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Rosa Parks/Millbrook ISSDA

September 6-10, 2021

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MAP Assessments Continue this Week

District-wide MAP assessments will continue this week. We ask again that you ensure your child is on time each day and well-rested. This week, assessments will be given in the morning beginning at 8:15a.m.

What is the MAP test?

The Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, is a nationally norm-referenced test administered on a computer. MAP measures achievement in mathematics, reading, language usage, and science.

How does the MAP test work?

Your child will take the MAP test on the computer during the school day. Students will view each question and select an answer with the keyboard or mouse. Because MAP is an adaptive test, the difficulty of each question is adjusted to the student’s answer on the previous test question. If a student answers a question correctly, the questions become more difficult. If a student answers a question incorrectly, the questions become less difficult. Because of this technology, the MAP system can assess students at a variety of achievement levels.

What does MAP measure?

MAP Growth uses a RIT scale to accurately measure what students know, regardless of their grade level. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your child’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years. Once your child completes a MAP Growth test, they receive a RIT score.

What is a RIT Scale?

The RIT scale precisely measures student performance, regardless of whether they’re performing on, above, or below grade level.

How do teachers use the data from the MAP test?

Along with other district assessments, data from MAP allows teachers to measure a student’s academic growth. The results from these assessments let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is necessary in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to guide instruction in the classroom and insure appropriate growth for students at all levels.

What will be done in the classroom to help my child?

If a student’s RIT score shows that they do not have a high probability of mastering the state standards, the student may require targeted instruction to strengthen their specific needs. Teachers use data from all administered assessments and a variety of classroom activities to design an instructional plan to help a child reach success in mastering the state standards. If the RIT score shows the student has a high likelihood of success in mastering the state standards, the student is prepared for enrichment in the classroom. Teachers use this information to guide instruction in the classroom and insure appropriate growth for students at all levels.

September is National Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance plays an important role in your child's academic success. We can reach this goal if everyone makes it their goal to ensure that your child attends school all day, everyday this school year. RPM is committed to taking a multi-faceted approach; including student incentives, positive peer pressure, parent workshops and truancy submissions. As parents, we communicate the importance of school in the decisions that we make. If we encourage our students to go to school each day, we are letting students know that their education is important. Not only that, but we are setting them up to be responsible and productive adults who adhere to timelines and rules.

If your child must be absent due to illness or other reason, a doctor's note or written excuse must be emailed to our attendance office at: Excuse notices must be received within three days of the student absence.

Tuesday Folders

Tuesday Folders will go home this week. These folders are designed for school to home communication and are to return each Wednesday morning with parent signature and any forms/paperwork required. This week's folder will include a physical copy of the parent and student handbook and the Title 1 Parent/School Compact. Be sure to sign and return the last page which acknowledges receipt of the handbook and your agreement to follow district and school procedures.
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Safe Morning Arrival

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Drop off takes place on the parking lot car drive. The circle drive in from of school is reserved for buses and day care. For your child’s safety, please do not drop off before 7:30 a.m.

School Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Please, do not drop off students before 7:30 a.m.

Safe School Dismissal

Thank you for following our safe dismissal plan by using your car identification tags and remaining in your cars in the car drive. This has helped us reduce the time for dismissal significantly. Also, as a reminder, all walkers are to leave the campus immediately. We ask that anyone walking to meet a student not block the sidewalk or doorways to allow students to exit safely. You are welcome to wait at the tree by the our crossing guard. Students will not be released to anyone from any doors during actual dismissal. If there should happen to be a change with your student's dismissal, due to emergency, our front office must be notified before 3:00p.m. Early pickups will not be honored after 3:00p.m. Students are dismissed beginning at 3:50p.m.. Any students left after 4:10p.m. are considered late pickups.

Early Pick-ups

Please allow students to remain the full school day. If you need to pick up your child for an appointment, please call ahead of your arrival and return the note from the doctor, dentist, etc., on the next school day in order to receive credit for the day.

Additionally, students will not be released from school after 3:00 pm. Parents wanting their children will need to wait for dismissal time and follow the appropriate dismissal process.

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Connect with your child's classroom through Class Dojo.

Let's make this an amazing school year together!🙌 Congratulations to Mrs. Hubbard, Ms. Hayes, Ms. Stephenson, and Ms. Camp for 100% parents connected to Dojo!

Car Riders

Thank you for having your car tag visible for pick-up each day. For those who have multiple individuals that may pick up your scholar, please cut your card tag to ensure each vehicle has a tag to display. This helps us ensure your child's safety.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports go out on September 10th. Please, contact your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns.

Operation Safe Tiger Return - Covid19 Protocol

Circumstances related to COVID-19 may change throughout the school year, as such, so with the response of our district. We encourage you to carefully read and review the plan regularly to remain up-to-date with changes as it relates to students, staff, and community stakeholders. Within the plan, you will find the district's expectations with regards to:

  • Virus Prevention Strategies
  • Health Reporting Procedures for students, staff, and visitors
  • Quarantine Protocol
  • Instructional Pivot Process (if needed)

See plan here: or by clicking the OSTR image.

Counselor's Corner

Click here for this month's Counselor's Connection Newsletter providing helpful tips for teaming with us for the success of all students.

Rosa Parks/Millbrook Parent/Student Handbook

Click here for access to the Rosa Parks/Millbrook Parent/Student Handbook. Be informed of general operating guidelines and student expectations for the 2021-2022 school year.

Parent Portal

Staying connected allows ongoing communication regarding your child’s academic, social, and emotional progress. Click here for access to the Parent Portal to set up academic notifications and accurate, updated contact information.

RPM vs. The Gap Season Schedule

Sept. 6 Labor Day (No school)

Sept. 7 MAP Assessments (Science)

Sept. 8 MAP Assessments (Language Usage)

Sept. 9 LEAD Program (5th Grade - Batts HR 2:45 - Cafeteria)

Sept. 9 National Teddy Bear Day (Students may bring a small, stuffed, furry friend to school)

Sept. 10 Progress Reports emailed

Sept. 13-17 Fall Safety Week

Sept. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Sept. 15 International Dot Day (Students and staff wear polka dots.)

Sept. 20-24 College Go Get it Week

Sept. 24 1st Six Weeks ends

Sept. 27 2nd Six Weeks Begins

Oct. 4 Parent Teacher Conference (4:00-7:00pm)

Oct. 11 District Holiday

Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month ends

Oct. 25 Staff Development (No school)

Yvonne M. Thornton, M. Ed.


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