Standardized Testing Week
Today marks the first day of standardized testing for our school. The purpose of these tests is to help identify particular areas of strength for each student as well as areas that would benefit from additional teaching or practice. They also assist our school in evaluating our own curriculum. These tests, however, are not the sole source of information needed in evaluating students and curriculum. While both internal and external factors may affect a student's testing ability from day to day, we can look at the bigger picture to see how well testing results reflect other formal and informal evaluations.
As students work on these tests, we want the results to be as accurate as possible. With this in mind, we encourage children to do their best and to maintain a normal routine. As always, children are encouraged to get a good amount of sleep, to exercise regularly (through active play), and to eat healthily (including a good breakfast). The emphasis, however, is placed on maintaining a normal routine. Also, please help you child to avoid absences if at all possible and ensure that your child gets to school on time. Most testing will take place in the morning; however, due to the differences in second and third grade tests, not all testing may take place at the same time, necessitating some testing to take place in the afternoon.
Students often feel an increase in anxiety during standardized testing week. While maintaining the importance of putting forth best efforts, please help manage stress through conversations and enjoyable activities. One thing you may notice this week is a decrease in homework. In part, this is due to less instructional time, but this also gives students a greater chance to de-stress when at home.
Finally, isn't it great that we don't have to worry about taking some test to get into heaven? God does require perfection from us, but we know that is impossible. The good news is that Jesus passed the test of perfection with flying colors, and he gave us his test scores. Because of His death and resurrection, God sees perfection when he looks at us. Though we keep doing our best to live a life that shows our love for God, we know the victory has been won. Jesus has passed the test for us!
A few additional notes...
Standardized Testing: As noted above, our class will participate in standardized testing this week, April 28-May 2. Please plan on sending a healthy snack along with your child throughout this week.
Heifer International: Fourth quarter chapel offerings will purchase an animal (or animals) for people in a needy part of the world. All gathered money will go to purchase either a water buffalo, a goat, or rabbits. A competition of sorts will decide which animal is purchased. All coins contributed to a particular animal will count as 1 point per cent. All paper money contributed to an animal will instead subtract points from that animal. Students in our class have banded together in groups who are rooting for one animal or another. Check out the Heifer International Website for details on how each of these animals helps the families and communities to whom they are given.
Bible Verse of the Week
Students choose their own memory verse this week.