The Crissman Connection

April 22, 2022

Hi Crissman Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful week! Next week our students will start the M-STEP assessment for grades 3rd-6th. Parents, please take a minute to read through the M-STEP information below.

Yours Truly,

~Mrs. Papastamatis



The state of Michigan has strict guidelines relating to M-Step testing. On testing dates, there can be NO electronic communication devices in the testing room. This includes:

cell phones

smart watches




music players

voice recorders

anything that is not UCS issued electronics for the specific use of assessment

If a student were to have a smart watch on during testing, this HAS to be reported to the state of Michigan and that student's test will be marked VOID. This could also jeopardize the test results of other students in the class.

Prohibited Behaviors during testing:

  • Interfering with other students taking the test
  • Communicate or collaborate in any manner with another student. This includes written, electronic, verbal, or gestured forms of communication
  • Intentionally disrupt other students taking the test.

If a student engages in Prohibited Behaviors, the incident MUST be reported to the state of Michigan and the student's test could be marked invalid. Prohibited behaviors could also impact the testing results of other students in the class. Students who engage in Prohibited Behaviors are also subject to discipline per UCS Policy 5100.


UCS Student Laptop & Charger



Water bottle

Book to read when done testing

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What the M-STEP is Assessing?

The Michigan State Standards

UCS Family Literacy Connection

UCS Family Literacy Connection is a bimonthly communication compiled by the elementary literacy coaches/consultants of the UCS Literacy Department. Each edition will highlight activities to support literacy development at home. This edition is for spring.
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Dates to Remember:

No School- Friday, May 27th - Monday, May 30th

1/2 Day of School- June 9th

*6th grade graduation

Last Day of School- June 10th (1/2 day)



Volunteer and get involved with your children's experience at Crissman! If you would like to receive email updates from the PTA please fill out a PTA Contact Form.

Mark your Calendars for Crissman PTA fun!

March 29 - Chili's Restaurant Night 5-9pm

March 30 - Virtual PTA Meeting 8pm (

May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week (Donate:

May 13 - Chuck E. Cheese Night

May 19 - Family Skate Night THE BIG ONE!!

June 3 - Spring Fair (Sign up to Volunteer:

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About our school

The mission of Crissman Elementary School, in partnership with parents and the community, is to provide a safe, positive and productive learning environment that fosters academic excellence and recognizes individual uniqueness. We will strive to prepare students for their future in an ever changing world.