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Year 2016

Correspondence from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson from 2016.

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December

Improving Student Nutrition and Academic Achievement through School Breakfast Programs
December 23, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Food Service Directors regarding improving student nutrition and academic achievement through School Breakfast Programs.

Importance of the State Seal of Biliteracy
December 23, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding the State Seal of Biliteracy.

Public Schools Remain Safe Havens for California’s Students
Public Schools Remain Safe Havens for California’s Students - Spanish Version
December 21, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding public schools remaining safe havens for California’s students.

California Dream Act Application
California Dream Act Application - Spanish Version
December 20, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the California Dream Act application.

New Laws Prohibiting Use of Tobacco Products and Electronic Smoking Devices on Public School Property
December 9, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding new laws prohibiting use of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices on public school property.

Invitation to Apply for the 21st Century Skills 2017–18 Exemplar Program
December 5, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the invitation to apply for the 21st Century Skills 2017–18 Exemplar Program.


November

California Maintains Student Protections Against Discrimination and Bullying
November 17, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding student protections against discrimination and bullying.

Recruiting Focus Group Members for the Revision of World Language Content Standards
November 16, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding recruiting focus group members for the revision of the World Language content standards for California public schools (kindergarten through grade twelve).

School and District English Learner Advisory Committees
November 7, 2016: Joint letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding school and district English learner advisory committees.

Recruiting Focus Group Members for the Revision of the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools
November 4, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding recruiting focus group members for the revision of the Visual and Performing Arts content standards for California public schools (pre-kindergarten through grade twelve).


October

Comprehensive School Safety: Training Opportunities, Updates, and Resources
October 7, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Comprehensive School Safety: Training Opportunities, Updates, and Resources.

The Community Eligibility Provision
October 7, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Community Eligibility Provision.

2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award Program
October 5, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle and High School Principals regarding the 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award Program.

November Is Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month
October 3, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month.


September

Homeless Students Matter
September 30, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program.

National Arts Education Data Project
September 29, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding California participating in the National Arts Education Data Project beginning in October.

Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project
September 28, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the 2017 Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project.

Advanced Placement and Other Rigorous High School Course Options
September 26, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding updates to Advanced Placement and other rigorous high school course options.

Foster Youth Guidance (PDF)
September 23, 2016: Joint letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding guidelines to encourage secure sharing of information between schools and child welfare agencies to better service foster youth.

Recruiting Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee Members for the Revision of the Health Education Framework
September 15, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding recruiting Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee Members for the Revision of the Health Education Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

Recruiting Focus Group Members for the Creation of Computer Science Standards
September 12, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding recruiting focus group members for the creation of Computer Science Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

2016–17 Model School Attendance Review Board Recognition Program
September 9, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2016–17 Model School Attendance Review Board Recognition Program.

2016–17 Civic Learning Awards
September 9, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, and Elementary School Principals regarding the 2016–17 Civic Learning Awards and application.

California Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program
September 8, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding the California Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program request for applications 2016–17.

High School Voter Education Weeks
September 7, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals encouraging schools to participate in High School Voter Education Weeks on September 19 through 30, 2016.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
September 6, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter Schools, and High School Principals regarding Free Application for Federal Student Aid available October 1, 2016.

2016–17 Specialized Secondary Programs
September 6, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter Schools, and High School Principals regarding 2016–17 Specialized Secondary Programs Grants.

College Readiness Block Grant
September 1, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the College Readiness Block Grant.

September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September 1, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.


August

2016 Feria De Educación, Education Fair
August 31, 2016: Joint Letter to Select High School Superintendents and Principals regarding the 2016 Feria De Educación to be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

2016 Back to School Message
August 31, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding Back to School updates.

Educational Art Contest
August 30, 2016: Joint Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, Principals, and Counselors regarding the annual art contest, “Éste es mi México, Let´s Draw about Mexican Music and Traditions.”

Steps to College 2017 Event and Scholarship Opportunity
August 30, 2016: Joint Letter to select County and District Superintendents, High School Principals, and High School Counselors regarding the Steps to College 2017 Event.

2016 California STEM Symposium
August 25, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2016 California STEM Symposium.

Firefighter Career Expos
August 25, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding upcoming Firefighter Career Expos for students.

California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators 2017 Professional Development Summit
August 24, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) 2017 Professional Development Summit.

Zika Virus Information
August 16, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Zika virus information for schools and students.

2017 United States Senate Youth Program
August 10, 2016: Letter to High School Principals, Counselors, and Scholarship Coordinators inviting them to nominate up to two outstanding students to participate in the 2017 United States Senate Youth Program.

2016 Directing Change Program and Film Contest
August 8, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the fifth annual Directing Change Program and Film Contest.

Budget Act for 2016–17
August 5, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators, and County Chief Business Officers regarding the 2016–17 Budget Act and Spending Plans.


July

Required Action for Schools: New Health Coverage Opportunities and Enrollment Assistance
July 26, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding new health coverage opportunities and enrollment assistance for California's students.

Request for Reviewers to Evaluate Instructional Materials in History–Social Science
July 18, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Interested Individuals and Organizations regarding the recruitment of individuals to participate in the evaluation of kindergarten through grade eight (K–8) instructional materials for the 2017 History–Social Science Adoption.

LeadLearn2016 Professional Learning Conference
July 18, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding the LeadLearn2016 Professional Learning Conference.

Staff Evaluation Reporting System Survey
July 15, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding the Staff Evaluation Reporting System Survey.

Summer Meals Critical for California Children
July 14, 2016: Letter to District and County Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Principals regarding Summer Meals critical for California children.

Recruiting Focus Group Members for Revision of the Health Education Framework For California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
July 13, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding recruitment of focus group members for the revision of the Health Education Framework for California Public Schools.

Professional Learning Modules for Transitional Kindergarten Teachers and Administrators
July 11, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Elementary School Principals regarding professional learning modules for Transitional Kindergarten teachers and administrators.


June

Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Request for New Applications
June 27, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Request for New Applications.

Clean Water
June 17, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding commitment to having clean water in California schools.

Better Together: California Teachers Summit
June 7, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Principals regarding the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit.

Tech for Schools Summit
June 2, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Second Annual California Superintendents Tech for Schools Summit.

Great Kindness Challenge
June 2, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Great Kindness Challenge.


May

Military Children Educational Interstate Compact
May 26, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle and High School Principals regarding the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunity for Military Children.


April

Labor History and Safe Jobs for Youth Month
April 28, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Labor History Month and Safe Jobs for Youth Month.

New Content Standards Resources Online
April 26, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the new California Department of Education online Standards resources.

Mental Health Matters Day
April 11, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding Mental Health Matters Day.

California Student Mock Election
April 8, 2016: Joint letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle and High School Principals regarding the California Student Mock Election to be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

Great California ShakeOut
April 6, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Great California ShakeOut.

Project Cal-Well Student Logo Contest
April 5, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle and High School Principles regarding the Project Cal-Well Student Logo Contest.


March

High School Voter Education Weeks
March 29, 2016: Joint letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding High School Voter Education Weeks on April 18–29, 2016.

2017 California Teachers of the Year Program
March 23, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2017 California Teachers of the Year Program.

Essay Contest to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide
March 16, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the $1,000 Essay Contest to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide.

Exceptional Education Leaders
March 2, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Elementary School Principals requesting recommendations for exceptional education leaders.


February

School Proms—Limousine, Party Bus, and Ride Services
February 29, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding school prom safety and ride services.

2016 National Youth Science Camp Nomination Process
February 26, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2016 National Youth Science Camp nomination process.

Annual School Safety Plan Update Requirement
February 24, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators reminding them to update their required annual school safety plans by March 1 of each year.

National Children’s Dental Health Month
February 23, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals reminding them that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health for our students.

CalGrants: Grade Point Average Submission Deadline
February 22, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the deadline for submissions of CalGrant Grade Point Averages.

Procedures for Awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy
February 22, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding the procedures for awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy.

California Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage
February 19, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Middle School Principals regarding the California Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage application process for 2016–17.

California State Standards: Instructional Leadership Guide
February 12, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the California State Standards: Instructional Leadership Guide.

Election Information
February 5, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Principals regarding 2016 presidential election information.

Child Abuse Reporting and Prevention
February 4, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding child abuse reporting and prevention.

Morgan Hill Case Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Notice and Objection Form
February 2, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association lawsuit against the California Department of Education.

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January

Request for Application: Environmental Education Grant Program
January 29, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the Environmental Education Grant Program Request for Application.

Assembly Bill 2160: Submitting GPAs for Cal Grants
January 25, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals regarding the implementation of Assembly Bill 2160.

2016 Classified School Employees of the Year Program
January 15, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the 2016 Classified School Employees of the Year (CSEY) Program.

Every Student Succeeds Act
January 14, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015
January 13, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding implementing the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015.

Every Student Succeeds Act
January 13, 2016: Letter to U.S. Department of Education regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

California Subject Matter Verification Process for Secondary Teachers in Special Settings Guidebook
January 8, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding the California Subject Matter Verification Process for Secondary Teachers in Special Settings Guidebook.

Mental Health First Aid Training Available for Free
January 6, 2016: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding an opportunity to provide mental health training to school staff at no cost to any county office of education, district, or charter school.

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