Weekly Newsletter

Friday, April 24

MSTEP Update

*MSTEP testing for 4th, 7th, and 11th graders begins the week of April 27.
-April 27: Complete classroom activity for math and ELA in homeroom at 9:00.
-April 28: Day 1 of testing: ELA, math, and science part 1
-April 29: Day 2 of testing: ELA, math, and science part 2

*If you have not yet confirmed your MSTEP testing location, please contact your homeroom teacher immediately.
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MSTEP Classroom Activity:

*Scheduled for Monday, April 27 at 9:00.

*The classroom will be open at 9:00, instruction will begin at 9:02, and the classroom will be locked at 9:10. Make sure you arrive on time and stay the entire hour.

*The math classroom activity and ELA classroom activity should take a half-hour each, for a total of 1 hour.

*The classroom activity MUST be completed before beginning your MSTEP tests. If you do not complete it on Monday, April 27 during homeroom you will be required to stay an hour later on April 28 at your MSTEP testing site.

4th Grade Schedule: April 27 - May 1

*We will complete the classroom activity on Monday, April 27 at 9:00. The classroom activity will be the only class connect session you have on Monday.

*Since all 4th grade teachers are out this week for testing, we will not be holding class connect sessions Tuesday - Thursday.

OLS Progress Reminder:

Can you believe that we are approaching the end of the school year? As we begin thinking about wrapping up the end of the year, report cards come to mind. I thought it would be beneficial to remind you of our grading scale breakdown. Our grading scale reflects student progress and mastery. If you notice subjects you are behind in, start adding a few extra lessons here and there in order to catch up on your progress.


Our grading scale breakdown:


90-100% mastered lessons = M (mastered)

70-89% mastered lessons = C (completed)

69% and below = U (unsatisfactory) or I (incomplete).

Attendance During Testing

MVCA policy states that students are expected to log 6.5 hours of attendance per day. But how should you log attendance the week of MSTEP?

*Log all testing time: For example, say your students takes 1 hour for math, 1 hour for ELA, and 1 hour for science on day. Log these 3 hours in the OLS in their corresponding subjects.

*If your students tests for 3 hours, subtract that from 6.5. 6.5 - 3 = 3.5 hours of coursework to complete and log.

*Travel time may count toward attendance hours as well.