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March 2020 News!

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From The Desk Of Your Principal:

Dear RMS Families,

It looks like Spring is here and hopefully here to stay! I continue to say that it seems like we just started the school year and now, we are close to the finish line. Our school leadership team as well as community can sense the progress made in one short year! While our expectations are high, getting to a place of excellence requires time, dedication, commitment, determination and intentional strategic planning with effective implementation. Again, I am proud of our progress as a school community!.

Springing forward, we have nearly four weeks left to support our students to do their best on the ACT Aspire Summative Assessments. You can read more about the summative assessments in this newsletter. Last week, our school team met for reflective data conversations about the goals we set in January, progress made, and next steps as we prepare students for the end of the year testing. Below are a few practical things to support your child as they prepare for this test. Third quarter ends on March 13, 2020. We begin testing on April 14- April 24th.

During the next four weeks, we will work on a combination of test preparation and curriculum. We will also sit down and complete individualized goal setting with each student based on last year’s results. Lastly, a student committee will work with administration to help kick off testing and incorporate incentive based activities as we head into testing period. Our goal is to ease anxiety, motivate, and again help students develop positive test taking strategies that will follow them into their high school years.

Practical ACT Aspire Test Prep

  1. Attendance Counts

    1. Make sure your child is on time and at school daily. Schedule appointments around after-school hours and during school breaks.

  2. Ensure that students are rested and eat a healthy breakfast.

  3. Positive Attitude

    1. Help your child understand that this assessment is important and we look for them to do their best. These assessments give us knowledge about our students, school, and ways to improve our system.

  4. Review the link below for deeper support on test taking preparation.


Thank you for your continued partnership! Let’s have a great month of March.


Ms. Appiah-McNulty

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Assistant Principal: Ms. Banks

ACT Aspire Summative Assessment Robinson Middle School: April 14- April 24,2020

At Robinson Middle School we sincerely believe that our students are getting the best possible instruction and support to ensure they are performing at the established levels and are progressing toward attainment of individual goals that they’ve created. Based on data shared at our department data reset meetings, common formative assessment results, NWEA Map growth results, multiple interventions and various observations; there is evidence to suggest we will experience significant academic gains for a majority of our students. It is of paramount importance that every student is present each day (especially during the testing window). Please ensure your child arrives at school on time daily with a charged chrome book, is well rested, and displays appropriate behavior so that ALL students are able to perform at their highest level.

Week 1-April 14, 15, 16

Week 2- April 21-22

Make Up sessions will occur daily at the completion of scheduled assessments. There are no assessments scheduled for Mondays or Fridays; however, make up sections may occur on any school day after the assessment schedule begins. During Summative Assessment there will be daily incentives as well as a culminating activity to reward those students who are taking the assessments seriously. Please encourage your child to do their best each & every day.

RMS Band Concert Assessment: Ben Light

Concert Assessment is Tuesday (03/10) at Mills High School. Students perform at 5:10pm. Students must wear black clothes and shoes. We will should return to RMS around 7:00pm. We have been working extremely hard and look forward to positive outcomes!
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RMS Choir News: Fuller

Dear 7th and 8th Grade RMS Choir Parents/Guardians,

Just a quick heads up, our CPA (Choir Performance Assessment) will be Thursday March 12th, 2020. We're not exactly sure of our performance times yet, but as soon as we do, we'll let you know!

For this assessment your child will need to wear:

Girls: All black dress (appropriate school length) or proper black dress pants (NOT JEANS!) and black dress blouse with black dress shoes. (No leggings, jeggings, Vans, Crocs, Chucks or athletic shoes!)

Boys: Black dress shoes, black socks, black dress pants (NOT JEANS!), black belt, white button up shirt and gold/yellow tie. (No joggers, sweat pants, Vans, Crocs, Chucks or athletic shoes!)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Peace, Love, and Chicken Grease,


Math News: Cheryl Brown (RMS Math Coach)

Announcement for RMS Parents (Please, review and share with your child):

The RMS Math Department identified the top 5 priority focus skills for the preparation of the upcoming ACT Aspire Summative Assessment 2020. Cheryl Brown, Math Instructional Facilitator created and assigned each RMS student the custom-designed test-prep pathway (RMS ACT Aspire Math Test-Prep (Grades 6-8)). The focus math concepts are as follows:

  • Fractions Word Problems (JE and IES: Computational Skills)

  • Percents Word Problems (JE and IES: Computational Skills)

  • Decimals Word Problems (JE and IES: Computational Skills)

  • Graphing and Plotting Coordinates (Geometry)

  • Algebra and Functions Word Problems (JE: Expressions and Equations/Number Sense: Multiplication & Division)

During the next 8 weeks, your child will complete this test-prep math pathway weekly. Please, encourage and make sure your child begins working on this Imagine Math (IM) Test-Prep pathway at home (for additional math support). He/She will receive academic incentives for completing and mastering the IM lesson tasks.

Thank you for all that you do!!!!

NEW Robinson Middle School (RMS) - Mathematics Test-Prep Resources Google Sites (Under Construction…Completion Date: By Monday, February 10, 2020)


Additional Math Test-Prep Resources:

The Student Sandbox provides students an opportunity to become familiar not only with ACT Aspire test questions, but also with navigating the TestNav test platform. Like the Exemplar Test Question Booklets, the Student Sandbox will present at least one test question for each reporting category for a given test.

The Student Sandbox should be accessed with a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone.

ACT Aspire Test-Prep: Practice!! Practice!! Practice!!