January 11, 2016
1) What is a benchmark test? A benchmark test is a comprehensive test that asks questions over topics that are covered any time throughout the year. These tests give teachers feedback about how well students have learned taught material as well as how much they know about not-yet-taught material.
2) When will students take these tests? Most students will take the math exam on Tuesday during math class and the ELA test on Wednesday during ELA class. The tests are pretty long. Students will have one period to take each of the tests.
3) Are these tests graded? A benchmark test, by its nature, is to inform instruction (tell teachers where students are in their progress toward the overall standards for the year.) Therefore it is not designed to be a major grade. Most teachers will give some points based on effort.
4) Can I get my results? Since this is the first time we've taken these benchmark exams, we are not sure about our plan for reporting. Once we find out more about the process, we'll inform you how to see your results.
There are several benefits for us in this testing program. The test will give us feedback about what we know and what we need to know. It will tell us who needs extra help in our Connect help sessions. And it will be good practice for the tech-enhanced style questions that we'll be seeing on ISTEP+ in a few weeks.
Good luck to all students. Work it.
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After School - What's the Rule?
Between all of our winter sports and clubs, we've got about 200 students that could be staying after school on any given night. If you are in a sport or club, here is a reminder about the expectations of those staying after school.
1) Always communicate with your parent if you plan to stay after school! Don't stay after school without permission.
2) Make sure your ride is arranged prior to staying after school. If your club ends at 4:00, have you ride ready to get you at 4:00.
3) If you have a sports bus or a later practice, you need to go home after school and come back OR stay after school under the supervision of a staff member. For example, if you have a practice at 5:00, you can't just run around school for two hours.
4) If you have a late practice or bus and you do leave campus, please do not report back ultra early. If you are to report at 5:00 for a game, please do not return early.
These guidelines are for student safety. Anytime you are on campus, you should be supervised. This helps keep you safe and healthy and also keeps you from any negative situations that may come up if peers have made poor choices.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Mon. 11: SNOW DAY
Tue. 12: SNOW DAY
Wed. 13 B: Cross 7:45a, Science Olympiad 3-4:30, Wrestling v. Highland Hills, 6 BB @ Silver Creek
Thu. 14A /Connect: Stu Co 7:15am, Archery 3-4:30, Art Club 3-4, 6 GB v. Salem, 6 BB @ Henryville, 7 BB A/B v. Austin
Fri. 15 B:
Sat. 16: 7/8 GB @ Salem Tourney
Mon. 18 A/Connect: MLK, Jr. Day (school in session), Science Olympiad 3-4:30, 7/8 BB @ Brownstown, 7/8 GB @ Seymour