2017 Arbor Springs March Newsletter

Milestones Info!: What you need to know!

Milestones Testing -- Parent Information Night- Grades 3-5

Wednesday, March 22nd, 6:30pm

Arbor Springs Cafeteria

Please join us for a parent information night, during which we will share information regarding the Milestones Tests, what we have done to help prepare students for success, and how to use some excellent resources at home. We will also share results from our recent writing assessment. Please bring your child's Chromebook with login information so that you can fully participate.


Lisa from Championship Martial Arts will be in attendance to work with students on reinforcing confidence, self-esteem, success and the Arbor Springs' Gator Way. She will also be available to answer any questions parents may have and offer an exclusive to those in attendance.


Please RSVP for this fun and informative night on the flyer that will be coming home with your student.

Important information

Please be aware that results from Milestones Testing will be used as consideration for promotion and retention.


2017 Milestones Testing Schedule


Monday, April 17th-- 3rd, 5th, 8th ELA

Tuesday, April 18th-- 3rd, 5th, 8th ELA

Wednesday, April 19th-- 3rd, 5th, 8th Math

Thursday, April 20th--3rd, 5th, 8th Science

Friday, April 21st-- 3rd, 5th, 8th Social Studies


Monday, April 24th- 4th, 6th and 7th ELA

Tuesday, April 25th- 4th, 6th and 7th ELA

Wednesday, April 26th- 4th, 6th and 7th Math


The Georgia Milestones Assessment System Study/Resource Guides are intended to serve as a resource for parents and students. They contain practice questions and learning activities for each content area. The standards identified in the Study/Resource Guides address a sampling of the state-mandated content standards. Click the link below for study info.


Georgia Milestones End of Grade Study/Resource Guides


Georgia Milestones assesses student learning along four levels of performance, compared to three, as was the case for the CRCT. These designations aim to shift the focus away from just test scores, instead capturing the progression of students’ learning:



Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.


Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.


Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.


Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.


Additional performance levels help teachers better pinpoint where their students are, providing more opportunities to succeed.


Georgia Milestones scores and CRCT scores are not directly comparable. Georgia Milestones and the CRCT are two different tests, with different expectations set for student achievement. Because the expectations set by the Georgia Milestones system are higher, it was expected that the percentage of students considered proficient would initially be lower.



In addition to multiple choice, Georgia Milestones includes constructed response and extended response items which require students to generate, rather than select, responses. The system also assesses writing at each grade level/course, streamlining the testing system and reducing the number of tests students take.



Helpful Information and links for parents


When working with students on constructed response using the R.A.C.E. formula, consider teaching this without the R (restating the question). Research has shown that students get bogged down in restating the question and never really get to answer the question. Students will get more points when they answer each part of the question.


Click here for End of Grade Assessment Manuals



Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) Achievement Level Descriptors


Georgia Milestones EOG ALD: English Language Arts



Georgia Milestones Test Blueprints


Helpful links for parents


Click here for Parents Guide to Georgia Milestones


Click here for the official website for Georgia Standards

Georgia Milestones
Georgia Student Growth Model

PTA & Box Tops Corner

March 2017


Our February Sky Zone spirit night was another huge hit! In addition to a fun evening for the kids, we raised over $500! Thank you for your support. We hope to see you at our Chick-fil-A Spirit Night on Tuesday, March 7. Because of your generous support, we will be replacing 2 slides on the playgrounds and ordering 2 new pieces of small playground equipment. Our hope is to purchase more playground equipment this summer/fall.

The Labels for Education Program is being discontinued so if you have any remaining UPCs from Campbell’s soup, Goldfish, etc, please send them in and we will make one more submission for Arbor Springs. Also the Coke Rewards program is changing and current codes must be entered by March 22, so please enter any codes you have or send them in for our volunteers to enter. Stay tuned for our next Box Tops contest which will allow kids to earn free Spring Fling tickets!!

Jr. BETA Reminders

BETA Meeting Thursday,March 9 2:30 pm-3:25 pm in Ms. Householder’s Room (Final BETA Meeting)

Our end of the year celebration is set for Thursday, March 30 from 2:00pm-3:30pm at Arbor Springs Elementary. All community service logs and leadership plans are due by March 27. Remember, in order to attend the End of the Year party you must have completed 10 hours of community service. The End of the Year party is scheduled for Thursday, March 30 2:00-3:30.