A Note from Principal Curran

Updates from Thorpe Creek Elementary Dec. 2021

Winter NWEA

North West Educational Assessment (NWEA) testing is administered three times per year for all K-8 HSE students. During the months of December and January, the winter NWEA testing assesses student skills and provides actionable data for Reading and Mathematics. Our teachers, administrators, and support staff observe students daily to understand individual achievement and growth. NWEA is another tool to understand and approach learners in what they have learned and what they are ready to learn. Classroom performance and NWEA results provide the data and resources to deliver effective instruction for all students to grow. This winter window of testing will also be used in part to identify students in need of high ability services. Students may also be identified for high ability services during the spring window of testing in May. More information about identification for high ability services can be found on the HSE Schools website. https://www.hseschools.org/academics/educational-supports/high-ability

New for 2021, NWEA has developed an extension to our typical reading assessment for grades K-2. This winter, students will test as noted below.

· December - January: NWEA Oral Reading Fluency and Dyslexia Screener for grade K-2

· December - January: NWEA Reading and Math Growth Testing for grades K-8

*NWEA has a modified assessment for second grade students who score at or under grade level benchmark. Your student’s report may reflect that modification.

Please know quarantines, absences and retests may affect individual classroom schedules. Reports from NWEA to share student growth targets and percentile performance will be sent home in late January once all testing and make-up testing is completed.

TCE will recycle your unusable holiday lights. Families may drop off the lights in a bin outside of door 1 from Nov. 22 - Jan. 14.

Recycling helps to teach sustainability, electricity, conservation, math, and environmental science.

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Winter! We're Ready For You!

This snowy picture is from 2019 and these Cardinals are now our 4th graders! As we enter our winter months, please be sure to send your child to school dressed to play outdoors. Here is our School Board approved language for our 13 elementary schools regarding outdoor recess: https://tce.hseschools.org/student/student-handbook/recess-policy

Wondering what to expect this season if HSE Schools closes due to weather?

Our first goal on snow days (also called eLearning Days) is for children and staff to be safe. If you are at home with your child and need some ideas, bundle up and play in the snow! Invite your child to help in the kitchen and bake something warm and delicious. Play a board game, put together a puzzle, snuggle up and read a book! Empower your child to shovel the sidewalk, the bus stop, and a neighbor's driveway. All of these experiences are learning opportunities that develop vocabulary, build background knowledge, and stimulate curiosity.

On a snow day (which may be called an eLearning Day on the news and on social media) prekindergarten - sixth grade students will have assignments posted in Canvas by 9:00 a.m. Our elementary assignments will be thoughtful and will require about 1.5 - 2 hours-ish of completion time. Assignments will include materials that are available in our homes and childcare centers. Teachers will not Zoom with students on snow days (eLearning Days).

HSE Schools announces school delays and closures on the local news and on Facebook and Twitter.

If HSE delays the start of the school day by 2 hours (called a "2 Hour Delay Day"), our elementary school day will begin at 9:40 a.m. The end of the school remains the same (2:10).

While some days may feel long, childhood goes quickly. Snow days are a beautiful reminder to slow down and experience the wonder of nature. Here's to a safe winter filled with warm memories!

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IREAD-3 Results for the State of Indiana

There is great teaching and learning happening on the elementary campuses in Hamilton Southeastern Schools with strong academic outcomes! Please read this brief article published by Hannah News Services.

IREAD-3 measures foundational reading skills of students at the end of their grade 3 school year.

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Thorpe Creek Elementary is named 2021 Energy Star Certified Building!

Thorpe Creek's 1-100 ENERGY STAR Score is 87, meaning that it is more energy efficient than 87 percent of similar properties nationwide. As a result, TCE has been named a 2021 Energy Star Certified Building!

Energy conservation lessons and daily habits are having an impact close to home - at our school! Way to go, Cardinals!

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R.A.V.E. Review (Recognizing All Valuable Employees)

Nominate an HSE staff member for a R.A.V.E. Review! https://www.hseschools.org/meet-hse/communications/rave-review
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Each day please be sure that your child has a mask and a refillable water bottle (with your child's name on it)!

Thank you for helping teach and re-teach your child proper mask wearing (over the nose and over the mouth). We are using the same language at school. We are getting better every day!