Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The CPMS "Virtual" Talent Show/Awards Show: Friday, June 12!!!

Tiger Families and Talented Tigers...
The CPMS "Virtual" Talent Show
is scheduled to
PREMIERE
on
Friday, June 12
(following Tiger's Den)

A link to the Show will be sent to all of our Tiger Families


We also decided that this was a great opportunity
to include the Tigers Excellence Awards
during the Big Show!

 
Get ready for an amazing show,
Full of Talented Tiger Pride:)

Monday, June 1, 2020

CPMS Distance Learning Schedule Continues: 6/1 - 6/5/20

Tiger Families:

The CPMS Distance Learning Schedule
continues this week
(6/1 - 6/5/20)
Thanks again for showing that Tiger Pride,
each and every day!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

CPMS Distance Learning Schedule Continues: 6/1 - 6/5/20

Tiger Families:

The CPMS Distance Learning Schedule
continues this week
(6/1 - 6/5/20)
Thanks again for showing that Tiger Pride,
each and every day!!!

Friday, May 29, 2020

The CPMS "Virtual" Talent Show - NEW DATE: Friday, June 12

Tiger Families and Talented Tigers...

The CPMS "Virtual" Talent Show
is now scheduled to
PREMIERE
on
Friday, June 12
(following Tiger's Den)

Get ready for an amazing show,
Full of Talented Tiger Pride:)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Quarter 4 Progress Reports

Hi Tiger Families:

Quarter 4 Progress Reports 
will be E-MAILED this week.
(please contact the office if not received)

Please review with your family
and develop a plan for continued success.
Remember that this is a snapshot
of your student's current performance.

With over 4 weeks left of Quarter 4,
there is still plenty of time for improvement.

Thanks for continuing to support your student's achievement

Monday, May 18, 2020

Quarter 4 Progress Reports

Hi Tiger Families:

Quarter 4 Progress Reports 
will be E-MAILED this week.
(please contact the office if not received)

Please review with your family
and develop a plan for continued success.
Remember that this is a snapshot
of your student's current performance.

With over 4 weeks left of Quarter 4,
there is still plenty of time for improvement.

Thanks for continuing to support your student's achievement

Friday, May 15, 2020

Digital Jigsaw Puzzles

Tiger Families:

Looking for a fun-filled activity for the whole family?

The Smithsonian Libraries created six digital jigsaw puzzles through Jigsaw Explorer that feature a few favorite images from their collection. Play them on their blog or use the links to expand an individual puzzle. Each puzzle is set to contain about 100 pieces, but they are customizable for any skill set. Hit the question mark icon on a puzzle for more information. They’ve tested these with their staff (and kid volunteers!) and hope you enjoy them as much as they did!


All of these images are freely available through their Image Gallery, Digital Library or Biodiversity Heritage Library. Feel free to explore, download other images and maybe make your own boredom buster!
Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

CPMS PTSA Board nominees for 2020-2021

Tiger Families:

Here are the 2020-2021 CPMS-PTSA Board nominees 
for your consideration:

President:  Matina Kleiner
Secretary:  Andrea Musicant
Treasurer:  Michelle Ijomah
VP Ways and Means: Rebecca Brooks
VP Programs: Lisa Cohen
VP Membership:  Lissa Punsalan
Thanks for your continued support 
of our amazing PTSA who, in turn,
supports all of our students and staff at College Prep:)

Go Tigers!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

CPMS PTSA Board nominees for 2020-2021

Tiger Families:

Here are the 2020-2021 CPMS-PTSA Board nominees 
for your consideration:

President:  Matina Kleiner
Secretary:  Andrea Musicant
Treasurer:  Michelle Ijomah
VP Ways and Means: Rebecca Brooks
VP Programs: Lisa Cohen
VP Membership:  Lissa Punsalan
Thanks for your continued support 
of our amazing PTSA who, in turn,
supports all of our students and staff at College Prep:)

Go Tigers!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

California Academy of Sciences Livestreams

EDUCATORS
Join our planetarium from home
Although the museum is temporarily closed, we can still explore the Universe together!
Our Morrison Planetarium regularly streams exciting, can't-miss events on Facebook.
If you are working virtually with students, share the link to an event, instructing them when to tune in for the live presentation in their time zone.
Recordings display afterwards on the Morrison Planetarium Facebook feed.
Blast off to the moon with us!
Moon Explorers
Livestreamed Tuesdays at 9:30 am PT / 12:30 pm ET
Guided by: Mary Holt, Planetarium Programs Specialist
Duration: Approximately 15 minutes
In this interactive presentation, we'll explore our favorite moon shapes in the sky and fly like astronauts to visit them up-close—all from the comfort of our own homes! Come ready with all your burning lunar questions.
Moon Explorers is designed for children five and under, but all ages are welcome.
Saturn as viewed using free OpenSpace software.
Virtual Tour of Outer Space
Livestreamed Wednesdays at 4:30 pm PT / 7:30 pm ET
Guided by: Morrison Planetarium Presenter
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
Wander through our Solar System and beyond in this live presentation that uses a variety of 3D software—some of which you can use in your own home!
This program is designed for ages seven and up—bring your space-themed questions and prepare to blast off!
A telescope points to the night sky.
Night Sky Update
Livestreamed Thursdays at 1:30 pm PT / 4:30 pm ET
Guided by: Bing Quock, Assistant Director of Morrison Planetarium
Duration: Approximately 20 minutes
Join us for a quick glimpse of the current night sky. Which planets are visible? What Moon phase will we see tonight? Which stars can we see, and how does the sky change through the night?
This presentation is targeted towards amateur astronomers ready to get outside and look at the stars, with or without a telescope.
This is a great way to preview the night sky and ask your stargazing questions!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Teacher Appreciation:)

A HUGE Tiger's Roar
to our incredible Students, Families and PTSA
for making this year's Teacher Appreciation Week 
filled with Tiger Pride!!!
We can't thank you enough for the heart-felt emails,
videos and PTSA's thoughtful gift cards.
Your kindness and generosity are truly felt and appreciated
(even virtually:)
Thanks for being part of our College Prep community!!!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Dive into Games & Activities from Monterey Bay Aquarium:)

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Northern anchovies (Engraulis mordax) swimming through the giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in the Kelp Forest exhibit.

Try some remote schooling with our fishes 


Looking for something to entertain and engage your kids (or yourself) while staying at home? Dive into our online resources! From crafts and coloring to guided academic courses, there’s plenty to learn. Discover what we have to offer:
Online and printable games and activities for everyoneHave some fun and learn about ocean animals and their homes. Feeling crafty? Make a sea otter puppet. Anyone can draw a shark with a little practice — learn how. Prefer some quiet distraction? Try our ocean-themed coloring pages.
Guided activities for parents, caregivers and teachers
Many of us are balancing competing demands while still trying to offer children and students a sense of normalcy, as well as support their emotional and academic needs. With this in mind, we’ve created these guided resources for learning at home.
On this webpage you’ll find:
  • Online courses children and teens can take for free
    • Tidepool scientist (Grades PreK–2)
    • Explore like a scientist (Grades 3–6)
    • Extreme sea (Grades 7–12)
  • Daily science activities that you can lead with children at home
  • Links to our curriculum and other recommended resources
Keep checking back! We’ll keep adding to this page as we develop more resources for you.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Getty Artworks Recreated with Household Items

Last week, The Getty Museum issued a playful challenge on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to re-create favorite art using just three objects lying around home. And wow, did they get quite a response! Thousands and thousands of re-creations later, they are in awe of participants creative powers and sense of humor.



Click HERE for a roundup of just a few of the thousands of ingenious and hilarious re-creations of art from Getty—and other world collections— shared with a grateful Internet this past week. If you haven’t done the challenge yet, The Getty Museum hopes they provide some inspiration for your own creation! For some specific how-to’s to do a great re-creation, jump to our tips the bottom of the post.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

OverDrive.com - Enjoy Ebooks and Audiobooks for Free

Tiger Familes:

You can now access ebooks and audiobooks
through your local library for FREE

The OverDrive website includes Libby,
a free app for your phone or tablet,
that allows families to borrow and read
FREE ebooks, audiobooks and magazines
from your local library.
Enjoy!!!:)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

At Home Resources for Kids and Families

Tiger Families:

Check out this running List of Resources 
from around the internet for kids and families 
to help make the time at home 
a little more fun and educational for us all.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Free Live Cams, Virtual Field Trips and Read-Alongs!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Virtual Field Trips

Tiger Families:

Looking for something to do with your student?  

Check out the list of over 30 Virtual Field Trips.  
The best part is that you can attend, 
right from your home and they are all free!



Enjoy and Safe Travels!:)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Family Friendly Alexa Games


How to Fight Cabin Fever With Family-Friendly Alexa Games
Photo: Jennifer Pattison Tuohy

How to Fight Cabin Fever With Family-Friendly Alexa Games





Amazon’s Alexa happens to have dozens of voice-based games built in (many of them really good; some not so much), and so it is a terrific tool for keeping the kids entertained without resorting to more screen time. To launch one of these games, just ask Alexa to open or play them by name (no need to install a Skill, as you did in the past).
Alexa as Game Master
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start your Alexa game-playing adventure:
Most games require you to enable a Skill (like an app for Alexa), which you add via voice or by searching through the Skills section in the Alexa app. Many games have in-Skill purchases as upgrades (although all the ones we tested offer some level of free gameplay), so disable voice purchasing before setting your kids loose.
All Alexa Skills are rated to help you find appropriate content. The ratings are All Ages, Guidance Suggested, and Mature; the latter two are indicated on the Skills page (if there’s no rating shown, it’s All Ages). 
Guidance Suggested is akin to PG, and in some cases it’s rated that way because account linking is required, not because something has objectionable content. All of the Skills we tested are All Ages or Guidance Suggested, except for one Mature in the Tween/Teens section. If you want to make sure your child doesn’t stumble across anything inappropriate, enable FreeTime, Amazon’s free parental controls, to limit the types of games they can play by age.
If you don’t have an Echo smart speaker yet, check out our guide to the best Alexa speaker. These game Skills will work on any Alexa-enabled device, but those with a screen add visual clues and context to some games.

Good for families

These Skills are all multiplayer, making them especially great for creating family fun with school-age children and older. If you need to take the adult out of the equation, these are fun for just the kids, too, and can also be played solo. (Another slightly more involved option is to try out some board games that work with Alexa—here’s a list of some of our favorites). For family games for younger kids, check out the next section.
You get a small snippet of a popular song and points for guessing the title and/or artist. You play with up to four players and choose music from every decade since the 1960s, making it a good fit for nearly all ages. Fair warning, this one may quickly turn into a dance party!

Either Or For Family (formerly Would You Rather for Family)
With this Would You Rather–style game, you choose from three categories for free and find out how many people agree with your choices when faced with bizarre situations. Family hilarity is guaranteed.

This is a Jeopardy-like guessing game where every answer is prefaced with “Alexa, you’re ... .” It’s fast-paced and exciting, with lots of questions categories to choose from, including animals and movies. Plus, you can play with up to six people.

Based on the original—and still the best—trivia board game, this is a step above most of the other game Skills out there. But you’ll want to pay the $4 for better question packs, since the 2000s pack you get for free is just inane. This is also one of the few games you can use Echo Buttons (battery-powered LED buzzers that have sadly been discontinued) with, so you feel like you’re in a real game show.

Younger kids (under 5)

One of Alexa’s greatest Skills is that it can interact with your child to keep game time going without the need for direct adult supervision. These simple games will keep the younger ones entertained for a little while. And if they blast through them too quickly, have them say “Alexa I’m bored ...” and the AI will come up with some more suggestions.
This is a game and an energy burner in one. Alexa names an animal, provides some fun facts about it, and then prompts kids to dance around mimicking it—from a penguin waddle and a kangaroo jump to an elephant stomp (hide the breakables!).

Another get-up-and-move option that’s good for all ages, this elimination game is a riff on the old party favorite where you dance until the music stops, and the last one to freeze their beat loses.

This game is ideal for when everyone just needs to relax, concentrate on breathing and listening, and zen out. The “winner” is the last person still able to hear the focus gong sound as it fades away.

Send your tots off to hide somewhere in the room, and Alexa tries to guess where they are. “Are you behind the curtain?” “Are you under the bed?” You can pick how many times Alexa tries, and if it doesn’t get it right, you win. One for the youngest Hide and Seek fans in the family.

This is a simple math game disguised as pretend play. The idea is to get your kids’ entrepreneurial juices flowing by running a virtual lemonade stand. Alexa tells you the weather, and the kids guess how many cups they’ll need to sell and for how much—get it wrong and everything goes sour.

School age (under 10)

Play Ellen DeGeneres’s cranial game, with Alexa providing the clues for you to guess who you are in categories such as superstars, movies, and fictional characters (you can purchase more packs).

This slimmed-down version of the popular game show can be played only once a day for free (the full game costs $3), but for this money-motivated age group, it’s a real winner, even if you don’t actually get to keep the $1 million.

Based on Nickelodeon’s game show, this is a riot for your school-age kids (and adults) to face off against one another. You can play with teams and tackle grade-level topics in arts, astronomy, science, vocabulary, and math.

When those inevitable meltdowns arrive, call on Judge Lexy as an objective third party to randomly settle sibling squabbles and dole out some fun “punishments” for the guilty (although the “wrap yourself in toilet paper” one may need some modification for current conditions).

Teens/tweens

This deeply involved, interactive audio adventure requires patience, concentration, and time. With real voice actors, you play as one of five characters from the original RPG game, making decisions and using your voice to advance the story.

Run your own kingdom with this choice-based game. Your servant posits scenarios for you, and each decision has consequences, leading to either utter ruin or lots of money and power. Humorous, a bit bloody (rated Mature for some adult themes), and somewhat historically accurate, this game is engaging enough for even easily bored teenagers.

An exploration puzzler, play this one as a thief, an adventurer, or a noble to uncover the secret of a cursed painting hidden in a castle and stop an undead plague. This game has full, movie-like audio that really draws you in. And even though it’s just a sample right now (the full, premium game is coming soon), there’s enough free entertainment here.

You can play this once a day, three questions each time, and the questions are actually rich snippets from the official audiobooks, making this a mini story time for Potterheads.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

College Prep Updates and Resources

Greetings Tiger Families!

We continue to work on providing you with updates as more information becomes available to us on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

Please make sure to check the following websites for updated information and resources:

College Prep Website:  www.MyCPMS.net

College Prep Blog:  http://mycpms.blogspot.com/

If you havent already, please subscribe to the blog: 

Teacher Calendars/Websites:  https://www.mycpms.net/teacher-websites


San Diego County Office of Ed (SDCOE):  https://www.sdcoe.net/Pages/Home.aspx

California Dept of Ed (CDE):  https://www.cde.ca.gov/

We wish all of our Tiger Community well and thank you for continuing to be an important partner in your students education!  Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.

With Tiger Pride,
College Prep

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Tiger Families:

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!

New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.  Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Online Read Alouds & Activities with Your Favorite Children's Authors

Tiger Families:

Many favorite authors are offering online read alouds 
and activities on social media.  


This free website rounded up over 50 of the 
best virtual author activities for kids of all ages!

Happy Reading, Tigers:)