SCS News Brief

February 27, 2019

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Quick Updates

Photos for Yearbook: If your child missed school picture day for their individual photo, or would like their photo retaken, Lifetouch photographers will be taking photos again on March 21st.

Parent Night Presentation: Wednesday, February 27th the PTA is hosting a special presentation for parents provided by Megan Murphy, the founder of The Kindness Rocks Project. Megan will be providing a special assembly for our students the following day to help spread kindness throughout our school. Please join us on 2/27 in the SCS Gym at 7:00 PM!

Read Across America Week 2/25 through 3/1: Students and staff will celebrate Read Across America Week with special learning activities throughout the week. ***Special note: on Friday 3/1 students may wear their Physical Education uniform sweat pants or any other uniform pant/skirt to school with a shirt or sweatshirt that reflects the theme, "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

Parent Presentation Wednesday 2/27/19 at 7:00 PM in SCS Gym

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Upcoming Events

2/25-3/1 Read Across America Week! Special learning activities and themes integrated throughout the week.

3/1 First Friday Mass 9:00 AM

3/4 through 3/8 IOWA TESTING

3/6 Uganda Ice Cream Sale

3/21 Picture Re-takes

Confirmation Retreat 4:30-9:00 PM

3/22 Mother/Son Outing

3/29 School Closed, Staff Spirituality Day

4/3 Uganda Ice Cream Sale

4/5 First Friday Mass 9:00 AM

4/13 Casino Night

4/18 Easter Prayer Service 9:00 AM

Early Dismissal 12:30 PM

4/19-4/28 School Closed Easter Vacation

**Save the Date** Annual Spring Show May 9th

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Parish Music Ensemble visit SCS for a special performance

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IOWA Testing

Dear Family,

From Monday, March 4th to Friday, March 8th, your student will take the Iowa Assessments™. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about the tests so that—with your support and encouragement—your student will do his or her best on the tests.

About the Iowa Assessments

The Iowa Assessments help determine how students (grade 2 through 8)are performing on nationwide standards. These assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Reading, Listening, Language, Mathematics, Computation, Social Studies, and Science. The exact tests that your student takes will depend on his or her grade level.

The Iowa Assessments help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.

Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help inexperienced test takers understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.

Most sample questions are read aloud, and students mark their choices in their test booklets by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice.

How your student can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help

A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your student do his or her best by considering these tips:

● Make sure your student is in school and on me on test days. Reschedule dentist appointments and other out-of-school me on non-testing days.

● Make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

● Remind your student that these tests are only one part of the school day. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.

● Remind your student to listen carefully to the directions and to each question as it is read aloud during testing. Encourage your student to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.

Score reporting and how we use test results

The school will receive test scores in 6 to 8 weeks. These scores will indicate how your student performed on the tests compared with students across the nation in the same grade. Discuss the test results with your student, and if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Ciak at 732-449-4424. Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your student during testing.

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