THE ANCHOR

Invigorating the Educational Spirit

WE ARE A STEAM SCHOOL

STEAM stands for "Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Math"


Ardmore Elementary School's Motto is:

Be Ready! Be Responsible! Be Respectful!



March 2016 Issue 7 Volume 11

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 1 - Black History Month Program

March 1-4 - Read Across America Ardmore Spirit Week

March 2 - Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss's Birthday Celebration

March 2-21 - MSA Science (5th Grades)

March 7 - Third Quarter Progress Reports Released

March 10 - Parent Forum "How to Keep your Child Safe" @6:30 p.m.

March 23 - End of Third Quarter (41 Days)

March 24 - Teacher Grading/Planning (School Closed for Students)

March 25 & 28 - Easter Holiday (School Closed)

March 29-31 - Spring Break (School Closed)

April 1 & 4 - Spring Break (School Closed)

April 5 - Mobile Dentist

April 5 - Picture Day

April 12 - Third Quarter Report Cards Released

April 18 - May 31 - PARCC for 3rd through 6th Grades

April 23-30 - Passover

April 26 - Primary Election Day (Holiday/School Closed)

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM DR. KEVIN M. MAXWELL, PGCPS CEO

Download letter from Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, PGCPS CEO here!
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Thank you to all the individuals who made this special Black History program possible!

Doing it to Death Performed by Eddie, Kevon, & Wayne

PARTNERSHIP FOR ASSESSMENT OF READINESS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER (PARCC)


WHAT ARE PARCC TESTS?

The PARCC tests measure whether students are meeting new, higher academic standards and are mastering the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their K-12 education and beyond. These tests capture more complex skills like critical-thinking, persuasive writing, and problem-solving skills that were not measured on previous state tests. Scores may look different on this new test compared to previous assessments. Low scores do not mean students are learning less. Instead, low scores mean the tests have changed and the state has asked students to meet a higher bar.


PARCC ADMINISTRATION

Students in grades 3-8 will take the PARCC tests in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. At the high school level, students will take PARCC assessments in Algebra I, Algebra II, English 10 and English 11.


PARCC assessments are designed for online administration and are given in 1-1.5 hour units. Students take multiple units per content area with a total testing time of 4-5 hours for a subject. Testing dates:


  • April 11 - May 23, 2016 - Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English Language Arts 10, English Language Arts 11
  • April 18 - May 31, 2016 - Elementary/Middle English Language Arts and Mathematics
  • May 9 - June 10, 2016 - PARCC Assessments for Spring Block Schedules (HS Semesterized Courses)


The test is designed to allow students to use the same computer-based tools that are used during instruction. Students with special needs will receive the same accommodations for the PARCC that they do for their regular instruction.


PARCC RESOURCES

Download, bookmark or click the link using Intenet Explorer, Mozila Firefox, or Safari http://parcc.pearson.com/ (Google Chrome does not support the website).

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Read, Read, Read!

Ardmore Elementary School celebrated reading and literacy during the Read Across America Spirit Week along with Dr. Seuss's Birthday on March 2nd. Teachers, students, and staff wore costumes featuring Dr. Seuss characters. Online storytelling was heard via the Ardmore School broadcast system, WEAS. There were read alouds featuring Dr. Seuss books from Tuesday, March 1st through Friday, March 4th.


Read Across America Spirit Week concluded with a book read by mystery guest reader ,Mr. Z himself, Dave Zahren!

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THANK YOU TO MR. DAVE ZAHREN, OUR MYSTERY GUEST READER!

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Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
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ARDMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Georgette L. Gregory

Principal



For additional information, articles, updates, announcements, and events, email: maryjane.christou@pgcps.org or mania.missirian@pgcps.org