All About MAP Testing
Next Wednesday (1/16) and Thursday (1/17), the Fourth Graders will be taking their NWEA MAP tests. In order to help you better understand what these tests are about and why they are important, I have included two reference documents. One is from CPS, and the other is from the test designer, NWEA. I hope you have a minute to download these documents and look them over.
Although these tests replace two mornings of instruction, I believe their information provide extremely valuable information as to your child's growth in the areas of Reading and Mathematics. In addition, the tests provide detailed data on a student's performance in skill concepts (for example, Geometry). I use this information to help drive my instruction as I set up short-term targeted skill groups as well as to provide enrichment activities and lessons for students who are ready to take on those challenges.
Students can best prepare by:
- getting a good night's sleep the night before;
- eating breakfast; and
- arriving at school by 7:50 AM.
Support you can give in these areas would be greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions about MAP Testing, please don't hesitate to contact me or a member of our Leadership Team. MAP tests are nothing to fear, and because the Winter Session is low-stakes, students need not feel anxious about their performance.
Next week we will be using our Math Binders in earnest. Those students who have not yet obtained one need to have it in place by NEXT TUESDAY.
I only have 3 binders left to sell: therefore I encourage students to purchase their own. Dollar Tree sells 1" binders, in assorted colors. They are also available from other stores.
Thanks to all who have their math binders and have been using them. In weekend shopping trips, please try to purchase one and have it ready to use next week.
In November, we started implementation of the Second Step Social-Learning (SEL) Program. SEL gives students the tools to excel in and out of the classroom. Second Step has received outstanding reviews from educators who’ve noticed schoolwide improvement and see even the most challenging students make progress in emotion management, situational awareness, and academic achievement.
Second Step class will be held weekly, on Wednesdays (201) and Thursdays (204) to all 4th grade students, unless there is a change in the weekly schedule due to testing or assemblies.
With each lesson, there is a Home Link activity, which your child should work on with a parent or other trusted adult. This home connection piece enhances the classroom activities and shows that the skills learned are for all aspects of life. We hope you find these Home Links valuable tools for enhancing your child's social-emotional skills at home too.
Every morning, Mr. Faille closes the announcements with, "Stone Eagles are Safe, Organized, Accountable, and Respectful".
In Room 204, we are reflecting on what that motto really means. This week, students created a grafitti wall on the back whiteboard and through phrases and drawings, they showed what it meant to be SAFE in the classroom. (Picture to come soon.) Next week "the wall will talk" as we discuss what their pictures and words represent and how it will improve our classroom and school community.