Zitzman Winter News

From the desk of: Mrs. Armstrong

Curriculum & Assessment News

Curriculum & Assessment Update

Teachers are four months into instructing students on their grade level curriculum. The Meramec Valley R-III School District curriculum is matched to the Missouri Learning Standards.


We want you to have an understanding of a new monthly test, called Evaluate which is designed to encourage students to actively engage in their own learning. Students in grades 2 and above will take an online reading and math assessments each month based on all the learning goals for their grade level. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will take an ELA and Math assessment 4 times a year! After each assessment, students can access the previous month’s results, view their progress, and set goals for themselves.


When looking at the Evaluate progress report we want you to be aware that the monthly goal is for your student to increase or grow their learning each month. The end of year goal is for students to score an 80% in each subject area based on the skills we taught throughout the year. We want you to understand that a lower score in the beginning of the year is expected, as this type of test will show their growth throughout the year on all learning objectives. As students learn new concepts and gain more confidence with the test, their scores will grow. Check out the Celebration Board hung in the main hall of the school to see our growth this year.


MAP Assessment

Student MAP assessment reports will be sent home in January. A letter from the assistant superintendent will accompany the report explaining the new state test.


Grade Reports

Second quarter grade reports will be sent home on Thursday, January 10th.

Grade 2 & 5 Musical

The grade 2 & 5 musical is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18th at 6 p.m. in the Riverbend gym. Parents may use both the front and back parking lots.


Audience Etiquette

  • Do not talk during the performance.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Limit movement in and out of your seat during the performance.
  • Do not shout, whistle or cheer.
  • Keep small children with you at all times.

Winter Celebration

Field Trip- December 19th

Our Winter Celebration is going to the movie theater to view a film and enjoy a treat. This event takes the place of our Winter party. Students should wear their Game On school shirt for the field trip.


Leadership Day- December 20th (Early-Release Day)

Students will participate in our monthly Leadership Rally, attend their Tribe and Leadership team meetings, and enjoy special activities before they leave for winter break. Students are welcome to join in the holiday spirit by wearing an "ugly sweater" or dress in their favorite holiday clothes.