Week of November 16th
We have an exciting week ahead of of us celebrating American Education Week and our Student Government Association (SGA)'s first spirit week of the year. Please encourage your child to participate in our week's activities and we look forward to having you join us in our classrooms on Tuesday as well as help celebrate the wonderful people who help make Fulton a great place to learn everyday. Please see more details by clicking on each image below.
Last week, we sent out a special mid-week Fulton Flier that provided everything you needed to know regarding our fall Parent/Teacher Conferences. In case you missed it, please access the newsletter here.
Also, last Thursday members from Central Office as well as our board members, Dr. Wu Ms. Cutroneo, Ms. Mallo, and Ms. Delmont-Small visited our school to see what our learning environments could possibly look like given the proposed Hybrid plan for the spring semester. Please see some pictures that were taken below.
Inner sinks covered encouraging social distancing in the bathroom.
We were able to fit more than 80 desks in the cafeteria. However, given a Hybrid model, we would not need this many so we could eliminate some desks to accommodate a smaller number of students eating lunch at each grade level while still maintaining social distancing. The cafeteria would have a single entry/exit, plexiglass in the cafeteria line, and markers on the floor encouraging social distancing of 6 ft.
While our classrooms vary in size, we were able to fit 11-15 desks in our classrooms which included social distancing for student desks as well as room for the teacher to teach from the white board.
Social Distancing in Hallways
Our hallways have signs indicating one way and fun falcon feet on the floor to encourage social distancing.
In the event a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, we have a designated area where a student can be monitored by our Health staff without being in the Health room where other students may need to visit it in order to receive help (e.g., medicine). We have two cots located in this room and additional barriers would be included such as a curtain to provide a student with privacy if they need to use this room.
In areas such as our portable, where students would not be able to walk one way in the hallway, we have marked the floor to visually show what side of the hallway students should be walking on. This would be accentuated by large arrows and a strategic schedule for classes to minimize the amount of students transitioning at one time.
Social Distancing in Hallways
Grades 2-5 MAP Home Reports Available in HCPSS Connect!
In October, students in grades 2-5 participated in the fall administration of MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) for Reading and Math. A PDF of MAP home reports is now available via Synergy for families to view. Please follow the steps below to access your child's results:
To access previous test scores:
- Log in to HCPSS Connect
- Select More Options from the left panel
- Select Standardized Test Scores from the middle
Detailed PDF home reports are available in Synergy. To access home reports:
- Log in to HCPSS Connect
- Select More Options from the left panel
- Select Report Cards from the middle
- Select the applicable report from the Student's MAP Reports section.
Additionally, please find some typical questions that some families may have about the MAP home report below:
- My child did not participate in the assessment, why do they have a home report?
- MAP generates a home report for all rostered students. The report will contain their most recent scores.
- When I look at older home reports the percentiles do not match this new report, why is that happening?
- NWEA conducts norming studies that improve the accuracy of growth predictions and update percentile ranks. The most recent norming study was released in 2020 and updated those historical percentiles. The overall RIT score stays the same, but the percentile may change by a few points.
- Why is the growth prediction for winter instead of spring?
- Depending on state testing overlap, we may use just the winter or spring administration. Testing for spring will be heavily dependent on which instructional model is being conducted.
Week of November 23rd
Lastly, the week of November 23rd, Asynchronous assignments will not be assigned for the week of November 23rd.
Family Support and Resource Center
Help us to raise money for our Staff Lounge as well as create some fun keepsakes!
Wouldn't you love to share your child's artwork with family and friends? The Square 1 Art fundraiser provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art! The best news is that every step can be completed from your own home and is projected to arrive prior to winter break.
Last year, we started our efforts towards updating our faculty lounge and we are hoping that this partnership will allow us to reach our goals and prepare a nice lounge to welcome our teachers back.
Your 4 Simple Steps:
- Your child creates art using the Art Paper. Need ideas? Check out these Art Creation instructions and video lessons.
- Take a photo of your child's art with your phone or tablet.
- Upload the art online at square1art.com/Shop/upload anytime between now and November 20th.
- You may then begin to shop for keepsakes! Order by November 20th to insure delivery in time for the holidays! The sooner you order, the sooner it will arrive.
Together, we can help support the school, and create keepsake memories of your child's art to enjoy for years!
Please save your child’s artwork. We will be reaching out at a later date, so that we can create something that allows us to compile all of our students’ creative masterpieces together for all to enjoy.If you have any questions, please contact Molly Caroland @ email@example.com
Dates to Remember
- November 16th: Report Cards Issued; Kick off to American Education Week (See daily celebrations above); 1st Day of SGA Spirit Week ( See daily activities above)
- November 19th: Last day for parents/guardians to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences
- November 23rd: 3 hour Early Dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
- November 24th: 3 hour Early Dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
- November 25th: Schools closed for students (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
- November 26th-27th: Schools and offices closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)
Information Worth Repeating
GOOGLE PLAY PARENT OPT-IN
In an effort to continue expanding our authorized set of digital tools for virtual instruction, HCPSS has curated a new set of supplemental digital tools that are available only through Google’s menu of additional services. These supplemental digital tools are approved by HCPSS and comply with federal, state and Howard County Board of Education student data privacy policies. Due to Google’s settings, students must access this set of tools by utilizing Google’s menu of additional services, which requires consent by a parent or guardian.
To provide consent:
Log in to HCPSS Connect.
Select More Options from the left panel.
Select HCPSS Google Menu from the middle of the page.
Click the check box to provide consent. Changes are saved automatically.
A parent or guardian must provide consent for each student by selecting the student’s name at the top of the page.
The digital tools currently included are: Book Room, Word Work, Scratch BluBot, Scratch JR, Sketch-Up, Collector Classic, JamBoard, Google Earth and Minecraft: Education. After a parent/guardian provides consent, students using a HCPSS Chromebook can access the tools through the Google Play Store icon on the Chromebook when logged in with an HCPSS account. There may be a delay of up to three days before the apps appear in the Google menu and some tools may automatically appear on the Chromebook once consent is provided by a parent or guardian without the need to install them. If your child has not been issued a Chromebook, please make the request following the information found online.
HCPSS cannot guarantee that apps are available on devices other than HCPSS Chromebooks.
Teachers may or may not choose to use any or all of these apps during instruction. Students will be notified when a particular app will be used for instruction.
If you do not provide consent for your student’s access to these digital tools, your student’s teacher will provide alternative enrichment activities.
In addition to these Google tools, HCPSS has approved a robust set of supplemental digital tools. Your child’s teacher will notify you of the particular supplemental digital tools being used in each class via email or on their Canvas course page.
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3RD & 5TH GRADE COGAT TESTING
Each year, Howard County Public School System administers the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all students in grades 3 and 5. The CogAT is a group-administered abilities test that measures students’ reasoning abilities, which they develop through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student’s academic achievement, but their potential. The Gifted and Talented Education Program uses the data from the CogAT as one criterion for placement into fourth grade Gifted/Talented mathematics classes and middle school Gifted/Talented content classes.
As a result of the current school closure, the 3rd and 5th grade administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will shift from the traditional December window to a later date. Although the CogAT administration may be delayed, identification of students for placement in GT classes will occur in February and March using all available performance and assessment data in accordance with Maryland COMAR for Gifted and Talented Education.
We will communicate any additional information as it becomes available.