Sacred Heart School
Week of April 20th
This past week, I watched the news, like many folks, and listened to the verdicts for the 12 Atlanta teachers and administrators accused in one of the greatest cheating scandals. I couldn't help but think about the amount of pressure they were under to cheat. Testing in the United States seems to have gotten out of control and we all seem to have lost sight of the point of these tests.
This weeks marks the start of our final testing season. While the many interruptions are frustrating and the stress levels can run high, let's take a minute to remember why we do this.
Simply put, we test our students so that we can measure where they are. We test so we can celebrate their accomplishments or intervene if need be. If they aren't where we want them to be, it allows us to think critically about what we are doing and what we could be doing differently. If they are making gains, it affirms what we are doing and provides fuel to keep going. That's it.
We don't need to cheat. We don't need to try and teach them an entire year's worth of curriculum in one week. We don't need to change what we already do day in and day out. We just need to gather the information and move on.
Bring on the tests...
Title 1 + Project Zero Night
Monday, April 20th, 3:45pm
Mr. Landrigan's Classroom
Performance Series Assessment Begins
Monday, April 20th, 8am
Tuesday, April 21st, 11:30am
12:45-1:45pm K-3rd,1:45-3:15 4th-8th
Middle School Field Trip - International Spy Museum
Sunday, April 19th, 9am
800 F Street Northwest
Thursday, April 23rd, 8am
PreK-K, 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8
We will go over the details for the day at our Staff meeting on Monday.
National Gallery of Art - Children as Citizens Event
Saturday, April 25th, 10am
Please come and support the team!