April 26, 2022
Dear Families-Read on for the News
State Assessments are Upon Us!
Students in grades K-3 will be taking the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) starting May 10th as required by the Idaho State Department of Education. The IRI will be assessing students' early literacy skills.
Students in grades 3rd-8th will be taking the ELA and Math Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISATs) starting April 26th. These are state-wide tests in reading, language usage, and mathematics. Students in grades 5th and 8th have taken the Science ISAT. The school will not receive any data from the Science ISAT because it is a new assessment and the results will be used as baseline data for the state.
The results of the data are one piece of data collected at one point in time. As an educational organization, it is important that we gather other pieces of summative assessment data that tell the whole story of a child’s achievement. I point this out because I don’t believe that teachers, parents or students should make any changes to their usual routines to “prepare” for the tests. We believe that deep learning of content and authentic skills will naturally transfer to higher test performance and, thus, lead to greater academic achievement.
With that being said, we know we have experienced a few abnormal years and I want to take a second to talk a little bit about what these tests mean for our school moving forward. The tests results will be a part of our overall Idaho School Report Card, which can be found here. Alongside our EL Education School Designer, our staff will use the results to identify grade level standards that need to be addressed in the 2022-2023 school year curriculum and potentially other interventions that may be required on a student by student basis.I hope that this gives you a better understanding of the purpose of the state-wide assessments. You can learn more about these assessments at the Idaho’s State Department of Education’s website.
Chinese Language Program
There IS School May 4th - It's Bike to School Day!
Request for Garden Tools!
PPCS would appreciate donations of a few good quality garden implements for our weeding volunteers. We could us trowels, hand rakes, and soil or hori hori knives. You can drop them off at the PPCS office. Thank you!
Teacher Appreciation Week
Run the Palouse Moved to the Fall
PPCS Landscape Committee Call for Support
The Landscape committee is looking for volunteers to help in the long term vision and planning of the landscape at PPCS, as well as volunteers that would like to be added to a landscape work party e-mail list. If you would like to be a part of the long term vision of healthy roots and soils at PPCS or would have fun giving back to the school by getting dirty, weeding, moving materials, and planting, please email David Herbold at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking Motivated Parents to Lead Our Parent Crew
Our current Parent Crew leaders are stepping down next year, so we're looking for one or two folks who are interested in leading the events that bring our parents and school together.
There are two parts to the role.
1. To inspire other PPCS parents to get involved in our school's events!
2. To coordinate and lead those events.
Some of the events that Parent Crew typically leads are:
- Back to School Picnic
- Walk to School Days
- Teacher Appreciation
- Book Sales
- Run the Palouse
- Middle School Dance
- CREW social events
Being a Parent Crew leader allows you to play an important and practical role at our school, one where you'll have the opportunity to create events for our kids and our community, and help the teachers and staff. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please contact email@example.com
PPCS Development Committee Needs Help
Middle School Dance
Save the Date:
Middle School Dance
Saturday June 4, 2022
Location PCEI Pavilion
Time ( evening specifics TBD)
Looking for parent chaperones, volunteers, and sound system to borrow.
Please contact Jessie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jenny Campbell Aoki at email@example.com