Grant Family Focus

Monday March 21, 2016

Forward Exam Testing

Last week representatives of 3rd-5th grade met to develop a school wide plan for the Forward Exam (you may remember this exam by their former name Badger or surely you remember WKCE). This exam is a computer based exam that, due to bandwidth concerns, only allows us to test 50 students at a time. We will need all school cooperation during these weeks to help everything run smoothly. We will begin our testing the week of April 11 and conclude the last week in April. Here are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • Here is the schedule for the Forward Exam. 5th grade will test 4/11-4/15; 3rd grade will test 4/18-4/22 and 4th grade tests 4/20-4/22 and 4/25-4/29.
  • The majority of testing will conclude by 12:00 each day.
  • We were asked to limit the use of internet throughout school while testing. I will share the definition of "limit" at the 4/6 Staff meeting. There have been conflicting explanations. (We may not know for sure until we actually test).
  • Tests will be done on the Chromebooks.
  • We had to alter specialists times for 4th and 5th grade during their of testing.
  • Thank you everyone for your input, flexibility and collaboration to create the schedule. Please look it over and if you have any concerns or conflicts please email me. I have to send a final schedule out the district by 4/22.

Instructional Rounds

Thank you all who participated in observations on Thursday or Friday. The ILT has been working on meeting this district goal since our Summer/ Fall planning sessions. I felt it went very well. Through your feedback and responses on the exit slip, we have ideas for refinement as we move forward into next year. A few reminders:

  • If you have not, please fill out the Exit Slip
  • We will discuss the reflection forms at the next grade level meeting.
  • If you did not participate, I will work with you so you are able to an observation after break.

Upcoming dates

Monday March 21- Opera for the Young 1:30-3:00 (Reminder of lunch change for 2nd/3rd 11:50-12:30 and 4th/5th 12:10-12:50)

Wednesday March 23- Professional Development Meeting 2:15-3:15

Thursday March 24- 3rd Quarter Reward/ Early Release

Wednesday April 6- All Staff Meeting 2:15-2:45 (Forward Exam 2:45-3:15 All Proctors 3-5)

Monday April 11-14- 5th Grade Begins Forward Testing

Tuesday April 12- 3rd Quarter Report Card Lockout

Friday April 15- Personal Day Requests for May and June due

Friday April 15- Spring Fling

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Have a safe and relaxing Spring Break!

Kid President is BACK with BIG NEWS!