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From the Desk of Laura Seck
 
 
 

January, 2015

 

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! Despite all the changes to our schedules due to delayed openings and snow days, the children have nicely settled back into the school routines.  The staff and I want to thank all of you for your thoughtfulness during the holiday season. 

January – February are assessment months for our students. Research done by Hattie (2009) and many others, shows us that assessments have a positive impact on student achievement.  Teachers use data gathered from assessments to plan instruction, provide for differentiation and remediate when necessary.  

All grade levels will be giving the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) to selected students.  This assessment provides teachers with information about reading skills the children have mastered, and an independent reading level, which is used to determine instructional levels.

The Phonological Literacy Awareness Screening (PALS) is also being given to selected students in grades K-3.  This test gives us information about phonics, comprehension, word recognition and spelling. 

Quarterly Benchmark Assessments are being administered to all students in grades 2-5 in math and reading.  We use the results of these tests to reteach skills that are weak and to see how our students’ test scores compare to other schools in the county.

The Cognitive Abilities Test will be given to second grade students in February.  This test is designed to measure a child’s learned reasoning abilities. 

Additionally, all of our ELL students are taking the WIDA / ACCESS test to determine levels of English proficiency.

Meadowland underwent a “Technology Refresh” the first week in January.  We were provided with an additional 54 laptop computers and three “state of the art” carts to store them in.  Our PTO and the LCPS Reading Office have given us additional funds to purchase short nonfiction texts to use for a variety of guided reading levels.  We are so grateful for their support!

Monday, January 26th is a Teacher Workday, so there will be no school for students.  Our PTO BINGO will be Friday, January 30th.  Please plan on attending as the BINGOs are always fun!

Stay warm,

Laura

Last Modified on January 23, 2015