Report Card Resources
Report cards are being sent home in today's Thursday folder (12/5/13). To support communication between parents, students and teachers, please find two helpful resource links below and an attached letter explaining changes in the kindergarten through second grade report card. The parent guide gives an explanation of the scores and the magazine article provides a really insightful perspective with tips for talking to your student about their report card.
If you are not able to access the links above, let us know and we would be happy to send a copy home. We appreciate and support your time and energy in making connections between your student and school!
Please join us on Thursday, December 19, for our Winter Program! Students will perform twice. Our 9:30 am performance will be for grades Kindergarten - 2nd grade and their families, and our 1:15 pm performance will be for grades 3rd - 5th and their families. The students have worked hard to get ready for this performance and we encourage you to stay for the entire assembly. You are in for a treat!
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/
Make sure children are up-to-date on whooping cough, other vaccines
OLYMPIA - Now’s the time to make sure children are protected from diseases
before they start school. All vaccines required to enroll in school are available to
children at no cost.
This is especially important because we’re in the midst of a whooping cough epidemic. Nearly 3,300 cases of whooping cough have been reported so far this year – more than has been reported in Washington since the early 1940s.