Most of our students have been participating in important benchmark testing this fall. Benchmarking allows teachers and parents to get a snapshot of what a student can do related to standards or other important skills. Teachers utilize benchmark testing two or three times each year to plan meaningful lessons and group students, according to skills, for more targeted instruction. Benchmark scores are not used for grading purposes, instead they are used to inform instruction and communicate with parents. Some benchmark assessments we utilize at Mack include both math and reading tests like AIMsweb, iReady, STAR and Acuity. Not all students take each of these tests, but each can provide an important window into what your child already knows and what they are mastering as the year progresses. Please help your child to understand that these benchmark assessments are an important way to show what they know. Thank you!
Here are a couple of reminders for this week:
1. Progress reports were distributed last Friday and should be signed and returned to school today, Monday. Please remember that, in addition to progress reports every three weeks, you can always use the Parent Portal to get real-time updates of your child's grades, attendance, and assignments.
2. Our PTO bake sale will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and we hope you'll donate something to support our school. Items will be sold at recess and after school.
Thank you and have a great week!
Nancy Heavey, Principal