Room 18 Updates

May 2nd, 2016


This week and next week will be two very important testing weeks in the 4th grade.

This week is the 4th grade window for taking the NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests. During this week, 4th grade will be taking: math, reading, and language usage. This series of tests is meant to measure the growth of students over the course of the school year.

Next week, begins the window for Michigan's 4th grade MSTEP test. Please use this link to read more about this test. MSTEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress)

You can help support this important time of year at home by ensuring your student is getting a good night's sleep and eating a nutritional breakfast each morning. State Road's school cafeteria also provides a free nutritional breakfast each morning. You can also be proactive by sending healthy snacks (fruit, vegetables, etc.) to help fuel your child's brain during testing.

Most importantly, it is imperative we (both parents and teachers :) remain positive through out the testing window, as it helps the students who may experience test anxiety stay calm through the process.


Due to the rigorous testing schedule, students are excused from homework packets and spelling lists this week and next. I would prefer students take time to play and rest, so they are fresh for test days!

Although there won't be a reading log, I would still highly recommend students take time to read at home, in order to work toward meeting their AR goals this marking period.


The Chapter 9 test was given on Thursday. You can expect to see graded tests coming home in their purple Communication Folders this week. Should your child be interested in retaking their test, they need to fix mistakes on their original and then I will give them an opportunity to retake the test.

Please don't forget, any graded assignments can be "fixed up" and resubmitted for a better grade, even though we are done with Chapter 9.

We are going to skip ahead a bit to Chapter 12, where we will study area and perimeter, as well as converting metric and customary units of measurement.

Math Facts

Math facts are an important tool that help us become more efficient in our math practice. Please continue to study math facts on a regular basis. Using old quizzes that come home in the Data Binder are a great way to start!


Most groups finished listening to Hatchet last week! What a great read!

Students should have taken the Hatchet AR test to help reach their AR goal this marking period. Ask your student what score they received on their test!

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Children should be reading every night, as assigned in the weekly homework packet.

There are thousands of AR titles available for AR quizzes. If you are not sure if a book you have at home is an AR book please visit

They should be bringing their AR books home every night and bringing them back to school each day. If your child is forgetful, it is perfectly acceptable to read one AR book at home and another at school.

Library books are welcome to go home, but I do prefer my classroom collection stays in the classroom (I will make exceptions if there is a prior arrangement).

Please find a routine that works for you and your student.

Keep reading!!

Data Binders

Please have your child review their Data Binder with you, reflect on last week with them, and set some new goals!

They have a fresh, Quarter 4 AR goal and their week 2 progress has been recorded!

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Scholastic Book orders!

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You'll find the best values on a variety of formats

Thank you for your support!

Miss Chittick's class Scholastic Book Order link!

Dates to Remember

District Art Show is Thursday, May 12 from 6-8pm at AGS Middle School

Hungry Howie's Pizza Night is Thursday, May 12

State Road GARAGE SALE is Saturday, May 14

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