News from the Nest 2.0

Parent edition VOLUME 22 March 2017

Welcome and Enjoy!

Welcome to News from the Nest 2.0! This online newsletter is specifically created for parents by teachers. It will serve as a useful tool in providing educational tips and strategies, as well as developing systems that parents can use to work with their children at home on the academic skills being emphasized in the school program. We hope that this information serves as a positive medium in strengthening the relationship between home and school.

PARCC Assessments 2017

In April, Fischer Middle School will be administering the 2017 PARCC tests (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers). PARCC assessments are aligned to Common Core standards and the results provide more information for teachers and administrators on where a student may need additional help, or excels, which enhances instructional planning and differentiation.


Attendance during testing time is crucial. Please be sure your student is on-time for school, as to not miss a testing session. If at all possible, please schedule appointments for after school or avoid testing days.

More About PARCC

This website has sample tests, questions, information and FAQs.

Assessment Schedule at Fischer

  • April 4th - April 7th - 7th grade PARCC testing from 8:00 am - 11:30 am (8:20 on Wednesday)
  • April 10th - April 13th - 8th grade PARCC testing from 10:40 am - 3:00 pm
  • April 10th - April 13th - 6th grade PARCC testing from 8:00 am - 11:00 am (Monday - Thursday *8:20 on Wednesday) & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm on April 11th and 13th

Chromebook Importance:

Each evening, it is expected that students charge their Chromebooks at home. During PARCC testing this is even more important, because this year the students will be using their Chromebooks to take the PARCC tests.


To be best prepared to take PARCC tests, students should come to school each day with a fully charged Chromebook.

What should students bring to testing?

  • Headphones/earbuds that can be plugged in to your Chromebook (for ELA tests)
  • Fully charged Chromebook
  • A Personal Reading Book (to read if students finish early during testing)
  • Pencil for notes/scratch paper
  • 8th grade students can bring and may only use scientific calculators for calculator sections.


Cell Phones are NOT to be brought to testing. Students should secure their cell phones in their locker.

Tips for Students:


  • 1. Get a good night’s rest
  • 2. Fully Charge Chromebook each evening
  • 3. Eat a healthy breakfast
  • 4. Do your best!
  • 5. Wear comfortable clothes
  • 6. Be on-time for school!