April is a full month with the beginning of testing for the WY-TOPP (state assessment). I will send home a schedule so you know when your child/children will be testing. The testing is a month later than it has been when we were taking the PAWS test. This years test will all be done on the computer. Kindergarten will take a reading assessment; 1st-2nd will take an assessment in reading and math; 3rd and 5th will take a math, reading and a writing assessment; 4th will take math, reading and science. It is one assessment for each of the content areas tested. The testing window opens April 16th thru May 11th. We will be testing towards the end of the month and some will extend into May. We will start the science testing for 4th grade on the 24, 25, 26. 3rd -5th will be testing reading and math starting the first week in May. K-2 will test in the computer lab starting 5/7-5/9. Fast test will be done during the week of April 23-27. We will start the science testing for 4th grade the 24, 25, 26. 3rd-5th will be testing reading and math starting the first week in May.
Parents, bullying has come up multiple times in the last month and I wanted to share information about the definition of bullying. In talking with some students and parents, sometimes there is a little confusion if it is bullying or rude, mean teasing. The following explains the definitions: Rude = Inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else. Mean = Purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice). Teasing = is everyone having fun, no one getting hurt, and everyone is participating equally. Bullying = Intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power. Experts agree that bullying entails three key elements: an intent to harm, a power imbalance and repeated acts or threats of aggressive behavior. Kids who bully say or do something intentionally hurtful to others and they keep doing it, with no sense of regret or remorse - even when targets of bullying show or express their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop. Bullying may be physical, verbal, relational or carried out via technology: * Physical aggression was once the gold standard of bullying - the "sticks and stones" that made adults in charge stand up and take notice. This kind of bullying includes hitting, punching, kicking, spitting, tripping, hair pulling, slamming a child into a locker and a range of other behaviors that involves physical aggression. *Verbal aggression is what our parents used to advise us to "just ignore". We now know that despite the old adage, words and threats can, indeed, hurt and even cause a profound, lasting harm. *Relational aggression is a form of bullying in which kids use their friendship - or the threat of taking their friendship away - to hurt someone. Social exclusion, shunning, hazing, and rumor spreading are all forms of this pervasive type of bullying that can be especially beguiling and crushing to kids. * Cyberbullying is a specific form of bullying that involves technology. According to Hinduja and Patchin of the Cyberbullying Research Center, it is the "willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices." Notably, the likelihood of repeated harm is especially high with cyberbullying because electronic messages can be accessed by multiple parties, resulting in repeated exposure and repeated harm.
Thank you for the support you have shown to the school. Title 1 is putting on a career fair April 26 at 5:30. Please join us with your children to explore possible careers. I will be sending out a letter this month to explain the late start Mondays for next year. Have a great month!