Parent Meerkat Message-September

From the Desk of Principal Webb

Important Dates

Aug 31 Dr. Maria Montessori's 150th Birthday


Sept 1 Transition to National School Lunch

Sept 2 Early Release Day (12:15pm)

Sept 3 Mastery Connect BOY Assessment (ELA) for 3rd and 5th grades

Sept 4 Mastery Connect BOY Assessment (Math) for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades

Sept 7 HOLIDAY-No school for students and staff

Sept 8 Mastery Connect BOY Assessment Make Up Day

Sept 10 Mastery Connect BOY Assessment Make Up Day

Sept 10 Full Body PTA Zoom Meeting 6:30-8pm (Zoom link coming soon)

Sept 14-17 K-5 iReady Reading and Math Diagnostic Assessments for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. (NOTE: 4th Graders will take the i-Ready Math and the Mastery Connect Reading this week).

Sept 16 Early Release Day (12:15pm)

Sept 21 MSIT 4:30-6pm

Sept 28 Teacher Workday- No School for Students


Oct 7 Early Release Day

Beginning of the Year Assessment Update

DPS's Research and Accountability Office has set the beginning of the year (BOY) assessment windows for schools in order to gather information in student knowledge of current skills (i-Ready Reading and Math) and to determine if there are any gaps in the mastery of standards taught (Mastery Connect Reading and Math). This information is important to help teachers differentiate instruction and provide lessons and activities that will actively engage student learning and promote academic growth.


This year, DPS will use the online i-Ready Diagnostics for K-5 Reading and Math assessments. Istation will no longer be used to assess K-3 Reading.


This is also the first year in grades 3rd-5th in which we will utilize Mastery Connect (along with i-Ready) for a beginning of the year (BOY) assessment. Typically, Mastery Connect (formally Case 21) is used with grades 3-5 at the middle of the year (MOY) and end of the year (EOY) to check student growth and provide interventions/enrichment in preparation for the state's End of Grade assessment (EOGs).



There are approximately 20 questions on each Mastery Connect assessment. This is an untimed online assessment. Students can take breaks as needed. If students should experience technical difficulties, teachers will be available for support. If issues cannot be resolved immediately, there are two make up days students can revisit the assessment where they left off. Please allow your student to take the assessment on their own.



The BOY assessment schedule for Morehead is as follows (it is also posted on our school website calendar):



Sept 3 Mastery Connect BOY Assessment (Reading) for 3rd and 5th grades

Sept 4 Mastery Connect BOY Assessment (Math) for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades

Sept 8 Mastery Connect BOY Assessment Make Up Day

Sept 10 Mastery Connect BOY Assessment Make Up Day

Sept 14-17 K-5 iReady Reading and Math Diagnostic Assessments for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. (NOTE: 4th Graders will take the i-Ready Math and the Mastery Connect Reading).