School News

March 22, 2021

Need to Know Info...

Spring Assessments: Beginning April 19, students in grades 3-6 will participate in ILEARN. These tests help us evaluate our curriculum and efforts in helping students achieve grade level expectations. The data from the assessments is used to make decisions about instructional practices and to identify opportunities for remediation and enrichment based on each student's performance. It is so important for students to be in attendance during these assessment. Please be sure students are well rested and have a good breakfast on the days of their testing.

High Ability Identification for Kindergarten Students: High ability identification for students in kindergarten will begin April 5. Students who score at or above the 90th percentile on Reading and/or Math on NWEA MAP assessments or who demonstrate characteristics of academic giftedness in the classroom will receive letters seeking parent permission for additional testing. If you would like to request that your child be considered for high ability assessment, please contact Mrs. Julie Lester at on or before March 26, 2021. Late requests cannot be accommodated.

More Exciting News for Kindergarten! College Promise 529

Did you know that students who attend kindergarten at a Western Boone school is awarded $100 into a College 529 savings account at the end of their kindergarten year? When they finish 3rd grade, they receive and additional $50 into their account. This is unique to Western Boone schools! We are excited to help families in their efforts to start saving for post-secondary education! Parents of kindergarten students should check their email for instructions for setting up an account, so this special gift can be deposited as we wrap up our school year! If you did not receive an email, please contact the school office for more information.

COVID Absences: Attendance continues to be strong at TES! Please refer to Mr. Ramey's latest update for the district which outlines testing guidelines and contact tracing procedures. As we continue to work through these COVID times, please keep the following attendance guidelines in mind:

  • Do not send your child to school if he/she has been exposed to a positive COVID case or showing any symptoms related to COVID. Please contract the school to determine an appropriate return date and to find out what documentation is needed for your child to return to school.
  • Parents should keep all students in the same household home from school when any member of the household presents with COVID symptoms. If your child becomes ill at school, you should expect all members of the same household to be sent home until a diagnosis is made by a healthcare professional.

Spring Book Fair!

We are going to have a virtual spring book fair. It will begin March 15 and go until March 28. Everything will be done online. Click below for more information!
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23 Science Fair for participating students

29-April 2 Spring Break - No school


19 ILEARN Assessments begin for students in grades 3-6

Thorntown Elementary School

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