Principal Dunn Update - April 30, 2023
Posted on 04/30/2023

César Chávez Elementary Families,

Warmer weather and Spring events are ongoing in May! With only 28 school days remaining, the staff and students will be finishing up Trimester III with a balance of California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress testing and fun field trips. To learn more about statewide assessments please read below.

asian, american, pacific heritage

During the month of May, CCE recognizes Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Teacher Appreciation and School Lunch Hero Week May 1st – 5th. Walk & Bike to School Day is May 3. There are many opportunities for our school community to celebrate CARES in our community in these next six weeks.

¡Sí se puede!

Sra. Dunn



April Super Lobos

Last Friday, we held our April César CARES assembly to recognize our Super Lobos for demonstrating their CARES. Congratulations to the following students:

1st grade: Briseida Landeros, Mattias Le, Emerson Whitmer, Dylan Birdsall, and Audrey Esseff

2nd grade: Keaton Bettger, Aidan Cienfuegos-Najera, Emma Ramirez, Amia Wood, Ehsan Khorashadi, James Fletcher, Tyler Howard, Keiko Kimura, and Daylen Wendlandt

3rd grade: Cristian Avina Castillo, Ayden Herrera, Sebastian Nino, and Cristian Ndah.

4th grade: Anya Ngo, Lucas Robles, Lily Djifroudi, Adrian Germeshausen, and Maya Pires.

5th grade: Troy Erbacher, James Dunn, Christopher McMillen, Andrea Garcia, Nathan Hunt, Declan Lea, Mateo Boykins, Anna Ferguson, and Samantha Zafra.

6th grade: Kai Ho, Maya Still, Charlie Wade, Gema Medina, Conner Peek, Torbyn Ronning, Luis Reyes, and Makenzie Walsh.

bike swap

10th Annual CCE Bike Swap – over $14,500 raised!

CCE Bike Swap had another record-breaking, successful year bringing in just over $13,000 for SIPAT programs plus another $1,700 for participating schools. Over 350 bikes and bike-related items were sold withing the first two hours. A HUGE thankyou to all the CCE (present and former) families and students that came out to help!


bike for campus supervisor

Safety Measures at CCE

Bicycle purchased for Campus Safety Supervisor

Many thanks to Leigh Harrington and SIPAT for donating a bicycle for our campus safety supervisor who now can navigate around campus during the day on two wheels!

Campus Radios on Order

We thank our CCE School Site Council and SIPAT who approved their budgets this week to move forward with the purchase of 6-8 extra campus radios.

DJUSD Support

Our district has temporarily approved increased hours for our campus supervisors and yard duty to increase supervision during the school day. A proposal to increase Campus Safety Supervisors on all elementary campuses is currently being drafted.

Parent Volunteers

CCE Parents have offered to help our staff with supervision before, during, and after school. If you are interested in helping with supervision, please consider volunteering and calling our office, (530) 757-5490 to let us know which shift you can volunteer for:

  • Arrival 8:10-8:25 a.m.,
  • Recess (1st-3rd) 10:00-10:15 a.m.
  • Recess (4th-6th) 10:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Recess/Lunch (1st-6th) 11:40-1:10p.m.
  • Recess (1st-3rd) 1:30-1:45 p.m.
  • Recess (4th-6th) 2:00-2:15 a.m.
  • Dismissal (1st-3rd) 2:35-3:05 p.m.
  • Dismissal (4th-6th) 3:05-3:30 p.m.

California Statewide Testing

Your child may be taking one or more of the following California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), and Physical Fitness Test assessments.
CAASPP: Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Math

Who takes these tests? Students in grades 3–8 and grade 11.

What is the test format? The Smarter Balanced assessments are computer-based.

Which standards are tested? The California Common Core State Standards.

CAASPP: California Science Test (CAST)

Who takes the test? Students take the CAST in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school, either in grade 10, 11, or 12.

What is the test format? The CAST is computer-based.

Which standards are tested? The California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS).


Who takes the test? Students who have a home language survey that lists a language other than English will take the Initial test, which identifies students as an English learner student or as initially fluent in English. Students who are classified as English learner students will take the Summative ELPAC every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English.

What is the test format? Both the Initial and Summative ELPAC are computer-based.

Which standards are tested? The 2012 California English Language Development Standards.


Arriving and Dismissing Safely Home:School:Home

We strongly encourage all families to discuss and emphasize the importance of traffic safety with your students. We urge all students exercise caution, be vigilant, and prioritize safety as we head to the finish line of a great school year.

  • We respectfully ask that all students who walk, bike, or are driven to school, do not arrive at CCE before 8:10 a.m. There is no campus supervision before 8:10 a.m.
  • Remind your student to always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Helmets can greatly reduce the risk of severe head injuries in the event of a fall or collision. It's also a good idea to ensure that their bike is in good working order and has working lights and reflectors. California law states that everyone under 18 years old is required to wear a helmet.
  • When walking or biking, it's important to follow traffic laws and signals. Make sure your student knows to always stop at stop signs, follow traffic signals, and to look both ways before crossing the street. Encourage them to use crosswalks and to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. It is not only a matter of compliance, but also a point of success for our community to ensure that everyone, including bicyclists, follows the rules of the road.
  • For drivers, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers, so be sure to treat them with respect. Drivers and bicyclists always use turn signals and hand signals. Drivers give plenty of room when passing a bicyclist on the road and remember, when making a right turn you need to position your vehicle as close as practicable to the right curb. Avoid illegal u-turns. California State law allows you to make a u-turn on a residential street, if no vehicles are approaching within 200 feet. U-turns are not permitted in business districts, like downtown Davis. Be patient and do not attempt to pass cars that are in line to drop off students at school.

School Site Council Seeks Interested Candidates for 2023-25 Year

Please provide a written description here of why you would like to serve on the Site Council (200-word count please). Please submit your application by completing this form. Submissions due Monday, May 15. Applicant announcements and ballots with applicant statements will be distributed to families on Tuesday, May 16. Voting will close on Tuesday, May 23, and elected members announced on Wednesday, May 24.

Important Dates & Events

Mon.-Fri., May 1-5
– Principal, School Lunch Heroes, and Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 1 – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month

Saturday, May 6 – CCE Fiesta, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10
– CCE Blood Drive, MPR Music Room, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23 – CCE Orchestra Concert w/ Mariachi Puente, MPR, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 30 – 4th grade Book Challenge, 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 1 – 5th & 6th grade Book Challenge, 9:00 a.m.

Friday, June 2 – CARES Sock Hop, 1:15-1:45p (1st-3rd), 2:00-2:30p (4th-6th)

Tuesday, June 6 – CCE CARES Field Day, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 7 – CARES Event: Dunk Tank, 1:00