GATOR TALES

Grace Abbott Elementary

November 19, 2021


Principal: Dr. Erik Chaussee, epchaussee@mpsomaha.org

Secretary: Cindy Wrenn, clwrenn@mpsomaha.org

NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE

Student Academic Growth Over the Several Months


A question that has been asked is how have our students done over the past year as we are now approaching the second year “anniversary” of the pandemic closing schools in Millard. There are a lot of measurements to use to measure academic growth but the most consistent one is our MAP testing.

The table below shows a comparison between Abbott and the average MPS elementary school from last school year and the current school year of the fall tests. The first set of four columns shows our average percentile achievement for all grades from spring to fall. The second set of four columns shows the percentile achievement from spring to fall of the district. Typically over the summer students lose some achievement as the fall tests are given soon after school begins and kids are on summer break.


A comparison can be made between Abbott students from spring 2021 to fall 2021 and the district. Numbers are percentiles, not percentages. As an example, Abbott students outperformed 76% of the students that took the same test at the same time. The vertical axis .0 to .8 means zero percentile up to the 99th percentile.


Also, a very important point, it’s not all the same students that we’re comparing. Last year’s fifth graders are now sixth graders, as an example.

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NO SUCCESS CENTER

No Success Center(after school study hall) on Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd.

JINGLE

The Millard Public Schools Foundation held a fundraiser called Jingle on November 18. Each school was tasked with decorating a tree. Mrs. Traynor, Mrs. Frenche, and I used our creative talents to decorate the tree using a coffee theme. This picture is in the early stages. The final product was beautiful. An Abbott parent bid on it and won!


We are thankful for the Foundation's support of our district and school.

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WATER BOTTLES AT SCHOOL

PLEASE send reusable water bottles every day to school with your child.


Also, if your child is wearing a cloth mask, please wash frequently.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


November 24 - 26 NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING BREAK

December 6 - Runza Night - 171st & Maple, 5 - 7 p.m.

December 16 - Winter Concert (Band and Orchestra)

Winter Break - December 22 - January 5

WATCH D.O.G.S. SIGN UP

We are excited to invite our Watch DOGS (Dad of Great Students) back into the building this year! If you would like to volunteer for either a full day, or over our lunch times, please complete the Watch DOG sign up. You can email Debby Powell (dlpowell@mpsomaha.org) or Charlene Hale (cghale@mpsomaha.org) with any questions.

MILLARD SCHOOL BOARD 2020

President - Linda Poole

Vice President - Dave Anderson

Secretary - Stacy Jolley

Treasurer - Amanda McGill Johnson

Board Member - Mike Kennedy

Board Member - Mike Pate