Anthony Spangler Elementary School Home

140 N. Abbott Ave
Milpitas, CA 95035
P: (408) 635-2870
F: (408) 635-2875



Ms. Catherine Waslif



Ms. Katelin McClure


MUSD Staff Links

School Safety

School safety is our number one priority at Anthony Spangler Elementary. We urge you to support our priority of student and traffic safety around our school by following these safety tips:


  • Use the approved drop-off/pick up area or park your car on a side street and walk your child in.

  • Let your child out of the car on the curbside, right hand side, not the left hand side.

  • Drive slowly around Spangler Elementary School while children are present.

  • Drivers MUST yield to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk.  The minimum fine for this type of violation is $200.

  • Pedestrians must use marked crosswalks to cross the street.  

  • Drop off your child at a location where he/she does not have to cross the street.

  • Do not leave your car unattended in the drop off /pick up zone.

  • Be courteous to your fellow parents and residents.

  • Remain alert and encourage others to follow these safe driving tips.


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Thank you in advance for your help with improving the safety of our school.




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Internet Safety

For Digital Citizenship information such as cyberbullying, protecting your child's reputation, online etiquette, research skills, and plagiarism please access our MUSD Digital Citizenship page located in the Parent Resources section. Updates and additional information will be made available regularly.

Science Camp

Sixth grade families,

Your child will be attending Exploring New Horizons Outdoor School at Loma Mar during the week of Feb 13-Feb 17th. A medical form is required in order for your child to attend. Please click on the link below and complete the form by Wednesday October 26th!

Medication Form

When you enter the page, you will be prompted to enter your name, your child's name, and your email address. Once that information is submitted, then you can begin the medical form. You can save progress if you need to step away from the form and come back to it later.

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Spangler December Events

Spangler Families,

Please join us for our December events listed below. Times are available on our website calendar. We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with you!


12/2                       Intermediate Awards Assembly 

12/5                       Scholastic Book Fair                                       

12/8                       Intermediate Parent University                        

12/9                       ODS Awards   @ 9:00                                                 

12/14                     Winter Concert at MHS @ 6:30

12/15                     Evening Chorus Performance  @ 7:00                                   

12/15                     Primary & Intermediate Chorus Assemblies                                                                             

Last Day before Break

12/16                     Minimum Day Early Release 

12/16                     Minimum Day Movie Day (Finding Dory)

Winter Holiday 12/19-1/2

Parent University 16/17

Holiday Food Drive

Holiday Food Drive

Digital Citizenship

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To be a good digital citizen our students must understand how the internet works and how to behave in a courteous manner towards others. This includes refraining from being hurtful to others, respecting others digital property, creating appropriate content and sharing knowledge to help others. 

Please take some time to talk with your child about what it means to be a responsible digital user. We often do not realize what our children are posting and how they are portraying themselves online. Please take time to have your child show you their social media sites. Ask to see their cellphones.  Go through their apps. Find out what they are putting out there for everyone to see. If the image your child is presenting is one that is inappropriate, it can  have negative future consequences.


The resources listed below are to helpful when teaching your child about internet safety.

  1. Common Sense Media Common Sense Media is the GO TO resource for digital literacy and digital citizenship.  This particular page is all about internet safety and it’s all broken down by age group.
  2. PBS Parents Find tips and strategies for raising children in a digital age.  Broken down by age and milestone, this site has plenty of teaching and learning resources for home and the classroom.
  3. SafeKids  A blog with helpful tips and resources. 
  4. CyberWise With a motto “No Parent Left Behind” this site is geared towards parents looking to educate themselves in digital literacy.  Many tools, articles, and resources for teacher and parent education.

December Book of the Month, A Child's Calendar by John Updike

The idea behind a school-wide Book of the Month is that each month every Spangler student has the opportunity to read a common text, and engage in learning, thinking, and responding to that shared text.


When all students and adults in a school share a common experience around literature, it helps to not only unify and create a literacy learning community, but to provide a shared experience for all students while emphasizing the behaviors and habits of mind schools want students to emulate. A Child’s Calendar  by John Updike is our December Book of the Month.


Right Wrongs: Spangler's PeaceBuilder Focus of the Month



As a PeaceBuilder's site when Spangler students use inappropriate behavior or make someone feel bad, they should learn to accept the consequences. All students need to learn this skill and the perfect time to begin is when they are young. It is important to show students how to apologize for their behavior or do something to right the hurt they have caused. This can be done by modeling and practicing the activities in this section. Let them know that by righting their wrongs, they can prevent the situation from becoming worse.


Continue your discussion about why we right wrongs (it reduces resentment, decreases hostility and anger, teaches appropriate alternative behaviors).


Activities and Exercises:


  • Role-play how to sincerely apologize for hurting behaviors.

  • Ensure that students use Peace Treaties** to right their wrongs.

  • Create an “Amends Poster” that lists ways to right wrongs.

  • Allow students who have committed a wrong to choose an “amend” from the poster.

  • Discuss historical wrongs that have been righted.


Congratulations to Spangler's November PeaceBuilders of the Month

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Kindergarten PeaceBuilders of the Month

Navika Deepak uses kind words and seeks wise people.

Angel Nguyen for thinking of others and getting along with her peers.

Danya Jang is a PeaceBuilder because she is always willing to help others and she always uses kind words.

Maddox Rumford is a PeaceBuilder for using power words and helping others to build peace.

Shaun Bamberger is a PeaceBuilder because he is a polite student who is friendly and kind to others.

Khang Truong  is a PeaceBuilder for using his power words to help others.


First Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

AJ Lagpacan is a PeaceBuilder because he is always kind to his classmates, reminds them to follow the rules and helps others without being asked. 
Kaylin Beddawi is a PeaceBuilder because she remembers to use PeaceBuilder power words and chooses to forgive others rather than getting upset when something goes wrong. 

Ricky Rangel is a PeaceBuilder because he knows right from wrong and makes good choices. He knows who the wise people are in his life and is able to seek them when a conflict arises. 

Charandeep Killammsetti s a PeaceBuilder because he notices his hurts he has caused and tries to right his wrongs with his classmates. In class he always tries to help his partners with they need it.

Kaylie Yip is a PeaceBuilder because since the first day of school, she has always been a great helper to her classmates. On the playground she consistently shares the playground equipment.

Emily Anoop is a PeaceBuilder because she embodies kindness in her actions and words with her classmates and peers. She knows when to seek a wise person and when to use her power words.


Second Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Husain Saifee is a hard worker and a great helper to his classmates.

Aishna Joshi goes and seeks a wise person when she needs one.

Manzi Mandal is very polite to her peers and listens to their ideas.

Josiah Vasquez is a PeaceBuilder because he goes out of his way to help and take care of others. He reminds the class that we have to take care of each other, and that means taking care of the teacher, too! It goes both ways, and children can take care of

Juan Baez has a positive attitude and often praises others in class for their careful work.

Christian Yip is helpful and responsible. He follows class rules and uses power words with other students.adults, too! He is kind to everyone and reminds them of the golden rule, to treat others the way you want to be treated.

Anthony Riddley always knows to seek a wise person when someone is not being a PeaceBuilder.

Andy Hernandez is great at seeking a wise person when he's having difficulties with another great at seeking a wise person when he's having difficulties with another student.

Maya Coriell is a PeaceBuilder because she is extremely thoughtful and she always looks for ways to help others. She is very kind to her classmates and works really well with everyone in the class. Maya is also quick to notice if someone else is upset, and will speak up and seek wise people for others to make sure that everyone is treated fairly.

Genivieve Mua notices hurts and rights her wrongs. 


Third Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Alex Cuvreau works hard every day. She is observant, thoughtful and kind. Alex is truly a PeaceBuilder in our classroom community.

Jennifer Le is kind and helpful in class and on the playground is kind and helpful in class and on the playground

Grace Zodiacal embodies the PeaceBuilder traits of determination, problem-solving, and awareness of others. I am so proud of who she is and how she shows up ready to be a part of our classroom community each day.

Emily Hale Carillo is a friendly and kind student who always wants to help those around her. 

Ronald Chou is helpful and kind; he is never too busy to help a fellow student.

Alvin Villanueva is willing to help his teacher and used signals to keep the class focused.



Fourth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Isabelle Plascenia demonstrates a positive PeaceBuilder attitude and helps others.

Andrew Truong shows good PeaceBuilder traits. He praises peoples and seeks wise people when there is a problems. He is very good at righting his wrongs.

Matthew Galigius notices hurts and rights his wrongs-consistently!



Fifth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Varsha Sridhar is a sweet and caring girl who is always quick to help others. She goes out of her way to pay attention to others needs while also taking care of herself. She is a true example of a peace builder.

Jervan Franco is kind and courteous to his classmates and teacher. He helps others readily and respects class time.

Tatiana Popal goes out of her way to help others and she gave up put downs. Almost everything she says is kind and pro-peace!


Sixth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Lyric Sauau leads by example.

Savannah Arnold is very respectful and cares for others. For example, she checks in with her peers to make sure they are all doing fine. Savannah also seeks wise people when there is a problem.

Spangler Family Handbook

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The Spangler Family Handbook 16/17 has been prepared to help you understand important information about Spangler Elementary School.  You will also receive additional information from your teacher and principal throughout the year.  It is important that you carefully read the entire handbook, especially the information regarding uniform policy, and safety on campus. Please keep it to use as a reference throughout the year.   If you have any questions regarding first day procedures or school policies please do not hesitate to call our main office at (408) 635-2870. 

Monthly Parent/Principal Coffee


Spangler's Parent Principal Coffee occurs monthly in our Learning Center (yellow room); all parents and family members are invited to attend.  It is an opportunity for us to meet for an hour (9:00-10:00), and to engage in informal conversations about Spangler.

Information is shared by Ms. Waslif and Ms. McClure regarding upcoming events and activities.  It is also an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas about improving student learning and our school.  The best part about the meeting is getting to know one another and building relationships. 


Please mark your calendars for our monthly coffee's at 9:00 a.m. on the following days:

 January 6, February 10, March 10, April 7, and May 12.

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report

How to Read Your Child’s SBAC Results


Soon you will receive a letter with your child’s results on California’s new state standardized tests. What’s important to focus on and what do these results tell you about your child’s academic progress.

Most Important: Overall Scores

The front of your letter will show your child’s scores in the two main subject areas: English Language Arts and Mathematics. It will look something like this example:



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These test results are not meant to show students’ performance relative to their peers but rather their absolute progress toward the knowledge and skills needed to be ready for college and career. The sample hypothetical report gives the score for “Juan,” a 5th-grader whose 2,508 points for English language arts falls within the lower range of the third level, standard met, but the margin of error also places him in the upper range of the standard nearly met level (see illustration above). 


Achievement Levels:

Standard Exceeded-on track

Standard Met-on track

Standard Nearly Met-almost on track

Standard Not Met-needs additional support to get on track


Characterizing your student's achievement solely in terms of falling in one of four categories is an oversimplification. Achievement levels should serve only as a starting point for discussion about the performance of students and of groups of students.There are other measures that students, teachers, and parents can also use to help evaluate the academic progress of students and schools, such as scale scores, growth models, and portfolios of student work.


If you have questions about your child's performance, we are available to meet with you and discuss. Don't hesitate to stop by our office anytime to make an appointment, or email



For more information on understanding your child's score report, please watch this video below:



Spangler PTA launches Konstella to connect with our parent community


Here are just some of the ways Konstella will change the face of communication for Spangler parents:

  • It provides a single location for your child’s/children’s activities, including class announcements, parties, school events, and sign-ups.
  • Your personalized calendar in Konstella automatically includes all upcoming activities and deadlines for your child’s class and Spangler Elementary. 
  • Parents can communicate with other parents about various topics via a message board. If interested in a topic, you can subscribe to a particular thread and respond directly from each email. 
  • Parents can join a Spangler PTA committee or volunteer for a PTA job with just one click.

Register at Konstella to get up-to-date notifications of school events, connect with the PTA, and with other Spangler parents.



The School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is now available. Please click here to view the report.

Student Online Access


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Classroom Sites

Spangler Elementary is a Uniform School

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General  Uniform Guidelines 


Shirts - Polos, Turtlenecks and Sweatshirts

  • All shirts are a solid color (white, forest green, navy blue or burgundy)

  • Spangler t-shirts and sweatshirts may be worn daily


  • Pants should be fitted or one size larger at the waist for growth only-NO SAGGING

  • Pants can be cargo or any other style (khaki, blue, or black)

  • Jeans on Fridays only

Shoes & Belts

  • Shoes must be closed-toe and heel.

  • No slippers or open-toed sandals should be worn to school.

  • Belts must be worn in belt loops, and may not hang down.

  • No chains of any kind are allowed.


Hats & Accessories

  • Hats of any kind are not allowed in any indoor area, including all classrooms.

  • Jewelry worn must be appropriate and not excessive such as extra long necklaces and chains.

Spangler Wristbands on Sale Now

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After the Bell at Spangler

Registration for ATB is quick and easy.  Spangler families can either register online or in-person at the Milpitas Sports Center (1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.).  My staff should be dropping off ATB brochures to the Spangler office this week. For specific questions, please visit the ATB website to register and for additional information.