News from the Principal: March 2020

Spring is almost around the corner and we can’t wait! One sign of spring is that the 2020 MCAS standardized testing sessions are upon us. Through our daily curriculum and instruction we are always preparing our students to reach the standards. The MCAS test is a way to measure student growth, curriculum and instruction effectiveness. There are a few things parents and families can do to help children prepare for tests (whether teacher-made or standardized). You can help create a positive and supportive environment for your children. I have included a few tips from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

 

·  If your child is nervous at test time, ask his/her teacher for tips on helping him/her relax.

·  Make sure that your child is in school during the testing sessions. Do not plan any doctor or dental appointments on test dates.

· Encourage your child to listen carefully to all test-taking directions given by the teacher and to ask questions about any directions that are unclear.

· See that your child gets his/her regular amount of sleep before the tests and is well-rested.

· Make sure that your child eats his/her usual breakfast on the day of the test. Hunger can detract from a good test performance.

· Encourage your child to do his/her best.

 

“Help Your Child Improve in Test-Taking,” U.S. Department of Education, available online at www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/TestTaking, provides research-based techniques developed through the Office of Educational Research and Improvement.


Remember—you are very important to your child’s success in school and in life. Your interest and support let your child know you believe in him or her and that you value education. We hope these suggestions help you help your child be successful in school and in life.

 

Thank you,

Melissa Provost

 

Melissa A. Provost

Melissa A. Provost