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JANUARY 2015



Hello Jaguars,

As we begin the new year, many of us will set goals to improve a specific aspect of our lives or at least reflect on the past year.†

As a school, this is a perfect time to review our successes during the first semester, reflect, and set goals for the second half of the school year.

During January, AIMSweb mathematics and communications academic probes will be administered to all students in grades K-5.† This is one way to inform teachers about student academic performance compared to national norms. This data allows teachers and administration to make evidence-based evaluation and data driven instruction decisions. This can help us to evaluate where students are performing now and then set goals for progress during the second semester. We will give these Communication Arts and Mathematics tests to our students once more in the spring during the month of May. The information gathered will be used along with classroom assessments to help our staff in continuing to make improvements in student instruction based upon specific identified needs. These AIMSweb tests are not used for a grade nor do the results end up in student files. The information gained is used to help teachers in guiding their instruction in the classroom and in monitoring student progress. We try to have students set personal goals as well.

Maybe one of your goals as a parent is to get more involved in your childís education. Be sure to check out upcoming opportunities to get involved such as science night, our Family Valentine Dance, trivia night or book fair. We encourage every family to spend more time together and support one another.

One thing that has been difficult is getting enough volunteers and support for PTO events like trivia night and spring festival, etc.† It is difficult when as a PTO we are discussing cancelling events due to lack of support.† Please consider how you can help our school.† In this newsletter is information about our trivia night on Feb. 27.† Please consider getting a table of family or friends and playing that night or contribute by volunteering or donating items for our raffles.† If you canít do one of those, at least purchase some raffle tickets that will be sent home later.† It takes everyone to build a great school community!

As always, one of my goals is to help you anyway that I can. Feel free to call me at
314-467-5401 with any questions.
Mrs. Deane





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