Atchison Alternative School

Friday Message February 5th 2016

Principal Notes

I had a really hard time starting the newsletter this week. I have been battling a sinus infection so with the weather change I’ve had a headache. Then I started to think about how lucky we have been – I’m knocking on wood as I write this – we really have not had a lot of the flu stuff going around. YAY!!!!!

Here it is February 5th – we have parent teacher conferences next week and we would love 100% participation. Conferences are held on Tuesday February 9th from 3:30 to 7:00 and on Thursday February 11th from 3:30 to 7:00. There’s no school on Friday the 12th and on Monday the 15th.

That will be a nice break! I hope that the weather is nice and everyone enjoys themselves.

We will be starting Kansas Assessments shortly after we return from this break. With that in mind I’m going to add some testing tips:

Before the Test

Be prepared

Many teachers will send information home about testing schedules and class preparation plans. Information that you should know includes:

What is the test and what will it measure?

Will the test results affect your child, school, or both?

Are there ways that you can help your child prepare for the test? (Narang, 2008).

Help your child in areas that are difficult for her

If your child has struggled with a particular area or subject in the past, you may be able to help her overcome some of that difficulty by providing some extra practice. Many workbooks target test preparation by offering practice exercises and questions like the ones students see on the test. Focus your practice on your child's weaknesses rather than her strengths so that she doesn't get bored with the exercises (Narang, 2008).

Give your child a chance to practice

If your child has trouble taking tests, try practicing test questions and studying new words. Your child's school or the library may have some samples to use. Keep the sessions short, and set small, manageable goals so that the extra practice boosts your child's confidence (Narang, 2008).

If you have concerns about the test or testing situation, talk with your child's teacher

Discuss your concerns with the teacher and/or school administrator. If you're not satisfied with the outcome, however, you can reach out to some other organizations that monitor testing, including your local PTA, The National Center for Fair & Open Testing or the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation (Narang, 2008).

If you believe that your child's difficulty with standardized tests may be the symptom of a problem such as a language or learning difficulty, speak with your child's teacher to learn if your child qualifies for any assessment accommodations.

Happy February

FEBRUARY IS...

American Heart Month

International Friendship Month

American History Month

Black History Month

National Cherry Month Visit KidActivities Cherry Theme!

National Wild Bird Feeding Month

National Snack Food Month

National Embroidery month

International Friendship Month (Friendship Activities listed alphabetically on 'Short Theme' page-scroll down towards page bottom)

National Grapefruit Month

Children's Dental Health Month

Responsible Pet Owner's Month (Put together a Community Service for your local animal shelter

Going Beyond "How Was Your Day?

Questions to ask your child after school to get a conversation started.

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today?

2. What was the worst thing that happened at school today?

3. What was the hardest thing you had to do today?

4. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

5. Tell me about what you read in class today. What did your

teacher read to you today?

What's Happening

Mon Feb 8

4:00pm – 5:00pm

AMS BB 7A/B vs. Tonganoxie - AMS Gym


4:00pm – 5:00pm

AMS BB 8B/A @ Tonganoxie - Tonganoxie Middle School, 824 Washington Street, Tonganoxie, KS 66086, United States


Tue Feb 9


AES Mid-Qtrs Issued

Parent/Teacher Conferences


11:20am – 12:20pm

AHS Lunch of Champions


3:30pm – 4:30pm

AHS Parent-Teacher Conferences


3:30pm – 7:00pm

AES Book & Family Fun Fair


3:30pm – 7:00pm

Parent/Teachers Conference AHS


4:00pm – 5:00pm

AHS BB JV/V @ Washington - Washington High School, 7340 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66109, United States


Wed Feb 10

All day

KGN Post Office FT


3:30pm – 4:30pm

AHS Bowling @ West Ridge Bowl - 1935 SW Westport Dr, Topeka, KS 66604, USA


Thu Feb 11

All day

AHS Baker Honor Band


All day

AES Valentine's Party


All day

Parent/Teacher Conferences


9:00am – 10:00am

AHS WR KCA League @ Washington - Washington High School, 7340 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, KS 66109, United States


10:00am – 11:00am

6-8th grade counselor collaboration - Atchison Middle School


3:30pm – 4:30pm

AMS BB 8A/B @ Lawrence W. - West Middle School, 2700 Harvard Road, Lawrence, KS 66049, United States


3:30pm – 4:30pm

AHS Parent-Teacher Conferences


3:30pm – 7:00pm

AES Book & Family Fun Fair


3:30pm – 7:00pm

Parent/Teachers Conference AHS


Friday February 12

No School

What's For Lunch

Monday February 8th Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tuesday February 9th Rib Pattie OR BBQ Beef

Wednesday February 10th Fun Fish

Thrusday February 11th Salisbury Steak

Friday February 12th NO SCHOOL

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