Thursday, October 16, 2008

Conferences and Game Day

Greetings Readers!  This installment of the blog is going to give you the basic information regarding "Game Day" in Room 108.  What "Game Day" revolves around are assessments. Open-Court Reading and Everyday Math have end-of-unit assessments for each unit.  I like combining these assessments into the same day and talk with the students about the value of preparation for an important day. Testing is not something that should be feared rather it can be viewed as an opportunity for every child to show what they know. What I encourage from you at home is to ensure your child eats a hearty dinner and gets plenty of rest the night before Game Day.  Then the day of, help your child to eat a well-rounded breakfast and come to school like any other day.  There is no need to stress about the assessments or feel a need to do any extra studying.  If your child attends school daily and participates in class lessons and activities he/she will be well prepared for Game Day. This kind of preparation and practice readies children for standardized tests, which they will take in future grades.  Assessments are also a strong cumulative evaluation tool to gauge student achievement. During conferences I will review Unit 1 math and reading assessment with each of you so you know exactly what the assessments look like.   I must say as a class, performance was very high for the first set of assessments.  

The second unit assessments will be administered next Thursday morning, October 23.  That day is also Wear Your Cap to School Day sponsored by Caps For Kids and New Era.  This is a great chance to support pediatric cancer.   I look forward to meeting with each of you to have a conversation about your child and his/her progress so far this year.