Otsego Jr. High
Weekly Update - January 15, 2016
Mr. Wiley's Weekly Message
Coming home with your student today are tests results from last year’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC) and American Institutes for Research test (AIR). These individual results will come in a friendly format to explain exactly how your student did on these tests.
Over the next few days, you may hear how Otsego did on these tests. Speaking for the junior high school, I can tell you up front: Not very good. Our scores were low, as were most of the districts across the state because this test was newer and harder. However, we are not going to use that as an excuse. We have identified some areas we need to work on and we have already implemented plans to address these weaknesses. Specifically, the state gives us standards we must teach. I have asked our teachers to break down these standards and make sure they are met during the school year. Additionally, we are reaching out to students who fall between the cracks, those who struggle, but do not have an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP, for students with a learning disability) and focusing on interventions for them.
I can tell you what we are not going to do: Teach to the test. We still believe that learning is the most important thing at the junior high school, not just doing well on a state mandated test. I told the teachers at the beginning of the year to not worry about testing and I still believe that is the right thing to do. The students will learn when the teachers are allowed to teach and not have to worry about students passing a test.
Finally, I need parents to remind their children of the importance of school. Ask them about school, check on their grades, communicate with their teachers, and emphasize that they do their best in each subject and on the state mandated tests. We will take the tests later this spring and it will be a little different this year. The PARCC tests that everyone hated last year is gone and replaced with the AIR test. Because of that, there will no longer be the option to opt out. With everyone taking the tests and our renewed emphasis on teaching the standards, I expect our scores to improve next year.
A SNEAK PEEK IN THE JH!
Mrs. Apple's Class:
7th gd Genius Hour today- do eggs float in all types of water? Jocelynn knows!!
Mr. Rohn's Class:
Holy movie poster book report! Great use of photo editing, Jenna!
Quiz Bowl Schedules:
Jr. High Winter Sports Schedule & Forms
Boys basketball game canceled January 11 has been reschedule for February 11 @ Eastwood.
Athletic Attendance Policy (See item #4 in Athletic Responsibility Waiver)
To participate in a contest or attend practice, an athlete must be in school all day of the contest unless prior arrangements are made with the principal. In the case of a week night contest, an athlete or cheerleader must be in attendance the entire following day in order to participate in the next contest.
This eligibility policy will apply to any student athletes, managers, statisticians, cheerleaders, and other extracurricular activities at OJHS involving students in grades 7 and 8. The junior high school principal or district superintendent may declare a student immediately ineligible for involvement in a serious offense.