SLP Schools Online: Grades 7-8
September 22, 2021 Newsletter
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SLP Schools Online 7-8 families,
It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching the end of September! This week, we have started to get into a routine of online learning. Students’ electives classes are now in full swing, adding to their four core classes. As mentioned last week, Schoology continues to be the primary place to go for information about classes, schedules and communication.
Next week, Westwood will host a curriculum night, an opportunity to learn more about the courses your child is taking and expectations. Your student’s teachers will be posting videos in each of their Schoology courses. These videos will give you more detailed information about how the school year will look in each class. Some things that might get covered in these videos are: expectations in each course, grading, communication and curriculum that will be covered. These videos will be posted by Tuesday evening. Please reach out to teachers with any questions.
During the month of October, students in grades K-10 across the district will participate in Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments in reading and math. While teachers are regularly assessing each student’s progress in learning, assessments like these provide additional information about progress in reading and math over time. Please review the details in today’s newsletter and complete the request for information at your earliest convenience.
It feels really good to get back into a rhythm and routine for school. It’s fun to see the students interacting with their teachers online! As always, if you have any questions, please reach out!
Westwood Intermediate and Middle School
MAP assessment plan for grades 7-8 online
Your child’s teacher is regularly assessing your child’s progress in their learning. Additionally, we use Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments to look at progress in reading and math over time across grade levels, schools and the district as a whole. This fall SLP students in grades K–10 will be taking MAP assessments.
Teachers use the information these assessments provide to personalize learning experiences and will share information with families during upcoming conferences. Our school and district use information from these assessments to look at overall math and reading performance over time. This helps us determine how learning is going for all students.
Students need to take these assessments in person
We are hoping all our SLP Schools Online students can participate, and we will follow strict health and safety protocols, including masking and physical distancing. However, if you do not feel comfortable having your child come in person to take these assessments, they will not be penalized.
We will be taking these assessments the week of October 11– 15 at a central district location. The assessments will take about two hours for students in Grades 3-8. We can be flexible with times and dates of testing if you are able to provide transportation for your child(ren). If you are not able to provide transportation and live within the school district boundaries, we will provide transportation, but dates and times of testing will be limited.
We need to hear from you
At this time, we need to know if you need transportation for your child to the assessment location within the district.
Please complete this form by Monday, September 27.
If we do not hear from you by September 27, we will follow up by email and/or phone. Please reach out to Tyler Nelson if you have any questions or if you need help with the form.
Announcement of Game Coming, Starting September 27
Win $500 for your school and $50 Panther Store gift card for you! Starting Monday, September 27 visit the sweepstakes page to enter the daily Panther Pride Sweepstakes. Show your Panther Pride and Spirit by answering a trivia question daily, September 27 – October 6. Families can enter one time each day and can include all students in the family. A student winner and a staff winner for each school will be drawn on Thursday, October 7 and winners will be acknowledged at the Spring Lake Park High School Homecoming game on Friday, October 8. Good luck!
Celebrating our retirees
Congratulations to the 25 staff members who retired during the 2020 and 2021 school years and who were honored and recognized at yesterday's retirement event. As a learning community, we gather to recognize their tremendous contributions to our schools and community and celebrate their next steps with them.
Read more as staff members shared words they wanted to convey to our Spring Lake Park Schools community about their journey and plans for the future.
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