PCM Newsletter

November 2019

Congratulations

The PCM Community School District would like congratulate returning and newly elected PCM School Board Members!

Weather Closings/Delays

With winter approaching here is a reminder on how school closings/delays will be sent out.

Emergency Closings/Inclement Weather/Other Interruptions


When the superintendent decides the weather or other event threatens the safety of students and employees, he/she, and/or his/her designee, will contact the following sources to broadcast a school closing announcement:

 PCM School Alerts – Text Message/Email
 WHO-TV (13)
 KCCI (8)
 WOI-TV (5)
 KCOB (95.9 FM)
 District Website and/or Social Media accounts

**If you have not signed up for school alerts, please do so at the link below.

https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAEDU5160/subscriber/new?qsp=CODE_RED

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)

About the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)

  • Developed by Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa in collaboration with Iowa educators
  • First administered in spring 2019 to students in these subjects and grade levels:
    • Math: Grades 3-11
    • English Language Arts: Grades 3-11
    • Science: Grades 5, 8 and 10
  • Includes an online format and assessment of student writing
  • Better reflects what is being taught in classrooms because it is more aligned with Iowa’s academic standards
  • Find more information about the test at: http://iowa.pearsonaccessnext.com/

The ISASP informs students, parents, educators, and the state, on how Iowa students are performing on the Iowa Core Standards. It is intended to provide helpful information on areas where students are performing well and where they may need additional support. Students and parents are encouraged to review the results from the Individual Student Report and reach out to their schools for additional feedback.

A Higher Bar for Iowa Students
Iowa adopted statewide standards in English language arts, math and science to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the skills and content necessary for success beyond high school. Because Iowa raised the bar for what students are expected to know and be able to do, the state also changed the way progress is measured through state tests. A new state test, the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress, replaced the Iowa Assessments. Students in grades 3 through 11 took the new test for the first time in spring 2019. School-level results will be available to schools, parents and other stakeholders in November.


How Proficiency was Determined

Iowa Testing Programs and its vendor, Pearson, convened 185 Iowa educators and experts in July to determine through a collaborative, scientific process what “proficient” and “advanced” mean on the new state test. The performance levels that resulted from that process were recommended for State Board of Education adoption in September.

Interpreting your Student’s Results

Iowa adopted statewide standards in English language arts, math and science to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the skills and content necessary for success beyond high school. Because Iowa raised the bar for what students are expected to know and be able to do, the state also changed the way progress is measured through state tests. A new state test, the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress, replaced the Iowa Assessments. Students in grades 3 through 11 took the new test for the first time in spring 2019.

Dates to know:

Remember all Monday's have a 90 minute late start.

November 27 - 2 hour early out
November 28 & 29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
December 20 - 2 hour early out
December 23 - January 2, 2020 - Winter Break

For the most up-to-date information on all school activities click the link below for the school calendar.

https://www.pcmschools.org/apps/events/?id=0