Sipley School Parent Newsletter
Week of January 6, 2014
Extreme Cold Predicted for Monday, January 6. A Message from Dr. Skinner:
Woodridge School District 68 Families:
I hope you have enjoyed the winter break and 2014 is off to a great start for you and your family!
In case you weren't aware, the forecast calls for a high temp of -9 degrees on Monday, January 6th with wind chills in the negative double digits.
DuPage County superintendents have been monitoring the predictions of extremely cold temperatures. If there is a decision to cancel school on Monday, we will not make it until Sunday evening when we are more certain of the forecast.
We are notifying you of this potential situation so that you have time to make plans in the event school should be canceled. The safety of our students will remain a priority. We will let you know about the decision either way as early as possible on Sunday evening.
Dr. Cathy Skinner
Superintendent of Schools
Emergency School Closing Information
Please do not call the school for closing information.
Please be sure that your phone and e-mail contact information is up to date in Skyward Family Access.
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January 13 - February 14 - English Language Learners (ELL) will take the ACCESS test. The test is designed to measure ELLs' social and academic proficiency in English.
January 21 - January 31 - All students take part in STAR testing.
- Kindergarten and first graders take the STAR Early Literacy Assessment.
- Second through sixth grades take the STAR Reading and Math Assessment.
January 21 - January 31 - All students take part in AIMSweb testing.
- Kindergarten is assessed in the areas of letter name fluency, letter sound fluency, and nonsense word fluency.
- First grade is assessed in the areas of letter sound fluency and Reading (measuring the number of words they can read in one minute when given a first grade passage).
- Grades second through sixth grades - Reading (measuring the number of words they can read in one minute when given a grade level passage).
March 3 - March 14 - Students in grades three through six will take part in the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).
- Grades three through six will take part in the math assessment.
- Grades three, four, and six will take part in the language arts assessment.
- Grade four will take part in the science assessment.
March 24 - Aprill 11 - Students in grades four and five will take part in a performance based assessent as part of the PARCC Field Test. This assessment will be done via a computer.
Students will read passages and write several pieces to demonstrate they can:
- Read and understand sufficiently comples texts independently;
- Write effectively when using and analyzing sources; and
- Build and communicate knowledge by integrating, comparing, and synthesizing ideas.
May 5 - June 5 - Students in grade five will take part in an end of the year assessment as part of the PARCC Field Test. This assessment will be done via a computer.
Students will be required to:
- Demonstrate their ability to comprehend a range of sufficiently complex text, including literature, literary nonfiction, and informational text from history/social studies, science, and technical subjects;
- Engage in reading of texts that require them to draw conclusions;
- Interpret the meaning of words and phrases and technical vocabulary; and
- Compare, integrate, and synthesize ideas presented in texts.
Happy New Year!
I wish everyone a great 2014. If there are any questions that I can answer for parents, please let me know.
For your children,