Category: For 4th Grade

PARCC and MCAS Schedule

Below are the testing dates and times for PARCC and MCAS.  Please make sure your children are in school on these dates.

Thank you,

Lisa

PARCC Window: May 3-May 27, 2016

 

DATE Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
Tues, 5/3 ELA Unit 1: 8:45-10:15 ELA Unit 1 10:30-12noon
Weds 5/4 ELA Unit 2: 8:45-10:00 ELA Unit 2 10:30-12:00pm
Thurs 5/5 ELA Unit 3: 8:45-10:15 ELA Unit 3 10:30-12noon
Fri. 5/6 Math Unit 1 8:45-9:45 ELA Unit 1 12:30-2:00pm Math Unit 1 10:15-11:15
Mon 5/9 Math Unit 2 8:45-9:45 ELA Unit 2 12:30-2:00pm Math Unit 2 10:15-11:15
Tues 5/10 ELA Unit 3 8:45-10:15am
Weds 5/11 Math Unit 3 8:45-9:45 Math Unit 1 12:30-1:30pm Math Unit 3 10:15-11:15
Thurs 5/12 Math Unit 4 8:45-9:45 Math Unit 2 12:30-1:30pm Math Unit 4 10:15-11:15
Fri 5/13 Math Unit 3 8:45-9:45am
Mon 5/16 Math Unit 4 8:45-9:45am Science MCAS 10:00am
Tues 5/17 Science MCAS 8:45am

No using cell phones during the school day

Dear  families,

I want to remind everyone that cell phones can not be used during the school day by the children. They may bring them to school so they can be reached before or after school but they can not be used while school is in session. If you want to reach your child, please call the school. If your child needs to speak with you, we will let them call you. After 3:00 they can use their phone. Your child can keep their phone in their locker or give it to their classroom teacher when they get to school. Then they can get it back from the teacher at the end of the day.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,

Lisa

PARCC and MCAS Dates

This year students in grades 3-5 will be taking the PARCC paper test and 5th grade will take the Science and Technology MCAS .

The exact dates for each grade have not been determined yet but please be prepared for test days between Monday, April 25 and Friday, May 27.

The 5th graders will be taking the Science and Technology MCAS between Tuesday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 24.

Please do no plan any time away from school during these dates.

Thanks, Lisa

 

Cyber Safety – Principal Coffee

Dear Parents and Guardians of children in grade 4 and 5,

I would like to invite all of you to a Principal Coffee on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in our Music Room. The goal of this meeting is to be proactive and review strategies that the school and families can and will do to help our students use technology and cell phones safely. Our Instructional Technology teacher, Lisa Vancans and our Library Teacher, Stephanie Golas will be presenting very important information. The intent of this meeting is keeping all of our children safe.

While we want to express our confidence and trust in our children, the Internet can be a very tricky and dangerous tool to navigate without the guidance and support of teachers and parents.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday, November 20th.  If you are unable to attend the coffee you will be able to access the the presentation on the Memorial-Spaulding website on Friday afternoon.

Best,

Lisa McManus

Principal Coffee- Cyber Safety

Dear Parents and Guardians of children in grade 4 and 5,

I would like to invite all of you to a Principal Coffee on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in our Auditorium. The goal of this meeting is to be proactive and review strategies that the school and families can and will do to help our students use technology and cell phones safely. Our Instructional Technology teacher, Lisa Vancans and our Library Teacher, Stephanie Golas will be presenting very important information. The intent of this meeting is keeping all of our children safe.

While we want to express our confidence and trust in our children, the Internet can be a very tricky and dangerous tool to navigate without the guidance and support of teachers and parents.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday, November 20th.

Best,

Lisa McManus

Music Concerts

There are two upcoming spring concerts.

The 4th grade spring concert will be on Wednesday May 20th at 10am and 7pm.

The 5th grade spring concert will be at 9am and 7pm.

Students should wear regular clothes to school for the morning concerts. Evening dress code is black/dark bottoms and a white top. All students should report to the gym for 6:45pm. Hope to see you there!

Letter to Parents for PARCC

March 2015

Dear Families,

As you know, our third, fourth and fifth grade students will take the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment in both English Language Arts and Mathematics later this month.  This assessment is new and we continue to make the best preparations we can with the information received from the state. We are treating this year as a baseline experience for gathering information about both the test and our performance. We will use the results of the assessment to plan for growth in future years and determine if additional shifts in our curriculum are necessary.

Our goal is to guide students through this experience with as little stress as possible. To that end, students will explore practice tests to become familiar with the assessment format over the next two weeks. The following points are being emphasized as we introduce the practice test to students:

  • This is a new test that may replace MCAS. As we have made changes to what we teach, it was decided by the state of Massachusetts that schools would have the opportunity to try this test.
  • We know very little about the test because students have never taken it. As a result, students should do their best but know they may not feel totally successful or prepared and they may not finish the test. All of that is okay.
  • During practice test sessions, the primary goal is to learn the technology aspect of the test; navigate the testing site, use the tools, and learn how to answer the different types of questions for ELA and Math.
  • During the real test sessions, students should work through the test and do the best they can but remember that they are trying a test for the first time. The results will let us (teachers) know if we are focusing on the right things in our teaching.
  • Again, students may not finish the test, which is just fine.

As we continue to make a conscious effort to minimize the anxiety and stress students feel about the PARCC assessment, it will be important for them to receive a similar message at school and at home.

The testing dates for Memorial-Spaulding were predetermined by the district so additional Instructional Technology staff could be assigned to support the proctoring of the test. On the days we are administering the PARCC assessment to more than one grade level, one class will take the test in the morning while the other takes the test late morning or early afternoon. The exact time is based on the current schedule of the grade level. Classroom teachers will communicate the testing time to families. As a reminder the testing dates are as follows:

ELA:

Grade 3: March 23rd, March 25th, March 27th

Grade 4: March 23rd, March 24th, March 26th

Grade 5: March 25th, March 26th, March 27th

Math:

Grade 3: April 8th, April 9th

Grade 4: April 8th, April 10th

Grade 5: April 9th, April 10th

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Lisa McManus

Principal

NAEP Test Tomorrow 2.27.15 for Grade 4 students

Dear 4th Grade Families,

The NAEP assessment will be given tomorrow, Friday, February 27, 2015 from 12:30-2:00. 4th grade students in our school has been selected to take a science, reading or mathematics assessment.  In addition to subject area questions, students will be asked some background questions such as how often they use computers and what types of classes they take. It will take approximately 90 minutes for students to complete NAEP.

Your child may be excused from participation for any reason, is not required to finish the assessment, and may omit any test question. While NAEP is voluntary, we depend on student participation to collect information on student achievement that will inform improvements in education.

 If you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing or email ASAP.

Thank you,

Lisa