Colonial Day and Open House on May 25th

Healthy Kids Survey
On Monday, May 23rd, 5th grade students will be taking an online Healthy Kids Survey.  Please make sure that your child returns their permission slip on Monday so they can participate.

May 25th-Colonial Day and Open House at 6:00-7:00
Colonial Day is Wednesday, May 25th.  Students will dress up for the day and participate in colonial activities.  It has been so fun to hear about the costumes they are putting together at home.

In the early evening, we will continue our Colonial celebration during our Open House at 6:00-7:00. Come visit and  play some colonial games, learn a colonial dance, and press apples and try your hand at calligraphy.

5th Grade Math Placement Test on May 24th
Letter from the District Regarding Math Placement Test for Middle Scho0l

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As the current school year comes to a close, master schedule teams are diligently preparing for student placement in mathematics courses for the 2016-2017 school year. Students currently in 5th, 6th and 8th grade will take a Math Readiness Assessment for use as one of the points of information to assist in course placement for the 2016-2017 instructional year. The purpose of this letter is to describe the placement process for mathematics.

In 2014 the District began full implementation of the Common Core State Standards that required a shift in how mathematics instruction was implemented. In 2015 input was gathered through site conversations, cluster level and department conversations, and collaboration with a respected mathematics consultant to strategize next steps and improve the math placement process. As a result of the work in 2015 the district revised the math pathways, identified multiple measures that a site could use to determine student course placement, and created Math Readiness Assessments that would align with Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and district assessment practices. The procedures and criteria put in place in 2015 provided useful guidelines for all schools and the procedures will continue for 2016-17 with only one modification—the addition of a Readiness Assessment for Advanced Integrated Math II. This additional assessment is required to bring the district math placement procedures into compliance with SB359 which requires assessments for all students entering 9th grade math.

2016-2017 Criteria for Math Placement
The District has identified four (4) measures as indicators for sites to utilize as they plan for student course placement:
  Math Readiness Assessments
  Math Grades
o Elementary Student Progress Report Card Data will be used for elementary students
o First and Second semester grade data will be used for secondary students
  SBAC Assessment Results (if available)
  Teacher Recommendation (as requested by administrators)

Math Readiness Assessments
Three (3) separate Math Readiness Assessments will be administered:
• Accelerated Math 6 –  administered to all 5th graders entering Grade 6
• Accelerated Math 7 –  administered to all 6th graders entering Grade 7
• Advanced Integrated Math I –  administered to all 8th graders enrolled in Common Core 8

The District made a decision not to develop a Math Readiness Assessment for current 7th grade students entering Grade 8 in order to avoid critical gaps in mathematical understanding and content standards.  Students currently enrolled in Accelerated Math 7 will be placed in Advanced Integrated Math I.  Opportunities for acceleration are available upon matriculation to high school.

The Math Readiness Assessment Window
  Traditional schools – administered by May 23, 2016 – June 3, 2016
  Year-round schools – administered between June 27, 2016 and July 8, 2016

For additional information or questions please contact your child’s middle school office.

Upcoming Special Dates:
Minimum Days:  May 25th, May 26th
Colonial Day: May 25th
Open House: May 25th 6:00-7:00
No School for Kids on May 27th
Memorial Holiday May 30th

Music Concert:  June 2nd
Awards Ceremony: June 3rd
Fair Fieldtrip: June 17th

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