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Back-to-School Message from the Principal

August 2016 


Dear Lyle S. Briggs K-8 School Families, 

Within the next several days we will open our school doors to welcome you to the new year.  Together, we will create a year of excellence for our students as we focus on improving student and family engagement, implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Staff at Briggs are committed to provide each and every student with a high quality education that starts with rigorous curriculum, research based teaching strategies, and personal student accountability. We are instructing and developing the whole student… academics, social and emotional learning while providing opportunities for enrichment and extracurricular involvement.   

Parents, we know you want the best for your children, and so do we! We are on the same team. High performing schools have highly effective leaders, teachers, and teams. These schools also excel in family and community engagement. This year, we are going to excel in involving you!   


Attendance is the first step to helping our students achieve success. Students must be present and on time for school in order for them to do their best. It is very important that students are present and on time every day. Instruction for sixth-eighth grades begins at 7:45am; instruction for grades Kindergarten-fifth begins at 8:15am. Students who arrive after their designated start time will be marked tardy. Students have the option of having breakfast at school. The cafeteria opens at 7:15am.  

Tardy Consequences 

2nd tardy              Warning- Tardy Notification sent home

3rd tardy               Lunch duty 

4th tardy               30 minute after school detention 

5th tardy               45 minute after school detention 

6th tardy               1 hour after school detention and parent conference 

7th tardy               Two 1 hour after school detentions 

8th tardy               Consequences determined by Administration  

Grades 7/8: Tardies to class during each trimester: 

4 tardies to a single class- citizenship grade of “N” for that class 

5 or more tardies to a single class- citizenship grade of “U” for that class  

NOTE: Three or more thirty-minute tardies are recorded as truancy 

Please refer to page 8 in our Student/Parent Handbook for details pertaining to dress code 


Parents, you are extremely important in helping us to create and maintain a positive and safe school culture and climate. We must be on the same team in teaching our students to respect each other and all adults in our community. College readiness also requires us to teach our students to have excellent character, skills and behavior.  We are committed to CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT and we want you to partner with us to achieve EXCELLENCE in our school climate and culture. Each month we will focus on a Briggs character theme: 


August- Citizenship 

September- Cooperation 

October- Commitment 

November- Integrity 

December- Compassion 

January- Respect 

February- Confidence 

March- Self-Control 

April- Team-Spirit 

May- Perseverance

June- Greatness 


These characteristics will be implemented using the Second Step Curriculum and teacher discretion. Our student of the month recipients will be selected based on exhibiting the respective character trait.  


Each CVUSD school must have an elected School Site Council (SSC) to represent parents, students, community members, and school staff in the school governance process. The SSC has a number of important responsibilities, including:  

  • Reviewing and analyzing student achievement data,
  • gathering community input,
  • helping develop the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and the school site budget,
  • and monitoring the implementation of the plan and budget.  

We encourage you to attend or SCC meetings. Please refer to our school calendar on our website for dates and times. 


This year, uniforms will not change. We will be reinforcing 100% compliance with our dress code policy as a part of our efforts to continue improving the learning climate and safety of our school.  

  • Monday- Classroom College T-Shirts 
  • Tuesday-Thursday: Collared Shirts/Tops 
  • Friday- Spirit Wear T-Shirts (Briggs, AVID, 100 Mile, Class College, etc.) 

Students may wear a college or military t-shirt on Friday in lieu of Briggs spirit wear. Students who are not participating by wearing a college/military t-shirt on Monday/Friday or a school spirit shirt on Fridays will follow the dress code expectations for Tuesday-Thursday requiring a collared shirt.  

Please refer to pages 19-21 in our Student/Parent Handbook for details pertaining to dress code 

We are excited to have a community of teachers who are committed to sharing best practices and improving their craft. My expectation is that, as a school community, we will always work together in the best interest of our students. I am excited to start the year and look forward to the learning that will take place every day in our school. It is going to be a great year! 



Mrs. Debra Boeve