The Puma Press

Raymond Park Intermediate Academy

October 26, 2018

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Dear Parents,

Here is an assessment update for you:

Grade 5

Students will begin their Mid-Module 3 assessments on Monday of next week in Math. They have been studying equivalent fractions in order to add and subtract fractions.

Later this month, 5th graders will take their Unit 2 Wonders Assessment focused on this unit’s reading skills and standards. Thank you for talking with your student about academics!

Grade 6

Students completed their first StudySync Unit Assessment of the school year! StudySync is our new 6th grade reading curriculum; it is based on grade-level standards and skills, and our students did an awesome job navigating this assessment! Please be sure to ask your child how the assessment went and what skills they may need to review moving forward.

In math, students are also starting their Module 2 Assessment in Math today through Monday. Be sure to ask your student about the math skills they have been working on - from multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals, to rounding numbers!

Throughout the year, students will engage in these larger unit assessments as well as smaller, more formative assessments so teachers can track their growth and progress with grade-level standards. Our goal is always GROWTH - we want our students to grow and achieve to their fullest potential!

We hope you can join us for next Friday’s GOYA-Move “Get Off Your Apps” Fitness Event from 6:00 - 8:30 PM. This awesome event is brought to you by a grant our PTSA applied for - we hope to see you there!

Carey Storm


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Dear Puma Community,

ATTENDANCE MATTERS! That is why Raymond Park IA has joined with other schools across the nation in recognizing how important attendance is in preparing students to be college, career, and life ready. As many as 7 million students miss nearly a month of school every year - absences that correlate with poor performance at every grade level.

Consistent attendance must start at an early age. Chronic absenteeism and habitual truancy are important predictors of school performance, including high school graduation. Absenteeism in the first few months of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year, which can also influence whether students read proficiently by the end of the third grade. By sixth grade, chronic absence, which is defined as missing 18 or more days per school year becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. When students improve their attendance rates they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

If a student is chronically absent by the time they are a senior in high school, over a year of instructional time has been lost. At Raymond Park IA, we are committed to tracking not only unexcused absences but also excused absences that can derail a student’s academic performance. It is our intention to reduce the number of all instructional days that are lost. Even late arrivals to school and early departures lead to lost instructional time.

We are continuing to work with you - our stakeholders - to help everyone understand how chronic absences negatively affect the long-term success of students. We also recognize that factors, including illness, can contribute to poor student attendance. Once we identify these obstacles, we try to direct families to solutions or resources to relieve the problems that are contributing to these absences.

Please reach out to me if needed so I can connect you and your child with the supports needed for a continued successful school year!

A missed day is a missed opportunity,

Stephen Gainey

Dean of Students

(317) 532-8981 / (317) 620-0032

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