FHSD Elementary Math/Science Update

September 24, 2014

Welcome to the Elementary Math Newsletter

In order to create a better communication format for teachers, Carrie Hepburn and I have decided to separate into two newsletters - Math/Science and ELA. The FHSD Elementary Math/Science Update will focus on enVision math, Units of Study with a Science focus, professional development, assessments, and other information as needed. We are trying to stagger when you receive these so you are not getting everything at once.

Assessment Information for First Quarter

The First Quarter District Assessment Window has moved to September 29 to October 3. Copies should arrive from print shop by the open date. Assessments will be available in Mastery Connect (and drop into your trackers) on September 25th. Please be sure your data is in Mastery Connect before leaving for Fall Break.


A few of you have asked about why some district tests (performance tasks and sometimes quick checks) are formative and some are summative. Anytime we still have more topics in a specific domain, a test is considered formative. There is more time for students to work on the overall concept, so the assessment gives you information on what else needs to be reinforced during class, in small group, or during intervention time. At the end of a domain (noted on your teacher topic planners by color), there should be a summative assessment that will tell you the level of mastery for students overall. The domains are noted in each grade level with these colors:

· Blue= Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

· Pink= Operations and Algebraic Thinking

· Orange: Data and Measurement

· Purple: Geometry

· Light Blue (3-5 only): Numbers and Operations – Fractions

· Green (Kdg only): Counting and Cardinality


Here are the assessments in first quarter for each grade level that should be in Mastery Connect:


  • Kdg: Performance Task 1, Performance Task 2, FHSD Quarter 1 Test
  • Grade 1: FHSD Beginning of Year Test, Quick Check 1-6, Quick Check 2-5, FHSD Quarter 1 Test
  • Grade 2: FHSD Beginning of Year Test, Performance Task 2, Performance Task 3, possible Performance Task 4 (may need to be completed closer to beginning of 2nd quarter), FHSD Quarter 1 Test
  • Grade 3: FHSD Beginning of Year Test, Performance Task 2, Performance Task 3, FHSD Quarter 1 Test
  • Grade 4: FHSD Beginning of Year Test, Performance Task 1, Performance Task 2, Quick Check 3-4, FHSD Quarter 1 Test
  • Grade 5: FHSD Beginning of Year Test, Performance Task 1, Performance Task 3, FHSD Quarter 1 Test (Performance Task 2 data will not be collected by the district due to issues on Mastery Connect - this was discussed at the 9/19 PD day)

Reminder for report card grades

The report card handbook has specifics about how to grade each section of the report card for math. As a reminder, the following categories should be marked for the first quarter grade card.

  • Kindergarten: Mathematical Practices, Counting and Cardinality
  • Grade 1: Mathematical Practices, Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Grade 2: Mathematical Practices, Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Grade 3: Mathematical Practices, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, if PLC wants to add Operations and Algebraic Thinking they can but it is not required 1st quarter (this is a change from the report card handbook)
  • Grade 4: Mathematical Practices, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten
  • Grade 5: Mathematical Practices, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

Keep in mind that you should be basing your report card grade on the material that you have covered this quarter. For example, in Kindergarten, you will get to number 10 in enVision, so your grade will be based on how well students have shown understanding on numbers 0-10, and not all the way to 100. If you have questions about categories of reporting for first quarter, please let me know.

Accessing the K-2 Interactive Math Stories for Printing

A few teachers have asked about printing the interactive math stories. If you would like to print these off (one per topic), please follow the directions below.


Open the Teacher Edition eText and click on the following:

*Program Resources

*Printable Resources

*Topic ___ Lesson Masters

*Interactive Math Stories

Read Works Science articles for Reading Comprehension

If you need some additional non-fiction comprehension practice or reading for building background knowledge, check out the Read Works collection of science articles. This site is free for teachers and has articles leveled by lexile and grouped by specific curricular areas.

K - 12th Grade Science Articles for Reading Comprehension

Every article is paired with a question set that:

• Is based explicitly on the text
• Provides scaffolding for complex student understanding and includes inferential questions
​• Models the questions that good readers should be asking themselves as they read ​

Think Central logins

Teachers in Grades K-3 should be able to access Think Central by going to www.thinkcentral.com. User names are either first initial+last name or first and middle initial+last name. Your current password is your 5-digit employee number. After your first login, you should be prompted to change your password. If you have trouble getting logged in, please let me know. Thanks!