within Reach”

Please come celebrate our talented students. All are welcome to attend.
Reflections Reception will be held on Thursday, January 11 at Santa Clara Office of Education.
  • 6:00 – 7:00 – Gallery/Open House
  • 7:00 – 8:00 – Awards Ceremony
Santa Clara Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose. [map]
Questions? Please email Susan Canty, Reflections Chair.
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Special Member Perk: Exclusive Savings from ScholarShare

Only on December 7 – 8, 2017!

Open a ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan and get a $50 Target gift card! This savings plan provides 100 percent tax-free growth and the opportunity to have up to 25 percent more money for college. On December 7 – 8, 2017, open your ScholarShare 529 account with $50 and set up an Automatic Contribution Plan of $25 or more for 6 months to get your $50 gift card.

ScholarShare 529 is the official college savings plan of California. With 100% tax-free growth, families can have up to 25% more money for higher education – funds which can be used for a range of qualified expenses at eligible schools nationwide. So whether a child is headed to an Ivy League school or a culinary academy, needs funds for tuition or textbooks, ScholarShare 529 is a smart, tax-advantaged way to save for their bright future.

Download the flier here and learn more about planning for college at www.capta.org/preparing-for-college.

Pioneer High School Mattress Fundraiser

Pioneer High School is holding it’s second annual mattress fundraiser in support of the Pioneer Performing Arts Boosters program.

The fundraiser will be held on November 18th from 10 AM to 5 PM in the Performing Arts Center at Pioneer High School. If you’re thinking of getting a new mattress, we will be offering a wide selection of name brand mattresses at 50% off retail.

Proceeds from the event go towards buying and servicing musical instruments for the music program, buying props and equipment for the drama program and providing scholarships to students who otherwise could not afford to participate in a performing arts program.

Pioneer HS

Questions to Ask During the Parent-Teacher Conference

  • What subject does my student like most? Least?
  • What can I do to help my student with subjects he finds difficult?
  • How can I help my student study? Prepare for class? Improve his work? A good time to ask these questions is when the teacher gives you samples of your son’s or daughter’s work.
  • Is my student trying as hard as he/she can?
  • Does my student participate in class discussions and activities?
  • Is my student in different classes or groups for different subjects? Which ones? How are the groups determined?
  • How well does my student get along with others?
  • Has my student missed classes?
  • Have you noticed changes in the way my student acts? For example, have you noticed squinting, tiredness, or moodiness that might be a sign of physical or other problems?
  • How are you measuring my student’s progress? Through tests? Portfolios? Class participation? Projects?
  • What kinds of tests do you give? What do the tests show about my student’s progress? How does my student handle taking tests?
          – Tip Sheet including questions above [PDF]
Ed100 – Parent-Teacher Conferences: Common Sense Standards and More                  [Ed100 Parent Leader Guide]