April 2023

From the Desk of Principal Blackshire-Goode

State Testing Announcements

State Testing Announcements:

3rd-8th grade Ohio State Testing kicks-off on April 10th and goes through May 5th. It is very important that your child comes to school each day, on time, prepared to take their test. Testing will begin promptly by 9am each day.

3rd-8th Grade will be taking both Reading and Math. 5th and 8th Grade will take Science in addition to Reading and Math. 3rd grade parents, please remember that your child must pass either the Ohio State ELA test or the iReady Reading Diagnostic test in order to pass the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and be promoted to 4th grade.

The Ohio Department of Education has a plethora of family resources, including a practice test that you can access from home. If you would like to give your child practice opportunities at home, please follow the below steps:

Ohio AIR Test Practice Test

1.-Go to:


2. -Click on the link labeled “Students and Families.”

3. - Click on the link labeled “Practice Tests.”

4. -Click “Sign In.”

5. -Then select your child’s grade from the pull down menu.

6. -Click the subject that you want to practice.

7. -Click select at the bottom of the screen.

8. -Click “Begin Test Now.”

Other ways that families can help from home include promoting healthy testing habits.

Here are some suggestions you can do to help everyday:

✔ Ensure your child arrives at school on time.

✔ Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home

or at school.

✔ Ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep.

✔ Gently encourage them to do their best.

A general testing reminder letter will be sent home to families on April 3rd and will include specific testing dates and routines. Another reminder letter will be sent home on the 5th and will include a special motivational activity that you can participate in to help support your child as we move into testing on the 10th. Please be on the lookout for each letter and reach out to your child's teacher with any questions or concerns.

Together we can!


From the Desk of Principal Blackshire

MPA Families,

I can't believe that spring break is over and we are heading into state testing! This is going to be a very busy quarter where it is going to be important for students to come to school each day, on time and well rested. We have worked extremely hard to prepare the students for testing and are very proud of each of them for staying focused and trying their best. Please give words of encouragement as your student works through the frustrations and anxiety that testing can bring. Our staff has many activities planned that will help keep the students positive and motivated. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions regarding the testing dates and process.

Enrollment and Reenrollment season has begun. If you haven't already, please turn in your reenrollment forms and Proof of Residencies (POR). The classrooms are currently in a competition where the class who turns in the most forms and PORs will be rewarded with a surprise. Please remember that a completed reenrollment form and POR ensures that your child's spot is reserved for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. This is also the time to enroll any new students, so please spread the word and encourage others to schedule tours and reach out for information. The enrollment process can also be completed online by visiting our school website at https://monroeprep.org/apply/. If you have any questions regarding this process, please reach out to the school office at 567-998-7522.

Please visit our resource page on our school website to learn about our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, as well as other parent resources that are available.

https://monroeprep.org/resources/ . I value our partnership in your child's education and wish everyone the best as we move through the last quarter of the year. Let's go #teamMPA!


Principal Blackshire-Goode

Important Dates to Remember

April 3rd: Classes Resume

April 7th: Good Friday/No School

Week of April 10th: 3rd-8th Grade ELA State Testing Begins

Week of April 17th: 3rd-8th Grade MATH State Testing Begins

April 20th: ABC Countdown to Summer Begins- Details will be sent home prior to the start!

Week of April 24th: 5th and 8th Grade SCIENCE Testing Begins

April 25th: 4th Quarter Interim Reports

May 1st: K-8th Grade iReady Diagnostic Testing Begins

Reporting Absences

To ensure that we continue to keep all students and staff healthy and safe, any student who is feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of illness should remain home. Please utilize the school's absence reporting form, https://monroeprep.org/report-absence/ or call the school office at (567) 998-7522 if your student will be remaining at home for any reason.

Monroe Preparatory Academy

Monroe Prep is currently hiring certified teachers and support staff for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. Please send your resumes to Principal Blackshire at rblackshire@monroeprep.org or apply online at https://accelschools.com/careers/ .