Friday, May 2, 2014

Highlight of the Week
Students’ Demonstrate Their Knowledge
This week teachers worked as grade level teams to identify students’ prior knowledge about writing an opinion/argument.  As you recall, students at all grade levels will begin this genre study using Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study in May.  Teacher teams used Calkins’ grade level rubrics to identify students’ individual strengths and needs.  Teachers will use this information to set goals for each child and adjust their instruction accordingly.  Some students have already begun this unit.  First graders are writing about which item in a favored collection is the best.  Students are writing, for example, which doll, action figure or rock stands out above the rest.  I look forward to highlighting students’ writing in the coming weeks!

Gold Rush has Talent!
Students previewed Golden Ticket Theatre’s production of The Little Mermaid that will be performed throughout the weekend.  I am so impressed with our students’ ability to sing, dance and act!  We hope you are able to attend one of the following shows at Gold Rush this weekend:  Friday @ 6:30 or Saturday @ 1:30 & 6:30.

MAP Reading & Math Assessments
All students took the Measures of Academic Achievement, or M.A.P., assessment in reading and math this past fall.  We will begin administering this assessment again next week in the area of reading and the following week in the area of math.  The purpose of administering this assessment a second time is to examine students’ growth in both areas.  Please see classroom teachers’ communication for your child’s specific testing day/time.  

Mark Your Calendar
May 9 – Talent Show @ 7:00PM
May 29 – Field Day: Grades 2-5
June 3 - Field Day: Grades K & 1
June 5- Last Day of School

June 30th – Last Day to Access Students’ Grades via Parent Portal