PARCC testing next week
The upcoming week marks our big week of standardized PARCC testing. We’ve been talking about test-taking strategies and practicing with some sample tests on the computers. It really is important for our school that students do their very best and yet also very important for the students that they have a healthy attitude about the test. If they do their best, that’s all we ask – and if they face certain questions that feel really difficult they can skip them, come back to them, know that most other 7th graders are thinking they’re really tricky too and then just give it their best attempt. The wonderful thing about the new plan for standardized testing this year is that once we knock out the six sessions in this upcoming week we don’t have to face another round of end-of-year testing as we did last year. Monday and Tuesday will be our biggest days, with two tests each those days. We will enjoy as much recess and free time as we can on these days especially. Students who are absent will have to do make-up testing later, as this is a requirement for our school, so please plan to have students to school on time, unless of course, they are sick.
Snacks for Testing
A big thank you to Susan Andersen and Sue Miller for volunteering to bring in snacks for the class on Monday and Thursday. I’d still love to have snacks for the class on Tuesday and Friday too. If you are able to send in some fruit or another healthy snack on one of those days please follow this link to the sign-up genius:
Here are some things the 7th graders are looking forward to during testing week: students may chew gum during testing (but not during other classes), we’ll have some collective snacks but please also send plenty of snacks, lunch and maybe a late breakfast item in lunchboxes; we will have absolutely no homework all week; we will have some early morning recess each day that we are testing -- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday -- (but all students should come in first between 8 and 8:15 as usual to put away belongings and help set up the computers.) And on Friday we are looking forward to a joint nature walk/picnic with 6th grade after our last test.
I forgot to mention to 7th graders today that they may bring their own headphones. Many of the students find the ones that we have at school uncomfortable so please tell them this and encourage them to bring them if they would like.
Things to bring for testing:
Optional: gum, headphones
Highly encouraged: water bottle, book to read as testing is wrapping up, plenty of snacks and lunch
Remember to eat a good breakfast and get plenty of sleep each night!
If as adults we take testing in stride and support the students we can all get through it, and even learn from it, quite painlessly. Let me know if you have any concerns or questions.
Mia’s Class Report
On Monday we started our day with a class with our guest poetry teacher, Ms. Naughton. During main lesson we started a new block, the age of discovery. We are beginning our play prep tomorrow. After lunch we had world language and explorations.
On Tuesday we learned about Prince Henry the Navigator. We also began reading our parts in our upcoming class play, The Story of Magellan. During art we did our first painting of the year, a monochromatic scale and a color wheel in acrylic paint.
On Wednesday we had a snow day. Yay!
On Thursday we continued to learn about Prince Henry, and wrote a 3 paragraph summary about his life. We continued reading our play script aloud. After lunch we had music class.
On Friday we wrote thank you letters to Ms. Naughton, and learned about Diego Cao, who crossed the equator and made history, and Bartholomew Diaz, who rounded the Cape of Good Hope. We practiced more of our play. After lunch we had world language, games, and handwork.