Sipley School Weekly Newsletter

Week of Monday, March 16, 2015

To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?

Katharine Graham

Final Unit Math Assessments

We are continually examining ways to enhance teaching and learning. In order to better communicate with parents we are asking all staff to begin sending home all final math tests (the tests of which scores are entered into the online grade book). We believe having the actual final math assessment, in addition to the student's self-reflection sheet, will help parents understand what their child knows and doesn't know from the unit of study. In addition, all parents should receive an introductory parent letter at the start of each math unit sharing information about the upcoming mathematical work students will be doing in class.

Math Curriculum

We are in the process of moving our curriculum guides to a more accessible location for students, parents, and staff. Take a look at the math curriculum for your child's grade level by following the link below. Once the link is opened, click Math>Choose the grade level you want to view>the unit you would like to view

PARCC Update

I was actively involved in PARCC testing this week as I worked with grade 4 students. PARCC testing went smoothly. We had a minor flaw in our schedule on Wednesday that impacted 6th grade. That scheduling error was my fault. I should have moved 6th grade to test in the afternoon. Other than my own scheduling error, the technology side of PARCC testing revealed zero complications. The test itself didn't seem to stress students out. The practice tests appeared to parallel the actual test (http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/). Our students will take the math test sessions next week.


Students in grades 3 - 6 will take the End of Year PARCC assessment in May. Interested folks can use the link provided here to take the "EOY Practice Test, Computer-based Practice Test."


I am not sure when we will get the results of the PARCC assessment, however, we will use the information to triangulate other information that describes student learning.

STP Variety Show

Don't miss out on our Variety Show this Friday at 7:00. It is held at JJHS. It is a fun event.

Here is a Glance at the Week Ahead

Monday - School Board Meeting at JJHS, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday - PARCC Testing, Math Session 1, grades 3 - 6

Wednesday - PARCC Testing, Math Session 2, grades 3 - 6

Wednesday - STP Meeting at Sipley, 6:45 p.m.

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