Mrs. Stasney's 3rd Grade News

For the week of April 1st

STAAR Testing This Week

Both 4th and 5th grade students will be taking STAAR tests on Tuesday & Wednesday this week. This testing is going to impact the entire campus. Listed below is how it will impact our class:

-Visitors are not allowed on campus at all these two days. Numerous students are taken from their classrooms for small-group testing, and quite often these small groups are testing in the front office area (such as Mrs. Goodman's office, Mrs. Bartosh's office, Mrs. Hopkins's office).

-There will be no specials on Tuesday & Wednesday. I will schedule a morning recess in addition to our afternoon recess so that the students have a chance to move!

-I will be administering the STAAR test on both days to a small group of 4th grade students. This means that a substitute will be with the students during this time. Testing is limited to no more than 4 hours, but the students generally finish before that. I will return to my class as soon as my testing students are finished, so I should be rejoining the kiddos by lunch.


These three weeks leading up to our STAAR tests (aka "the big ugly") are designated as review weeks. In Bryan ISD, these review weeks are called "Bootcamp"! The idea is to review everything (or as much as we can) that we've learned in both math and reading since August during these 3 weeks. Bootcamp will be somewhat fast-paced, and I strive to make it fun and engaging for the students by incorporating group work and games into the review.

On Thursday of this week, the students will take 2 "STAAR-Lite" assessments (math and reading). These are checkpoints created by the district and will each be about 25 questions. The students will have 2 hours to complete each test, which means we'll be testing for 4 hours on Thursday. I will be using the data from these assessments to determine which exact skills individuals students as well as the class as a whole needs more review on before "the big ugly" later in the month.

Upcoming Events

-Tuesday, April 2nd & Wednesday, April 3rd: 4th/5th grade STAAR testing-no visitors allowed on campus

-Thursday, April 4th: STAAR-Lites in math and reading

-Friday, April 12th: End of 5th six weeks!!!

-Friday, April 19th: Report cards are sent home; 5th six weeks awards assembly at 9:00 am

-Tuesday, April 23rd: STAAR math

-Wednesday, April 24th: STAAR reading

-Monday, April 29th through Friday, May 10th: End of Year DRA testing

-Monday, May 27th: 3rd Grade Class Picnic from 12:00-1:00 pm

-Thursday, May 30th: Wet & Wild during specials; 6th six week awards assembly at 9:00 am; Last day of school!! (Holy Cow!!!!!)