Discovery Middle School

Newsletter - April 2021

Building a Foundation for Success!

This Month's Newsletter Features the Following:

  • MAP Testing & Course Recommendations (For 2021-2022 School Year)
  • Upcoming NDSA testing (North Dakota State Assessment)
  • PLD Reminders for NDSA
  • Frequently Asked Questions (as we are "Full Back")
  • Info for Upcoming 6th Grade Students - Future Eagles Expo
  • April Letter Day Calendar and upcoming events
  • Library Happenings - BOGO Scholastic Bookfair
  • April Letter Day Calendar and Upcoming Events
  • 6th Grade Track Information
  • Be the Change Club
  • Liz's Closet
  • Counseling Corner
  • Nursing Nuggets
  • SRO Corner with Officer Kjonaas - Helping Your Teen Become a Safer Driver
  • Summer School Sign Up
  • Attendance Reminder
  • In Need of Masks?
  • Trollwood Summer Registration
  • Spring Sports Practice dates & information
  • Entrance to the Building During School Hours
  • Adventures for Teens Link

MAP Testing & Course Recommendations (For 2021-2022 School Year)

What is MAP?

The website, NWEA.org, gives a lot of information about the MAP test. It states, “MAP is a computer adaptive test, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions get harder. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. MAP can follow students wherever they are starting from, regardless of the grade they are in. For instance, if a third grader is actually reading at the fifth-grade level, MAP will be able to identify that. Or, if a fifth grader is doing math at the third-grade level, MAP will identify that. Both situations are incredibly important for a teacher to know, so that they can plan instruction efficiently. MAP covers reading, language usage, and math. When students finish, they receive a score – a number – called a RIT score. This score represents a student’s achievement level at the given moment in the school year when the test is given. Taken over time, the scores can compute a student’s academic growth.”


How is it used to determine course placement?

Fargo Public Schools has both Math and English pathways used to determine course placement at the middle level.


If a student score falls at/or below 20th percentile for Math or a 600 Lexile score or below on the MAP Reading, then they will take an additional assessment in either Math Inventory (MI) or Phonics Inventory (PI) to determine if they qualify for our middle level intervention course of Math 180, Read 180, or System 44.


Grade level teachers also make course recommendations and will make notes as to why they have recommended a student for their next year's English and Math course (whether it is the regular course or an intervention course) based upon multiple points of data, both numerical data (i.e. MAP data, quiz/test scores, grades) as well as observational data as well as reflecting upon the student's current level of functioning within that course and determine their progress on grade level standards/ELOs.


As an administrator, I look at each child’s system recommendation and teacher recommendation before I select what course the child should be placed in for the upcoming year. If the child receives English Language Services (EL) or Special Education Services (SPED) the case managers of that child are also consulted in this process.


What if my child is recommended to take the additional assessment?

Families have been informed by letter if their child has been recommended to take the Math Inventory or Phonics Inventory. Emails have been sent to those students already to inform them of their testing dates and times. Letters were sent out in March explaining the assessments. The Math Inventory and Phonics Inventory Assessments were given on March 24, 25 and 26, 2021. Please feel free to contact me at 701.446.3305 if you have any questions about this process.


How will I know if my child is recommended for an intervention course?

Once students are tested for intervention courses, counselors will contact families selected for intervention to discuss how this will impact the child’s 2021-2022 schedule. This will happen in mid-May.


Again, if you have any questions about this after you have talked to your child’s counselor, please feel free to contact me at 701.446.3305.


Mrs. Amanda Quintus

Assistant Principal

Upcoming NDSA Testing

North Dakota State Assessment or NDSA testing will still occur across the state and district this school year.


All Discovery students (Grades 6-8) will be taking the NDSA assessment April 7 and 8, 2021.


Testing includes the following content areas- Math & English Language Arts (and Writing).

8th grade students will also take the Science portion of the NDSA.


All testing will occur through an online testing platform.


They will still eat lunch at their regular time, however, they will be assigned to a testing group based upon their Science class. There will be breaks at the end of each 44 minute block of time.


Testing makeups will occur April 9, 12 and 13, 2021 during Advisory/DT periods.

For future 6th Grade Discovery Students & Families,

Discovery MS would like to invite you to the annual Future Eagles Expo! The dates of the Future Eagles Expo this year are April 13th & April 15th 2021 via Zoom from 7:00-8:00 p.m. An e-mail will be sent with a zoom link the week of April 5th.


The purpose of this event is to continue to ease the transition process for current 5th graders from elementary into middle school through an informational session led by Discovery staff who will become a part of your student’s journey through middle school!


Attendance at the Future Eagles Expo is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. Both sessions will contain the same information and we will also be recording a session and posting onto our website for future viewing.


An informational letter and email was sent to families with further information on these nights.


If you should have any questions regarding the Future Eagles Expo, please contact Amanda Quintus (Assistant Principal) or Shari Runde (Administrative Assistant) at Discovery Middle School at #701-446-3308 or rundes@fargo.k12.nd.us


We look forward to meeting you and your student at the Future Eagles Expo!

PLD Reminders for NDSA Testing - April 7 and 8

To ensure the PLD is working properly, please help your student remember to charge and restart his/her PLD each day. Students need their charging cord and earbuds in school every day.

Fargo Public Schools Mask Guidelines : Recently the City of Fargo mask mandate expired. What does that mean for Fargo Public Schools?

PLD Reminders

It is that time of year already where we are starting to talk about the end of the year. April 20-22 students will have a PLD check up to be sure PLD’s are still in good working order. The PLD will be checked to be sure it does not have damage and that the student has the PLD, power cord, and carrying bag. If your student is assessed a damage repair cost, please pay this promptly. PLD’s will have to be returned at the end of the school year in good condition.

BOGO Scholastic Book Fair

The BOGO Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Discovery library April 26 - 29, 8:00 AM – 3:45 PM. For every item purchased, customers will get another item for equal or lesser value FREE! Everyone gets twice as many books, pens, pencils, trinkets, and other miscellaneous treasures! Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we will not be able to have parent volunteers or outside customers attending the fair.

APRIL LETTER DAY CALENDAR

Please see below the 2021 April Letter Day Calendar. Please Click the following link for a printable version: April Calendar.


Our bell schedules and instructional level calendars are always posted on our Discovery website. We also gave each student a printed copy in their Advisory class.

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Upcoming Events

April 1

  • Distance Learning


April 2


  • No Classes - Holiday



April 5

  • Girls Tennis begins at Davies


April 7 & 8


  • NDSA Assessments


April 12

  • 6th Grade Track Begins



April 13 & 15


  • Future Eagles Expo - 6:00-7:30 (Zoom link)



April 20


  • 7th Grade Vision Screening



April 30


  • School is in session (make up date from December 23)

Discovery Middle School 6th Grade Track and Field Information

Practices will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday each week throughout the month of April and into May. Practices will run outdoors, in Gym 1, Gym 2, and the Discovery weightroom from 3:45 - 5:15 pm.


There will be (2 or 3) meets for our 6th graders to participate in. Look for more information to be shared about the specific events as we get closer to those dates.


The guidelines for participation outlined below will help us keep the activity safe for all of our participants and coaches.


FPS Track and Field Guidelines:

  1. Use of proper face coverings is recommended
  2. Competitors should social distance to the greatest extent possible when not completing.
  3. Team camps should social distance as best as possible.
  4. Sanitation stations should be made available in as many locations as feasible.
  5. Local meet hosts will determine the size of the meet
  6. Sanitize equipment and implements often.
  7. First day of 6th grade track and field will be Monday April 12th
    1. Please meet in cafeteria and coaches will direct you from there
    2. No drinking fountains are open at this time. Please bring a water bottle.

COUNSELING CORNER

The counseling department has wrapped up registration for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year and are now working on registration for the 2021 Summer School program.


To our current 6th and 7th Graders who will be 7th and 8th grade the school year of 2021-22:
Summer school will be offered in both summer semesters this year. The first semester will run June 8th through June 30th and the second semester will run July 6th through July 28th Monday through Friday 8:00-12:00. Families can choose to participate fully face to face or fully virtual. Friday’s will be fully virtual for all to allow for weekend flexibility.


To our current 8th graders who will be 9th graders the school year of 2021-22:
Summer school will be offered in both summer semesters this year. The first semester will run June 8th through June 30th and the second semester will run July 6th through July 28th Monday through Thursday 8:00-2:00 and Friday 9:00-2:00. Families can choose to participate in a hybrid model or fully virtual. Friday’s will be fully virtual for all to allow for weekend flexibility.
Targeted Reading and Targeted Math classes will be offered for students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade in need of additional support in Math and Reading content areas. Families will be sent a letter with more information if their child is recommended for summer school by Discovery. You can also sign them up as a parent by using the link at the end of this message.


Exploration Science and Exploration Social Studies are opportunities that will continue to be offered. New this summer is the addition of Exploration Reading and Exploration Math. In these classes, students will work collaboratively to tackle real-world, current event situations while expanding their Middle School learning opportunities. The Exploration classes are open to all students entering 7th and 8th grades.


If you have any questions please contact your student’s counselor.

Summer School Registration link: https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Page/679


A-D Sean Napton 446.3314
E-J Taylor Ferderer 446.3318
K-Q Katie Harmelink 446.3312
R-Z Joseph Snowden 446.3313

NURSING NUGGETS

The single most important thing to do if any of the following symptoms are present is to STAY HOME. Our collective health relies, in part, on individual attention and responsibility. Note that some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu or a bad cold; please do not assume it is another condition. When in doubt, stay home.

Stay home and monitor if experiencing any ONE of the following symptoms:

· Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills

· New loss of taste or smell

Stay home and monitor if experiencing TWO OR MORE of the following:

· Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

· Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

· Sore throat

· Headache

· Muscle aches or body aches

· Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

· Fatigue

· Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)

Helping Your Teen Become a Safer Driver

As a parent, you ultimately want your teen to be well-trained and as safe as possible when behind the wheel or as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle. Learning how to physically handle a vehicle is just one part of becoming a safe driver. It’s important that parents play an active role in helping their teens develop their decision making skills as well as their vehicle handling skills. Please review the following information from Point of Impact Teen Driver Safety Parent Awareness Program.


Before Your Teen is Driving:

• Your children are watching you. Practice what you preach. Be a positive role model when you’re behind the wheel. Your teen is more likely to be a calm and courteous driver, wear a seat belt and follow the rules of the road if they see you do the same.

• Discuss the risks and responsibilities of driving with your child at a young age and keep talking to your teen before, during and after the licensing process. This discussion should have the same — or even higher priority level — as discussing sex and drugs.

• Empower your teen. Being a passenger in another teen’s car can put your teen at risk. Peer pressure among teens can be both positive and negative. Make sure your teen knows it’s okay to say something if uncomfortable while riding with a friend and help him/her practice what to say in these situations. Although you can’t be with your teen at all times, you can say how important it is that your teen speaks up in dangerous situations.


During the Pre-License Learning Stage:

• Don’t rush the training process. Just because a teen has a license, it doesn’t mean they’re ready for every driving situation or condition. Nothing can replace the many hours of supervised driving experience they need with you while learning how to handle most of the challenges they will eventually encounter independently.

• Understand Minnesota’s graduated driver licensing laws and discuss them with your teen. Using these laws as a minimum standard, establish your own family rules for when, where, how, and with whom your teen may drive by creating a Parent-Teen Driving Contract. It’s important that you set reasonable rules and limits that minimize risks, and follow through with consequences when problems arise.



Point of Impact - Teen Driver Safety Parent Awareness Program

Summer School 2021 Sign Up

Summer School 2021 Registration Booklet is now available on www.fargosummerschool.com along with the program details.


Summer School registration for high school classes and all sports camps opened Tuesday, March 2nd. Families are able to pay fees for Middle School Music Camps, Highway Safety, Summer Leadership School, and some sports camps as part of the on-line registration:

Middle School Registration is also available on the website now.

EL Summer School Registration

  • Elementary EL will also use a google link that will be completed with help from the students’ EL teacher.
  • Middle school EL will use the regular middle school registration link that will be sent to families by March 2nd.
  • High School EL will use the regular registration line www.fargosummerschool.com
  • Semester 1: June 8 – 30 (EL K – 12)
  • Semester 2; July 6 – 28 (EL Grade 6 – 12 Only)
    • Face to Face on-campus M-Th or 100% Virtual with required daily Zoom class meeting


To our current 6th and 7th Graders who will be 7th and 8th grade the school year of 2021-22:


Summer school will be offered in both summer semesters this year. The first semester will run June 8th through June 30th and the second semester will run July 6th through July 28th Monday through Friday 8:00-12:00. Families can choose to participate fully face to face or fully virtual. Friday’s will be fully virtual for all to allow for weekend flexibility.


To our current 8th graders who will be 9th graders the school year of 2021-22:

Summer school will be offered in both summer semesters this year. The first semester will run June 8th through June 30th and the second semester will run July 6th through July 28th Monday through Thursday 8:00-2:00 and Friday 9:00-2:00. Families can choose to participate in a hybrid model or fully virtual. Friday’s will be fully virtual for all to allow for weekend flexibility.


Targeted Reading and Targeted Math classes will be offered for students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade in need of additional support in Math and Reading content areas. Families will be sent a letter with more information if their child is recommended for summer school by Discovery. You can also sign them up as a parent by using the link at the end of this message.


Exploration Science and Exploration Social Studies are opportunities that will continue to be offered. New this summer is the addition of Exploration Reading and Exploration Math. In these classes, students will work collaboratively to tackle real-world, current event situations while expanding their Middle School learning opportunities. The Exploration classes are open to all students entering 7th and 8th grades.


If you have any questions please contact your student’s counselor.

A-D Sean Napton 446.3314

E-J Taylor Ferderer 446.3318

K-Q Katie Harmelink 446.3312

R-Z Joseph Snowden 446.3313

Use the link below to register. Registration closes Friday, May 21st.

https://forms.gle/9eqiqoU68CBuacYE6

Intermediate Summer Band

Intermediate Summer Band will meet from June 8 - June 30, 2021. The program will run Monday through Thursday and is available to any Fargo resident who has completed 6th or 7th grade band. We will meet in the Discover Middle School Auditorium for an informational meeting at 1:00 p.m. on June 8, 2021, where you will receive the final schedule, procedures, contact information, and have your questions answered. Please see the attached link for more information: link

ATTENDANCE- REMINDER

For absences, please call the Attendance Office directly at 701-446-3310 or email at dmattendance@fargo.k12.nd.us. Please leave a message if the call is not picked up right away.


If you are planning on picking up your student during the school day, please call the Attendance Office as early as possible so that we can get your student a pass and have them ready in the office.

IN NEED OF MASKS?

Discovery Middle School has received donations of over 1300 brand new masks. Because of this generous donation, we are able to provide new masks to those who need them. If your student is in need of a new mask or two, please contact Benjamin Jystad-Spar (jystadb@fargoschools.org) or Daniel Otto (ottod@fargoschools.org) with the following information:

  • Student Name

  • Grade Level

  • Team Name

We will work on getting a new mask or two to students in need until supplies run out. Thank you for continuing to support Discovery Middle School as we strive to provide a great educational experience while making sure students and staff are safe.

Trollwood Performing Arts School 2021 Summer Registration Open

Get ready to Color Your Summer! Trollwood Performing Arts School is excited to welcome students back to the stage with a full array of 2021 summer performing arts educational opportunities. 2020 was a difficult year for those who are passionate about performing arts. Many classes and performances were canceled due to COVID-19. Upcoming summer arts programming will help students rekindle their affection for the arts, boost their creativity, and pave the way for their future, whether they aspire to pursue a career in the arts or any other professional opportunities. Click this link to register. Click this link to view the full programming brochure.

SPRING SPORTS PRACTICE DATES

The NDHSAA has outlined the starting dates for spring activities. Please check out the following information and contact the coach if you have any questions or concerns.


Track 7/8th : March 29

https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Page/41

Dave Lee - leed@fargo.k12.nd.us

Sean Napton - naptons@fargo.k12.nd.us


Track (6th Grade): April 12

https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Page/41

Brent Aasby - aasbyb@fargo.k12.nd.us

Jeremy Nesvold nesvolj@fargo.k12.nd.us

Crystal Ridl - ridlc@fargo.k12.

Baseball: March 22
Hans Anderson

Phone: 701-446-3548

Email

Softball: March 22
Courtney Walsh

Phone: 701-446-2079

Email

Girls Soccer: March 29
Nick Christianson

Phone: 701-446-4058

Email


Girls Tennis: April 5
Paul Kolesar

Phone: 701-446-5715

Email

Boys Golf: April 12
Adam Gronaas

Phone: 701-446-5725 Email


PHYSICAL AND CONCUSSION FORMS

Prior to participating in NDHSAA sanctioned athletic activities (including practice), the student must have on file with the school a current NDHSAA approved physical and concussion form. Preparticipation Physical Examinations completed for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted during the 2020-21 school year upon submission of a parent and athlete signed waiver (previously known as Form B). Students who did not have a Preparticipation Physical Examinations completed for the 2019-20 school year must complete a Preparticipation Physical Examinations completed for the 2020-21 school year. The NDHSAA recently approved a new physical form for use beginning April 15, 2020. The new physical forms are available for download from the NDHSAA website.


When you completed your student’s online registration there was a question asking if your student is participating in a sport. If yes, you were directed to the required online concussion and HIPPA forms to sign electronically. Paper copies will not be accepted.


CO-CURRICULAR MEETINGS

All students planning to participate in any co-curricular activity (i.e. Athletics, Music, Drama, Speech, Debate, Student Congress, DECA, FBLA, Skills USA, etc.) and their parent/guardian should refer to and complete their co-curricular meeting online.


This meeting can be viewed online via the registration forms in each parent’s PowerSchool account. When you registered your student you were directed to view the online co-curricular meeting at that time.


If students/parents have any questions they should refer to the Student Activity Handbook, Student Activities Website or contact their building Activity Coordinator.


FEE WAIVERS

If a student is financially unable to participate in an activity requiring a fee, waivers or other resources are often available to assist. The typical guideline used for eligibility is qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Students are encouraged to visit with their counselor if they may qualify or need any assistance.

PLD Checkup

It is that time of year already where we are starting to talk about the end of the year. Students will have a PLD check up to be sure PLD’s are still in good working order next month. The PLD will be checked to be sure it does not have damage and that the student has the PLD, power cord, and carrying bag. These will all have to be returned at the end of the school year in good condition.

ENTRANCE TO THE BUILDING DURING SCHOOL HOURS

The safety of our students is our top priority. For that reason, Fargo Public Schools has put in place security measures in elementary and middle schools. It is important to make an appointment with the main office if you wish to see a principal or counselor. We are taking great measures to limit the amount of people in our building as part of the FPS SmartRestart Plan. Due to the FPS Smart Restart Plan, in Levels 1, 2, and 3 Fargo Public Schools is restricting non-essential visitation. Please see the FPS SmartRestart Plan on the Fargo Public Schools website for additional details.


To make an appointment, please call the Discovery Main Office at 701.446.3300.

FPS STUDENT TECH HELP

PLD Help Students can find immediate help for their PLD on the FPS Student Tech Help page located on Middle Level Resources.

If they can’t find what they need, they can email Mrs. Hyde at hydeg@fargoschools.org for additional help.

Adventures For Teens

View the online middle school newsletter for teens.

Discovery Middle School

Amy Herrick, Principal

Amanda Quintus, Assistant Principal

Dan Shultis, Assistant Principal