March 23, 2022
Message from Principal Hickox
I hope you are enjoying our Alaskan spring! I love these longer days and all the sunshine. Our students are definitely liking the warmer temperatures outside for recess.
We will have a busy fourth quarter here at Huffman but we are all looking forward to some of our traditional April and May events. One that is approaching quickly is our state testing window. We will be administering these assessments the week of March 28-April 1 for 3rd-6th graders. If possible, please limit out of school appointments this week, and make sure your child is here on time.
In April we are looking forward to our I-Did-A-Read assembly. Special thanks to Debby Salsbury and Diana Sisemore for bringing this popular program back for our students this year. I'd also like to thank Scott Janssen and the Worthy family for their help and support. It has been really fun to watch all of our students move their dogs each morning and get excited about reading. Thank you to all the parents who are signing those logs at home and helping students keep track of minutes.
As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any celebrations, questions or concerns to share.
Molly Hickox, Principal
Huffman Elementary School
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2022 AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment
Each spring, Alaskan students are provided an opportunity to show what they know. When students show what they know, teachers and parents can partner to promote student success. This year, the State of Alaska Department of Education has partnered with NWEA to align the English language arts and mathematics tests with the MAP Growth benchmark assessments students take in fall, winter and spring. This balanced assessment system will target instruction and better support meeting students’ individual learning needs.
AK STAR (Alaska System of Academic Readiness) and the Alaska Science Assessment are administered to students in Grades 3-9 (English language arts and mathematics) and grades 5, 8 and 10 (science) each spring. The purpose of a large-scale, summative assessment is to provide parents and schools an overall picture of a student’s progress in meeting the Alaska standards at his/her grade level. The assessment is taken on the computer and is not timed, but each content area takes approximately 150-180 minutes. Additionally, an English Learner student who has recently arrived to the country in grades 3-9, will not be taking the ELA portion of AK STAR.
Parents can locate resources for the new AK STAR test and the Alaska Science Assessment, including directions for Practice tests and Tutorials on the ASD website at https://www.asdk12.org/akstar.
Parents can also help by ensuring their children are well rested, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are at school on time for the days of testing. Please avoid scheduling appointments on your child’s testing days.
The ASD AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment testing window allows for school assessment scheduling flexibility. Students! Get ready to show what you know during our school’s AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment testing dates: March 28-April 1.