Principal's Update: March 26, 2015
March 31st – April 9th
Early Release – Tuesday, April 7th @ 1:00pm Lunch will be Served
APRIL VACATION – April 20-24
School Arrival and Beginning of Instructional Time
As we transition back to a normal, fair weather season, morning drop off procedure, it is important to note when instructional time starts at the Bishop. Instructional time starts at 8:15am every day. The 8:10 bell signals the entry into the classrooms to settle in and to begin morning work. It is imperative that all students are in the building at this time. Teachers will mark students tardy or absent at 8:20am. M-C-A-S. Four letters that can spell anxiety, both for parents and for students! These letters stand for Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. This letter offers tips for how parents can help prepare their children before MCAS testing and points to resources for more information. Assessments, like the MCAS tests measure how well students have learned the standards. They give students an opportunity to demonstrate what they know. The results of the assessments are then used to guide school improvement efforts and to identify student needs and schools that need assistance. In other words, what students should know, what they are taught, and what they are tested on are all aligned, or linked. This approach to improving education is called “standards-based reform.”
Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for Tests
Parents and families can do several things to create a positive test-taking experience and help students prepare for tests. Here are some ideas: Make sure your child gets enough sleep, eats properly, and gets to school on time. During test time, make this a special effort. Encourage your child to READ, READ, READ. No activity is linked to academic success as much as reading. Even the math portion of the MCAS uses word problems to test problem-solving ability. Write test dates on your home calendar. The MCAS test schedule is online at www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/cal.html. Help your child practice MCAS test questions. Review the test together so you will all get familiar with the expectations. (Previous years’ MCAS tests are online).
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No Child Left Behind
The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires states and school districts to produce and disseminate annual report cards.
These report cards include information on student assessment, accountability, andteacher quality; the report cards may also include other information. They also provide parents and other members of the public a snapshot of student performance and teacher qualifications in their local schools.
Bishop School's report cards from current to previous years >