Well, as February is ending, all I have to say is: Where did the time go? I must say that the students have been accomplishing many great things in the classroom and hopefully after the Kansas State Assessments are finished, we can see the fruits of their labor. More on that in a minute.
In math this week, the students have been working on metric measurement with millimeters, centimeters, and kilometers. We will continue with measurement for the next few weeks including metric and standard length and capacity. Lots of hands-on math activities will be prepared!
In reading, the students finished the second week of reading How My Family Lives in America. They took an AR test and open-book test on Thursday. A spelling test was given last week, so no list was sent home to study. Next week, the students will be reading a story interestingly titled Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong. It follows the same theme as the rest of Unit 5 in our reading books with cultures. This one happens to be talking about Korean culture and moving to the United States.
Now, back to those Kansas State Assessments! In two weeks, the 3rd graders will be working diligently on the reading assessment on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of March 6, 7, and 8. Please be sure that your child is well-rested and well-fed. We would love to see the kiddos arrive on time those days for sure, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! The third grade is the first year that Kansas has schools administer this ever-important test to validate whether Jefferson West is doing what they need to be doing to ensure a quality educational experience for the community. If students don't show up mentally and physically prepared to take the assessment those three days, it could potentially have detrimental effects on their great test scores.
The state assessment is categorized in five achievement levels from worst to best: academic warning, approaches standards, meets standards, exceeds standards, and exemplary. It is the ultimate goal to have NO STUDENTS achieve academic warning or approaches standards. The more people in the top categories, the greater the chances of achieving Standard of Excellence for our building, thus making Jefferson West the attractive district that it always has been!
Thank you for all you do!