MVCA Elementary Weekly Update

Week of May 2nd

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!!!!!

To Our Incredible Teaching Staff,

A simple thank you doesn't seem to be enough for the hard work this team does each and every day! I am truly humbled by the dedication of our staff to our students and school. This year has challenged each and everyone of us, and I am proud to say we are stronger because of it. I am excited to see the efforts of hard work in our NWEA scores. I am confident that we will show the expected growth. While I know we are all counting down the days until the end of the year (29 Days!), I'm excited for the planning that is already happening for next school year!

Thank you for what you do each and every day!
Shannon

PS - Look for a few surprises via email and mail this week!

To Our MVCA Heroes:

For the Heroes: A Pep Talk From Kid President

NWEA Spring Testing Begins!!!

Today is the first day of our spring testing window! Below you will find all the needed details, links, and how FAST will be supporting our make-up testing efforts!!!

Invalidations/Roster Adjustment Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hL7TdxAAx0brNfpKiKXtMzLz7g981IDDueIh8q7p51I/edit?usp=sharing

As soon as test scores are available teachers need to review and immediately contact families regarding retests. Any student whose score dropped from fall to spring must retest.

Testing Date

Scheduled Times


Monday, May 2

Reading

2nd Grade: 9 am and 12 pm

3rd Grade: 10 am and 1 pm

4th Grade: 10 am and 1 pm

5th Grade: 9 am and 1 pm

6th Grade: 11 am and 2 pm


Tuesday, May 3

Math

2nd Grade: 9 am and 12 pm

3rd Grade: 10 am and 1 pm

4th Grade: 10 am and 1 pm

5th Grade: 9 am and 1 pm

6th Grade: 11 am and 2 pm


Wednesday, May 4

Make-ups/Retests

2nd Grade: 9 am and 12 pm

3rd Grade: 10 am and 1 pm

4th Grade: 10 am and 1 pm

5th Grade: 9 am and 1 pm

6th Grade: 11 am and 2 pm


Thursday, May 5

Make-ups/Retests

  • There will be not set times.
  • Multiple sessions should be offered each day.
  • Grade level teams (HR Teacher/Interventionist/Case Managers) should communicate with each regarding make-up sessions.
  • Teams should create a google doc to communicate with each other, who still needs to test, who needs a retest, what students need phone calls, who will be making the calls, etc.


Friday, May 6

Make-ups/Retests

  • There will be not set times.
  • Multiple sessions should be offered each day.
  • Grade level teams (HR Teacher/Interventionist/Case Managers) should communicate with each regarding make-up sessions.
  • Teams should create a google doc to communicate with each other, who still needs to test, who needs a retest, what students need phone calls, who will be making the calls, etc.



FAST NWEA SUPPORT

Week of May 2nd: FAST 3/6/4/7 MSTEP Not Confirmed Calls.

FAST team members will contact families who have not yet confirmed their MSTEP testing site for the 4th and 7th grade window while teachers are proctoring NWEA. The number of calls will vary by site and should decrease as we get closer to the testing window, but each FASL is assigned a site(s) below to assist with calls the week of May 2nd.

Amela Redzic – Dearborn,

Muaz Redzic – Dearborn, Marquette

Loannie Houston – Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor

Meron Kahssai – Lansing, Bay City, Jackson

Gayle Korhorn – Big Rapids, Benton Harbor, Dundee, Escanaba

Kevin Todd – Clinton Township, Gaylord

Marla Baldwin – Grand Rapids, Coldwater

Annmarie Bingle – Farmington Hills, Kincheloe

Jonathan Horton- Flint, Cadillac

Sheryl Krenzke – Muskegon, Port Huron, Traverse City, Watersmeet, West Branch


May 9th – June 1st - NWEA Make-up Sessions and Retest Support

Specific FAST team members will contact any student that has not completed NWEA and schedule make-up sessions with those students. Members of the regional team will also support NWEA make-ups by holding make-up testing sessions. 4th and 7th grade NWEA make-ups will not be held on May 10 & 11 due to MSTEP.


2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grade – Loannie Houston, Gayle Korhorn, Amber Calvert

5th & 6th Grade –Kevin Todd, Sheryl Krenzke, Summer Shelton

7th & 8th Grade- Meron Kahssai , Annmarie Bingle, Theresa Boardman

Kindles for NWEA Growth!!!

Students who make growth on NWEA will be entered for a change to win a Kindle!!!! Please message this out to your students and families!!!
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Curriculum Locks for NWEA and MSTEP

I will be locking curriculum for students for 3rd and 6th grade students that have not completed NWEA and MSTEP by Thursday morning. All other locks will happen for students that have not completed NWEA by Friday afternoon.

For students that are No-Shows for MSTEP testing - Their curriculum will be locked and a mandatory meeting with me must be held before it is unlocked. This is for students that we were not able to get a hold of and did not attend testing, not opt-out students.
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Retention Conferences

For students that are being retained, we'll need to hold retention conference by June 13th. I suggest starting to hold starting June 1st. This provides the most up-to-date information.

You will be provided a PPT template to include in these conferences that includes: a review of student data and an action plan entering next year.

Content Coaches and I, will be available to attend conferences for difficult parents. Remember, the school has a responsibility to put the needs of the student first. We will do what is in the best interest of the students. A sign-up document will be shared to sign-up for admin/content coach support for these conferences.

Also, Special Education students can be retained only if a case conference is held and the committee agrees with retention. Please share concerns with case managers, so these can be scheduled and the discussion held.
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Important Upcoming Dates

May 10 & 11 - 4th and 7th Grade MSTEP
May 13 - Last day for 3rd & 6th MSTEP Testing
May 27 - Last Day for MI-Access, 4th & 7th Grade MSTEP
May 30 - No School - Memorial Day
June 1 - NWEA Window Closes
June 10 - DIBELS Window Closes
June 13th Last Day of School
June 13th Retention Conferences Due
June 13th ILP QTR 4 Action Notes Due (More info on this to come)
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The following staff are celebrating birthdays this month:

Alyssa Fenstermacher - April 27

If we missed your birthday, please email Shannon at share@k12.com