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CMAS Letter to Upper Elementary Families:

 

 

 

Dear 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Families,


As we anticipate March,  we look forward to more snow, Spring Break, sunny days, and state testing!  Yes, one of those anticipations of spring! As a public and state funded school, The Juniper School is required to administer some state assessments such as Dibels Literacy Assessment and Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). Dibels is administered to all K-3rd graders 3 times per year and weekly for students on a READ plan.  CMAS is administered to 3rd-8th graders 1 time per year.


March 19-23, 2018 and April 9-April 13, 2018 will be the 2 weeks CMAS testing window for 3rd-5th graders at TJS.  Here is the TJS approach to CMAS:

  • This is yet one more way for students to demonstrate knowledge, just as their end of unit Exhibits of Understanding
  • We have only 2 expectations of students during this time: 1. Do your best 2. Don’t stress out
  • This test is not an event, but just another day of learning demonstration
  • As students that are ‘Juniper’, this test does not define you….your character, daily actions and mindful participation in our community represent your true self

Testing schedules have been created to fall before Spring Break and impact daily schedules and learning as little as possible. *Testing times include time built in for directions, clean up, stretch breaks, bathroom breaks. Water, light snacks and books/scratch paper for drawing are available for students.

Monday March 19

9:00-11:00am

(3rd-5th)

English Language Arts (ELA)

*Meet in Cafeteria at 8am for team building and a special school community breakfast

Tuesday March 20

12:30-2:30pm

(3rd-5th)

ELA

*Electives will not be missed

Wednesday March 21

9:00-11:00am 12:30-2:00pm

(3rd-5th)

ELA

Math

*School community lunch provided with outside games

Thursday March 22

12:30-2:00pm

(3rd-5th)

Math

*Electives will not be missed

Friday March 23

9:00-10:30am

(3rd-5th)

Math

 

Monday April 9

9:00-10:45am

5th only

Science

 

Wednesday April 11

9:00-10:45am

5th only

Science

 

Friday April 13

9:00-10:45am

5th only

Science

*No Electives showcases on this day, showcases will be held on Tuesday and Thursday of this week instead

We ask that your student please be present and on time during the testing week(s).  The testing window extends through April and make-up tests are given to students who have missed the original testing time.  If you have not planned your Spring Break yet, please do so with this schedule in mind. If you know you will be gone for any reason during these times,  please contact your classroom teacher with those dates and times.


While we do not go through the practice of ‘teaching to the test’,  we are trying to get all students ready emotionally. This involves letting them see the online testing programs, practicing specialized skills in a mixed age format such os “Math Olympics”, by playing with the technology components, and by talking about it as a class while in connection circles.


For more information on CMAS testing, please visit the Colorado Department of Education website at: https://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment or come talk with Ms. Katie any time.


We look forward to our students having this opportunity to engage in yet another diverse option for showing their learning.  We are here to support all students in success at school- socially, academically, mentally, emotionally- and to become experts on who they are as learners!


Sincerely,

Ms. Katie McCullough

Head of School, The Juniper School

970-764-4185

kmccullough@tjsdurango.com