March Madness in Room 102

March 10, 2014

March Dates to Remember

March 14 – Picture Day – Spring Individual Pictures and Class Pictures

March 18, 19 – PASS Writing

March 20 – Early Release Day

PASS Reminders

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will take our state assessment of writing, the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), on March 18 and 19, 2014.

Please note the following:

  • Students should be in class no later than 7:45. Testing will begin at 8 a.m. Students will not be allowed into the testing session once it has begun.
  • PASS is an untimed test. Please do not plan to sign your child out of school for any reason until after 12 noon on testing dates. Doctors’ appointments and other out-of-school functions should not be scheduled during testing hours.
  • Students may not bring into the testing location any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging. These include but are not limited to cell phones, gaming devices, e-readers, and cameras. If a student has one of these devices in the testing location, it will be collected and taken to the school test coordinator and returned after testing is completed in his/her class for the day.
Here are tips for helping your child with test preparation.
  • Encourage your child to do his/her best but do not place too much emphasis on your child’s test scores. Extra pressure can upset your child and influence test performance.
  • Make sure your child gets adequate sleep. A tired child is less able to pay attention or handle the demands of testing.
  • Give your child well-balanced meals. Rest, exercise, and eating well are important for test-taking.

Science and Social Studies

We have finished our last Light lab experiment today. Be sure to ask your child what happened today when a pencil was placed in a cup of water and why. Through our lab experiments, we have learned all about reflection of light, the visible spectrum, transparent, translucent, and opaque materials, and refraction (the bending of light). Students will receive a take-home assessment which will be due Thursday.

In Social Studies, we have learned how the Articles of Confederation were too weak and were replaced by the U.S. Constitution. In order for the Constitution to be ratified by all thirteen states, the Bill of Rights was added. The Bill of Rights refers to the first ten amendments to the Constitution which guaranteed powers to the states and citizens. Your child brought home a study guide today in preparation for Friday's Chapter 10 test.