October 15, 2022
Dear Runkle Community,
For families who had students in grades 3-8 last year, we have sent out your child’s MCAS results via snail mail. They will be put in the mail on Monday. Those should arrive soon in your home mailboxes.
In the spring, Massachusetts conducted the first full MCAS assessment in two-and-a-half years. The last full assessment of student performance was in the Spring of 2019. Because of the incredible disruptions wrought by the COVID pandemic, we recognize that the spring 2022 MCAS assessment sets a new performance baseline after these two-and-a-half years of chaos.
Some successes to highlight
Overall, our growth across all grades looks solid
In ELA, 68.73% of students across grades 3-8 met or exceeded expectations
In Math, 66.97% of students across grades 3-8 met or exceeded expectations
Some areas of concern
Many African-American and Hispanic students scored below what we had expected, reminding us of the educational debt we owe historically underserved/marginalized children and communities
Many students last year were chronically absent, deeply impacting access to learning opportunities
While 68.73% (ELA) and 66.97% (Math) look like solid numbers, they leave tremendous room for continued growth
We look carefully at individual MCAS scores while also looking at each child holistically. This is but one data point in a wide range of data points. Our mission is to ensure each child has what they need to thrive, and to reflect upon and adjust our professional practices in service of this mission. I plan to share more information with Runkle's School Site Council this month. Our staff is dedicated to moving up from this new baseline.
Young Scholars is Back at Runkle!
Meet Runkle Specialists
Dyslexia Awareness Month
LIGHT IT UP RED EVENT
This is perfect timing! Many of Runkle's Special Education and Literacy Staff are trained to support students with Dyslexia. Our K-2 Teachers and Specialists have been working hard these past few weeks to assess our students literacy skills using mCLASS in order to provide the best instruction and interventions possible.
In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month, on Saturday, October 22nd, from 3-6 pm, Decoding Dyslexia - MA is hosting the Light It Up Red event with the Massachusetts branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Parents, researchers, and community members from across Massachusetts will be coming together as Boston will light up the Zakim Bridge Red to mark Massachusetts Dyslexia Awareness Month.
Please join us and spread the news!
Friday, October 21 - HALLOWEEN FAIR! 5:30-8pm
Thursday, October 20 - School Committee Visit to Runkle
Thursday, October 20 - GRADE 4 OPEN HOUSE, 6-7pm Classrooms/Library
Wednesday, October 26 - School Site Council Meeting 4:15-6pm
Tuesday, Nov 8- No School - Teacher PD Day
Wednesday, Nov 9 - Early Dismissal at 12:40 - Teacher Conferences
Friday, Nov 11 - No School - Veterans Day
Thursday, Nov 17 - Early Dismissal at 12:40 - Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, Nov 23 - Noon Dismissal - Thanksgiving break
Thursday, Nov 24-25 - No School - Thanksgiving break
Thursday, Dec 1 - Early Dismissal at 12:40 - Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, Dec 7 - Early Dismissal at 12:40 - Teacher Conferences