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Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 9/7/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, K. Smith Habits, Our Reinvention, Staff and Homepage

The Child Nutrition Services Department is happy to announce that we are going GREEN in EVERGREEN! Beginning August 3, 2016, families are able to complete their lunch application for the 2016-2017 school-year online at It is SAFE, SECURE and FAST! Please see attached important information.


Thank you for your help! Please call if you have any questions.

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/14/16

Audience: Homepage

Dear Katherine Smith families,


I love the start of a new year.  It’s a time to reset and refocus and keep striving toward our ultimate goal of creating the most engaging and excellent education for our children — an education to serve them in this ever-changing world where they must think, learn, work, communicate, collaborate and contribute.  We need our students to gain hands-on experiences, solve complex problems, and connect learning to future college and career goals. 

With the input of students, parents, and staff, we will start the 2016-2017 with even greater goals:

  • We want active engagement in deeper learning experiences through project based learning in order to develop students into thinkers, learners, workers, communicators, collaborators, and contributors.
  • We want all students to demonstrate foundational skill mastery in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • We want socially and emotionally balanced students who can adapt and manage emotions and actions across a variety of settings.
  • We want to connect families to supports and resources.

In order to do this, our dedicated staff has used the summer to expand their knowledge. One hundred percent of teachers spent an equivalent of 234 work days over the summer refining their practice and training to be ready to meet our strategic goals. Who says teachers have summers off?


The new year brings some exciting new opportunities to announce.  First of all, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten have been expanded to full day. Starting a few weeks into the year, our youngest students will get a full day of instruction (8:00 to 1:45).  Another new opportunity will be our new Family Resource Center to support families with children who are not yet in school in partnership with First 5 and the Health Trust.  We are excited to offer these opportunities to our youngest members of the community.  Finally, look for a revamped and expanded after school program.  Along with our YMCA and other after school programs, we will open a Learning CAFE (coming Oct. 2016) to support up to 200 more students with academic and enrichment activities including dance, art and sports. 


When we return, expect a few new faces. Dawn Recchio and Jennifer Jackson will join our teaching staff transferring to K. Smith from other Evergreen schools. Also Lucy Wong and Leticia Hernandez will join the English language development team. It’s a true pleasure to welcome them all to the K. Smith family.  Besides new staff, we’ve made many changes with the grade level teams.  You’ll see the same great faces, but likely in new roles.  Expect the same level of support and collaboration from those teams.

School opens August 17 at 8:00 a.m. for a promising and transformative year. Mark your calendar for the Welcome Back Family barbecue on Tuesday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. Meet your new teacher, join the Parent Teacher Association, and connect with our community. We can’t wait to see you. 


I look forward to another incredible year — imagine what we will do next together. 



Aaron Brengard, Principal 


Agosto 2016


Estimadas Familias de la Escuela Katherine Smith,

Me encanta el comienzo de un nuevo año. Es un momento para reajustar, reorientar y seguir luchando hacia nuestro objetivo final de crear la educación más atractiva y excelente para nuestros hijos - una educación que les ayude en este mundo cambiante, en donde deben pensar, aprender, trabajar, comunicar, colaborar y contribuir. Necesitamos que nuestros estudiantes adquieran experiencias prácticas, resolver problemas complejos, y relacionar el aprendizaje con los objetivos futuros de la universidad y carreras.


Con la aportación de los estudiantes, padres y personal, vamos a iniciar el 2016-2017 con aún mayores objetivos:

  • Queremos la participación activa en experiencias de aprendizaje más profundos a través del aprendizaje basado en proyectos para el desarrollo de los estudiantes ser pensadores, aprendices, trabajadores,  comunicadores, colaboradores y contribuyentes.
  • Queremos que todos los estudiantes demuestren habilidad fundamental en la lectura, escritura y matemáticas.
  • Queremos estudiantes social y emocionalmente equilibrados que pueden adaptarse y manejar las emociones y las acciones a través de una variedad de entornos.
  • Queremos conectar a las familias con apoyos y recursos.

Para hacer esto, nuestro personal ha utilizado el verano para ampliar sus conocimientos. El cien por ciento de los maestros pasó un equivalente de 234 días de trabajo durante el verano refinando su práctica y entrenamiento para estar listos para cumplir con nuestros objetivos estratégicos . ¿Quién dice que los maestros tienen vacaciones de verano?


El nuevo año trae algunas nuevas e interesantes oportunidades para anunciar. En primer lugar, el kinder de kinder transicional se han ampliado para un día completo. A partir de unas pocas semanas en el año, nuestros estudiantes más jóvenes tendrán un día completo de clases (8:00am a 1:45pm.) Otra nueva oportunidad será nuestro nuevo centro de recursos familiares (FRC) para apoyar a las familias con niños que aún no están en la escuela, en asociación con "First 5" y "Health Trust." Estamos encantados de poder ofrecer estas oportunidades a nuestros miembros más jóvenes de la comunidad. Por último, busque un renovado y ampliado programa después de la escuela. Junto con nuestro YMCA y otros programas después de clases , vamos a abrir "Learning CAFE" (que viene en octubre 2016) para apoyar hasta 200 más estudiantes con actividades académicas y de enriquecimiento como la danza, el arte y deportes.


Cuando volvamos, esperar un par de caras nuevas. Dawn Recchio y Jennifer Jackson se unirán con nuestro personal de K. Smith. Viene de otras escuela del Distrito de Evergreen. También Lucy Wong y Leticia Hernández se unirán al equipo de desarrollo del idioma Inglés (ELD.) Es un verdadero placer a dar la bienvenida a la familia K. Smith. Además de nuevo personal, hemos hecho muchos cambios con los equipos de nivel de grado. Vas a ver las mismas caras, pero es probable que en nuevos grados. Sin embargo, espere el mismo nivel de apoyo y la colaboración de los equipos.


La escuela empieza el 17 de agosto a las 8 a.m. durante un año prometedor y transformador. Marque su calendario para la barbacoa de bienvenida  el martes 16 de agosto a las 4:00. Conoce al maestro, únase a la Asociación de Padres y Maestros, y conectece con nuestra comunidad. No podemos esperar a verte.

Espero otro año increíble - imaginamos lo que vamos a hacer  juntos. 



Aaron Brengard, Principal

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/10/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, K. Smith Habits, Our Reinvention and Staff


   The 4th annual Exhibition Night is in the books. Over 600 students presented work to at least 2,000 guests.  With the food vendors and variety of activities, this night of project sharing is like a carnival of learning.

  In transitional kindergarten, students  read and learned about nutrition as they built “colorful plates” and built well-balanced meals.

 Kindergartners performed “Mr. Rhythm's Zoo Holiday” to a packed house. The musical was the final performance on a project focused on story elements. Students learned about characters, setting, and more. 

   In the library, our first graders hosted a mix between performances and demonstrations of 2-D and 3-D shape knowledge. Throughout the campus, visitors were seen carrying mini-piñatas built with the first grade students. 

  Economics was the focus for our second graders.  For a project entitled “Goods R Us,” they gained an understanding of how goods are manufactured, and for Exhibition sold items that required multiple steps and multiple team members to make.  They sold ice cream sandwiches, smoothies, and nachos.  They are donating the money earned to their favorite charities.

   Third graders also did a project with an economic focus - “The Shark Tank.”

With an understanding of supply and demand, student groups created original  products and sold them to Exhibition guests.  They used these sales to test the products, get feedback and get ready for their presentations this coming week.

   We went back in time with the 4th graders with some historical reenactments from California history.  Small groups focused on key parts of history related to California statehood, the transcontinental railroad, and the Gold Rush. The scenery and acting made for a realistic experience for the audience.  These same performances will be done for 4th graders from other schools in the coming weeks.

   Comics, superheroes, and the Periodic Table were combined to make for a fun and interactive display for our fifth graders.  Students made an incredible display of art representing the elements. Be sure to come see it. The “Comicon-like” event even included a fashion show. 

   For our sixth graders, they tackled overconsumption by using design thinking to come up with some creative solutions to environmental problems.  A solar shower or car, “up-cycled” works of art and even a recycle bin made from recycled materials were on display.  

  It began months ago with the project launches and the project origin question. From transitional kindergarten to sixth grade, every student went through the stages of a project taking on meaningful work, researching and gathering knowledge, working together, persisting through challenges, reading, writing, speaking, thinking critically, and being creative.   

  Thank you to all of the friends and family who came out to our Exhibition Night.  Every year it gets better.  Can’t wait to see what’s to come next year.

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 5/26/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, K. Smith Habits, Our Reinvention and Staff

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We’re excited to share the news that Evergreen School District is making some changes to our Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten programming. For the first time, Evergreen will be piloting full-day Kindergarten (K) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at five of our schools. While half day kindergarten and the terrific teachers that have worked with Evergreen kids have served our families well for many years, a full-day kindergarten program can also provide social, emotional and intellectual benefits to kindergarteners, giving them more time to focus and reflect on activities and transition between them. We have also heard from many parents that this is an option that would best serve their families’ needs. On April 14, the Board of Trustees approved the changes, which will take effect in the 2016/17 school year. As things are moving quickly, we wanted to let you know as soon as possible, that as the parent or guardian of an incoming Evergreen TK or K student you may have the option of being one of the first families to take advantage of this choice.


The first schools to offer this option will be Montgomery (K), K. Smith (K&TK), Laurelwood (K), Cadwallader (K), and Silver Oak (K). If you are registered to attend any of these schools your child will now have access to full day programming. If your child is registered to attend another school in the District but you wish to access this programming, you can apply for School Choice. The School Choice Transfer Application Period will run Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 20, followed by a lottery for the limited number of available spaces, of those who submit their applications to District Office (3188 Quimby Rd.) in that window. Requests submitted after the initial lottery will be placed on a waiting list and processed in a timely manner.


We’re thrilled to launch this new option for our families and will work toward expanding the program to other schools in the near future.




Dan Deguara

Assistant Superintendent

Estimados padres y tutores:


Nos emociona compartir las noticias sobre los cambios a nuestro programa de kínder y kínder de transición. Por primera vez probaremos un modelo de clase de kínder y kínder de transición de jornada completa en cinco de nuestras escuelas. Con la aprobación formal de la Mesa Directiva y con fecha 14 de abril de 2016, les informamos a los padres de familia y tutores de nuestros futuros estudiantes que tienen la opción de ser una de las primeras familias en aprovechar la disponibilidad de este programa nuevo.


Las primeras escuelas en ofrecer esta opción de jornada completa serán Cadwallader, Katherine R.Smith, Laurelwood, Montgomery y Silver Oak. Si una de estas escuelas es su “escuela de residencia”, su hijo ahora tendrá acceso al programa de jornada completa. No es necesario que haga nada más. Si su hijo está inscrito para asistir a otra escuela del distrito y quiere que participe en este programa, puede solicitar una transferencia de opción de escuela en base a un sorteo entre el 2 de mayo de 2016 y el viernes 20 de mayo de 2016. Vea la información adjunta para conocer más detalles.


Nos emociona el lanzamiento de este programa nuevo de kínder y kínder de transición de jornada completa para nuestras familias y trabajaremos para expandir el programa a otras escuelas en el futuro cercano.



Dan Deguara

Asistente del superintendente


Kính gửi Quý Phụ Huynh/Người Giám Hộ:

Chúng tôi rất vui mừng được chia sẻ tin tức về những thay đổi trong chương trình Mẫu Giáo và Mẫu Giáo Chuyển Tiếp của chúng tôi. Đầu tiên, chúng tôi sẽ tổ chức thử nghiệm mô hình lớp mẫu giáo và mẫu giáo chuyển tiếp trọn ngày ở năm trường học của chúng tôi. Với sự phê duyệt chính thức của Hội Đồng Quản Trị vào ngày 14 tháng 4 năm 2016, chúng tôi xin thông báo tới quý phụ huynh /người giám hộ của những học sinh tương lai của chúng tôi rằng chúng tôi đã sẵn sàng tạo cơ hội cho quý vị lựa chọn trở thành một trong những gia đình đầu tiên có thể tận dụng lợi thế của chương trình mới này.

Những trường đầu tiên cung cấp lựa chọn học trọn ngày này sẽ là Cadwallader, Katherine R. Smith, Laurelwood, Montgomery và Silver Oak. Nếu một trong các trường này là "trường học sở tại" của quý vị, thì bây giờ con của quý vị sẽ có quyền tiếp cận với chương trình học trọn ngày. Quý vị không cần phải làm thêm bất cứ điều gì. Nếu con của quý vị được đăng ký theo học ở một trường khác trong học khu và quý vị muốn con mình tham gia vào chương trình này, quý vị có thể nộp Đơn Xin Chuyển Đổi Lựa Chọn Trường Học dựa vào kết quả bốc thăm từ ngày 2 tháng 5 năm 2016 đến Thứ Sáu, ngày 20 tháng 5 năm 2016. Xin hãy xem tài liệu kèm theo để biết thêm chi tiết.

Chúng tôi rất phấn khởi được giới thiệu Chương Trình Mẫu Giáo và Mẫu Giáo Chuyển Tiếp trọn ngày mới này cho các gia đình và sẽ hướng tới việc mở rộng chương trình đến các trường học khác trong tương lai gần.

Trân trọng,


Dan Deguara

Trợ Lý Tổng Giám Đốc

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 4/23/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, K. Smith Habits, Our Reinvention and Staff

   A team of K. Smith Staff have been drafting, testing, and revising discipline policies and procedures over the last few months.  The goal is to have a caring, empathetic, safe, and nurturing environment for our students. Everything still begins with strong habits, but we’ve added some new language - rules - to support students. 


Be Kind to Others - We expect kindness in all interactions.
Work to Solve Problems - Problem solving is a skill everyone needs.  And problems need to be solved.
Learn Continuously - It’s part of our No Excuses attitude.  We all need to continuously improve every day.
Make Safe Decisions - Having a safe school is critical and that starts with making the right decisions.


     To assist everyone in understanding our approach to discipline, we’ve drafted some guiding principles (or beliefs):

  • Students should be in class participating in regular activities, whenever and as much as possible.
  • Reflection is the key to improvement.
  • Problems should be solved, not avoided.
  • Consequences need to be reasonable, related, and when possible, “make it right” with all involved.
  • Students should be set up for success. 

    A new referral system has been put into place to help students understand these rules and how they apply to different places across our campus from the classroom to the playground to arrival or dismissal.  In each area, expectations and procedures need to be in place to support a positive environment.  The referrals are for both rule violations and identifying students who are exemplifying these rules (and they get prizes). 

    There is much work to do, and we’d like to include you in it.  On Wednesday, April 27 from 2:15 to 3:30 in the library, we hope to have parents join staff in identifying how these rules apply to our school and what rules and exceptions need to be in place across the campus. 


Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 4/22/16

Audience: Homepage

     Our mission to prepare students for college and careers in this ever-changing world begins with the six important words – the K. Smith Habits:  think, learn, work, communicate, collaborate, and contribute.  To support students in developing these school-wide learning outcomes, we set learning targets (standards), integrate  within a meaningful learning experience (a project), and give students feedback on their progress (assessment).  

     Throughout this year, our teachers have been working on better ways to give students, parents, and themselves data on student progress.  Our area of focus has been critical thinking, specifically supporting a claim with evidence.    This is not only a valuable life skill, but is perfectly aligned to a key Common Core English Language Arts Anchor Standard (RL/RI 1).

     Teachers have been involved in a year long process to gain a solid understanding of what that state standard demands and how to integrate that skill development in the projects and capture meaningful feedback on critical thinking through performance assessments (tasks that are given to test student knowledge).

     Teams at every grade wrote Learning Targets (below), created critical thinking performance tasks, and evaluated the work from students.


Learning Targets (K-6)

Critical Thinking in English Language Arts 

K - I can compare [things] using their attributes.

1- I can use a fact(s) to support a claim.

2 - I can use key details from a text to support a claim. 

3 - I can formulate a claim about a text and prove it with written evidence.
4 -I am able to make a claim from what I've read and support it with evidence.
5 - I can make logical inferences using my claim, while citing strong textual evidence from my reading.
6 -I can prove a claim based on specific relevant evidence.


Look for these individual scores to come home in the coming weeks.  In the chart below is a summary of the school.  The feedback categories are as follows:

  • Exploring  (EX) - significant support or modifications were needed to measure learning (below standard)
  • Applying (AP) - minimum or regular support needed to  demonstrate understanding (at or near standard)
  • Integrating (IN) - student is able to demonstrate the skill with no support (above standard)

  For this round of assessments 75.6% of students are in the range of near to above the standard. This is great progress. Look for one more round before the end of the year and talk with your child’s teacher to understand how to support this skill at home.


Estamos haciendo críticos pensadores


    Nuestra misión es preparar a los estudiantes para la universidad y carreras en este siempre cambiante mundo comienza con los seis palabras importantes - los hábitos de K. Smith: pensar, aprender, trabajar, comunicarse, colaborar y contribuir. Para apoyar a los estudiantes en el desarrollo de estos resultados de aprendizaje de toda la escuela, fijamos los objetivos de aprendizaje (estándares), integrar dentro de una experiencia de aprendizaje significativo (un proyecto), y dar a los estudiantes retroalimentación sobre su progreso ( evaluación .)

    Este año, nuestros maestros han estado trabajando en mejores maneras de dar a los estudiantes , padres y ellos mismos datos sobre el progreso del estudiante. Nuestra área de enfoque ha sido el pensamiento crítico, apoyando específicamente un reclamo con la evidencia. Esto no sólo es una habilidad valiosa de la vida, pero está perfectamente alineado con una clave común de estandar de "Common Core." Los maestros han estado involucrados en un proceso de un año de duración para obtener una comprensión sólida de este estander y cómo integrar lo y el desarrollo de habilidades en los proyectos y la captura de retroalimentación significativa en pensamiento critico a través de evaluaciones de desempeño (tareas que se dan a probar el conocimiento del estudiante .)

    Los equipos en cada grado escribieron Objectos de Aprendizaje (abajo,) crearon las tareas críticas de pensamiento critico, y evaluaron los trabajos de los estudiantes. Busque estos puntuaciones individuales que llegaran a casa en las próximas semanas. En la tabla de abajo es un resumen de la escuela. Las categorías de retroalimentación son las siguientes:

  • Explorando (EX) - soporte o modificaciones significativas eran necesarios para medir el aprendizaje ( es decir, por debajo del estándar )
  • Aplicando (AP) - un apoyo mínimo o regular necesaria para demostrar la comprensión (es decir, al nivel o cerca)
  • Integraron (IN) - estudiante es capaz de demostrar la habilidad sin apoyo (encima del estándar)

             Para esta ronda de evaluaciones 75.6 % de los estudiantes están cerca por encima de la norma. Este es un gran avance. Busque una ronda más antes de que finalice el año y hablar con el maestro/a de su hijo/a para entender cómo apoyar esta habilidad en casa.

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 4/15/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, K. Smith Habits, Our Reinvention and Staff


  At 7:30 am Wednesday, Ms. Stracke and Safety Committee volunteers stood with bright colored vests in front of Valley Palms on Wednesday morning hoping get our Walking School Bus up and running.  

   It was earlier this year that a pedestrian fataly in our neighborhood occurred, and we were all reminded of the importance of safety for our children. Our empowered parent group brainstormed causes and looked for solutions to help us reach this safety goal. The Walking School bus was one of those ideas. By putting students in large groups and walking with the supervision of adults, we will make the trip to school safer.

    This Wednesday, we saw the results of our ideas.  As the Walking School bus departed from the front of Valley Palms at about 7:35 we had about 15 students, but as the bus meandered through the neighborhood, we packed in more than 50 students.  It was more like a parade than a school bus.  One students said, “I usually walk alone.  This is much more fun.” And that’s what we want - a healthy, safe and fun trip to school.  There were other routes running, too, from the other side of Tully Road and from the mobile home park.   

  Our Walking School Bus is part of a city-wide effort through the Walk n’ Roll program, and they have helped us with tons of resources including traffic study, establishment of the best routes, and incentives for our students.

 Get involved! 

- Join the parent Safety Committee,  

- Be a Walking School bus volunteer or 

- Join us every week for Walking Wednesday. 

Together we make our community stronger.


Miércoles, día de caminar - seguro, sano y divertido


  A las 7:30am el miércoles, voluntarios del Comité de Seguridad y la Sra Stracke estaban con chalecos brillantes en frente delValley Palms con la esperanza de conseguir nuestro Autobús Caminante en marcha y funcionando.

    Fue al principio de este año que un accidente mortal de tráfico pasó en nuestra comunidad, que nos recuerda a todos la importancia de la seguridad para nuestros hijos. Nuestro grupo de padres aportó lluvia de ideas sobre las causas y buscó soluciones para ayudar a alcanzar este objetivo de seguridad. El autobús escolar caminante fue una de esas ideas. Al poner a los estudiantes en grupos grandes y caminar con la supervisión de los adultos , vamos a hacer el viaje a la escuela más seguro.

     Este miércoles, hemos visto  los resultados de nuestras ideas. Cuando el autobús caminante salió de Valley Palms alrededor de 7:35am, teníamos como 15 estudiantes, pero llegaron más de 50 estudiantes cuando el autobús caminó por la comunidad. Era más como un desfile que un autobús escolar. Unos estudiantes dijeron, "Por lo general ando solo. Esto es mucho más divertido." Y eso es lo que queremos - un viaje sano, seguro y divertido a la escuela. Había otras rutas que tambien viajaron desde el otro lado de Tully Road y del parque de casas móviles.

   Nuestro Autobús Caminante Escolar es parte de un esfuerzo de toda la ciudad a través del programa "Walk and Roll" y nos han ayudado con toneladas de recursos, incluyendo estudio de tráfico, el establecimiento de las mejores rutas, e incentivos para nuestros estudiantes.

¡Involucrarse!- Unase c

on nosotros cada miercóles 

Juntos hacemos nuestra comunidad más fuerte.

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 4/10/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, K. Smith Habits, Our Reinvention and Staff


    As the year has gone on we’ve seen so much growth in our students, but another not so good number has been on the rise – tardies.

    Over the last few months through the newsletter and at our Monday Morning Pride assemblies, we’ve reminded everyone about the importance to be on time everyday:

  1. It the law. - only three tardies are allowed per year.
  2. Tardies (+ 30 minutes)  equate to an absence in our funding (no funding for that student that day).
  3. When on time you are ready to learn with the class.  Just one minute per day equals 3 hours of loss in a year.
  4. Being on time or early gives more social time to connect with friends, talk about the night before or weekend, and builds stronger bonds with one another.
  5. Great schools expect their students to be at school.  We want to be a defined as a great school.

Periodically, students who are tardy are going to spend their recess reflecting, setting goals, and strategizing ways to change the routines.  This Wednesday, tardy students at a reflection meeting came up with some great ideas:

  • Put out clothes the night before
  • Set two alarms - one to wake up and one to leave the house
  • Get more sleep (elementary school-aged children should get between 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night)
  • Help siblings who have trouble getting ready

After the Wednesday’s reflection, our tardies improved by 42%.  A big step in the right direction.  Help us reach our goal and change your routines to be here on time everyday.



Cada estudiante a tiempo todos los días - No hay excusas


  Este año, hemos visto tanto crecimiento en nuestros estudiantes , pero también hemos visto el cresamiento en otros número - las tardanzas.

  En los últimos meses a través del boletín de noticias y en nuestras asambleas, nos recuerda a todos acerca de la importancia de llegar a tiempo todos los días:

  1. Es la ley . - Sólo tres tardanzas se les permite por año.
  2. Las llegadas tarde (+ 30 minutos) equivale a una ausencia en nuestros fondos (fondos para ese estudiante ese día)
  3. Cuando llegas a tiempo, estas preparado para aprender con la clase. Un minuto por día, equivale a 3 horas de la pérdida en un año .
  4. Llegarndo a tiempo o temprano da más tiempo social para conectarse con amigos, y construir lazos más fuertes con otros .
  5. Las grandes escuelas esperan que sus estudiantes estén en la escuela a tiempo. Queremos ser definidos como un gran escuela.

  Periódicamente, los estudiantes que llegan tarde van a pasar su recreo reflejando, el establecimiento de objetivos, estrategias y maneras de cambiar las rutinas. Los estudiantes esta semana tuvieron grandes ideas:

  • Ponga la ropa  la noche anterior
  • Ajustar dos alarmas - uno de despertar y uno para salir de casa
  • Dormir más (niños en edad escolar primaria deben tener entre 10 y 12 horas de sueño por noche)
  • Ayuda hermanos/as que tienen problemas estar listos para la escuela

Después de la reflexión del miércoles nuestras tardanzas mejoraron 42% . Un gran paso en la dirección correcta. Ayúdenos a alcanzar nuestro objetivo y cambiar sus rutinas de estar aquí a tiempo todos los días .

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 3/18/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, K. Smith Habits, Our Reinvention and Staff

  On Friday, upper grade students were reminded of the morning routines.  From time to time, it’s important to come back to our expectations, revise, if needed, and reestablish the routines.  



      Recently we’ve found more and more students in unsupervised areas in the morning and that is a safety concern.  At an assembly for the upper graders the routines were reestablished.   The goal is to have a safe, kind, and problem-free arrival.  Here are the expectations:

  • If you arrive before7:45, you must wait near the office behind the yellow line.
  • Once on campus, students are not allowed to leave.
  • Scooters and bikes must be walked once entering the campus from the street.
  • Cell phones and devices may be used if Acceptable Use Policy has been signed and all content (music, pictures, apps, etc.) on the phone is school appropriate.
  • Games or play equipment are not allowed before school.
  • Students may sit on benches and tables within the large black gates (not on the black top)
  • Library is open from 7:30 to 7:45 M-W & F

Thank you for the support and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.


Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 3/11/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, K. Smith Habits, Our Reinvention and Staff

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Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 3/1/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, K. Smith Habits, Our Reinvention, Staff and Homepage


  Open Campus Day is an annual event in connection with the Evergreen School District 21st Century Institute.  Participants have the option to visit Katherine Smith and Bulldog Tech, the two Evergreen New Tech Network Schools.  When it started in 2013, we thought, “Why not just open the doors to everyone?” 

  Each year we’ve drawn over 100 visitors during this one day.  This year was no exception. Today’s visitors mostly came from neighboring schools and districts, but we also had guests from Hewlett Packard, the George Lucas Research Foundation, and others.  

     As visitors arrived, they checked  in to the library, picked up a folder of materials and were assigned a School Ambassador to take them on a tour of the campus.  Ambassadors are able to customize the experience depending on the needs of the visitors and give them access to seeing firsthand how and what our school is doing to create a strong culture and gain deeper learning outcomes. To name a few, they come to see:

  • project-based learning
  • technology integration
  • student leadership
  • student engagement
  • college bound focus
  • empowered community
  • innovation in public schools
  • New Tech Network
  • 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creative problem solving)
  • STEM
  • design thinking
  • a P21 21st Century Exemplar

   We are so proud of the work our students, staff, and parents are doing.  Thank you to everyone for the support. 

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 2/5/16

Audience: Homepage

  The bell rang on Wednesday morning just like any morning.   Students went to class and parents gathered for the Parent Pride weekly meeting.  Just a typical Wednesday, except for the over 70 students, parents, and teachers visiting here from Beijing, China.

  Early in the morning, our guests arrived in two large tour buses.  The seventy Chinese students were then assigned to third to sixth grade classrooms based on their age. We wanted them to live a day as a K. Smith student.  In the classroom, K. Smith students were partnered up with their Chinese classmates for the day. It was a chance for us to have our Chinese guests be K. Smith students. Other than the introductions, classroom activities carried on as usual.  When entering a room, it was difficult to tell a K. Smith student from their Chinese counterpart.  Students worked in groups, completed learning activities, and even shared recess and lunch together.

   The adult visitors got the same treatment.  They enjoyed our Parent Pride meeting interacting with other parents.  The meeting included a nice breakfast and welcome speeches.  Then it was off to get into classrooms. The guests were treated to student-led tours of the campus.  

     At the end the day, our Chinese guests hosted us to an incredible assembly with cultural dancing, music, and demonstrations.  Students were even treated to a choreographed version of Let it Go from Frozen. 

    Global Connection Day was a chance for us to make connections with students, parents and teachers from across the world.  While we were able to compare our differences in cultures and school experiences, what really came out of the day was how much we are the same.



Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 1/30/16

Audience: Homepage

A Note from the District Nurses:

Under a new law known as SB277, beginning January 1, 2016 exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California.  Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccination.  Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at Kindergarten (including Transitional Kindergarten) or 7th grade.


For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at, or contact your local health department Immunization Education and Planning Program 408-937-2271. 

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 1/25/16

Audience: Homepage

   As of Monday, our after school YMCA program officially expanded to include kindergartners.  Families with transitional kinder and kindergartners now have a free academic enrichment program.


 In partnership with the YMCA, Katherine Smith School was one of sixteen schools in San Jose awarded a  share of the 2.85 million dollars, the SJ Learns Grant (Holly Oak, a sister Evergreen School also received the grant).   Headed by Mayor Liccardo, the SJ Learns Grants are intended to provide after school support to narrow the achievement gap for students and create models of programs that may be replicated across the city.  K. Smith School is proud to be a recipient and will deliver on our promise to provide the best environment to support our students and ensure their success now and well into the future. 


  The YMCA staff have worked to create a great program for our youngest students that includes a rich list of activities to promote literacy, science, social emotional learning, and  physical health.  They even have “nap time” – a quiet down time I’m jealous of, for sure.


  Kathy Leiu will take over as the Assistant Director and will be joined by two new staff, Mackenzie Shelton and Elizabeth Zarate.  All three, along with Juan Aguirre, have been working with the K. Smith kindergarten teachers to design a highly interactive and developmentally appropriate program.  With the big smiles on the faces of the attendees, they’ve started off right.


   Space is limited! Packets are available at the school front office: Any questions, contact Kathy Lieu or Juan Aguirre



El YMCA de K. Smith expande con el conceder de "SJ Learns"


  Empezando el lunes, nuestro programa después de la escuela, YMCA, amplió oficialmente para incluir niños de kinder. Familias con niños de kinder y kinder de transición tienen ahora un programa de enriquecimiento académico gratuito.


  En asociación con la YMCA , la escuela Katherine Smith fue una de las dieciséis escuelas de San José que recibió una parte de los 2.85 millones de dólares de la concesión de "SJ Learns" (Holly Oak, una hermana escuela del distrito de Evergreen, también recibió la concesión.) Dirigido por el alcalde Liccardo, la concesión de "SJ Learns" está destinada a apoyar programas después de escuela para reducir la brecha en el rendimiento de los estudiantes y crear modelos de programas que puede basarse en toda la ciudad. la escuela K. Smith se enorgullece de ser un destinatario y entregará con nuestra promesa de ofrecer el mejor ambiente para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y asegurar su éxito ahora y en el futuro.


  El personal del YMCA ha trabajado para crear un gran programa para nuestros estudiantes más jóvenes que incluye una rica lista de actividades para promover la alfabetización, la ciencia, el aprendizaje social y emocional y la salud física. Incluso tienen "la siesta" - un tiempo de inactividad tranquila que les envidiamos.


  Kathy Leiu asumirá el cargo de Director  y se sumaron dos nuevos empleados, Mackenszie Shelton y Elizabeth Zárate. Los tres, juntos con Juan Aguirre, han estado trabajando con los maestros de kinder para diseñar un programa altamente interactivo y apropiados para el desarrollo. Con las grandes sonrisas en los estudiantes, han empezado con el pie derecho.


  El espacio es limitado! Los paquetes están disponibles en la oficina de la escuela: Para cualquier duda  póngase en contacto con Kathy Lieu o Juan Aguirre

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 1/8/16

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, Our Reinvention, Staff and Homepage

We are so happy to announce Katherine Smith as a Walk n’ Roll San José partner. At this Wednesday’s Parent Pride Weekly Meeting, the Walk n’ Roll representatives shared the great benefits for our community.

Education - School assemblies such as safety assemblies, Street Smarts media, and Healthy Lifestyles

  • Encouragement - Guidance with developing, promoting and implementing International Walk to School Day and Walking Buses

  • Engineering and Evaluation - Assistance with walking audits, developing routes, low cost engineering improvements, and program evaluation

  • Enforcement - support from SJPD Operation Safe Passage (focused school zone traffic enforcement) and DOT Parking and Traffic Control

The resources will be a great help to move us towards meeting our pedestrian safety goals. Ensuring student safety for both arriving to school and returning home is a priority. School assemblies, a Walking School Bus, street engineering (ie painted curbs and increased signage), and parking and traffic enforcement will help us reach that goal. We also can see the benefits of connecting our community and the obvious health benefits of walking to school.

Look for more about our Walking School Bus and Walk to School Days in coming weeks. Today, your child brought home a survey we need. Please take a few momentstogiveusthisvaluabledata. 

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 12/11/15

Audience: Homepage

  Every year, Santa Clara County holds a one day focus on college - it was today!  Although everyday is College Day to us, we love to participate.  

  We expect every one of our students to have access to college and a great career - no excuses. And, we remind our students every day.  We also prepare them everyday with a well-rounded, meaningful learning experience that prepares them to be masters of core content, purposeful collaborators, strong problem solvers and critical thinkers, effective communicators, self directed life-long learner, and persistent worker. 

  For this fun day, students spent the time doing college and career related activities, decorating their classrooms, doing college cheers at the College day assembly.  They also got a new shirt.




Wear your new t-shirt every Friday!

This t-shirt is a gift for every student thanks to fundraising by our parent group.


Día de la Universidad - estamos obligados a ir a la universidad  y a tener una carrera

   Cada año, el condado de Santa Clara tiene un día de enfoque en la universidad - era hoy! Aunque todos los días es el Día de la Universidad para nosotros, nos gusta participar.

  Esperamos que cada uno de nuestros estudiantes tenga acceso a la universidad y una gran carrera - no hay excusas. Y, lo recordamos a nuestros estudiantes todos los días. También preparamos todos los días con una experiencia de aprendizaje significativo bien redondeado que los prepara para ser dueños de contenido básico , colaboradores decididos y fuertes capaces de resolver problemas y pensadores críticos, comunicadores eficaces, y auto dirigido en la vida.

  Para este divertido día, los estudiantes pasaron el tiempo haciendo actividades relacionadas con la universidad y la carrera, decoraron sus salones, cantaron vítores de la universidad y participaron en la asamblea para el dia de la universidad. También obtuvieron una camisa nueva.


Use su nueva camiseta todos los viernes.

Esta camiseta es un regalo para todos los estudiantes gracias a la recaudación de fondos por parte de nuestro grupo de padres.

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 10/9/15

Audience: Aaron Brengard, Homepage, Administration, Common Core, Our Reinvention and Staff

'Best in Network' award for outstanding original curriculum awarded to Katherine Smith School  

The prestigious "Best In Network” award for outstanding original curriculum has been presented to Katherine Smith Elementary School in the Evergreen School District at the New Tech Network convention.

The award was presented to Katherine Smith second grade teachers Abby Schorr and Rachel Trowbridge. More than 1,800 educators cheered when the award was announced at the New Tech Network convention held in Chicago, Illinois on July 23-24. This year's theme was: Are They Ready -- Preparing All Students for College, Career and Civic Life.

"Katherine Smith School is the first elementary school to win the “Best in Network” award in the history of New Tech Network," said  Aaron Brengard, Principal, Katherine Smith School. "Previously, the award has only been presented to high schools."    


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Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/21/15

Audience: Homepage and Homepage

We are committed to keeping you connected to our school.  At K. Smith School we use a variety of tools to keep you informed about school events, share news, celebrate success, and let you know how to get involved.  Register, follow, and like today.


Register on Powerschool Parent Portal

Control school announcement methods including text or email options, keep contact information up-to-date, Visit: and click Create Account. Contact us with questions.


Like us on Facebook

We share everyday. Keep connected to celebrations, school and community events, and what’s going on across the campus.  Go to


Follow us on Instagram

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Enjoy shots from fun events to the K. Smith Habits. Search for KSmithSchool.


Follow us on Twitter

Follow @KSmithSchool to see posts throughout the day of what’s going on. Whether it's a new project or fun at recess, we keep you connected to our story.  Look for the grade level accounts and staff, too.


Add us onSnapchat

With so many using this tool, we are going to give it a try.  Our goal is to send reminders to school events and use it as a one-way communication tool.  Add KSmithSchool.


Register on PeachJar

Get school and district flyers by email. Go to, select Find school under the parent tab, and register.  Or you can click the PeachJar link on


Nos comprometemos a mantenerlo conectado a nuestra escuela. En K. Smith  utilizamos una variedad de herramientas para mantenerlo informado sobre los eventos escolares, compartir noticias, celebrar el éxito, y le permiten saber cómo participar . Regístrese hoy.


  Registrarse en el Portal de Padres 

Controla métodos de avisos escolares incluyendo opciones de texto o correo electrónico, y mantenga información de contacto actualizada, visite: y haga clic en Crear cuenta. Póngase en contacto con nosotros si tienen preguntas.



Compartimos todos los días. Manténgase conectado a eventos y celebraciones, la escuela y la comunidad, y lo que está pasando en todo el campus. Ir a


   Síguenos en Instagram

Una imagen vale mil palabras. Disfrute de disparos de eventos divertidos a los Hábitos de K. Smith. Busca KSmithSchool.


 Síganos en Twitter

Siga @KSmithSchool para ver los mensajes durante todo el día de lo que está pasando. Ya sea un nuevo proyecto o divertirse en el recreo , le mantenemos conectado con nuestra historia. Busque las cuentas de nivel también.


  Añadirnos en Snapchat

Con tantos usando esta herramienta, vamos a darle una oportunidad. Nuestro objetivo es enviar recordatorios a los eventos de la escuela y ha utilizarlo como una herramienta de comunicación de una sola vía. Añadir KSmithSchool.


Registrarse en PeachJar

Obtenga volantes de la escuela y del distrito por correo electrónico. Ir a, seleccione "find school" encuentra, escuela bajo la etiqueta de los padres, y registrar. O usted puede hacer clic en el enlace peachJar en



Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 8/21/15

Audience: Homepage

K. Smith School named 21st Century Learning Skills Exemplar School by Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Educators, communities, and students to be featured online in Patterns of Innovation

San Jose, California (December 1, 2014) - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the leading organization advocating for 21st century learning for every student, has designated Katherine Smith School as an exemplar school, as part of a program to highlight exemplary 21st century learning practices that are improving schools and student learning in classrooms and communities across the United States.

Patterns of Innovation: The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program showcases schools, educators, and students from around the country that have embraced the P21 Framework for 21st Century Learning to increase educational options and outcomes for all students.

Patterns of Innovation shares the experiences of schools that have successfully transformed their students’ learning by incorporating elements of the P21 Framework into teacher practice, curriculum, assessment, and professional development.

The 2015 21st Century Learning Exemplars, including Katherine Smith School, part of San Jose’s Evergreen School District, were selected along with 14 schools through a rigorous application process, and evaluated for educational excellence and 21st century learning implementation. The schools are part of P21’s ongoing initiative to identify, document, and showcase exemplary 21st century learning in action.  

"When we set out to reinvent our school in 2012, we aimed to be a model of excellence for 21st century learning,” says Katherine Smith principal, Aaron Brengard Being recognized by P21 as a 21st Century Skills Exemplar School validates the dedication of our staff, students, and parents. It’s an incredible honor, and we look forward to working with P21 and sharing our work.“

“We are very proud to continue sharing the Patterns of Innovation to highlight strong learning communities, leadership, and the importance of student voice,” said Dr. Helen Soulé, P21 Executive Director. “P21 is working with our many members and partners to make 21st century learning a reality for schools and students everywhere, regardless of zipcode, because every student deserves an exemplar school.”

Case studies on schools just announced, including Katherine Smith are currently in development and will be unveiled in early 2015.  All schools are encouraged to apply to be considered for the 2016 round. Applications will open December 10, 2014.

Check out for completed case studies, powerful learning stories, podcasts, videos, and more. #PatternsofInnovation

P21 media contact: Tatyana Warrick ( / 202-312-6430) 

Evergreen District media contact: Charles Crosby ( / 408-270-6809)

Posted by: Aaron Brengard
Published: 12/2/14