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April Tiger Times Note

 
 

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“Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted…or forgotten.”

– Garrison Keillor (Excerpts from: “Parents Make a Difference! Vol.25, No.8)

This month, we will begin to administer the Smarter Balanced Assessments to students in grades 3-5. The SBAC Assessments will expose students to Common Core English/ Language Arts questions and Mathematics problems.

Please see our SBAC testing schedule below:

We hope that students will not be absent during the testing period, except for illness, and that they will strive to do their very best.

Here are some ways you can help us from home:

  • Make sure your child arrives to school on time. If he or she is late, your child will not be able to enter the classroom until testing is done for the day. A make-up test will be given at another time by one of the specialists so your child will miss classroom instruction.
  • Make sure your child has a nutritious breakfast. Even toast and a piece of fruit will provide the body and brain energy.
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. Most children need at least 10 hours of sleep each night. Children cannot do their best work when they are tired.
  • Let your child know that you expect him or her to try their very best.

Some children can become so worried about taking a test that they cannot demonstrate what they know. Telling your child not to worry just will not work. Instead, share these tips:

  • Tell your child to remember past tests where he or she did well and remind your child that he or she can do well again!
  • Reassure your child. Let your child know that all you expect is his or her best effort.

If you would like to learn more about the Smarter Balanced assessments, you can log onto: www.smarterbalanced.org.

Class Placements for the 2017 – 2018 School Year

Although the start of the 2017 -2018 school year is several months away, we will begin our class placement process after the April break. This is a very involved process, as we will strive to create balanced classes at each grade level. In addition to balancing the number of boys and girls in a class, we also strive to create academically balanced classes. The goal is to create classes in which each classroom teacher will be able to meet the needs of all learners. This is a very complex process.

As we begin this task, we will keep the following goals foremost in our mind:

  • to consider the needs of all students and to maximize our ability to deliver appropriate instruction in accordance with students’ needs
  • to consider any unique needs that any student might have

The process for assigning children to classes will begin with the current classroom teachers who will meet together by grade level with our reading consultants, math specialist, our social worker, and me.  We will meet again several times to make any changes which we feel will benefit the groupings.  Modifications will be made as necessary, resulting in the final lists.

I would also like to offer parents the opportunity to be a part of this process. While it is impossible for me to accept requests from parents for specific teachers, you may write a letter to me explaining your child’s learning style and the type of learning environment you feel is best for your child.

In past years, some parents/guardians have made requests of current classroom teachers or particular teachers for their children for the next grade.  Please understand that teachers cannot honor these requests; there is no reason to meet with teachers to discuss next year’s placement.

If you, as a parent/guardian, feel that your child has a particular learning need in which we might be unaware, I ask that you inform me, in writing, of your child’s need.  I will then bring this need to the attention of our teachers.  This is not an opportunity to request a particular teacher; it is merely an opportunity to make us aware of your child’s needs.  No teacher names should appear in your letter.  In order to meet our timeline, I must have your letter by Monday, April 17th:  NO EXCEPTIONS. 

All of these steps will be completed prior to the end of the school year. Throughout the months of July and August, new students who move into the Tashua district will be added to the lists. Students who move from our district will be removed from the lists.  Occasionally there may be staff changes.  In any of these instances, we may find that one change necessitates another.  It is for this reason that we notify families/students of class placement in our August mailing.

Please remember that we all take this process very seriously. We want the best placement for each child at Tashua School and we will work diligently to ensure that we reach this goal. I hope that this information has been helpful to you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at NeumeyeJ@trumbullps.org or contact me at school at 203-452-4433.

Fondly,

Mrs. Neumeyer