ES Sep 3

It has been wonderful to have all of our elementary students in school this week Pre-Kinder and Kinder students enjoyed their first week of classes; their laughter and smiles warm up our hearts. Relationships is at the center of our work and that is why this past week, we began to hold our Friday community meetings in each of our classes. Homerooms include guests from other areas of the school (office, maintenance, security, cafeteria) in these special community building meetings which will be held once a week. Ask your child to share how these are going for them.  

Please remember to check your child’s SeeSaw learning journal where teachers post announcements and examples of the learning that is happening in the classroom. You can write an encouraging comment, send an audio message or ask questions. This interactive opportunity is there for you to engage in your child’s school life.Children are immensely motivated with parents’ compliments! If you need help with your account, please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Maria Elena:

This week we begin with “kids cafe” and we are looking forward to seeing every student participate in the organization and environment in our cafeteria. Activities that extend beyond the classroom walls are powerful and the experiences that children have are plenty. As you register your child for extracurriculars, we encourage you to consider experiences that may be new for your child and broaden their interests. Registration for extracurriculars is online and takes place on September 2 and 3.

Your children’s teachers are carefully observing learning and are constantly gathering data that will inform their practice.  Over the next couple of weeks, they will spend one on one time carrying out our literacy assessments in grades 1-5, looking at mathematical processing, reflecting on the classroom agreements, watching children’s play during recess, and getting a feeling for the overall classroom climate. Students in grades 3-5 will also take the MAP Growth Skills Test (see information below). Understanding our students’ learning is important for us to design the best learning engagements to support their growth. Please contact your child’s teacher(s) if you have any questions or input.

MAP Information
At Academia Cotopaxi, students from grades 3-10 have been taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) since 2014. The data gathered for our school has illustrated our students’ strengths and learning needs, has helped teachers target their instruction and has provided administrators with valuable information to make school wide decisions. This is an important assessment and we want our students to take it seriously.

During the week of September 9-13, students will take the first of three MAP test sessions, given throughout the year. We give students MAP tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.  Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests because it is meant to measure accumulated learning to date.

MAP tests are unique in that they are an adaptive test, which means that the test adjusts to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them with your child.
Ideas to keep in mind:

  • 3 tests will be administered this week (Math, Language Usage, Reading)
  • The tests are used in multiple ways to support learning, so please encourage and support your son or daughter to take this seriously.
  • As always, ensure your child gets a good night sleep and has breakfast.

For more information on resources for parents, visit this page and please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Have a wonderful week!

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal