Hope you are staying cool in this record high, hot day. We are so grateful for air conditioning and admit that we take it for granted. As school begins to wind down, we wanted to share a few Carpenter updates:
*EOGs: End of Grade tests begin on Thursday, June 16th, for 3rd grade students. We are excited to see our students demonstrate their mastery of grade level content. As one of our teachers stated, these tests are a celebration of learning! To extend the students’ stamina on the tests, students need to get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast. Here’s the testing schedule:
3rd Grade Math
4th & 5th Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading & 5th Grade Science
4th & 5th Grade Reading
*Virtual Academy: Virtual Academy students are required to come in to take their EOG tests. If students don’t test, they will earn a score of 0% for each tested subject. These non-proficient scores will be recorded in your child’s cumulative school record. These scores are helpful for AIG placement, SSA nominations, and other school decisions. In addition, your child’s EOG scores count towards Carpenter and WCPSS’ growth and proficiency rates. Through EVAAS, an online student performance measuring system (developed by SAS), teachers are evaluated on their students’ average growth and proficiency rates. It’s important that all our Virtual Academy students in grades 3-5 take their EOGs. If you haven’t filled it out yet, here is a survey for transportation and other questions.
*Last Day of School: With the calendar change, the last day of the school year is Monday, June 27th. WCPSS altered the calendar so that we could comply with the state’s Remediation/Retesting provisions with EOGs.
*Remediation/Retesting: If your child earned threes and fours on his/her report grade then it is projected that he/she will pass their EOGs. If these students don’t pass an EOG test, we will be in touch to get them to return on June 28th and June 29th for Remediation/Retesting. We had a total of 10 Track 1 students that passed their EOG tests after attending our Remediation/Retesting days. It was so rewarding to see these students enjoy the fruit of their perseverance. These students truly experienced a boost of confidence, goal setting, and achievement by passing the tests on the 2nd opportunity.
*Meet the Teacher:Next week is a busy week as we will be hosting three back-to-back Meet the Teacher events for Tracks 2-4. This should help reduce congestion in the building and traffic in the parking lot. Drop by to pick up a supply list, meet your child’s future teacher, take a self-guided tour of the building, and view grade level pods of classrooms. These events are only for upcoming 1st through 5th grade students:
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
*Field Day: Coach Schmidt has planned some active stations for Field Day on June 24th. Thanks to all the parent volunteers that will make this day possible. For hydration purposes, please send a water bottle with your child to school on this date.
*5th Grade Recognition Ceremony: Monday, June 27th, we will host a 5th grade Recognition Ceremony for Tracks 2-3 at 9:15 am and Track 4 at 11:00 am. Many thanks to our PTA for providing light food, drinks, and beautiful decorations for the reception!
*AM Carpool: Remember to keep your children in your vehicle until the bell rings at 8:45 am. Parents seem to be dropping students off on campus around 8:30 am and leaving. Several days we have gone outside to find a Kindergarten student alone and crying. Students have been running and playing which is not safe with cars in motion. Students need to stay with their parents until the 8:45 am bell when they can enter the building. We understand that PreK students have parents that park to walk them to our front door. Just remember to park in a parking spot, not abandon your car in the carpool line and stay with your child until 8:45 am.
*COVID-19 Testing: We have completed all the agreed upon COVID Testing dates with our third party entity, MAKO. It is our understanding that they will provide at home testing kits to families that request them for the 2022-2023 school year.
*Moving: Please let us know if you are moving, going to another school, or not returning next school year. You can simply respond to this email to notify us. By letting us know your plans, we can avoid over or under hiring teachers.
*Free & Reduced Meals: If assistance is needed, please apply for free and reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year. Families can apply online here. Apply today so that your child’s application can be processed before July 1, 2022.
Have a good rest of the week. Looking forward to finishing the year strong with your chameleons!