The Taylor Road Messenger

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mark Your Calendar!

January 12: Strive for 25 (15 books due)

January 13: Report Cards Sent Home

January 13: School Governance Council - CANCELLED

January 16: MLK Day - No School

January 17: Linda McCain Meeting (9:30 AM @Wilson Creek ES)

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Iowa Assessment Scores for 8th Grade Students

Dear 8th Grade Parent or Guardian:

This fall your child took the Iowa Assessments. The main purpose of these tests is to help identify your child’s strongest areas and the areas in which greatest improvement is needed.

Results help teachers identify students’ strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The results are one additional piece of data to help enable sound decision-making and provide a focus for teachers to review and improve their instruction. Scores on nationally-normed tests are one criterion used to determine placement for the Talented and Gifted program.

Results also show parents how their student is performing in comparison to other students at the same grade level nationally. The Iowa Assessment score that reflects this comparison is called a national percentile rank (NPR). If a student’s national percentile rank in Reading is 71, then the student scored as well as or higher on this subtest than 71% of his/her same-grade peers in the national norm group. The percentile ranks range from 1 to 99. The national average percentile in all subtests is 50.

Results will be sent home with Report Cards this Friday. If you have any questions regarding these tests or the information that is being sent to you about how your child did on these tests, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Jr. Cougar Boys Lacrosse - Deadline this Thursday!

Registration deadline for 2017 Spring Boys Lacrosse is this Thursday, January 12th. Register today at No experience necessary, we will coach them. Hope your son can join in this fun and exciting growing sport!

Scoliosis Screening Volunteers Needed

Every year a scoliosis screening is held for 6th and 8th grade TRMS students. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. Our next screening at TRMS will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2016, from 8:30am to 11:30am. We need parents who are willing to attend a 2-hour volunteer training in preparation for this important screening. This training will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2016 from 10am to 11:30am. If you have volunteered before and attended training in the past two years you don’t have to attend this training.

If you would like to help but are unable to attend the volunteer training, we still need hall/door monitors and check-in desk helpers the day of the screening. please contact Laura Hoover at if you are interested in volunteering. Thank you in advance!

CLOSE-UP Washington DC Tour

Are you interested in an exciting overnight field trip to Washington DC?

CLOSE-UP Washington DC tours has extended an invitation to ALL 6th - 8th grade Taylor Road students. They’ve asked we join hundreds of other students from across the nation to create memories of a lifetime while discovering the history of our countries greatest monuments and memorials. Make new friends and bond with the one’s you already have during Close-Up’s interactive and fast-paced tour of our nation’s capital.

Want to find out more about this fun and exciting overnight trip to Washington DC? Registration deadline has been extended until late January, for more information simply go to or contact Ms. Greenwood, Ms. Echols, or Mrs. Russell.

Did your child forget something from home?

Please see the clipboard located near the front desk for new item drop-off procedures.

121 Reach Resumes on Thursday, January 12!

121 Reach will resume on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in the media center immediately after school.

Please remember that students need to be picked up promptly no later than 5:15pm. If students do not have homework, they are asked to go home so tutors can work with other students who have homework.

TRMS Device Behavior Matrix

At the following link, you will find the TRMS Device Behavior Matrix. The behavior matrix explains classroom expectations in reference to the use of students’ new Dell Latitude 3150 laptops. It also lists the consequences for students who do not adhere to these expectations. Please review the document and discuss these expectations with your child. TRMS Device Behavior Matrix


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