USC Elementary REBEL Review

You Matter! Every Child - Every Day

April 2019

Spring is upon us!!! Welcome to the sunshine and brighter days ahead!

Thank you to our students and families that participated in the One School, One Book event during the month of March!! It was a great success!! Humphrey enjoyed his stay at USC and will be going home with one lucky student soon!! Thank you Mrs. Gormley for arranging all of the events to make The World According To Humphrey a great reading experience for all!

Also sending a shout out to Mrs. Bullerman and the 3rd and 4th grade students! They put lots of time and effort into learning their dances and gave a terrific performance last Friday at the Dance Party!!

~Mrs. Magnuson

P.S. - please note the April lunch menus are attached at the bottom of this newsletter.

Important Info...

MCA Testing and Breakfast

MCA testing for elementary students in grades 3-6 begins April 8th!! Please see below for each grade level testing dates. It is important that students get a good night’s sleep the night before testing as well as a nutritious breakfast. We will be providing all students in grades 3-6 with a FREE breakfast on their testing days in order to get everyone off to a great start!

K-4 Roller Skating

Our roller skating unit in PE is next week, April 1-5. We look forward to a fun week as we build our skills, confidence, determination and use lots of grit!! Students will be skating during their regular PE time. We are inviting you to come and watch your child on Thursday and Friday of next week!! Please check into the high school office if you plan to come watch! We love this unit and have so much fun. Thank you Mrs. Bullerman, Mr. Rasmussen, and Mr. Morgan.

Extra Clothes for K-2 Students

Please make sure your child has an extra set of clothes in their locker. Our playground can get a little wet and sometimes our students find the mud. Having another set of clothes handy means not having to be uncomfortable in wet, icky clothes for the rest of the day.

3rd/4th Grade Track and Field Day

The 3rd and 4th graders will participate in our annual Track and Field Day on Wednesday, May 29. The Minnesota Twins mascot, TC, will also attend that day. Stay tuned for more information!

MCA Testing Starts in April

We will be starting our state mandated testing in April. All students in grades 3-8, 10 and 11 will be tested in reading and math. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will also test in science. Please try to make sure that students are in school during testing.


April 8-12 MCA Math Gr. 11

April 8-9 MCA Reading Grades 3, 5, 7, 8, 10

April 10-11 MCA Reading Grades 4, 6, 7, 8, 10

April 22-23 MCA Math Grades 3, 6 7, 8

April 24-25 MCA Math Grades 4, 5, 7, 8

April 29 -Science MCA Grade 5

April 30- Science MCA Grade 8

May 1 - Science MCA Grade 10

6th Grade Science Fair

Congratulations to our 23 - 6th grade students who participated in the 6th grade Science Fair on March 20th! They all did a great job explaining their research data and their results to the judges!! Thank you to the volunteers who participated in the judging, as I know it means a lot to our kids to have you there. I also want to thank Carol Light for organizing the Science Fair and working with all of the students to make sure they were well prepared. Seven students were chosen to represent USC Elementary at the regional science fair to be held later in April at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Scholarship recipients include: Joshua Brooks, Taylor Schroeder, Madison Passer, Brylee Neubauer, Emma Heggen, Daisy Holl, and Emma Johnson!!

School on April 18 and April 22

Please remember we now have school on Thursday, April 18th and Monday, April 22, in order to make up the snow days we had on Feb. 7th and 12th.

Two Hour Late Start May 8th

Our final 2-hour late start will be on Wednesday, May 8th. USC teaching staff will be working in Professional Learning Communities and use this time to analyze data, research best practices, and engage in group planning to improve student achievement. On Wednesday, May 8th school will begin two hours late. It will start at 10:20 A.M. and breakfast for students will not be served at school.

We realize this can be difficult for some parents to find supervision for their children on these late start days. In order to help with this, elementary students in grades K-6 will be allowed to come to school from 8:20 – 10:20 A.M. and be supervised by staff. During this time they will be viewing a movie in the elementary music room. Students should report directly to the music room. Students must be here by 8:20 A.M. in order to be supervised, and they will not be allowed to leave the building once they get here. Students coming to school to be supervised from 8:20 – 10:20 A.M. will need to be transported because buses will only be running on the two hour late schedule.

Growth Mindsets - The 7 Mindsets - The Time Is NOW

For the month of April we will be focusing on the mindset called "The Time Is Now". The Time is Now teaches that all your power exists in the moment. You cannot change the past and the future has not happened, so the only thing to do is take purposeful action in the present to create the ultimate life of your dreams.

April/May Events:


1-5~ Rollerskating - Grades K-4

4~ Kids Academy

5~ 1st Grade to Peoples State Bank

5~ 5th/6th Gr. Rebel Pride

8-12~ Gr. 11 MCA Math

8-12 MCA Reading Grades 3-8, 10

8~ Kids Academy

11~ Kids Academy

12~ 5th/6th Grade Rebel BINGO w/ Lions Club

12-13~ USC High School Spring Play - Alice In Wonderland

15~ Kids Academy

18~ K-4 Rebel Pride/Bingo



22-26 MCA Math Grades 3-8

22~ Kids Academy

25~ Kids Academy

29~ Kids Academy

29 -May 3~ Science MCA Grades 5, 8, and 10



6-10~ Teacher Appreciation Week

8 ~ 2 Hour Late Start - No breakfast served

16~ 1st Grade Fishing Field Trip

20~ 5th-8th Grades Choirs/Band Concerts

22~4th Grade Base Camp Field Trip

23~1st grade Field Trip Albert Lea/Freeborn Historical Museum

24~ Pre-school Graduation @ 1:00 pm

28~Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Spring Concert

28~3rd/4th Grade Spring Concert

29~ 3rd/4th Grade Track and Field Day

30~5th Grade to Laura Ingalls Wilder/Niagara Cave


April STEAM Home Challenge

Check out this link! It has many fun STEAM ideas for you to do as a family!!

USC District Testing Information 2018-2019 Testing Schedule


September 5-Oct. 5 FAST Testing K-6

September 5-14 STAR Reading and Math K-12


October 10 PSAT – Grade 11

October 29-November 6 STAR Reading and Math K-12


January 7-16 STAR Testing Reading and Math K-12

January 23-February 14 FAST Testing K-6

January 28 ELL (ACCESS) Testing Window Begins


February 14 ASVAB - Grade 11


March 4 MTAS Reading, Math, and Science Begins

March 6 NAEP – Grade 4 Only – Reading/Math

Mar 18-22 STAR Testing Reading and Math K-12

March 22 ELL (ACCESS) Testing Window Ends


April 2 WorkKeys – Grade 12

ACT Testing – Grade 11

Pre-ACT – Grade 10

Civics Test – Grade 9

April 8-12 MCA Math Grade 11

April 8-12 MCA Reading Grades 3-8, 10

April 22-26 MCA Math Grades 3-8

April 29 -May 3 Science MCA Grades 5, 8, and 10


May 3 MTAS Math, Reading, and Science Ends

May 6-17 STAR Testing Reading and Math – K-12

May 6-17 FAST Testing K-6

USC Elementary Breakfast and Lunch Menus