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Today: 8/29/14

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Katherine Smith school will be the model of excellence for 21st century learning and community  service.

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Prepare each student to think, learn, work, communicate, collaborate, and contribute effectively now and throughout his or her life.


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Brengard, Aaron
Donohue, Nanette
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Ramos, Christina
Rodriguez, Margarita
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Katherine Smith News

Project Based Learning: Resources for Parents by Suzi Bosshttp://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning-parent-resources
Project-based learning can be a fantastic way for kids to get engaged in hands-on, active learning. Here's how parents can encourage and support their children -- and their children's school -- in project-based learning.

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Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/29/14

One Minute, One Hour, One Day - We Need You
“This school gives us the tools to get involved.” 

    -K. Smith parent, Aug. 2014

    On Wednesday, over sixty parents packed the library for our first weekly Parent Pride meeting.  They h... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/29/14

Student Accident Insurance
Every year some parents say, “I wish I had purchased the Student Accident Insurance.”  Why?  Because their child had an accident and the family either does not have insurance or their insurance pays only a portion or none of ... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/22/14

Ice Bucket Challenge adds to the first day excitement
It might have been the first day of school, but it did not stop us from completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We even used it as a chance to water some plants hurting in the California drought. If you missed it, check out the video: http:/... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/22/14

Apply for Free or Reduced Lunch
School lunch applications were mailed out August 4th. This is a reminder that the 2013-2014 School Lunch Application will expire on October 1, 2014. Submit your application EARLY to avoid a lapse in benefits and incur charges. If you have not rece... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/22/14

K. Smith School Junior CEO Summer Interns in the News
Our Summer Interns, Junior CEOs, are featured in two publications:


       On the cover of the Evergreen Times: Summer Internship provides 'real world' learning for K. Smith students

       EdSurge ... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/6/14

2014-15 Welcome Back

August 2014

Dear Katherine Smith families,

It is a great honor and pleasure to continue to serve you as principal of Katherine Smith Elementary School. Over the past two years we have been on an incredible reinvention journey creatin... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 7/27/14

Stay informed. Save paper. Register for the Parent Portal today.
 The Parent Portal is open. This online communication tool acts as an "e-emergency card" system to assist us in strengthening our communication with parents in emergency and non-emergency situations. Additionally, the system will pr... Continue
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 6/6/14

2014-15 School Calendar
Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 5/30/14

38 Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting


Recently we chronicled 35 High Schools Worth Visiting. That led to a request for a similar compilation of inspiring elementary and middle schools. Far from exhaustive, our list includes schools that achieve extraordinary results, create powerful learning experiences, and/or have created innovative technology blends.


21. The 130 school New Tech Network (NTN) includes a growing number of project-based STEM-focused middle and elementary schools. The Evergreen School District in San Jose, California is home to Bulldog Tech, a NTN demonstration site, and Katherine Smith Elementary.


Daily Schedule

Regular Day Thursday (min. day)
TK/Kindergarten AM 8:00 to 11:20 8:00 to 11:20
TK/Kindergarten PM 10:30 to 1:50 9:30 to 12:50
Grades 1 to 6 8:00 to 2:00 8:00 to 12:45

21st Century Reinvention

A New Tech Network School


A Buck Institute for Education Partner


A No Excuses University School


National Champion School