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2017 Testing Dates - 3rd-5th Grade Only

Spring testing is fast approaching! As you may remember, our California State Test (CAASPP) is administered on our Chromebooks. Below is the testing schedule. Please take note of these dates and try to make sure that your child is here at school on time for the entire testing window. All tests will be administered in the morning. For more information about the tests, and to access practice tests that students work on at home, please visit: http://www.caaspp.org/


California Alternative Assessment (SDC Students Grades 3-5): April 24 – June 2

5th Grade California Science Test (CAST) - Test Pilot: May 2 **See information below**

3rd Grade CAASPP: May 8 – May 12

4th Grade CAASPP: May 15 – May 19

5th Grade CAASPP: May 22 – May 26


**Information about the NEW California Science Test (CAST) for 5th grade students**

California’s new state standards for science call for students to think and work like scientists and engineers - asking questions and learning through hands-on investigation and discovery. Working with science teachers, California is developing a new assessment that emphasizes scientific thinking and reasoning. This year, 5th grade students will participate in the tryout of test items for this future assessment. While this tryout will not provide scores for your child, it is an important first step in developing an assessment that will fairly and accurately measure how students are achieving on the new science standards. For additional information about the new science tests click here. To instructions on how to start a practice test with sample questions, click here

New Arnold Mission and Vision Statements, Collective Commitments

The Arnold staff has been working to update our Mission and Vision statements to better reflect the work that we do now. Our goal was to develop a Mission Statement that we could share with students, families and the community. We are excited to have a new Mission Statement that is short and powerful…so excited in fact that we are going to paint it on the walls! Check it out here:


Mission Statement


Dream it! Believe it! Achieve it!


Vision Statement


Arnold Elementary is a culturally diverse community of students, educators, and families who work together with the belief that all students can learn and succeed. We are dedicated to developing life-long learners who are critical thinkers, technologically fluent, and able to problem solve through perseverance. Students learn to collaborate and communicate effectively through active practice opportunities. Our school vision is best reflected in the Arnold Pledge:


A ccept all people

R espect yourself and others

N ever give up

O pen the door to opportunity

L earning is the key to success

D ream your future and make it happen


By encouraging students to be respectful, responsible, and safe, we foster a community of fairness and acceptance, and prepare students to be productive citizens now and in the future.





At Arnold Elementary School, student learning is our main objective.


We will...

Maintain a positive environment.

Be flexible and open to new ideas.

Be caring and compassionate.

Be collaborative and share in each other’s successes and challenges, strategies and ideas.

Serve our students, our team, and our school in a supportive environment.

Provide a high quality education for every student through:

  • Rigor
  • Differentiation
  • Assessment FOR learning (student reflection)
  • Timely feedback
  • Parent communication
  • Data driven decisions  


Safety Information

Emergency Information

EARTHQUAKE  - no bells (duck, cover, and hold) – then evacuate



FIRE - Continuous 10 second bell, 5 second pause, repeated to evacuate.


SHELTER IN PLACE - 1 long bell, 2 short bells, repeat 3 times.  Announcement over the PA system.


Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, please be assured that our school and school district have prepared and continue to update our emergency plans. However, your cooperation is essential to support your child who may be at school when such an emergency occurs. These are some of the most important things you can do:

  • Preparedness: Make sure the Online Emergency Card information is current and accurate.
  • Provide your child with his/her “Student Survival Kit”, which will be kept in the classroom with the current blue “Emergency” card. This kit will help sustain your child until he/she can be picked up safely from school. The “Student Survival Kit” specifications can be found on the Arnold Website www.arnold.tusd.org


If there is a disaster . . .

  • Remain Calm
  • Do not telephone the school; telephone lines may be needed for emergency communications.
  • Walk, do not drive, to school to pick up your child. Streets must be kept open for emergency vehicles.
  • Come to the “release area” at the back gate on 228th.  Parents are not allowed to enter campus during an emergency. Parents must fill out a Student Emergency Release Form and then a staff member will radio the classroom teacher for release of the student.
  • Tune your radio to KFI 640AM, KNX 1070AM or KFOX 93.5FM for emergency announcements.
  • All children will be kept at school until we are able to make some type of contact with you. Our staff members are prepared to become civil defense employees in times of emergency and will remain on campus to assist children until dismissed by the principal.
  • The school is equipped with emergency medical supplies, water, and various types of needed equipment and tools. The more prepared the school and community members are, the safer our children will be.
  • Please cooperate with school personnel during an emergency.

Before and After School Care



For information about the Arnold YMCA Child Care Program, please call the YMCA Child Care Office at 310-325-5885, ext. 7498.


For information regarding the City of Torrance After-School Club, please call the Community Services Department at 310-618-2994 or visit their website at:http://www.ci.torrance.ca.us/Parks/7128.htm

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Latest News


22-25 - 5th Grade State Testing

26 - Crazy Hair Day (1st - 5th)

29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday

31- Crazy Hair Day (Kinder)



6 - ELMAC Meeting #4

6-7 - Family Feast at Friday's (11am - 11pm)

7 - Walk to School Day

8 - PTA Installation Dinner (6:30)

9 - District Track Meet (WHS - 2:00)

14 - School Site Council Meeting #5 (3:30, Rm 28)

15 - 3rd Grade Park Day

16 - Kindergarten Park Day

19 - 1st Grade Park Day

20 - 2nd and 4th Grade Park Days

21 - 5th Grade Park Day

22 - 5th Grade Culmination (9:15 - 10:00)

22 - Last Day of School, Achievement Reports *11:50 am dismissal for all"