Washington Wildcats News Post

April 10, 2022

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PTO and Parent Circle Meeting Schedule for Monday, April 11

PTO/Parent Circle Meeting

When: Monday, April 11th, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Washington Elementary School

1100 Anderson Drive, Mankato, MN 56001

*We will meet in the Media Center.


Please join us for a joint meeting of the PTO and Parent Circle group. The PTO will be hosting a meeting and modeling the purpose and important role parents play in their child's school experience. Parent Circle meetings are held at least two times a year with a focus on helping our multilingual families learn about different ways to support their child's school experience.

We will have refreshments and childcare for families who attend.


Please contact us if you need transportation or if you have questions.

EL Teacher - Erin Krueger: 507-345-3059

Liaison - Jamila Ibrahim: 507-327-2507

Liaison - Liliana Cartagena: 507-469-5224

Liaison - Joseph Cham: 507-779-5616

PTO Meeting- April 11, 6:30 PM

Join us online by clicking this buttton or come the Washington Elementary for the in person meeting.


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Parents may wonder how students are placed in classrooms or teams. As a staff we fully understand the importance of assigning students to homeroom teachers and that endeavor is taken very seriously. Grade level teachers, special education staff, counselors and specialists work diligently to develop the schedule. The goal of the placement process is to create heterogeneous class units. This requires balancing the unique needs of each child with the overall school need for cohesive homeroom and classroom sections. There are several items taken into account when creating class lists, such as ratio of boys to girls, students’ educational and socio-emotional needs to name only a few. We believe that if we are successful in creating balanced homeroom situations, all students in each class will have the best chance for learning and success. In early spring, staff begins to develop the school’s schedule for the 2022-23 school year.

If you feel your child has an educational need which should be considered when we place students, Click Here to complete the learning environment form. It will need to be completed/submitted by May 6, 2022. Due to various reasons including retirements and change in staff assignments, completing this form does not guarantee a specific placement. Only requests focused on educational need will be considered. Click Here to complete the form. Only complete this form if you have information to share regarding next year's student placement.

Deadline for completing this form is May 6 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Baier, Principal at 345-3059 or sbaier1@isd77.org. Thank you.

Principal Message

Dear Families:

As we move into the 2nd full week of April, students in grades 3-5 will be taking the Minnesota Comprehesive Assessment. We have set up three 60 minute testing sessions for both reading and math. Additionally, fifth grade will have a science MCA session at the end of the month.

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and alternate assessment Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements. Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility requirements may take the alternate assessment MTAS instead.

The list below shows tests by subject and the grades they are given.

Ø Reading: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)

Ø Mathematics: MCA or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)

Ø Science: MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8, and once in high school)

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) is an assessment administered to all 3rd 4th and 5th grade students in the areas of reading and math. Additionally, 5th grade will take a science assessment.

The schedule for Washington Elementary is as follows:

3rd Grade Reading: April 11-14

3rd Grade Math: April 25-27

4th Grade Reading: April 11-14

4th Grade Math: April 18-20

5th Grade Reading: 3 test sessions on 3 days for each class between April 18-20

5th Grade Math: 3 test session on 3 days between April 27-29

Enjoy the extra long weekend,

Shane Baier



Dear parents/guardians and students:

Our students will be participating in the District 77 sponsored NWEA assessment in reading in math for grades K-5 beginning in April and ending in mid-May. Each grade will take a reading and math assessment. See information below for details about purpose of the assessment and the approximate dates each grade level with test.

NWEA Assessment Schedule:

Kindergarten: Week of April 25-28 and May 2-5

1st Grade: May 11 and 12 and May 18 and 19

2nd Grade: Complete in last week in March and the first week in April

3rd Grade: May 4 and 5 and May 11 and 12

4th Grade: Complete in Mid March

5th Grade: Completed in Mid March

Understanding the North West Evaluation (NWEA)

What is the North West Evaluation (NWEA) assessment?

The NWEA Test engages students, parents and teachers in the use of data to inform student learning. NWEA results will help teachers plan for classroom instruction, small group instruction and additional time and support for enrichment and intervention

How is this test different from other tests students take?

Unlike the state mandated standardized test, the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA), the NWEA test is intended to:

  1. provide immediate feedback to students, parents and teachers

  2. establish student learning level, indicated by a RIT score

  3. demonstrate growth in student learning overtime.

What is the purpose of this assessment?

The purpose of the test is to measure your child's progress and chart growth over time in areas of reading and math. Teachers use the results to set goals with students using the RIT score.

Which tests are given?

K-5: Spring (math and reading) for all students

K-5: Winter NWEA reading and math is an option for grade levels. Information is used formatively to check on learning progress, inform instructional groups and serves as a predictor for where students are related to proficiency targets for the MCA assessment in administered in grades 3-5.

How long does the assessment take to complete?

Typically students take between 25-40 minutes to complete each assessment.

How do I interpret the results using the RIT score?

  1. The RIT score gives us a way to monitor students' progress over time. The score is independent of the age or grade of the student, but reflects the instructional level at which the student is currently performing.

  1. The RIT scale is an equal interval scale much like feet and inches on a yard stick. It is used to chart your student's academic growth from fall to spring and year to year. A RIT score tells you where on the scale your child is performing.

  1. You will be able to determine your progress in comparison to other students in District 77 and the norm group of over 1.5 million students in the United States and Canada.

When will I be able to determine growth in student learning over time?

The results from the spring test will provide you with the opportunity to see growth in student learning from the spring to spring in the areas of reading and math.

Online Learning Option for District 77 to End at the End of the School Year

SOCRATES ending spring 2022

As a response to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, Mankato Area Public Schools and the South Central Service Cooperative worked together to provide an online learning option for the 2021-22 school year. The opportunity for students to attend school online through SOCRATES allowed our students to stay connected with their schools during a time when families were concerned about COVID-19’s impact on their students.

The positive trend of decreasing case numbers gives us hope that the 2022-23 school year will not be significantly impacted by COVID-19, and that we will be able to provide an in person education to all of our students. The projected return to a more typical school year means that MAPS will end its partnership with SCSC’s online school at the end of this school year, and that there will not be a full time online school option for 2022-23.

Students who participated in SOCRATES are enrolled in MAPS and therefore will not need to do anything to return to in person learning in the fall. Families who have questions about the return to in person learning should contact their student’s school principal to discuss these.

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Parent-Teacher Organization; A strong Parntership for Washington Elementary

You can follow us on Facebook for update at www.facebook.com/washingtonptomankato. We will also be sending flyers and posting information soon about our Washington Walkathon and fall picnic on October 7. The Walkathon is the PTO's biggest fundraiser and a fun event for the students during the school day. The evening picnic is a great opportunity to have fun with your family and get to know other Washington Families and will be incorporated with Open House this year. Looking forward to another great year at Washington!

Becca Peterson and Cynthia Ballman- Co-Presidents
TBD- Vice President
Shane Drahota- Treasurer
Aneesa Hojat- Secretary

“Washington PTO is a group of parents, caregivers and school staff dedicated to supporting our kids through learning and enrichment.”

Events Calendar

Coming Events:

April 15- No School

April 18- BLT/Lighthouse Team, 2:40 pm, Media Center

April 19- Excel

April 20- Excel

April 20- SST, 2:40 pm

April 21- Kindergarten Round up, 4:30 and 6:00 pm

April 25- Open Door Clinic

April 26- K-3 Bus Evacuation

April 26- Excel

April 27- Excel (last day)

April 27- SST, 2:40 pm

May 2- BLT Meeting, 2:40 pm in media center

May 4- SST, 2:40 pm

May 9- Grade Level Collaboration, 2:50 pm

May 9- PTO, 6:30 pm

May 10- Late Start

May 11- SST, 2:40 pm

May 12- Olseth Foundation Book Donation at 1:30 pm, 4th gr.

May 12- Staff Meeting, 2:45 pm

May 16- Lighthouse Team/BLT Mtg., 2:40 pm, Media Center

May 17- 5th gr. Field Trip- Children’s Theater

May 18- 5th Grade Field Trip- American Revolution, at Franklin Elementary

May 19- Math Night/PTO Picnic, 5:00 pm

May 20- Educare Spring Benefit

Make it a Great Week!!


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