This year has been a very active year with many students doing after school academic and extracurricular activities. Student learning and student well-being is a huge emphasis at Art Freiler School. Currently teachers and students are working hard in classrooms to learn the Content Standards for grades 3rd-8th to prepare for the upcoming Smarter Balance tests.
TESTING IS COMING!!!
Smarter Balance on-line testing will be from March 10th- May 29th. Each class will schedule a testing week. Please mark these dates on your calendar and I request that you not schedule any vacations during these dates. It is extremely important for students to be at school, be ready, and try their best on the tests. Our goal is to set a baseline to continue to meet our Academic Yearly Progress (AYP) goal of increase student achievement in both ELA and math and keep our Academic Performance Index (API) score at a high level, which was frozen at 831, with a three year average of 835. Results of standardized tests are also used to evaluate a school’s performance and they play a role in students’ advance classes in high school as well. So, it is important to all involved for every child to do well on tests. You can boost your child’s performance on standardized tests by:
1. Having good attendance
Teachers cannot teach students who are not in school. There is strong evidence that regular attendance can result in significant test-score gains. Last month our attendance was 93.7% and our goal is 98% or higher each month. During testing time, our goal is 100% attendance and we cannot achieve this goal without parents’ help.
2. Be mindful of the testing schedule
Make sure your child is in school every day.
Do not schedule medical appointments during school hours.
Do not take your child out of school for a family trip or activity.
Do not allow your child to be tardy. Have your child get ready the night before so he or she can get to school on time.
Please talk to your children about their classwork and homework. Please make sure they do their homework and turn it in to their teachers on time. Make sure they study for the tests.
Good practice makes it perfect. Please ask your child’s teacher what your child should be working on. Many classes are taking practice tests to get familiar with the testing procedures and content. Sample tests are available online and you may ask your student to take practice tests from http://www.cde.ca.gov/ and http://www.smarterbalanced.org/
Lastly at Art Freiler School safety is our first priority. In order to keep our campus safe at all times, we need to remind students to be nice to each other and follow the school procedures. We realize children make mistakes, we just hope that they learn from them and do not make them again. Our school rules are listed in our district discipline handbook and student agendas to help parents and students understand the school procedures, rules, and consequences.
Congratulations to all our Character Counts Awards & Honor Roll Students for the 2nd trimester!!!!!