Central Communique

A Newsletter for the Families of Central Elementary

September 19, 2014

Changes In This Year's ISTEP+ Testing

What changes in ISTEP+? Why are we talking about ISTEP+ when it is only the sixth week of school? Doesn't ISTEP+ testing start in March? With the adoption of the new 2014 Indiana Academic Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, I want to give those of you who have a student in third, fourth, or fifth grade a preview of the changes that your child will experience in ISTEP+ this year. This is the first part of a three part series that will cover information about these changes. They will be significant compared to the previous ISTEP+ test not only in what students must know, but also in the format of the test.

This year's ISTEP+ will be given in two parts just like last year. In March, students will take the ISTEP+ Part 1 Assessment, a paper/pencil test that will ask students to solve multi-step math problems, answer multiple choice questions, and complete short answer and essay questions.

The most significant difference in the test will be on the ISTEP+ Part 2 Assessment, an online test that will be given in late April/early May. Students will be asked to answer multiple choice questions with one or more correct answers, to justify answers by finding passages in a story that support an answer, and by writing essays to answer questions. In math, students will need to write equations (i.e. mx5=9) and design graphs or charts which represent an answer. To see samples of these types of questions which are called technology enhanced questions, that are similar to the ones that might be on ISTEP+, take a look at the practice tests at http://practice.parcc.testnav.com/.

More to come next week!

Mr. Hopper

This Week's Photo Gallery

Help Needed for Scholastic Book Fair

The Central PTO needs your help with the annual Scholastic Book Fair. Please click the link below to sign up for a time to volunteer. Thank you in advance for your help!


Winter Coat Drives

Are you in need of a warm winter coat? There will be two coat drives here in Hendricks County.

1st Annual Bundle’em up COAT DRIVE

When: October 11th, Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Old St. Malachy Gym, 330 N. Green St. Brownsburg

Who: ANY Hendricks County resident needing a coat.

No age limit

No ID or paperwork needed or required

One Coat per person

8th Annual Winter Coat Drive

When: October 25th, Saturday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Avon High School

Who: All Ages

One Coat per person

The Lemonade War Is On!

During the past few weeks, third grade students at Central have been reading the book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. On Saturday, September 20, 2014 during the Quaker Day Parade, third graders will be using the skills they learned from this book to sell lemonade to raise money for the American Heart Association. Please buy a cup of lemonade for a great cause!

Nutrition and Wellness Forum

Plainfield Community Schools will host a Nutrition and Wellness Forum on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6:00–7:30 pm in the Plainfield High School Cafeteria, 1 Red Pride Drive. Families will receive information and support for childhood nutrition and wellness at home and school.

There will be interactive stations provided by Food for Life, Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, Jumping to Wellness, The Nurse’s Station, American Heart Association, Eat this Not that, Plainfield Chamber of Commerce Farmer’s Market, Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center, What’s in a Label?, and Elements of Exercise.

There will also be PRIZES! Visit all stations and you could win one of these:

3D Functional Performance Fitness Bands and Personal Training sessions

$50 Meijer gift card

$20 Kroger gift card

4 Passes to Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center

6” sub from Subway

2 Tickets to PHS Homecoming Game

Lettuce Knife

Central Elementary Calendar

To view upcoming activities and events happening at Central Elementary, check out our school calendar by clicking HERE or by going to http://www.plainfield.k12.in.us/cn.

About Central Elementary

Central Elementary is a very special school with a long, rich history with parts of the building being almost 100 years old. Located in downtown Plainfield, Indiana, our school has served as Plainfield High School, Plainfield Junior High School, and is now an elementary with over 570 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.