May 4, 2015
Please keep Laura Brown's mother in your thoughts.....she is home from surgery.
Good News.....Ms. Dot did not need surgery, but will need another week to heal.
Continue to lift up Dawn Priest’s mother , Dawn, and her family as well as Kim's husband Bruce and their family.
(Please email me if there is any celebrations or sharing that needs to be added to our Monday Talks…..if I miss anything please let me know……thanks)
Derrick Cockman won the Bearathalon again for the 3rd year in a row!!!!!!
Mrs. Traci Maness- MCS Teacher of the Year Banquet;
Testing Window Opens Tomorrow, Monday May 4 for mCLASS (EOY) and Grades 2-8 SRI (EOY) window opens Monday May 11th
General Statute §115C-174.10 states that the North Carolina Testing Program has three purposes: “(i) to assure that all high school graduates possess those minimum skills and that knowledge thought necessary to function as a member of society, (ii) to provide a means of identifying strengths and weaknesses in the education process in order to improve instructional delivery, and (iii) to establish additional means for making the education system at the State, local, and school levels accountable to the public for results.” In order to maintain the integrity of the North Carolina Testing Program, it is essential for school personnel to develop awareness of proper testing protocol and procedures. Knowledge of testing policies and procedures helps ensure the North Carolina Testing Program is conducted in a manner that is fair, consistent, and equitable for all students.
Secure test materials include, but are not limited to, test blueprints; test layout forms; item pools; operational or field test books, test questions, or test book sections; and answer documents.
Secure test materials may be in electronic or paper format. Because test materials in North Carolina are often reused and because test materials are costly to generate, every precaution must be taken to ensure all test materials remain secure at all times.
Secure state tests, including all field tests and special studies, shall not be copied, filed, or used in instructional activities. School personnel and proctors must neither disclose the contents of secure tests nor discuss with each other or with students specific test questions or information contained within the tests. Discussing information related to the content of specific test items or test forms is prohibited and a direct violation of the Testing Code of Ethics. This prohibition includes teachers who serve on item or test review committees. It is not permissible to discuss test items with anyone, including professional colleagues, parents, and/or students. In abiding by this guideline, educators ensure that the integrity of the tests is maintained, which helps minimize the use of costly resources when test security has been compromised.
In addition, excerpts from the tests must not be used at any time during classroom instruction or in resource materials such as study guides. Access to the tests must be limited to school personnel who have a legitimate need. Persons who have access to secure test materials must not use their access to those materials for personal gain.
State Board of Education policy GCS-A-010 specifies that “no person may copy, reproduce, or paraphrase in any manner or for any reason the test materials without the express written consent of the test publisher.” Copying, reproducing, or paraphrasing test materials represents a breach of test security and is a violation of federal copyright laws, North Carolina Administrative Code, State Board of Education policy, and the North Carolina Testing Code of Ethics.
Testing Code of Ethics
The North Carolina Testing Code of Ethics stresses the importance of maintaining test security at all times and addresses appropriate professional practices for central office and school administrators, test coordinators, teachers (test administrators), and proctors in the areas of securing tests; administering tests; and scoring, reporting, and interpreting test results. The sanctions for violations are also included in the Testing Code of Ethics and are applicable to the administration of all secure state-mandated tests.
Ethical testing practices include but are not limited to
1. informing students about the tests and why the tests are important;
2. informing students and parents about how the tests and test results will be used;
3. preparing students to take the tests;
4. ensuring that all eligible students take the tests;
5. encouraging students to attempt to respond to all test items and do their very best; and
6. sharing the results of the tests along with any available interpretation of the scores with students and parents within the allotted timelines.
SOARING TO EXCELLENCE
May 4: Baseball Home
May 5: Soccer @ NorthMoore
May 6: Baseball Home
May 7: Grade 2 & 5 Tech Pilot Showcase at Union Pines HighSchool 5:30
May 9: Carowins Trip Band
May 11: SIT / TAC Meeting 2:45
May 12: Spring Music Concert 6:00
May 19: Freshman Orientation for rising 8th graders @NMHS 6:00pm
May 21: Grade K 2015-2016 Parent Pin Night and Art Show
May 25: Memorial Day
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!!!!!
Tuesday: Fresh Strawberries
Wednesday: Lunch; Valentis'
Thursday: Sandra's Doughnuts
Friday: Sweet Tabel
Daily Expectations for Soaring to Excellence
Positive Emotional ClassroomAlignment to Standards
Posted and Aligned "I Can Statements"
Our Children all Need Great Teachers Like You
You once had a choice
And you chose to teach
And every day
It's our children you reach
You make the difference
In the life of each child
Those that are quiet
And those that are wild
It's the way that you teach
You do it so well
They look up to you
And think you are swell
You teach from your heart
That's plain to see
They think you're divine
And we all agree
Please never forget
And remember it's true
Our children all need
Great teachers like you
We appreciate you
And we value your time
And if you should forget
Please re-read this rhyme
Go Team Highfalls!!!!!