COUGAR COURIER

September 14, 2018

From the desk of Principal Ruiz

CIA Parents, Guardians and Scholars,


Progress Reports for all CIA scholars will be available to view in PowerSchool on Thursday, September 20th. Each family will be able to access their scholar's Progress Report with their PowerSchool login information. If you are in need of assistance with the login procedures, please contact the main office (574) 393 - 4300.


This week our CIA Cougars will be participating in NWEA testing. All scholars in grades 6th - 8th must bring their Chromebooks to school fully charged. We encourage each family to ensure adequate rest, proper nutrition and perfect attendance throughout the school year, with special attention on the weeks our scholars are testing.


The deadline for purchasing CIA spirit wear is September 30th. Be sure to place your order before it is too late!


If you have not yet taken the time to do so, we need updated emergency contact information. Please, take a moment to complete the emergency form by clicking here...


With scholars in mind,

Ms. Angela Ruiz

How and Why we use NWEA testing to best educate our scholars

Research shows, scholars learn better—and faster—when teachers have a clear picture of what each scholar knows and is ready to learn next. That is why a group of educators and researchers founded NWEA®, a not-for-profit organization that has created some of the most trusted and reliable assessment solutions available. More than 9 million students in the US and in 140 countries worldwide use MAP® Growth™.


MAP Growth is a computer-adaptive test. If your scholar answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If he/she answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming scholars whose skills are below grade level. MAP Growth begins with a question at each scholar’s grade level and adjusts the level of difficulty based on individual performance.


MAP Growth uses a RIT scale to accurately measure what scholars know, regardless of their grade level. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your scholar’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years.


Once your scholar completes a MAP Growth test, they receive a RIT score. The RIT scale precisely measures student performance, regardless of whether they’re performing on, above, or below grade level. Your scholar’s RIT Score has the same meaning across grade levels. If a fourth-grade scholar and an eighth-grade scholar have the same RIT score in reading, then they are testing at the same level in that subject. You can use your scholar’s RIT score to help them meet their goals.


MAP Growth and RIT scores are important because the data allows the teachers, parents and scholars to see how much each scholar knows and their percentile growth.


Each scholar will taking a reading and math NWEA assessment three times throughout the school year; beginning of year data, middle of year data and end of year data will be used to individualize instruction for each scholar. Look for your scholar's NWEA results to be sent home next week.

Parent Guide to MAP Growth

Click here for details about NWEA assessments

College GO! Week

“College GO! Week is all about giving Hoosiers the information and support they need to not only go to college, but to complete college. Whether you are a parent with a scholar that is just beginning their school journey or an adult planning to return to school, there are specific steps you should be taking now to be on the path to college and career success. College GO! Week encourages scholars to complete practical college-readiness activities at each grade level, including creating a graduation plan, visiting college campuses and applying to college. Many Indiana colleges are waiving application fees in support of College GO! Week. Scholars and families can learn more about fee waivers, grade-specific checklists and related college-planning resources on the College GO! Week website at CollegeGoWeekIndiana.org.

This year College GO! Week is September 24th -28th.

The CIA Cougars will participate in the following activities:

Monday, September 24th - school spirit day (show your Cougar pride)

Tuesday, September 25th - crazy hat day (wear your favorite hat)

Wednesday, September 26th - jean day (wear jeans with your school approved polo)

Thursday, September 27th - crazy sock day (wear your craziest socks)

Friday, September 28-A dress down day where students are allowed to wear college t-shirts, or sweatshirts with uniform pants/shorts/skirts.

Technology

We are pleased to announce that each of the CIA Cougars have received Chromebooks to use in the classroom. The 6th - 8th grade scholars have permission to take their technology device home to enhance the learning experience while away from the building.

Scholars are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook they have been issued by the school. Scholars with Chromebooks that are broken or fail to work properly must report the concern to their teacher as soon as possible.

School assigned Chromebooks should never be taken to an outside computer service for any type of repairs or maintenance. Scholars should never leave their Chromebooks unattended except when locked in their hallway locker.

General Precautions:

  • No food or drink should be next to Chromebooks.

  • Cords, cables, and removable storage devices (e.g. thumb drives) must be inserted carefully into appropriate port on the Chromebooks.

  • Chromebooks should not be used or stored near pets.

  • Chromebooks should not be used with the power cord plugged in when the cord may be a tripping hazard.

  • Chromebooks must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, and labels. Only approved Chromebook skins are allowed.

  • Heavy objects should never be placed on top of Chromebooks.

  • Chromebooks should never be loaned to another scholar or individual during the school day or otherwise.

Carrying Chromebooks
  • Always transport Chromebooks with care. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

  • Scholars should hold the Chromebooks (cover closed) with two hands if they need to carry the Chromebook anywhere inside or outside of the classroom during instructional time.

  • Never lift a Chromebook by the screen.

  • Never carry a Chromebook with the screen open.

Opening the Chromebook
  • Open the Chromebook only when it is resting on a flat surface such as a table or desk.

  • To open the Chromebook, use one hand to hold the keyboard against the table. Use the other hand to open the screen by grasping the screen’s edge (in the middle) and gently moving the screen to the open position. (Figure 1. Opening a Chromebook.)

  • The hinge of the screen will only allow the screen to be open to a slight angle. Do not attempt to open the screen beyond this stopping point as the screen will break if forced.

Closing the Chromebook

  • Before closing the screen, make sure there is nothing on the keyboard to prevent the full closure of the device. Obstacles on the keyboard could cause broken screens or damaged hinges.

  • Close the screen only when the Chromebook is resting on a flat surface such as a table or desk.

  • Close the Chromebook using two hands–one at either corner of the screen

  • Close the screen gently.

Screen Care
  • Do not store a Chromebook with the screen open.
  • Do not place anything in the protective case that will press against the cover.
  • Make sure there is nothing on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, or disks).
  • Never lift the Chromebook by the screen.
  • Only clean the screen with a soft, dry microfiber cloth or anti-static cloth.
  • The Chromebook screen can be damaged if subjected to heavy objects, rough treatment, some cleaning solvents, and other liquids. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure.

  • Do not put pressure on the top of a Chromebook when it is closed.

Update your Scholar's Contact Information

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School Pictures

October 5th is the scheduled date for each CIA Cougar to have their school picture taken. For information to purchase pictures in advance, please click here. The ID code for CIA is HM608114Y0. Order forms will also be sent home for the families that desire to pay for photos with cash or by check; change will not be available. Please be sure exact change is sent.
CIA spirit wear is here!

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Hearing Screening

SBCSC Speech Therapists will be conducting the state mandated hearing screenings of all Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, & 7th grade scholars (along with any scholars new to SBCSC) on September 24th. Parents/guardians will be notified by the SBCSC Audiologist if the scholar demonstrates difficulty with their hearing after a second screening is administered. Parents will not be notified unless the scholar does not meet the state standards for hearing screenings.
Living in an International Baccalaureate (IB) World…

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