Sand Pine Spotlight
Keeping our Crane families in the know!
2020-2021 School Year, Volume 7
March 14, 2021
April and May are the months when our students will be taking state and district assessments. This newsletter will be dedicated to information about these assessments. All of these assessments are required by either the state or district. It will be a busy few months, but we know that our Cranes are up to the task! Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or concerns.
SPES CRANES ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD!
Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) Information
Here is a breakdown of the assessments the students will take:
- 3rd grade - reading and math
- 4th grade - writing, reading, and math
- 5th grade - writing, reading, math, and science
All sessions of each assessment are 80 minutes, except for the writing test which is 120 minutes. Here is a link to a fact sheet: 2020–2021 Florida Statewide Grade-Level Assessments Fact Sheet
Students will take practice tests with their teacher before taking assessments. Here is a link to those resources: http://www.FSAssessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/paper-based-practice-test-materials/
Per the Florida Department of Education, no remote administrations are available for any statewide summative assessment. This means that MSOL students must come to the school building to test. Specific directions regarding MSOL test administration is included in the parent letter distributed on March 12. We will continue to practice social distancing and increased safety and cleaning protocols during this time.
Please see the the FSA schedule below for the dates of testing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Grimsley by calling (813) 794-1900 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be happy to help you!
NWEA MAP Spring Administration
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will take reading and math tests. 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students take reading, math, and science tests.
Please remember that this test is nationally normed and designed to find each student's strengths and instructional needs. Some test items will challenge your child and expose them to content above their grade level in order to find their true instructional level. It's ok for your child to productively struggle with these items! Just encourage them to do their best! We are so proud of our Cranes' growth throughout the year, and SPES ranks amongst the highest in the district in achievement level. Go Cranes!
Family toolkit: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/
- Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades - reading
- 3rd grade - PE
- 4th grade - art
- 5th grade - music
Please see the fact sheet below for more information about District Finals. For traditional students, all finals are paper-based except for music which is computer-based. MSOL students will take their finals remotely on the computer, monitored by their teacher/specials teacher. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Grimsley.
Monday, March 22 - Teacher Planning Day (no school for students)
Tuesday, March 23 - Quarter 4 begins
Wednesday, March 24 - PTA Spirit Night at Culver's (5-8 pm)
Thursday, March 25 - SAC Meeting at 4 pm
Tuesday, March 30 - Report Cards posted
Thursday, April 1 - All Pro Dads meeting at 6:30 pm
Friday, April 2 - No School
Wednesday, April 7 - Early Release Day - dismissal at 1:08 pm
Monday, April 19 - Kindergarten Registration