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Shaw Montessori Newsletter Week of April 3rd, 2021

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • AZM2 Parent Tips & FAQs
  • Testing Schedule
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greetings Shaw Community,


This week we will begin the AzSCI Science test for 5th and 8th grade students and the AzM2 (formerly AzMERIT) for all 3rd to 8th grade students. This message will hopefully help to clarify any questions parents may have regarding procedures for testing:


In-person Students


  • Will test in the classroom with their teacher
  • Testing will begin on the class-assigned day, first thing in the morning to allow enough time to complete the test
  • Please bring: a water bottle, headphones or earbuds, calculator (7th and 8th grade only) and snacks
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided (students may bring their lunch from home)
  • Drop-off and dismissal time will remain the same


Online Students


  • Will come to campus and test in the cafeteria or media center on the class-assigned day
  • Drop off is 8:15-8:30
  • Masks/face coverings are required
  • Students do not need to bring a computer, we will have computers set-up upon arrival
  • Please bring: a water bottle, headphones or earbuds, calculator (7th and 8th grade only) and snacks
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided (students may bring their lunch from home)
  • Parents will be called once the student completes the test for pick-up, or the student may stay the full day
  • Pick-up for students that stay the full day will be 3:00-3:15 at the front office
  • We recommend students bring a book to read or additional work to do after they finish testing


Please reach out to your teacher, Principal Engdall susan.engdall@phxschools.org

or Jennifer Collier Jennifer.collier@phxschools.org with any additional questions.


All the best,

Principal Engdall

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AzM2 Parent Tips and FAQs 2020-21

Tips for Parents


AzM2 is the name of the upcoming end-of-year assessment that is administered to students grades 3-8 in Arizona on ELA (reading and writing) and math standards. The following tips have been gleaned from several sources to help parents support students to prepare to perform their best while understanding this is just one measure of their academic knowledge and skills.


Students need to:


  • Regularly get a full 8-10 hours of sleep, especially before each testing day.
  • Regularly hydrate, dehydration negatively affects mood and thinking!
  • Regularly make time for a healthy breakfast.
  • Complete a sample test - https://azm2portal.org/sample-tests.stml
  • Do extra practice with difficult areas with curricular resources available (e.g., i-Ready [math], Benchmark Advanced or StudySync [ELA).


Parents need to:


  • Check your school’s testing schedule to ensure that your child is present and on time.
  • Remind students to do their best but not to be anxious about their score because the purpose is to understand the progress they have made and to support their success.
  • Talk to students about any anxiety or worry they may feel. If students seem worried, please feel free to share that information with the school counselor, social worker, and/or teachers so we can help.
  • Encourage your child to talk with classmates about test-taking strategies. Peer support can help students relax and concentrate on the tests.
  • Encourage and notice every small effort or action that is positive, no matter how insignificant.



FAQs

How will my child be kept safe?


The District has developed a safety and mitigation plan through a partnership with HealthyVerify and will be implementing those protocols and procedures at each school. Each school will communicate their safety and mitigation measures so parents understand how testing will happen safely.


Some of the measures being taken at all campuses are:


  • School-wide mask mandate
  • Students will be grouped into cohorts (a set group of students) to minimize contact with other students and adults. Most students will test with their classroom teacher.
  • Daily routine cleanings of campuses


*If your child is sick or showing any illness symptoms like fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, headache, or chills, please do not send him/her to school and immediately call the school’s front office to report your child sick.


What do the results of AzM2 tell me?


AzM2 evaluates students’ knowledge and skills with grade-level standards for ELA and math and indicates their readiness for the next grade level. AzM2 compares how students are doing with others in their grade-level at their school, district, and state.

What will the results of the AzM2 be used for this year?

The results from this year will not be used to evaluate schools or for school letter grades, but they will be used to identify students’ progress after a year in the pandemic. The federal, state, and local government and education agencies will use the data to determine how to use funding, provide supports for students and teachers, and understand the impact of the current environment. These results will be used along with data on students social-emotional needs, other district assessments, teacher observations, and parent input to prepare for a successful 2021-22 school year.


What do the tests look like and how long will they take?


The AzM2 test consists of 5 test sessions: Writing, Reading Part 1, Reading Part 2, Math Part 1, and Math Part 2. The below table shows the estimated amount of time for each session.

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Can my child “opt out” of state testing?


Federal and state legislation, including Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2021-03, requires all students in the public school system to come in-person for state testing. If a student does not test then they will not receive a score or a results comparison, and the state and district will not have that data to help make decisions about how to best serve students. State tests are also tied to measures of accountability and funding.

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Testing Schedule

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Shaw Calendar

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Shaw Montessori Virtual Talent Show Participation Form

Click link: Form/Shaw/TalentShow

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District Info

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phxschools.org

District Updates phxschools.org/update

Health & Safety Mitigation Plan phxschools.org/healthsafety

Governing Board Agendas & Minutes go.boarddocs.com/az/pesd1#

District Calendar phxschools.org/calendar

Cafeteria Menus phxschools.org/meal-menus


Shaw Montessori Website phxschools.org/shaw

Previous Issues of See Shaw Shine phxschools.org/shaw-newsletters

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