Elementary School Principal's Page
September 9, 2011
I hope that you enjoyed the long weekend last week! We are finally beginning to enjoy fall weather after such a long stretch of heat. It's been nice to sleep with my windows open at home again.
We have been busy at school with learning, fire drills, intruder drills, tornado drills, bus evacuation drills, DiscoveryEd testing in math and communication arts, Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments, a visit from some local 'street artists,' the arrival of our new baby chicks today, and much, much more!
The DiscoveryEd testing is our benchmarking assessment tool that we use to help us determine in a broader scope, what areas we need to better provide instruction for our students. This assessment is wonderful tool that is predictor of how our students will perform on the MAP test in the spring. This year, our students will take the test three times (this week, the week of Dec. 4th, and again in early February). The test we took this week is an assessment of pre-requisite skills for the current year and does not act as a predictor for the MAP test like the other two assessments. Your child's teacher will be able to answer any questions you have regarding this assessment and how your child performed. They will share any information on the assessments with you at Parent Teacher Conferences on Oct. 25th and 27th.
Here are a few reminders of upcoming dates/events:
September 28th - Parent Brown Bag Lunch 12:00-12:30pm (Parents can bring their lunch or order a school lunch and meet with me informally to discuss school or home---very casual.)
September 30th – NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day) Our teachers will have the opportunity to have the Spelling expert Richard Gentry here to discuss our work in this area