Orchard Primary School

Virtual Family Newsletter - - - - - - - January 2021

Accelerated Education UPDATE - Assignment Submission

Last week, an update was released to the Buzz system that allows students to take pictures of assignments/projects and upload them directly! This is a HUGE step forward in functionality for Buzz and will greatly simplify the steps necessary for students to complete workbook assignments!

Please take a moment to watch this short video below, or view the How-To Guide.

Video: https://view.vzaar.com/22501227/video (2:48)

How-To Guide:


Accelerate Education Students returning to in-person instruction...

Families participating in ACS's virtual option, Accelerate Education, that wish to return to in-person instruction can do so during the upcoming return window. The next return window is in March. Please let the office know by Wednesday, March 10th if you would like your child to return to in-person learning. Students would return on Monday, March 15th which is the start of the third Trimester at OP.

NWEA Winter Testing Dates - Mark the Calendar!

All Orchard Primary students will be taking the NWEA test this winter. Students will use their Chromebooks to take this test. The test is untimed, older grades may take up to an hour or more to test, while younger grades may take less time. Teachers use the NWEA assessment to determine students' strengths and needs. Parents are strongly encouraged not to help their children with answers to this test. Kindergarten and 1st-grade students can listen to portions of the test. Grades 2-4 will be required to read the test themselves. Parents should not read the questions for the children. This is the same assessment virtual students took in the fall.

Virtual Students testing schedule:

Monday, February 1st - NWEA Reading - online students grades K-4 at 9:00 am

Thursday, February 4th - NWEA Math - online students grades K-4 at 9:00 am

Friday, February 5th - NWEA Makeups - all online makeups grades K-4

Mark Your Calendar...

  • Tuesday, January 19th Semester B courses go live. Semester A will no longer be available.
  • Friday, February 12th & 15th No School for Virtual Students
  • Monday, March 29th - Friday, April 2nd No School for Virtual Students Spring Break