Intermediate Staff Newsletter
For the Week of April 9, 2018
With our heads in the right place and a feeling of positivity in the air, we turn our attention for the remainder of the month to Ohio State Testing. Please read this update in its entirety as it will hopefully answer many questions.
Thanks for all you do!
Katie, Kate, and Barry
Supporting our Students...with OST
Students that are on a 504 may have testing accommodations as well. It is the classroom teachers job to make sure that students receive the correct accommodation. While we've double checked our work, we could use your help by making sure your students on a 504 receive the correct accommodations for testing.
Students who are on an IEP may have testing accommodations as well. Their case manager's along with Jodie Faller and Amy Smith have determined how these students will be grouped.
Please also check the accommodations spreadsheet under the tab called Quillin ELL to look for ELL students who will be receiving small group testing and/or translator services.
It is very important that we ALL review documents regarding testing accommodations (including all 504's and IEP's ) just to make sure we have an appropriate plan prior to the first day of testing.
YOU CAN REVIEW ALL TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS AND SMALL GROUPS HERE. REMINDER...THIS IS A CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENT AND SHOULD BE VIEWED/SHARED ACCORDINGLY.
2. Please make sure that things are covered or taken off of the walls in your classroom if students can use something to help them on the test. When in doubt, take it down. Let us know if you have any questions.
3. Student teachers and extra adults in the room other than necessary staff need to leave the room during testing time. They could certainly help monitor hallways/common space areas and restrooms for noise level during testing.
4. All identified ELL students have extended time to complete their test
5. Testing tickets will be printed by homeroom classroom. Testing ticket's along with mints will be available the first day of testing in room 137. You will find an envelope with your name on it. Inside the envelope will be your testing tickets (by homeroom) and a bag of mints. This will be ready to go by 7:30 am on your first day of testing. It will be YOUR responsibility to keep your testing tickets until the final day of testing is completed. Teachers that are pulling students from a homeroom should plan to pick up their testing tickets from the students' homeroom teacher. If you lose a testing ticket or need them reprinted, please email Donna.
6. Review the Script and Test Administration Manual. The paper copy of the script will be delivered to your mailbox on Monday. If you are not a homeroom teacher, you can find additional copies by the copier in the office.
7. If you are giving the assessment, these two documents must be on file:
New Albany Testing Administrative GuidelinesNew Albany Annual Notice
*You likely turned them in prior to our first round of MAP testing.
8. An email will be sent to you the morning of your test. This will contain any last minute information as well as links to everything you will need.
9. Make sure you have our phone numbers in your phone. Text or call with any issues that arise. Katie 614-746-3888, Kate 419-308-8364 or the office 3000 (they will radio us).
10. If you need a refresher or haven't reset your password see below: Recommended Test Administrator Certification Course (Recommended for all new teachers and anyone who needs a refresher). As promised here is a direct link to reset your TIDE password. Simply click the bottom red line of text in the sign in box and reset your password. **** You must reset your password each year, and must do this prior to administering testing.
News to Share
2. It was amazing working with Sogbety Diomande in our music classes thanks to a grant! Students really enjoy this opportunity and they made some beautiful music!
3. At this Tuesday's Staff Meeting we will be sharing some exciting technology news. Over the past few months with the passage of the Permanent Improvement Levy, Mike Voss in conjunction with Katie have been exploring possible technology options moving forward for our building. We are excited to share some important updates regarding a technology plan moving forward into next school year!
4. As a reminder, SLOs are due by April 15. See Katie or Kate with any questions. Round Two of OTES must be completed this month! If you haven't scheduled your observation, see Donna ASAP.
Week at a Glance
Announcements: E Wing- 5th Graders- See Pledge Schedule
Monday, April 9th- Team Leader Meeting 8:30
Tuesday, April 10th- Staff Meeting in S Wing 8:30
Wednesday, April 11th 5th and 6th Grade ELA Meetings; 4th Grade Team Meeting; Pre Alg. A Meeting 8:30; 6th Grade Team meeting at 3pm
Thursday, April 12th- Science, Math 6, Math 5, Social Studies 6 Meetings 8:30; 5th Grade OST-ELA Part 1-See schedule
Friday, April 13th- PAC Meeting 8:30; 5th Grade OST-ELA Part 2-See schedule