TGMS Weekly Updates

January 11, 2021

iReady Testing Jan. 11 through Jan. 29

Dear Families,

Welcome back from break. We hope you had the opportunity to celebrate the holidays and new year. Beginning January 11th through January 29th, we will be administering the i-Ready Diagnostic test for Reading and i-Ready or ALEKS Diagnostic test for Math. The Diagnostic test is important because it helps us identify what your student knows and what they need to learn.

We need your help to prepare and motivate your child to put forth their best effort. Please partner with us to help:


Prepare for the i-Ready Diagnostic


  1. Talk to your child confirming the dates they will be taking the Diagnostic Test. Keep the following in mind:

    • Your child’s teacher will help proctor the test.

    • Make a plan for testing days being sure to get a good night’s rest and that they eat breakfast.

    • The Diagnostic is untimed but your child should focus on completing the test within the scheduled time.


Middle School/Junior High School Testing Calendar

On testing days, teachers will share times for students to take the test.


January 11 - January 15: Reading Diagnostic

January 18 - January 22: Math Diagnostic

January 25 - January 29: Make-up testing for those students who did not complete the test during the scheduled week.


  1. Test the device(s) your child will use to take the Diagnostic.

    • Check that the device turns on.

    • Check that the device is powered up or is plugged in.

    • Test the audio. Headphones are recommended but not necessary.


  1. How to help your child on test days:

    • Encourage your child to try their best on each question and try not to rush.

    • The diagnostic is adaptive, meaning every child will eventually see challenging content they don't know. When they encounter a challenging question, encourage them to make their best guess.

    • Get a good night’s rest and eat breakfast.

    • Ask your child about the test and celebrate their success at the end of each testing day.


With your help, we will be able to provide your child with a positive testing experience celebrating what they know and identifying what they need to continue to learn. If you have questions, please reach out to your student’s teacher for support.

Progress Reports and Grade Cards

Second quarter grades will be available to view after 4:30 pm Friday, January 8. Please view the attached file with instructions on how to find your student's achievement record on the Infinite Campus Portal.


Each week we are reminding families that it is vitally important that all students log into their attendance in Infinite Campus and complete their assigned classroom work in Google Classroom daily. If your student forgets to check-in for their daily attendance, they should notify their homeroom teacher. We are asking our parents to please assist us in monitoring check-ins on virtual learning days. Parents may view their child's attendance through the Parent Portal.

Nominate a TGMS Staff Shining Star

Do you know a Toll Gate Middle School staff member who has gone over and above - someone who truly made a difference for your child, our school, or our community? Click on the link below to recognize a TGMS staff member as a Shining Star.


TGMS Staff Shining Star

Reminders

January 12, 2021 PTO Meeting @ 7:00 pm

January 18, 2021 No school - Martin Luther King Day