It was great to see many of you during parent conferences. We work hard to offer a variety of conference times and our staff really appreciates spending time talking about your child’s academic and social growth and performance. I heard many of our teachers say, “I really enjoy being able to sit down with parents and talking about their kids.” By attending parent conferences you are showing your child that education is important and letting them know you are a partner in their educational development and growth.
I hope everyone was able to have a relaxing and enjoyable spring break. Whether you were at the coast, out of state or just enjoying beautiful Central Oregon, I hope you were able to spend some time as a family. The year continues to fly by and we only have 11 weeks of school left! As always, teachers will be pushing and challenging our students to continue to learn and grow academically and socially.
Spring often brings a new set of challenges as the weather gets nicer and the days get longer. Outdoor activities and more time to play outside can often push reading and/or homework to the back burner. Please ask your child about their nightly expectations and provide them with a time and space to complete their work. As always, don’t hesitate to email or call your child’s teacher, if you have a question or something doesn’t make sense.
Smarter Balanced assessments will begin soon for all 3rd-8th graders. Oregon Department of Education has listened to feedback from parents and educators and worked to shorten the Smarter Balanced ELA and Math assessments this year. We’ve also made a conscious effort to expand our classroom instruction time and condense the testing time for students. I know there are a variety of opinions about national assessments, but this assessment is similar to the one many of us took as kids with the bubbles and #2 pencil. The information we get back after the students have completed the Smarter Balanced Assessments is valuable. The results allow us to see patterns of strengths and areas we need to focus on at each grade level. I would appreciate all our students taking the test and doing their best!
Logistics of the Smarter Balanced Assessment:
- Students take a multiple choice portion on the computer for Math and ELA(Reading/ Writing). Students answer multiple choice questions along with writing short answer responses.
- Students will be required to complete a Performance Task—this basically asks them to apply the concepts they’ve learned.
- Math–Solving a word problem–Similar problems are part of instruction in the class room.
- ELA–Writing an essay based on a prompt– Similar to what students did on OAKS a few years ago.
I want to personally thank all the members of our PTC who have put in extensive hours and hard work into making this year’s auction a success. The opportunities our students are afforded from these funds are unmatched in Redmond School District.
I know help is still needed for the auction, please contact Rhianna Kunkler at: Tumaloauction@gmail.com if you would be willing to help out. Every little bit helps!
I would like to ask everyone’s help in keeping our school as safe as possible! If you are coming to pick up your child please come to the front window and ask Mona or Marti to call down to the classroom. We’ve had a few parents grab volunteer badges and then walk down to classrooms to get their child. Although we know you, we ask everyone follow our protocol to ensure safety standards for all students and families.
Our staff works hard to be accessible to our families but unexpected “drop in” meetings are difficult for teachers before and after school as they are often preparing lessons or involved in meetings. Please communicate with your child’s teacher to set up a time that works for both of you or contact Mona or Marti in the front office and they can help set up a time for you. I appreciate your help and understanding!