Thank you to Mrs. Ballasch for organizing the STEM Exhibition this past Friday! It was great to see the results of the experiments and engage in scientific dialogue with the scientists. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped to judge each of the exhibits.
This week we will begin midyear Math MAP testing. We decided to test Math prior to the holiday break and resume in January with the Reading portion of MAP. All students K-8 will be assessed in the area of Math. Teachers will use this data to evaluate how instruction and comprehension of the content area are connecting thus far. Based on the student's growth, staff will adjust instruction accordingly to ensure students are meeting their individual targeted growth goals by the end of the school year. Each student has a growth goal established at the beginning of the school year. If you are unsure of what your child's goal is, please be sure to reach out to your child's teacher. Please know that while this test is an important midyear assessment, we want our students to continue their daily classroom routines as much as possible. Students will sit for one test during the school day. We have a tentative schedule for Math Map testing.
While teachers have already begun to converse with the students about great test-taking strategies and preparation, it is important to reiterate at home. Here are some tips to help students have a positive test experience:
- Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast. Teachers report that students who don't do well on tests haven't gotten enough sleep, and haven't eaten breakfast on the morning of the test. Doing both of these things will ensure that your child is working at full capacity (Narang, 2008). We have free breakfast available daily. Upon entry into the building, students are encouraged to take a breakfast.
- Make sure your child is prepared. We provide everything your child may need to sit for the assessment. If your child is absent due to illness, please contact your teacher. A makeup date will be scheduled.
- Remain positive. Staying calm will help your child stay calm. If they tend to get nervous about the test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, help them practice some relaxation techniques. Ask your child about Calm Classroom and the techniques that they learn in school.
- Keep your cool. While standardized tests have importance, they are just one measure of student learning, so try to keep the process in perspective. If you remain calm, chances are your child will probably feel calmer too.
Please join us this Tuesday at our LSC meeting to hear about our Dyson Grant and Google Hangout. And don't forget our first semester art show this Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Looking forward to a great week!