Monday, February 29, 2016

Dear Parents:

               March is a busy month.  The month consists of registration for the 2016-17 school year  and  the PARCC(Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers).  The assessments areas in PARCC are math and language arts.  CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success), which assesses science and social studies, will be after spring break in April.
We should all keep in mind the importance of PARCC.  The district focuses on a full body of evidence (MAPS Assessment, District 12 Common Assessments, In Building Common Assessments, and PARCC) when making important Curriculum and Instruction decisions.  Teachers also use assessment data to plan and drive their instruction for each class.  The full body of evidence is used when a decision needs to be made regarding your student’s potential and possible best successful avenue in guiding schedules (used to guide necessary classes, such as remedial classes or advanced classes). 
               Last year, Shadow Ridge showed gains in several of our assessment scores.  In order to reach an improved status we need you to be cognizant of the dates and the importance of this state mandated test.  Please help
us support your student by remembering the dates of the PARCC Test, which will be
March 15th through April 1st .

How can you help your student in preparation of the PARCC Assessments?
-Be sure that your child is in attendance every day and prepared to do the best
                              he/she can on the test.  Please do not schedule trips, medical
                              appointments, or other personal events during this assessment period.

-Make sure that your child eats breakfast every morning.

-Encourage your child to take their time and try to answer every question.  Often students do not attempt
the question if they do not know the answer.  It is important to remember that if students attempt the question, they can earn partial credit.  Receiving partial credit can make a significant
               difference in their categorical score (advanced, proficient, partially proficient, unsatisfactory).

-Instill in your child the importance of writing complete sentences when answering a question.

               -Show interest in how the test went that specific day.  This will display your belief regarding the
importance of the assessment.

                   We are thrilled to offer a Math Interventions Course for students at Shadow Ridge.  With support from the district math department we are interested in using the Math Navigator modules. These modules build critical thinking and reasoning by focusing on specific gaps in students' mathematical understanding; thus, allowing students to use these concepts and skills in order to solve more complex grade-level math problems and applications.  The modules build collaboration by giving the students ample opportunity to work together in ways to learn mathematics in community rather than strictly as an individual.  The Math Navigator materials will be available for your review in the office from February 24-March 8.  If you are interested, please stop by the office to review the materials.
                    It is also important to know Adams 12 Five Star Schools has received some funds from a federal grant focused on drug-free schools.  Dark Knight K-9 Detection Services will be providing contraband inspections utilizing non-aggressive and certified detection canines.  The main priority of this program is prevention.  SRMS will be participating in this program, along with other secondary schools in District 12, with random searches taking place up to once a month. 
               Thank you for your partnership in supporting your child, Shadow Ridge Middle School, and District 12 School District!

Susie Wickham