Johnson's Journal

Jottings from October

FAST Testing

In recent weeks we completed our first round of testing in the areas of reading and math. We have moved to FAST testing as opposed to the previously used NWEA testing. We found these tests to take less time than NWEA. We were able to test in our classrooms on the iPads. The tests were shorter in length, so the students didn't appear as bogged down as they seemed to get after testing in the computer lab. These tests will give us a quick check of growth and can be given throughout the school year. I will share their results at conferences in November.

Fall Party

Thank you to all the parents that contributed treats for our fall party before MEA Break. We had a busy week with the author visit and various other activities. We enjoyed some time playing board games and snacking.

Kathryn Otoshi visited Wagner on October 14, 2014.

Box Top and Label Contest

Each classroom will be collecting Box Tops for Education, Campbell's Soup Labels, Our Family Labels for Learning, Econo Foods receipts, and Food Club points. The Wagner classroom that collects the most for the contest will receive a rootbeer float party.

The contest will run October 27th-October 31st. Feel free to send these items in at any time.

Upcoming dates:

October 31st - End of first quarter

November 4th - No school due to teacher workshop

November 18th & 20th - Conferences 4:00-7:00 p.m.

November 21st - Conferences 8:00-11:00 a.m.

***The sign-up sheets for conferences are in the front hallway near the office.