Hi parents and students!!
I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing long weekend!
Our “Big Head” Campaign kickoff is Friday the 7th. Please check the Ford Foundation’s web page to make your tax-deductible donation.
Funds will be utilized to update the Computer Lab with functional seating and laptops, provide professional development opportunities for our teachers, and continue funding Ford’s Advanced STEM curriculum including Project Based Learning in all grades.
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Each year teachers get back 10% of what their class raises.
3rd graders will take the COGAT Wednesday-Friday of this week and the IOWA September 13-18. Please review the following information from Mrs. Kappel regarding testing for the next two weeks.
Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test Information
September 5-September 7
1st and 3rd grade CogAT assessment dates
September 13- September 18
3rd and 5th grade IOWA assessment dates
About the Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test
The Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. The Cognitive Abilities Test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in three areas that closely relate to success in school; verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning. The Iowa Assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
The tests help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.
Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help students understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.
For most tests, students read the questions and mark their answers by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice, and the tests last about 10 to 35 minutes.
How your child can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help
A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do his or her best by considering these tips:
Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days.
Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day
Remind your child that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned.
Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.
Remind your child to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing.
Encourage your child to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.
Score reporting and how we use test results
The school will receive test scores in about 6-8 weeks and parents will receive an individual student score report for the Iowa Assessments. These scores will indicate how your child performed on the tests compared with students across the nation in the same grade.
Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your child during testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shay Kappel at [email protected].
Math: In math this week, we will work on 1 step and 2 step addition word problems. Students will not have math homework this week due to testing.
Reading: In reading this week, we will continue to focus on character traits, and how a character changes throughout a story.
Writing: Students will continue working on their narratives. The focus this week will be on developing strong and detailed middle paragraphs.
Science: We will continue learning about rocks and soil this week.
9/5 – 9/7: 1st and 3rd grade CogAT assessment dates
9/13 – 9/18: 3rd and 5th grade IOWA assessment dates
9/8: Green Apple Day of Service
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