September 2018 Newsletter


Dear Phoebe Families,

If it were possible to bottle up all of the excitement and energy that goes into the first few days of school and then sell it, we’d certainly be rich!  As always, thank you for a start to this year that reflects your investment in this community and to our school – it’s clear to me that everyone is ‘all in.’ As you schedule this busy month, please mark on your calendars the first PTO General meeting of the year (9/5 at 6:30pm in the cafeteria), Back to School Night (9/12 at 5:45pm on the blacktop), and Family Movie Night (9/14 at 6:30pm, bring blankets!).  

This year, we are refining the way we look at academic achievement.  Traditionally speaking, academic achievement is presented as a ‘snap shot’ for a particular year – a percentage of students who met or exceeded standards, and a percentage of students who nearly met or did not meet standards. Unfortunately, that data lacks context – How did individual students do?  Where did they start? Are individual students trending up or down? Digging deeper, we can look at our progress over four years using our standardized achievement scores to make the case that we have improved as a school:

  • We have gone from 77% of students meeting ELA standards and 74% of students meeting Math standards in 2015 to 87% of students meeting ELA standards and 81% of students meeting Math standards last year.  
  • More students have mastered and are exceeding their grade level standards (57% of 3rd-6th graders in ELA and 52% of 3rd-6th graders in Math) than ever before.  

However, that information does not tell us enough if we are going to meet the needs of each student and continue to grow.  This year, we are defining achievement in terms of how much an individual student has improved by year’s end, not just their scores in a given year.  Furthermore, we are identifying trends in achievement for students over their time here to better align our resources and interventions.  The work is exciting and our staff enters this year energized to take on the challenge. If you would like more specifics, feel free to send me an email or stop me in the hallway any time!

Finally, I have attached informational pamphlets for our district’s wellness policy that will provide you with updated guidelines for nutrition at school.  Should you need additional information, feel free to contact the office or your student’s teacher. Additionally, all the flyers for afterschool classes are included for you to fill out and return to the front office.

I hope you to see you out at all of the community events in September, have a great month!


Mr. McGill


UPDATE: There are 10 tickets left for THE EVENT!

Don’t miss out!!! If you were wanting to attend the event, this is your chance as there are 10 tickets left!

1) Email to reserve your spot
2) Print and fill out form
3) Drop off form and payment at the front office

Even if you aren’t attending THE EVENT, you can still help make it a success by volunteering or donating auction items! Please contact Brittney at if you’d like to donate an item for the silent auction or if you’d like to volunteer your time to help make our event a success!

Ticket Sales continue for THE EVENT!

Hurry and reserve your seat, because THE EVENT will sell out!

$350.00 for a table of 10 | $40.00 for individual tickets

Please come and support one of the most exciting fundraisers of the year!
Your seat and table are reserved officially once your form and payment are received.

1) Email to reserve your spot
2) Print and fill out form
3) Drop off form and payment at the front office

THE EVENT will take place on Friday, March 21, 6-11:00pm @ the Dante Club.

Ticket Sales for THE EVENT start Friday, Jan 24th

Dear Phoebe Families and Friends,

Tickets for THE EVENT, a dinner and auction to benefit our school’s technology program, will be going on sale after school this FRIDAY, JANUARY 24th.  This year will be a night to remember because we will be marking Phoebe Hearst’s 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration!  THE EVENT is an adult only evening at the Dante Club on March 21, 2014 from 6-11pm.   Tables for 10 people will be available for $350.00, or individual tickets can be purchased for $40.00 per person.  If you can’t make it on Friday to purchase tickets at school, please email to reserve your spot or with any questions regarding this event.  Last year, we had a SOLD OUT event and this year is sure to be the same so be sure to get your tickets early!

Warm Regards,
Brittney Ah-Yun
PTO V.P. Fundraising

Harvest Festival Tickets on Pre-Sale Thursday & Friday

Harvest Festival is the this Saturday, October 12th from 4-9 pm!

Skip the long lines and buy your Harvest Festival Tickets in advance. The PTO will be pre-selling booth tickets on campus Thursday and Friday. Here’s the details:

We will pre-sell tickets on Thursday and Friday.

24 Tickets for $10

48 Tickets for $20

-Each activity/booth  will cost 1-6 tickets (face painting is 6 tickets)

At the Harvest Festival there will be 10 incredible gift baskets for raffle! Raffle tickets will be available at the event only and winners will be announced at morning announcements on Monday 10/16. The cost of raffle tickets will be:

1 for $1
7 for $5
15 for $10
30 for $20
We hope to see you on Saturday!