Mr. Diedrick's Newsletter- September 3, 2021
No School Monday, September 6, 2021
Picture Day is September 9th!
August 30, 2021
The State of Ohio requires all public school districts (city, local, and exempted village) to provide whole-grade screenings for the purposes of gifted identification in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability reading/writing, specific academic ability mathematics, and creative thinking ability once during the K-2 grade band and once again during the 3-6 grade band. Districts must use assessments approved for gifted identification in order to meet this requirement. Your child will be taking these national standardized tests to gain information about his/her abilities in the classroom during the period of October 1 through October 15, 2021. You may contact your child’s principal for specific testing dates.
Second and fourth grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test, or CogAT. This test is used to measure overall cognitive and reasoning abilities that can guide classroom and instruction planning efforts based on students’ individual ability levels. The CogAT also provides a measure of cognitive ability that can identify students who meet the State’s definition of Superior Cognitive ability.
Additionally, students in grades two and four will take the Iowa Assessments. The primary purpose of this test is for instructional development so teachers can identify where the skills of individual students are most and least developed and adapt curriculum and instruction accordingly. The Iowa will measure content-specific skills in the areas of reading and math and also provides a measure of academic ability that can identify students who meet the State’s definition of superior specific academic ability.
These are not tests that students can study for, nor should they be nervous to take them. They will not count as a grade and will be used to better assist teachers in meeting the needs of students. After the results are returned to the District, each student/family will receive a copy of the scores with a report highlighting the student's strengths and areas on which to continue to build.
Thank you for your continued assistance and dedication to your child’s education. If you have any questions, please contact the building principal or me.
Director of Curriculum
Kinsner Elementary, are you ready to "Make your Mark?"
On September 15th we will be celebrating International Dot Day, brought to you by your art teachers.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
On International Dot Day we are going to connect, collaborate and create!
- Dots are symbolic they can represent nearly anything!
- Dots are building blocks every artwork is an arrangement of dots
- Dots are easy to draw
- ANYONE can start with a dot… PERIOD!
What can we do to celebrate?
- Create! By yourself or as a class!
- Write a Poem
- Draw a Picture
- Mail a Dot
- Send a kind message to a friend
- Dress in fun dot inspired clothing
Mustangs Lacrosse - FREE Skills Clinics
It’s that time of year again! Time for free lacrosse Fall skills clinics. These are for current players as well as kids who want to try out lacrosse as a new sport.
We are also looking for donations of old equipment for new players to try the sport. Please contact us if you have some to borrow or spare.
Please see the link below for more information:
Attention Fifth Grade Parents!
Questions? We Got Answers!!
Important Phone Numbers to Note:
- Attendance Line 440- 572-7003 choose Option 1 for Elementary Schools and then Option 2 for Kinsner
- Mr. Diedrick, Principal 440-572-7120
- Mrs. Hawk, Assistant Principal 440-572-7120
- Mrs. Marconi, Secretary 440-268-5400
- Kinsner Clinic 440-268-5916
- Transportation 440-572-7060