Message From The Middle

May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, we will conduct our school wide writing assessment. Middle School students will be writing their persuasive essays from 8:50-9:50 a.m. in their B period classrooms. As in past years, students are given a prompt and asked to write about the topic, using the skills that they have practiced all year. The essays are scored by teachers and administrators, with a school wide rubric, and placed in the student’s portfolio. It is a wonderful measure of growth. Teachers can read the essays and determine what areas to concentrate on, when they are planning their instruction. You will receive the results at the end of the school year.

We will begin our MAP testing on Monday, Monday, May 16, 2016. The testing schedule will run for 2 weeks. This testing period will be done differently as we transition into the process of classroom testing. On Monday we will have two testing areas, the computer lab and the media center. The fifth and sixth graders will be testing at the same time as the seventh and eighth graders in two separate locations. English and Math teachers will have the chance to proctor their students and fifth and sixth grade teachers will proctor their homerooms. Research indicates students do better when their teacher is in the room with them while they are taking the test.

The MAP tests are very important and we urge you to help your child be successful by encouraging him/her to:

  • Get a good night’s sleep.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast

  • Arrive to school on time.

  • Do the best they can

  • As we approach the end the school year, it is important to remember that No Middle School students may go to the Plaza, unless they are accompanied by a parent or the family driver. We are receiving complaints that Middle School students are going there without adults, showing up late for practices, telling parents they are staying with teachers etc. This is a safety issue. When students are staying after school for supervised activities (tutoring, sports etc.), we know where they are. They should be either in the Middle School or the Dragon Den. Please help us by telling your child he/she cannot leave campus unless you are with them. Send an afternoon snack so they can eat before their practice time. We are counting on your support.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Middle School office


Rita Sosa

Principal, Middle School

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