4th Grade Newsletter

Mon., November 30, 2020 - Fri., December 11, 2020

On-Track Calendar

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Dec. 1st-4th - MOY Screener
  • Dec. 16th - Last day of the 2nd Quarter; all OLS lessons must be completed by 5:00 pm to count for this quarter
  • Dec. 17th-Jan.5th - No School - Winter Break

MOY NWEA Map Growth Screener

The NWEA Map Screener is much like an eye exam. No one is telling you what to see, only you are telling the doctor what you see. In the same way, the NWEA MAP Growth assessment is an opportunity for students to state what they "see" in math and reading. The first score of the year set the goals for the school year. We will use the middle of year screener to see how much growth has happened so far.

MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that kids take two to three times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time. The results also set the goals for the school year specifically using the percentile rank. To measure one year's growth, a student should either increase or stay equal to the beginning of the year percentile rank.

Example: Linda scored a 205 which placed her in the 65th percentile. For Linda to make one year's growth and stay equal to the 65th percentile, she will need to increase her score to 217 by the end of the school year.

The NWEA MAP Growth assessment includes multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, and other types of questions. You can view the practice test below.

Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

NWEA Map Growth Practice

Username: grow Password: grow

Mindplay and Exact Path

The 4th grade teachers understand the workload of each of our students. We also understand the significance of having the extra resources of Mindplay and Exact Path and what these programs can do for each student. With those things in mind, we have tried to lighten the load for students. 4th graders started a new schedule last Thursday, October 29th where students in targeted classes will only come to their targeted class two times a week. Our goal is that your student would spend that time back working in Mindplay and Exact Path.

The expectation is that every 4th grader spends 60 minutes a week working in Exact Path either on their specific Learning Path or on an assignment assigned by the teacher. The work that students do in Exact Path will be used in the gradebook.

The expectation for Mindplay is just like other courses within the OLS. Each 4th grader is assigned lessons with specific due dates in the OLS. They will be need to be completed just like all other course work. You will notice Mindplay showing up on the Bison On Track Calendar.

If you have questions, please reach out to your 4th graders teacher.

Grading Category Weights

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Course Information


Students will continue to work on using context clues to find the meaning of words and summarizing a passage.

Please have your student read at least 20 minutes everyday.


Students will be exploring different strategies for multiplying 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers and 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers.

Learning Coaches, please be aware that the OLS has some "different" strategies for multi-digit multiplication. We will be teaching a variety of methods. What works for one student may not work for another so we want to give each student a strategy that makes sense to them.

Please have your student practice their multiplication facts everyday.

Continue Multiplication Practice

It is vital for our fourth graders to know how to multiply. Division, fractions, perimeter, area, etc. are all built off of multiplication. There are many strategies out there to support your fourth grader in mastering this skill. 4th graders are expected to know multiplication facts between 0-12. This means they know from 0 x 0=0 all the way to 12x12=144.

Spend 20 minutes each school day working on multiplication facts this school year.

Multiplication Strategy- Double, Double

Media Release Form

OVCA is focused on providing a safe virtual learning environment. With this in mind, we ask that a legal guardian complete the below survey for each student enrolled with OVCA. The media release form includes two sections: Photograph, Testimonial and Interview Release, and Face to Face Platform (webcam) Usage School-Guardian-Student Compact. You will be given the choice to accept or decline each opportunity.

Together we can help students reach their full potential through personalized learning this year! Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.

Role of a Learning Coach

With K12-powered personalized learning, you play an active and important role in your child’s education.

Important Websites

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Teacher Contact Information

The Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access educational programs and activities. As required by Title IX, the Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, in its educational programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Title IX non-discrimination matters:

  • Angie Foust, Title IX Coordinator, afoust@okvirtual.org, (405) 259-9478 ext 2069, 1160 S Douglas, Midwest City, OK 73130
  • Additionally, you may contact the Office of Civil Rights by calling 1-800-421-3481.