Spring Recess 4/14-4/18

All SJUSD schools and offices will be closed from April 14–18 for spring recess.

Todas las escuelas y oficinas del SJUSD estarán cerradas del 14 al 18 de abril debido a las vacaciones de primavera.


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Welcome to Canoas

Important Notices and Flyers

  • Report cards are being sent home 3/13 in the Thursday envelopes
  • School Site Council Meeting @ 6:15 in the Library - 3/11
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences all week March 10-14
  • Early out days, Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14.  All students out at 12:00pm.

H&SC March 2014 Flyer

March 2014 Flyer

2014-2015 Instructional Calendar

2015-2016 Instructional Calendar

SELAC Meeting Flyer

Assessment Update

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, California is moving to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These computer-based tests replace the STAR program. CAASPP is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English and math, which California adopted in 2010 to describe what knowledge and skills students need to be well prepared for college and careers, no matter where they come from or where they live.

This year, CAASPP is being field tested to determine how well individual questions allow students to demonstrate what they know and still need to learn.

Who will take the test?
All students in grades 3-8 and in grade 11.

Between April 7 and May 16, 2014. 

Will parents receive test results?
No. Because this is a field test to determine how effective CAASPP is, schools, districts, and students/families will not receive scores.
Visit http://www.sjusd.org/parents/assessment-information/ for complete testing information and dates.

Últimas noticias sobre los exámenes estatales

A partir del ciclo escolar 2013-2014, California pondrá en marcha la nueva Evaluación de Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil de California (CAASPP, por sus siglas en inglés).  Estos exámenes que se tomarán vía computadora reemplazarán al programa STAR.  El nuevo examen CAASPP está alineado con los estándares académicos, comunes y fundamentales de Inglés y Matemáticas que California adoptó en 2010 para describir cuáles conocimientos y habilidades necesitan tener los estudiantes a fin de estar bien preparados para los estudios universitarios y las carreras profesionales, independientemente de su lugar de procedencia o la ubicación de su domicilio.

Este año, el CAASPP se pondrá a prueba para determinar qué tan bien funcionan las preguntas individuales de dicho examen a fin de que los estudiantes demuestren lo que saben y lo que todavía necesitan aprender.

¿Quién tomará este examen?
Todos los estudiantes del 3º al 8º grado y los estudiantes del 11º grado.

Entre el 7 de abril y el 16 de mayo de 2014. 

¿Recibirán los padres los resultados de este examen?

No. Debido a que este ciclo escolar el examen CAASPP únicamente se está poniendo a prueba para determinar cuán eficiente es, las escuelas, los distritos escolares, los estudiantes y sus familias no recibirán los resultados.

Visite http://www.sjusd.org/parents/assessment-information/ para obtener la información detallada acerca de este examen y las fechas de administración.

Click Here for information about 2013-2014 School Year.  Please note changes in our Bell Schedule for the 2013-2014 School Year, early out dates will be on Fridays, effective August 16th, 2013.

Para mas información del Año Escolar 2013-2014 por favor vaya a nuestro enlace al lado derecho de nuestra pagina.
Por favor tome nota de nuestros cambios en el horario escolar para el año 2013-2014, los días cortos serán los Viernes efectivo el día 16 de Agosto del 2013.

Take San José Unified’s Survey and Come to a Community Meeting

Watch our short video featuring SJUSD students to learn more about how you can help!
¡Vea este video corto en el que los estudiantes del Distrito nos explican cómo podemos ayudar!


Take the Survey Now!

¡Participe en la encuesta ahora mismo!

The District will use the survey results as a starting point for community discussions. All stakeholders are welcome to attend.

February 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm—Willow Glen High School Library
February 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm—Lincoln High School Media Center
March 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm—Gunderson High School Theater
March 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm—San José High School Cafeteria
March 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm—Leland High School Cafeteria
March 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm—Pioneer High School Media Center

Principal’s Message

Principal Barbara Keesaw with StudentsReport Card Information:  As SJUSD makes the shift to the Common Core State Standards with the rest of the nation, our grading system and report cards are changing to reflect that shift.

To better support parents in understanding these shifts in grades and report cards, the following information is provided:  [Teachers will be able to further address parent questions during scheduled conference meetings.]

It is important to note:

  • Standards mastery is based on end-of-year expectations.
  • Our report cards look very similar for all grades because the domains are the same K-5.
  • Report cards are organized by domain and they are standards based.

Language Arts: Kindergarten through 5th Grade report cards are almost identical.  Many grade levels look the same because the domains for K-5 are the same.

Math:  K – 5 is organized by content-specific domains and clusters. The Common Core State Standards for Math is broken down by grade level. There are new standards based on mathematical practices.

Social Studies and Science: These sections are based on the 1997 CA content standards.  Report cards remain the same in these areas, and will be adjusted when new standards are released.

English Language Development: These report cards remain the same.

Remember: Standards mastery is based on end-of-year expectations.

For all grades, the standards based grading remains the same as was used on the old report cards.

End-of-Year Standards Mastery Grades TK-3:

3= At or Exceeds Grade Level Standard
2= Approaching Grade Level Standard
1= Below Grade Standard

End-of-Year Standards Mastery Grades 4-5:

4= Exceeds Grade Level Standard
3= At Grade Level Standard
2= Approaching Grade Level Standard
1= Below Grade Level Standard

End-of-Year Standards Mastery

If…A student is academically on-target at the end of Reporting Period 1…
Then…That student should receive a 2 – Approaching Grade Level Standard – on his/her report card in November.


Thank you for supporting your child[ren] in attending school every day and for getting them to school on time.  If your child[ren] will/do miss school for any reason, please call the ATTENDANCE LINE - PHONE #: 287-6316 to excuse their absence.  This is a message only line.  If you need to talk to someone in the office, please call 535-6391. Thank you for your continued efforts to support your child[ren] in learning the important skills of consistent attendance and punctuality.


At Canoas we recognize the importance of parent involvement in the education of all our students, and we invite and welcome you to actively partner with us on our campus.  For the safety of all our students, all parents and other persons wishing to volunteer in classrooms or around the campus must be fingerprinted and receive a TB test.  Please see Canoas Secretary, Marlene Fortin for a Volunteer packet. REMINDER:  ALL parents, volunteers, student teachers, non-Canoas staff, and any other persons on the Canoas campus during school hours MUST sign in and out at the main office EVERY time they are on campus.  No exceptions.

10 Ways To Help Your Child Read
  1. Read aloud to your child.
  2. Attend AR nights with your child.
  3. Make a special time for everyone in the family to read at least once a week.
  4. Listen to your child read.
  5. Take your child to the public library and check out a book.
  6. Make reading a reward.
  7. Be a reading role model.
  8. Have your child cook with you and read you the recipe.
  9. Read a book as a family and then watch the movie.
  10. Have a Saturday morning Read–In.  [Everyone stays in their pajamas and reads together in bed for an hour.]

Open Office Hours:
Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone#: 408-535-6391
Attendance#: 408-266-6283
Fax#: 408-265-4126



Canoas Students are Safe, Organized, Achieving Goals, and Respectful!
Our vision is to provide an equitable, supportive and collaborative academic environment that fosters high achievement, and promotes a belief in one’s self , which ignites an enthusiasm for learning.