From the Desk of Mr. Norman...
Happy Spring! As the weather begins to transition to warmer days, I would like to remind everyone of appropriate dress for school. It is advisable to send your child to school with a removable jacket since mornings tend to be cool and evenings warmer. Students should not wear “Flip Flop” sandals to school as these pose safety issues during gym & recess. Parents, I also suggest you dress your child for school in clothing that allows them to run, jump, kneel, sit, etc and not expose personal areas of their body.
The administration of the English Language Arts (ELA) State Assessment is being administered this month. The 4th & 5th grade will be testing on April 2nd & 3rd while the 3rd grade will test on April 4th & 5th. This year, our 3rd graders will be taking the ELA state assessment through a computer based testing process. Given the testing guidelines set forth by the state, we will make adjustments to accommodate the diverse needs of our students. These needs will include adjusting the school’s master schedule to provide additional testing time, planning for test refusals, identifying testing locations and assigning proctors. I’d like to thank each and every member of our community in advance for your part in this success. Next month our third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be administered The New York State Mathematics Assessments. We will follow the same procedures and I am confident this administration of tests will be a success.
At this time of year parents begin to wonder how class re-organization is going to be handled for the coming school year. The process of student placement for the next school year will continue to consist of the following goals:
- To create heterogeneous classes (academically, socially, and emotionally)
- To maintain gender and class size balance.
- To provide for the unique needs of all children.
We will also take into account special education programs, English Language Learners and state mandates in terms of teacher certification. As a result of this process, it will not be feasible to honor parents request for student placement. If you have valid concerns that you believe will impact your child’s placement, by all means submit a letter stating these concerns and it will be reviewed.