Today your child completed 2 practice tests, which are not scored, to help prepare for up-coming testing. Over the course of the next 2 weeks, students in grades 3-7 will be completing the Terra Nova standardized tests. As the note I sent home mentioned, these scores are in NO WAY reflected in your child's report card grades. However, I highly recommend that during this time, you work to encourage your child to go into the testing with a positive attitude (seeing as there are areas of content that may not have been taught yet). The last thing I want is for the children to get too stressed out over the testing; they just need to try their best and take their time. An additional part of being a well-prepared and high functioning test taker revolves around students getting a little extra rest at night (all testing is done in the morning hours before lunch) and coming to school having had something for breakfast (BRAIN FUEL!!!).
Last week I mentioned that I wanted to do a S.S. test before we went on April vacation, but this is a little more difficult because the teachers do NOT assign homework during the weeks of testing. In order to accomplish this, I will be doing an in-class review again, and students will complete a short open-book test in class on Friday. Although this is not "assigned" home work, students will be allowed to take home their S.S. book Wednesday and Thursday night so that they can do a little re-reading of the chapter to help prepare them on Friday. On this Friday, we will not be doing any testing due to First Friday Mass at 9am. Our class will get an opportunity to attend a reception after Mass because we did not have an opportunity after we hosted mass during Lent--a great treat after Week 1 of testing!!
Remember to think warm, sunny, spring-like thoughts...let's get this snow melted ASAP!!!