Mt. Lion News

January 10, 2023

From the Principal's Desk

Hello Waterford Community -

Our staff and students did a great job coming back from the long winter break. We are currently conducting many mid-year assessments to help us see progress from the fall as well as plan instruction for the remainder of the year.

Thank you to the students and parents who supported Waterford Elementary through the Loudoun County School Board CIP process. Waterford continues to remain in the district-wide plan for a future modernization/addition project that will add some needed space and prepare our building for many more years of service to the students of our community.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

-Andrew Heironimus

Upcoming Dates for your Calendar

January 16 - School Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19 - Sprit Day - Sports Day

January 20 - PTO Sponsored Assembly for Students

January 23 - School Holiday - Lunar New Year

January 24 - No School for Students - Planning/Records/Conference Day

Volunteer/Mentor Application

As you are aware - all visitors to the building are screened prior to entering the building and issued a visitor's badge from the front office. Visitors who work directly with our students, as a classroom volunteer or field trip chaperone, are asked to complete the LCPS Volunteer/Mentor Application This form is available on our school webpage or in the front office.

If you are a regular volunteer - or plan to chaperone a field trip - please return the application to Mr. Heironimus.

MAP Testing

LCPS administers NWEA’s MAP Growth tests in Reading and Math each fall, winter, and spring to students in grades 2-8, first grade students in Math, and high school students enrolled in Algebra I and Geometry to determine their instructional readiness level and measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year. The MAP Growth testing window is January 2 - January 20. Your child's teacher can provide the actual scheduled testing dates.

MAP Growth tests are adaptive, providing a detailed picture of what your student knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below grade level expectations. MAP Growth tests also provide immediate and accurate information about your student’s learning, enabling teachers to personalize instruction to meet students’ needs.

For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: Assessment Services / Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Virginia Growth Assessments

Students in grades 3-8 will take the Virginia Department of Education’s growth assessments in reading and math this fall and again during the winter. Test windows will be January 17 - February 17. The online growth assessments are adaptive assessments that aid teachers with identifying learning strands that require additional instruction. In addition, the results indicate specific benchmarks for student growth. Students will take these tests in addition to the spring Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.

Questions can be directed to Mr. Heironimus.