MCAS season starts this week.  Please see the school calendar for specific dates and grades.  As shared with families earlier, MCAS has a somewhat different structure this year as the Commonwealth transitions to what it is calling “MCAS 2.0” for the 2016-2017 school year.  In addition to the typical Reading Comprehension sections, the ELA MCAS this year will also feature a narrative response to writing task for each grade level.  To make room for this new component (labeled as “ELA Part 2b” on the calendar), the Mass. Dept. of Education has shortened the second Reading Comprehension section for all grades, and it has also eliminated the “Composition” section which had been administered in Grades 4 & 7.  The results of Part 2b, which is a 60-minute timed test (untimed for students on IEPs), will not count towards your children’s MCAS scores this year.   More information about MCAS 2.0 can be found at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/nextgen/ (http://www NULL.doe NULL.mass NULL.edu/mcas/nextgen/)

 

School Climate and Culture Survey – The district will be sending out a new and improved (shorter!) Parent/Guardian Survey to parent communities of each of the schools next week.  Please look for it and take some time to complete it!

 

Lost & Found items are once again laid out in the main and lower lobbies.   We will be bagging up and donating any and all unclaimed items this Wednesday afternoon.   

 

And, finally, Welcome to the World, Paloma Mae Ortiz, born March 16, 2016.  The world is that much more wonderful with you in it!
 

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