Highly Capable Program Referrals
The district is currently accepting referrals for students to test this spring for qualification into next year's (2015-16) highly capable (gifted) programs. The Cognitive Abilities test, along with academic achievement measures in math and reading, are used to identify students who may benefit from this program. Parent permission is required for testing -- please see referral form for details. Students in 4th grade or above that have already qualified as highly capable do not need to retest. For more information about the highly capable program visit our website.
If you are interested in referring a student for testing this spring, please complete the referral form and turn it in to your child's school no later than January 30th.
Preparing for Inclement Weather and School Closures
To All Staff and Parents:
Soon the fall/winter storm season will be upon us. We have provided information to assist staff and parents with Peninsula School District’s procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school closures. Below you will find guidelines to help you understand how weather decisions are made.
Discovery Elementary Receives Literacy Grant
The Gig Harbor Garden Tour Association presented the Discovery Elementary staff with a check for $8,000 to support literacy. The grant will benefit Discovery’s reading support program by increasing volunteer and para-educator time to directly serve students in small, targeted reading groups. To facilitate consistent instruction and services for students, the grant will fund a literacy coach and volunteer coordinator stipends. Expanding Discovery’s in-school reading support program will make a difference in meeting student needs.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Smarter Balanced Assessments
Grounded in extensive research, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) define what all students should learn in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy to ensure they graduate from high school well prepared for college and the workplace. The new standards feature an increase in rigor, with a focus on critical thinking skills and problem solving. For more information about the Common Core State Standards please visit: http://www.k12.wa.us/Corestandards/
Beginning in 2015 there will be new state tests that assess the CCSS called Smarter Balanced Assessments for grades 3-8 and 11. These new tests will replace our current state tests (MSP) in reading, writing, and math. In the interim, Peninsula School District students in grades 3-8 will participate in the field test for the Smarter Balanced Assessments this coming spring. This experience will help schools plan and adjust for the new system and provide students with a ‘feel’ for the new tests. Since they are participating in the field test, students will not take the MSP in reading, writing, or math this spring. While the field test will not produce individual student results, parents will continue to receive reports directly from their school about their child’s academic progress. For more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, please visit: http://www.k12.wa.us/smarter/