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Clowning incidents

Good afternoon Hidden Valley families,
In recent days, you may have heard of some schools in Contra Costa County and elsewhere in California receiving messages in what law enforcement believe to be a disturbing social media hoax called “clowning.”  This is where people are dressing up as scary clowns and posting threatening pictures with messages via social mesa to schools across the country.
We have received one such message in the Mt Diablo school district, at Ygnacio Valley High School.  We have notified law enforcement, and they are actively investigating. As you know, the safety, security, and wellbeing of all students, staff, families and visitors is a top priority, not just for Mt. Diablo Unified, but for our neighboring school districts where some schools have received similar messages and are working closely with local law enforcement as well.  While our law enforcement agencies do not believe these social media threats are credible, we will continue to take precautionary measures as needed.  Classes remain in session, instruction continues as normal, and we will continue to work collaboratively with law enforcement.
For elementary schools, it’s especially important that, as these stories continue to make headlines, we work together to help reassure our younger students, who are very impressionable and perhaps more easily frightened than some of our older children.  Please assure your children that they are safe at school.  Our safety practices are in place each day, all day.
We ask the community to remain watchful and vigilant and report any suspicious activity – whether seen in person or via social media – to an appropriate public safety authority. Schools and law enforcement do not take threats lightly. This social media post provides an opportunity to inform your student that “If you see something, say something” and that a threat against a school and/or any student is a felony offense, a crime that is punishable by law.
We appreciate your help keeping all children safe.
Thank you.‚Äč Rich Gorton, principal




October 14 - School Site Council Meeting


October 18 - Soul Shoppe Parent Night 6:30 (movie for students)


October 28 - Carnoween

Reporting Absences

 You may report your child's absences (Mrs. Robertson) as follows:

 Please report your child's name, teacher, date of absence, and your name and relationship to the child.

 District policy states that absences must be cleared within 72 hours or will remain unexcused.

We would appreciate your feedback and suggestions as we continue to update Hidden Valley's website.  What would you find helpful to have on our new site?  Have you found broken links, or pages with problems?  Please send an e-mail to us with your ideas. Thanks! 

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CAASPP Information

CAASPP Information

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, is the state’s academic testing program.  CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.  CAASPP includes computer adaptive assessments in English-Language Arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-8, and 11 and paper-based tests in science for students in grades 5, 8 and 10.


This year, at Hidden Valley Elementary School, the testing dates are as follows:

  • CAASPP Grade 3-5            May 16 - May 27, 2016
  • Science Test Grade 5         May 9 -May 13, 2016

Are you interested in helping your child do his or her best?  See this parent checklist, Five Ways You Can Be Prepared to Help Your Child

Would you like to know more about the CAASPP and Smarter Balanced Assessments?  See this Parents Guide to the Smarter Balanced Assessments: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/documents/sbparentgde35.pdf

Finally, for more information about testing options for your student, please visit the Assessment, Research and Evaluation tab of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District webpage at http://www.mdusd.org/departments/r-n-e/CAASPP.

Principal's October Newsletter


Dear Hidden Valley Parents & Guardians,


As we begin the month of October, and look forward to Halloween, it’s a great time to have fun and celebrate scary things like ghosts, goblins, and monsters. At the same time, we want all children to feel a sense of safety and security so they can enjoy school, and learn to their full potential. At Hidden Valley, the physical and emotional safety of our students is our highest priority. We know that when children feel safe, they learn at their highest levels. Research shows that when we lose our sense of safety, learning is significantly diminished.


As part of the effort to keep all children safe, parents can help out in the following ways:

  • Drive Safely
  • Keep pets off campus
  • Talk to your child about ways to resolve conflicts
  • Report any safety issues to your child’s teacher, or to the office staff


    If you drive your child to or from school, please be sure to drive slowly, and follow all traffic laws. The pick-up and drop off area is at the end of the second parking lot. Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the red zones. The north parking lot is only for staff parking and bus loading/unloading. The only exceptions are for those with disabled placards, or if you have a Hidden Valley parking permit. If you see anyone driving recklessly, and/or not following the traffic rules, please report them to the office so we can follow up with appropriate action.


    Beginning Wednesday, October 12th, Hidden Valley will host a six-week parenting class called Loving Solutions. Please see the announcement in this week’s Monday Memo for more information, or stop by the office for a registration form.


    On Tuesday, October 18th, we will be hosting a Soul Shoppe parent night, which will also include a movie for children. The parent night and movie will begin at 6:30 pm. Our Soul Shoppe presenter will share strategies that Soul Shoppe uses to help children learn how to self-regulate and resolve conflicts with others. It will be an engaging and interactive session that I highly encourage all parents to attend. Parents will meet in the library, and students will be in the multi-purpose room.


    The month of October will also feature Red Ribbon Week (RRW), which will be from October 24-28. At the elementary level, the main focus of RRW is about making good choices, and learning to choose a healthy lifestyle. More information will be out soon describing the fun themes that we’ll have for each day.


    And to top off this month of safety and fun, we will be having our Carn-o-ween Celebration on Friday, October 28th, and our Halloween parades on Monday, October 31st. I welcome you to come join us.


    On behalf of all the staff at Hidden Valley, I would like to thank you for all of your support. It is our pleasure and privilege to teach and spend time with your child(ren) each day.



    Rich Gorton


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Today: 10/28/16


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