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.  Please follow 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.


Student Attendance


Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success. Absence from school is often the greatest single cause of declining performance and achievement; however, we do understand when students are ill they must stay home. Please remember to call the Attendance Line at (408) 635-2870 when your child will be absent.Attendance-Logo-400.png

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.


For more information about 6th grade Science camp, please attend our parent information meeting on Wednesday October 12th from 6-7pm! We will have a coordinator from Exploring New Horizons to give you an overview of science camp and answer any questions you may have! If you do not have access to the internet, please fill out the paper medical form and bring it with you on the 12th! We will have computers available for you to use to fill out the forms online.

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Congratulations to Spangler's PeaceBuilders of the Month

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Kindergarten PeaceBuilders of the Month

Aaron Guzman helps others around him and is mindful to use the PeaceBuiilder Power words daily.

Ivan Munoz does a good job praising others by remembering to say please and thank you. 

Issac Wan gets along with his classmates and praises them regularly. 



 First Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month



Neil Prabhu has a positive attitude and has been doing a great job at giving meaningful praises to his classmates.

Angel Cardenas is a Peace Builder because he is kind to his classmates, friends and teacher. He is extremely respectful and tries really hard to use the Peace Builder power words when communicating with his classmates. Angel looks for the good in others and is very appreciative when others offer to help him. He likes to praise his classmates for doing good, helping him, and being kind.

Sophia Bevington is a PeaceBuilder because she says kind words to students who are discouraged. She notices the students who take longer than others to finish their work and tells them things like "You can do it!" or "Don't give up!"

Eshal Turabi is a PeaceBuilder because she is extremely thoughtful of others and looks for ways to help her classmates feel happy. She uses PeaceBuilder power words regularly and she is polite daily. Eshal praises her classmates and her family members. She looks for the good in others. 

Naima Asif is a PeaceBuilder because she notices and highlights little things about her classmates that other people don't usually see. For example, she praises people for picking up trash, thanks people for holding the door for her, and remembers to use PeaceBuilder power words.


Second Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

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Brody Vogel is kind to others and seeks wise people.

Fatima Almamori  is a PeaceBuilder because she notices when students do good deeds for others or for the school and she is very thoughtful in her choice of words when praising others. She also notices when things are hard for others, and she encourages them to keep trying and to never give up.  

Hadassah Lavea notices other students' successes and offers them praise for their efforts.

Ariel Tempora happily does her classwork and tries hard to follow the PeaceBuilder ways.


Third Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

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Hailey Crews has a permanent smile on her face. She is kind, polite and praises her classmates for their hard work.

Chehak Batra notices others and thoughtfully encourages them. She is gracious and kind in her praise of others' efforts.

Suki Gu is always helping others in and outside of the classroom. She is kind, safe, and responsible spartan at all times.


Fourth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

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Fiona Villanueva always tries her best and encourages others. She works hard and sees the best in others.

Ethan Luong consistently offers to help others and is a positive role model. He demonstrates appropriate work habits and respect towards others.


 Fifth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

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Dean Inguito is willing to help his classmates by taking on extra responsibilities.

Andrew Nguyen praises his classmates and motivates them when they are having a hard time.

Dominique Luzon is kind to her teacher and classmates. She courteously helps when others ask and strives to do well for herself.


Sixth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

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Gabby Rebalde is an excellent role model. She demonstrates leadership in a calm and confident manner.

Teresa Nguyen is aware of others' needs and makes a point to help and praise others for their accomplishments.

Diego Mendez praises his classmates when they do a good job on something, and he is always willing to help his teacher and classmates.

Quac Anh Pham leads by example and has a strong work ethic. 

Spangler Staff Welcomes You to the 2016-2017 School Year

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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. 

We are PeaceBuilders at Spangler

September PeaceBuilders Focus: Give Up Put Downs

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PeaceBuilders September Focus

Give Up Put Downs

Giving up insults of all kinds, including put-downs, helps to create a peaceful site and community. It takes commitment and daily practice from students and adults alike. Adults are powerful role models. As we communicate respectfully with each other and with students, they will learn positive ways of interacting. Begin using the phrase “That’s a put-down” whenever you hear a student say or repeat an insult. This helps them to identify inappropriate words or phrases.


Click here to view Give Up Put Downs lesson plan ideas for Spangler families!


To learn more about PeaceBuilders, visit the PeaceBuilder website-

September Book of the Month

This month Spangler Elementary's Book of the Month is How to Read A Story by Kate Messner. Sharing one story every month helps to unite our Spangler school community.  What better topic to discuss than a children's book shared in class?  Our students discuss it in school with their teachers and classmates and then they can also share their conversations with their families. At Spangler we select a new book every month.  The topics and "gentle messages" are wide and varied.  They may reflect something happening at school, or in current events.   All our books are intended to highlight something special and bring joy to our lives. Recommendations from students, teachers and parents are always welcome. 

Monthly Principal Coffee

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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:

September 9, October 28, November 10, January 6, February 10, March 10, April 7, and May 12.

Spangler T-Shirts On Sale Beginning Friday, August 19

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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 Staff attends Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute


Gina Sainten, Amber Blanco, Oona Cadorin, Lydia Zapata, Katelin McClure, Ann DuBois, Chris Collins, Carmen Lao, Vanessa Lorenzana, Kelly Bing, and Melissa Godner attend Solution Tree Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute this summer. 


Spangler's Mission

We will collaborate to ensure high levels of learning for ALL Spangler Spartans!

Welcome Spangler's new Executive PTA Board

Welcome Spangler's new Executive PTA Board

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.


Spangler Launches SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language)

SEAL is a comprehensive model of language and literacy instruction designed for English Learners. As a preschool through third-grade model, the goal is to develop literacy skills in English, grade-level mastery of the academic curriculum, and high levels of confidence as learners. SEAL develops students with a love of learning. 

You will be hearing more about SEAL from your child's teacher throughout the year, and about ways that you can be involved.   

The Model provides intensive professional development to our TK-1st grade teachers through workshop sessions, coaching, and collaborative reflection. Additionally, the Model supports parents in developing language and literacy of their children at home and in the classroom.  


We are proud to announce that our TK-First grade teachers have successfully completed Module II and are we are well on our way to becoming a SEAL school.


Check our our SEAL videos below featuring  high leverage pedagogical practices (HLPP) in our TK-First grade classrooms.  


Ms. Lao's Transitional Kindergarteners

Mrs. Lorenzana's Kindergarteners

Ms. Bing's First Graders
Ms. Blanco's First Graders


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.

Jamba Friday's at Spangler

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Support Spangler PTA Fundraiser-Get your Community Discount Card!

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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.