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Wishing you all a wonderful LONG weekend,
Troy, John, and Karen

SLO Deadline

Teachers,
We are scheduled to turn in all SLO pre test materials on September 15th. This is a friendly reminder to have all SLOs administered and graded by September 14th. If we have students who enroll after this date, we have a school copy we can make copies from, but all other test materials will be at the CO. At this time, IC is not ready for the SLO data entry. I will send out directions at a later time when we can enter the SLO data. For now, please hold on to your SLO data spreadsheet, so that you have it available when we can enter data. The deadline for entering SLO data in IC is September 30th.

Parent University Schedule

We are excited about hosting our first Parent University on September 10th. The schedule will be as follows:
6:00 - 6:30 Gifted Parent University in Amy Tinnell's room, ESOL Parent University in Lynne Romo's room, Title I meeting in gym

6:30 - 7:10 Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade Parent Universities
6:30 - 6:50 PTO meeting with 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade parents

6:50 - 7:30 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade Parent Universities
7:10 - 7:30 PTO meeting with Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade parents

Playground Rules

Playground Rules:
1. Slide in a forward sitting position only. One person at a time.
2. Swing sitting and facing forward only.
3. Stay off of the fence.
4. No pushing, shoving, or rough play.
5. Never throw objects at others.
6. Don't climb on the top of equipment.

Standards of Excellence

Click here to view the drafted standards of excellence for WJES. At our Leadership Retreat this summer, teachers brainstormed common practices for each standard of excellence. We compiled your feedback to produce our drafted Standards of Excellence. Please submit any feedback you have on these commitments.

Georgia Milestones

Some Georgia Milestones information was released (see below).

Georgia Milestones assesses student learning along four levels of performance, compared to three, as was the case for the CRCT. These designations aim to shift the focus away from just test scores, instead capturing the progression of students’ learning:

Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.

Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.

Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.

Georgia Milestones scores and CRCT scores are not directly comparable. Georgia Milestones and the CRCT are two different tests, with different expectations set for student achievement. Because the expectations set by the Georgia Milestones system are higher, it was expected that the percentage of students considered proficient would initially be lower.


School Accountability

Georgia’s school accountability system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), currently uses CRCT and EOCT results for all areas. Georgia Milestones results will now be used to calculate school and district CCRPI scores, but the 2015 CCRPI is a hold harmless year since this was the first year Georgia Milestones was administered. The GaDOE is exploring the option of schools earning points for Developing Learners, Proficient Learners, Distinguished Learners.


Promotion and Retention
(The promotion and retention policy will not apply to the 2014-2015 scores.)

In order to be considered eligible for promotion, students in grades 3, 5, and 8 must demonstrate they can read and comprehend grade-level material. Students’ performance on the reading component of the ELA test will determine whether the student is reading below grade level or on/above grade level. Students will also receive a Lexile score based on their reading skill. Students in grades 5 and 8 must demonstrate grade-level skills in mathematics to be eligible for promotion. Students who achieve the Developing Learner level or above have mastered basic grade-level mathematic concepts and skills.