Wagner Weekly

News and Notes from Wagner Elementary - April 7th, 2014

Students that were recoginized for Random Acts of Kindness during March

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Hall of Fame Award

Transitions can be difficult and that's why Wagner's Dragon Pride Committee has created the Hall of Fame Award. Two classes (one fourth, one fifth) each week will be recognized with a hall of fame banner to hang on their classroom door for demonstrating excellent behavior in the hall and during transition times.

Aaron Schmidtbauer and his class made a fun video to explain the award. Watch below.
Hall of Fame

MCA Testing Begins

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Wagner students started MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments) testing today. All of the tests are now online, and while as a school we'll be administering tests between now and May 16th, most students will only be assessed on 3 - 5 of those testing days.

Here are some quick facts on the MCAs:

  • Fourth Grade Students will take the MCA-Reading and MCA-Math tests
  • Fifth Grade Students will take the MCA-Science test in addition to the MCA-Reading and MCA-Math tests
  • The tests are not timed and students are given all of the time that they need. Tests can be paused so students can come back and finish them on a different day.
  • We typically break the longer tests into pieces so that students rarely test for more than a maximum of 90 minutes at a time. This year, the estimated time to complete the MCA reading test is 3 - 4 hours, and the estimated time to complete the MCA math test is around 2 hours.
  • For more comprehensive information, visit the Minnesota Department of Education website.

And, of course, we all know that optimal learning (whether students are testing or not) occurs when students have a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast.

Wild About Reading Kicks Off

The Wagner Media Center has turned into a jungle for the Wild About Reading Contest. Ms. Sandin and Mrs. Kargas want all the students to have fun and really go “WILD” about reading. Students will be earning points by reading AR books. The class in both grades with the highest amount of points will win a set of books for their classroom. Also, three students in each grade with the most points accumulated will receive a prize for their reading.
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Wagner Weekly Background Contest

This week we're going to try a new contest where a student can create a drawing or design on a plain piece of paper (8 1/2" X 11"). This month's theme is Spring. Entries can be turned in to the office by Friday (4/11) and a winner will be selected on Monday (4/14). The winning entry will become the background of the Wagner Weekly for the month of April.

  • Submissions should be on a 8 1/2" X 11" piece of paper.
  • Submissions can be drawings, paintings, designs, mixed media, etc.
  • Students should put their name and their teacher's name on the BACK of the submission.
  • Submissions should be turned in to the office by NOON on Friday 4/11.

Report Card Clarification

Report cards are being sent home this Tuesday (4/8) with students. However, we neglected to include the rubric clarification for the 1-3 score that each student receives for the Organization and Respect tasks.

1 => Does not meet expectations
2 => Meets expectations
3 => Student exceeds expectations

Save the Dates!

Here are some noteworthy events happening in April:

  • Tuesday, April 8th - Report Cards sent home with students
  • Saturday, April 12th - 18th Annual Chess Tournament 9am - 2pm at Lake Ripley Elementary; Contact Tom Springer if you have questions
  • Friday, April 18th - No School
  • Tuesday, April 22nd - Dragon Pride Breakfast 7:30am - 8:15am
  • Thursday, April 24th - Wagner Art Show 6:30pm - 7:30pm in the Wagner Gym

About us

Wagner Elementary was built in 1953. It currently serves Litchfield area students in grades four and five.