DAVIS HILL COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE
May 7, 2018
I hope that everyone is enjoying their weekend. Another beautiful day on Saturday! Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week!
Jay C. Norton, Principal
*Don't forget to read through the entire update... there are always more dates in the Upcoming Events Section. If any questions/ concerns- please don't hesitate to contact me/ the office.
Highlighted Events/ Information for the Week!
National Teacher Appreciation Day- Tuesday May 8th
MCAS ASSESSMENT GRADES 3-5
This week, our 3rd Graders will be taking MCAS (Math) on Tuesday and Wednesday. The MCAS dates have been shared via the Weekly Update for some time and remain available via the following link (MCAS Schedule).
This year our students will be taking the MCAS on the computer. This is a change for our students as we have historically completed MCAS testing using paper/ pencil materials. As is true with any change, there will be some challenges associated with our transition to the computer based platform. We have worked hard with our students to prepare them for this change and feel confident that they are ready!
For more information on MCAS, please see the link from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
GENERAL NOTES ON MCAS ASSESSMENT:
It is understood that standardized testing can create anxiety for some students. The Massachusetts Statewide Parent Information and Resource Center has provided the following list of guidelines for parents to help prepare their child for the testing:
Make sure your child is well rested and eats breakfast.
See that your child arrives to school on time and is relaxed.
Encourage your child to do the best work possible and to have a positive attitude.
Remind your child to read all test taking directions carefully and listen to the teacher’s directions.
Encourage your child to take his/her time and check work for accuracy.
To help reduce anxiety:
Talk about the test in a positive way.
Encourage best efforts rather than perfection.
Encourage your child to focus on his/her strengths, such as good memory.
Assure your child that the test is only one measure of academic performance.
Emphasize that test scores do not determine a person’s worth.
At Davis Hill, our message to students reinforces the following:
-Be confident and ‘relax’! It is an opportunity to ‘Show What You Know!’.
-You are prepared and ready!
-The MCAS does not define who you are as a student and/ or a person.
Our hope is that at the end of the MCAS assessment, Davis Hill students will feel a sense of pride in themselves that they have put forth their best effort and feel proud of themselves for meeting the challenge.
*Please note the following re: MCAS:
Students are not allowed to have electronic devices (cell phones/ SmartWatches) during assessment. If your child owns/ wears a SmartWatch to school, they will have to take it off during the assessment.
If you have any questions/ concerns regarding MCAS, please contact your child’s classroom teacher and/ or administration.
MCAS SCHEDULE CHANGES
Provided our responsibilities in regard to the MCAS assessments, there will be some schedule changes (recess/ lunch and special changes) that will be taking place for some grade levels on the listed assessment days.
Do you have a child entering grades 1-12 who is interested in painting, metalsmithing, ceramics or photography?
The Wachusett HS art department is hosting the Wachusett Summer Art Academy this summer the week of July 9-13! A variety of half day and full day opportunities are available. Course descriptions and mail-in registration is included in our program attached to this email.
Please take advantage of our online registration on our department page http://www.wrsd.net/wrhs/art.cfm . Clicking on the graphic will take you to an online form. The registration fee can be sent in separately by mail.
Wachusett Summer Art Academy Director
WRHS Art Department