News from the 'View

Skyview Upper Elementary School

Upcoming Events

Friday 2/5 - Home & School Meeting 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday 2/9 - Outdoor Education Parent Night 7 p.m.
Thursday 2/11 - Report Cards post to portal
Friday 2/12 - No School for Students
Monday 2/15 - Schools/Offices Closed
Tuesday 2/16 - Parent/Teacher Conferences; no school for students
Thursday 2/18 - Outdoor Education Parent Night 7 p.m.
Friday 2/19 - Art Goes to School starts (in art classes)
Week of 2/22 - Proud to Be Me week
Friday 2/26 - Book Fair starts

Parent-Teacher Conferences - February 16th

All students have brought home information about the upcoming conference day on February 16th. The academic teams will be requesting conferences with parents for students (this information has already been sent home.) If you would like to meet with your child's team of teachers either in person or via phone conversation, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

5th Grade Outdoor Education

Information regarding Outdoor Education information has been sent home with students. Information can also be found on our website: http://www.methacton.org/domain/747

The cost for Outdoor Education this year is $150. Payments may be submitted to your child's homeroom teacher or paid on-line (see our website to pay on-line: http://www.methacton.org/Domain/732)

6 to 7 Placement for Math

Please note: specific details on course placement have been highlighted for all areas in previous newsletters.


MATH

There are three courses at 7th grade: Honors Algebra, Honors Pre-Algebra and Pre-Algebra.

In order to determine which course a student qualifies for in 7th grade we will look at several data points.

In the “first round” we look at data points including: scores on common (chapter) assessments, mid-year Study Island benchmark score and scores on two (2) universal screening tests that all 6th grade students will take in January. (Families will be notified of dates of these screeners in January.) Students earn points on a rubric for each of these areas. Students may then qualify for the “second round” of testing (based on the number of points earned on the rubric.) Students who do not move on to the second round of testing will be recommended for Pre-Algebra. Those students moving on to the second round of testing will receive written notification.

In the “second round” of testing students who qualify take two further tests (multiple choice and open-ended.) The purpose of the second round of testing is to determine eligibility for the honors level classes. Students again earn points on a rubric for their performance on each of these tests. Based on the results and points accumulated on the rubric students are then recommended for Honors Algebra, Honors Pre-Algebra or Pre-Algebra.

At this point in time all students at Skyview have participated in the (2) universal screener tests mentioned above. The second round of testing (mentioned above) will take place on February 23 and February 25 for those students who qualify. If your child qualifies for this second round of testing you will receive written notification.

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Google Expeditions at Skyview!

We were excited to be able to welcome google education to Skyview this week! Our students had the honor of being one of the first schools in Pennsylvania to participate in Google Expeditions.

Hoops for Heart

All students are receiving information in Physical Education classes about our annual Hoops for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Students will participate in after school events on March 1st (grade 5) and March 2nd (grade 6). The top ten fundraisers in each grade will be invited to participate in our student/faculty basketball games.