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Letter from Principal Reagan, Mar. 24

Filed in Archive by on March 24, 2017

Dear Families,

As you may know, our NYS assessments for grades 3, 4, and 5 are just around the corner. Please note the following schedule: 

ELA – Grades 3 through 5
March 28, 29 and 30  (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
Make up testing for the ELA will be on  March 31, April 3, 4 and 5

Math – Grades 3 through 5
May 2, 3, and 4 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Make up testing for Math will be on May 5, 8, 9 and 10

Like last year, this year the NY state tests are untimed.  This allows students to have unlimited time (up until the end of the school day) to take the test as long as they are productively working.    If your child decides to work through the regular scheduled lunch time, we will make arrangements for him/her to eat lunch and then go back to finish the test.  

These formal tests from NYS are only one snapshot of a student’s learning in school.  At Eagle we place great value on our year-long assessments of students’ learning such as their daily classroom performance and participation, our interim assessments and AIMSweb benchmarks and teacher selected unit tests and quizzes. Regardless of the type of assessment, we encourage our students to approach all testing opportunities with passion and tenacity.  We want them to walk away feeling proud and successful.

Families play an important role.  Here are reminders of the kinds of things that you can do to help children feel comfortable on testing days:

·        Eat a hearty breakfast that will carry him or her through the school day.

·        Pack an extra, healthy snack (some teachers may try to add in an additional quick snack before testing)

·        Have a good night’s sleep with at least 8-9 hours.  

·        Make sure your child arrives at school on time and is ready to work.

·        If your child is sick, DO NOT send him or her to school on that day (there are scheduled makeup days following the test).

·        Test days are days when children need lots of adult support.  Hugs and positive words are always in order.  The children work hard and deserve our praise.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Dianna Reagan