News From Slackwood

Friday, September 19, 2014

Teach/Talk Like a Pirate Day

Last week I told everyone about our PIRATE initiative. This week, our teachers took it to a new level. Today was International Talk Like A Pirate Day. To go along with this, I had staff develop PIRATE lessons for the afternoon. Each classroom teacher developed lessons related to their own passion and shared it with our students. Lessons ranged from cheerleading to the beach theme. Each grade level did a rotation through the different ideas that the teachers presented. Kindergarten worked on lessons talking about how we are all the same and yet we are different. Students had a great afternoon and the comments that could be heard were, "Awesome!" and "This was the best day ever."

School Wide Assessments

Each year, our students are put through a myriad of assessments to determine how we can best serve them. Kindergarten and first grade students have just finished AIMSweb testing which gives us some baseline data for providing instruction. 2nd and 3rd graders have finished AIMSweb and will be starting on the NWEA mapping tests. Beside these, teachers do formative assessments such as the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2) which gives us specific reading levels and an understanding of student comprehension. On top of this, students in the third grade will be taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests in the spring which will compare them verses others in the state and country.

So...if your children come home and tell you about testing and assessment. There's probably a good chance that there is some type of testing going on.

About Slackwood Elementary School

Slackwood's original structure was built in 1904. This is the 110th year that we have opened school here in our little neighborhood. At the present time, we have three classes for each grade level, K-3, and two special education classroom.

Join our PTO

The Slackwood PTO is a full service organization dedicated to serving the students at Slackwood in any way possible. Their work and contributions bring fun activities to our school and give our students much needed resources. Please join the PTO see what the excitement is about.

Princeton Library to host Children's Book Festival tomorrow 11-4

What's In Store For Next Week

Thursday, September 25 - No School - Rosh Hashanah
Week 3 Newsletter