January 3, 2014
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
Benchmarks Next Week
We will be taking the benchmark in SchoolNet as we did in the first semester.
Natalie sent out the email from Dr. Poltrock this morning with the codes. 8th grade Ex2 - cannot test until Tuesday.
Common Exams/Final Exams/MSL's
Teachers will NOT grade these exams. We will be sent a score report from Central Office. The constructed response(CR) items DO NOT count towards the grade. The state is field testing CR items and will collect these sheets from each district.
Natalie sent out a tentative schedule yesterday with updates this morning. She wanted you to be preparing for the changes in schedules. We already know we will be changing 7th grade's testing day to Tuesday. Eighth grade will still be on Monday. Any child which does not test is REQUIRED to receive a ZERO. Of course this does not include medical exemptions, but it does include absences. This is why we are testing 8th grade on a Monday to ensure we have time to get students into school to take this test within the five day window. A zero counting as 20% of a grade can mean the difference of passing a high school course and not passing(having to retake). So PLEASE ensure students know how important it is to be at school and taking your reviews and the exam seriously. If we have students which are suspended at that time, please help Natalie out and let her know. If they are not to return any time that week, we will have to allow them to come in and take the exam and then go back home.
PLEASE ask if you have any questions!
After School Tutoring
If we have any other grade levels that can make this happen (can be a different day), please let me know ASAP. We will get the tutor contracts into Central Office. FYI: This is in lieu of Saturday School.
ELA/Math Dept PLC Meetings
Tuesday, Jan. 7th, 3pm
2309 Tramway Road
Flip It: Please watch the following Powerpoint/video for ESL compliance before the meeting:
Mr. Hildreth will be able to answer questions at the meeting.
Counselor's Corner - Healthy You in the New Year
Tech Tidbit - Q & A about new laptop repair procedures with Rachel
School-wide Literacy Strategies -highlighting DESSA for Vocabulary(T. Davis and L. Velte) and Cornell Notes (B. Bok and J. Schneider)
Mr. Hildreth Q&A
See you at 2:50 in the media center!