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.




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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.


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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Spangler's Parent University Coming Soon

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Spangler Spartans United Against Bullying

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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.

Halloween Parade, October 31st 9:00 a.m.

Halloween Parade, October 31st 9:00 a.m.

Congratulations to Spangler's October PeaceBuilders of the Month

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Kindergarten PeaceBuilders of the Month

Ricky Nguyen is a PeaceBuilder because he remembers to use his PeaceBuilder power words when he is working with other students.Ximena Gutierrez is a PeaceBuilder because she always has kind and encouraging words for others. 

Lavaeh Marucut helps others and demonstrates positive behavior in the classroom and on the playground.

Riley Tuet praises others and helps his classmates

Marley Zodiacal goes out of her way to include others in activities.

Ethan Beddawi for being polite and using his PeaceBuilder power words.

Dominic Valdovinas is a peacebuilder who cooperates with his classmates, and uses peacebuilder power words.

Nicole Zhuk Demonstrates PeaceBuilder attributes regularly.


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First Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Mihika Iyer is a PeaceBuilder because she reminds her classmates to be kind to one another. On the first day of school, Mihika said, "Be kind to everyone, no matter what." She reminds us to treat others with respect, even if they hurt us or do mean things.

Brian Nguyen is a PeaceBuilder who chooses to do the right thing. He makes wise decisions about how he should act with friends and in class.

U'ilani Malate Wells is a PeaceBuilder who is willing to help her classmates. She goes out of her way to help other students feel included. U'ilani does a great job at helping others right their wrongs and give up put downs. 

Kennedy Sauao is a helpful student who always does her best to be kind and respectful.

Ranveer Singh is a PeaceBuilder because he has a positive attitude in class. He also praises his classmates and is polite. 

Layla Fernando and Zaed Shahid are willing to help their classmates and use kind words. 


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Second Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Keerat Thind is a hard working student who put a lot of effort into his work.

Kennedy Sauao demonstrates the PeaceBuilder's Pledge by helping others and seeking Wise People. 

Alyssa Rupisan is a good friend to others and a hardworking student!

Ameerah Quereshi consistently follows the PeaceBuilder principles. Whenever she is unsure of an issue or situation she looks for a wise person for help.

Lance Ebalobor is very happy when his peers accomplish something. He high fives his peers when they succeed.

Lorenzo Garcia is a PeaceBuilder because he consistently praises people and uses the PeaceBuilder power words any chance that he gets. He has a positive attitude and an inquisitive mind. He leads by example and encourages other students to work hard, try their best, and persevere.

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Third Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Alex Nguyen finds the good in others. He is patient and a very hard worker. Alex has a strong growth mindset.

Johmil Ferrer uses kind words, no put-downs.

Aiden Quiroz has been a help to his teacher and classmates. He praises others regularly.

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Fourth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Koko Ble helps others and works to praise her classmates.

Brandon Nguyen seeks wise people and makes good choices.

Miguel Garcia takes the initiative to right his wrongs. He is also helpful and polite.

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 Fifth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month


Izabella Hale Carillo goes out of her way to say positive statements to others. She is not a bystander to bullying and stands up when she sees or hears it.

Abigail Villalobos is kind and willing to help others. She sets high expectations for herself and for others. I believe she deserves for Peace Builder award for her constant desire to set goals and achieve them while also "thinking win win" to assist others in and out of class.

Tommy Hoang is helpful to his teacher and classmates. He will ask politely if he sees someone needs help and notices when someone needs a kind word.

Daniel Lloyd praises others. He looks out for behaviors that deserve praise such as working with others or making progress in understanding a concept.

Sydney Thornton rights her wrongs. She has made herself aware of what it means to be a PeaceBuilder by being kind to others and praising people but one thing I have seen her work towards is noticing her mistakes and fixing them. I am impressed with her desire to be her very best this year.

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Sixth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Amy Nguyen is willing to help and pay compliments to others. She is very good at putting others up!

Edward Ieong is a respectful student and is a role model to his peers. He is always kind and is willing to help others without needing to ask him.

Joseph Gomez works to be a positive PeaceBuilder at school everyday.

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

October PeaceBuilders Focus: Seek Wise People

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PeaceBuilders October Focus

Seek Wise People


When students learn to seek wise people, they do better in life. Students who are born into difficult life circumstances do better in school and in relationships if they actively seek out wise people. They are also much less likely to engage in destructive behavior toward themselves or others. Wise people touch the hearts and minds of children. They are able to see beyond a child’s negative behavior, family circumstances or other difficulties. During large-group time, explain to children what a wise person is. Give examples of wise people and explain why they are wise. Have children name a wise person in their life and explain what makes them wise.



To learn more about PeaceBuilders, visit the PeaceBuilder website-

October Book of the Month


This month Spangler Elementary's Book of the Month is The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet. 


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


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:

November 10,  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.

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.