Dear Van Allen Parents and Guardians:
During the next few weeks, your child will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the 2017-2018 school year.
MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.
Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.
MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. Each school year, students in grades students in the Mount Pleasant Community School District take the tests in the fall. winter and spring. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth, which you can review with your child’s teacher for more insight.
We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.
Donald P. LeBlanc
To begin our year in second grade math, we spent some time getting to know the numbers in our life! We didn’t realize how many numbers explain us. We talked about our number for our birthday, how tall we are, our age, how many in our family, our address, our phone number, and how many teeth we have lost, just to name a few. Then we used those numbers to compare, look at even and odd, greater, less, more and equal, and fact families. It was a fun activity to get to know each other and to realize how much we use numbers.
First grade went on their first field trip last week to visit Mt. Pleasant’s most famous event, Old Threshers Reunion! Students were able to experience many exciting things such as attending the Nick Show, riding a carousel, and going on a trolley that came from Brazil! First graders were also given train tickets to ride on a train that used to haul coal, sheep, and pipes! Students had a hard time choosing between riding the train or riding the trolley as their favorite thing at Old Threshers! Everyone had a great time on this field trip!
Kindergarten students read “The Day a Monster Came to School.” Although the monster did not follow rules on his first day, with all the students have learned, they were quickly able to “teach” the monster how to make good choices. Needless to say, the monster’s second day of school was much better! Thanks for your help students! The class also worked together to create a monster by filling in rhyming words and drawing.
Did You Know?
Our New KG Students in KG-S
Today is a 1:30 dismissal, and our school doors re-open on Tuesday September 5.
You can use Pick-up Patrol to report absences!!! Absences are treated as Dismissal Options in Pick-Up Patrol. Go to MY SCHOOL>DISMISSAL OPTIONS) and we have “Absent” listed as a Dismissal Option.
So, when you need to report that your child as absent, go into the application, select “Absent” from their list of Dismissal Options, and the system will record your child’s absence.
New KG Students in KG-A
And Monday, September 25 is a professional development day for teachers, and no school for students. Some calendars do not show this as a non-school day for students.
Enjoy Old Thresher’s!!
A few points to share. Yes, today is a full day with a 3:10 dismissal though Wednesday August 30 is a 1:30 dismissal, so we can enjoy Old Thresher’s Parade!
And I would like to introduce you our two new Van Allen team members, as we have a few new faces on campus this year!
Wanda Broker, our new art teacher.
Trent Hobbs, our new day custodian
Enjoy your weekend!