Washington Terrace Elementary
Principal's Corner November 2014
Many of you are aware that during the 2013-2014 the state of Utah adopted a new end of level testing called SAGE. All students in grades 3-6, in the state of Utah, were tested using this new system. Please note the SAGE test contained new standards, and a new way of determining proficiency for students. The old test and standards focused on “recall” questions. However, the new SAGE testing system contains questions which require higher complexity levels in math, reading and science. Old test scores and new test scores cannot be compared to previous years because the format of SAGE is completely different. It can be expected that fewer students will show as proficient. This is not because we expect less of our students, but because the new standards and assessments are considerably more challenging. There are many misconceptions regarding the SAGE test and scores. Please note that scores are NOT sent to the federal government and the scores will be used to help us as a school look at areas of strengths and areas for improvement as a school, by grade-level and by individual students. If you have further questions, please contact your child’s teacher. As we move forward with this new testing system, please know that here at Washington Terrace Elementary, we feel that education consists of a variety of experiences that make school fun and enjoyable, such as school plays, art projects, character education, and of course rigor in academics. We are working hard to make every moment in school enjoyable for every student. The teachers in this school are dedicated, hard-working, and do all they can to ensure the success of every child in their classroom.
Road To Success/ Reading
Our school is participating in the Road to Success reading program once again this year. Students must log their reading minutes into the system. This can be done via: I-pad – smart phone – computer – tablet. Please help your child by reading with them every evening and then logging their minutes with Road to Success. If you don’t have information about how to log-in your child’s reading minutes, please contact your child’s teacher for help.
Remember reading minutes don’t have to come just from a book – they can come from newspapers, magazines, brochures, and younger students can even follow along with audio books. Reading should be FUN… and not a chore. Reading is the gateway to success!!!
Social media… video games… texting… it’s the world we live in today. However, research shows these things can effect a child’s grades, self-esteem, and overall health, and it has also been proven that children who spend too much time in front of the screen tend to be the poorest readers: But there is some good news. Parents havethe BIGGEST impact when it comes to reduction in screen time.Here are some tips for you and your family:
1- SET RULES – Setting screen time limits are easy. Give an allotment of time for all activities including homework, play and screen time. When all activities have a time limit, it’s not like you are taking away something… rather making time for everything that needs to be done.
2- Keep the TV out of your child’s room. Children who have a TV in their room spend three more hours a day watching TV than children without a TV in their room.
3- TURN OFF THE TV – if no one is watching the TV – even for a few minutes…. Turn it off. This can reduce screen time by an average of an hour a day.
4- Know what apps are on your child’s phone. Did you know that many apps on smart phones and I-pads can have a false cover? You may think it is a “Health” app when in reality it is something else. Have your child go into the apps with you. Actually click on them and see what’s in them. You might be surprised what you find.
BE AWARE... be aware with who your child has conversations with whether it is texting, on-line gaming, etc. Knowing is half the battle.
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