Fourth Grade Students NAEP Testing in February

naep-logo-300x300Our fourth graders will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 9th. Listed below are links to resources to learn more about the NAEP and how information is used.

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NAEP_Measure_Up_Public_School_Fall_2016.pdf

https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents/

https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/videos/parentvideo/

https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.aspx

Gifted and Talented Magnet Program 2017 – 2018

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Spring Creek Elementary is the site for the Albany County School District #1 Gifted and Talented magnet program.  These classes serve highly academic/creative students by providing differentiated instruction and an opportunity to interact with ability level peers. There are 3 classes (grades 3 – 5) located at Spring Creek Elementary.  A teacher within the GATE Program provides the students full time, daily instruction.  In addition, these magnet classrooms have regularly scheduled Art, P.E., Computer, Music, Library, and Guidance classes.

Students are selected based on indicators of success in the program using specific GATE testing criteria.  A combination of verbal and non-verbal assessments have been chosen to best identify highly qualified students through a non-biased, holistic manner. If deemed appropriate once testing is completed, recommendations for admittance into the GATE Program will be made by the GATE Committee. Equal access is provided to culturally diverse students, students of different economic levels, and students with special needs.

For more information about our program, please contact Liann Brenneman at (307)721-4410 or lbrenneman@acsd1.org

The referral deadline is January 31, 2017.      Gifted and Talented Referral Form – 2017 – 2018

WILL YOU BE READY FOR ON-LINE REPORT CARD ACCESS?

report_cardOur first semester ends Friday, January 20th!   Beginning this month, our schools are moving to on-line report cards. Using our secure Power School system, you will be able to view, save, and print your student’s report cards once they are released. Our next report cards will be available after school on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Using this method of delivery allows us to be more efficient with both our time and taxpayer resources.

Many of you already use Power School for maintaining a student lunch account. If you already do this, you are all set to access our new report card system. If you don’t have a Power School account, or if you have forgotten how to access the system, please call Jerri at 721-4410 for instructions and information. Only parents are allowed to create accounts to access the private and confidential information contained in Power School. When you call our office you will be provided with a unique access number and instructions that will allow you to access only your child’s information.

January 25th is coming soon! Give the system a try soon so that you will be ready to access report card information!

TEXT MESSAGING SERVICE

Parents and Guardians

You can take advantage of our Text Messaging Serviceschoolmessenger-opt-in111

Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more.

You can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 68453.

You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.

SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

Information on SMS text messaging and Short Codes:
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MS stands for Short Message Service and is commonly referred to as a “text message”. Most cell phones support this type  of text messaging. Our notification provider, SchoolMessenger, uses a true SMS protocol developed by the telecommunications industry specifically for mass text messaging, referred to as “short code” texting.  This method is fast, secure and highly reliable because it is strictly regulated by the wireless carriers and only allows access to approved providers. If you’ve ever sent a text vote for a TV show to a number like 46999, you have used short code texting.

Reading Connections

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Looking for a way to enhance your child’s home reading experience?
Title 1 Reading is offering “Reading Connections” that provide fun activities and stories that you may use at home to support your children’s reading skills. 

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Elementary Calendar Change

dates_imageAlbany County School District has approved four additional half-days to the elementary school calendar to provide teachers with more professional learning time:  These days are:

Friday, November 4
Friday, January 13
Friday, April 7
Friday, May 26

School will be dismissed on all scheduled half-days at 11:35 am and sack lunches, instead of a hot lunch, will be available from the kitchen for students.  This lunch will be recorded and charged against the student’s account.  Please click here to access the District’s 2016-2017 School Calendar to review all school dates.

Attendance Matters!

Attendance MattersCommon sense tells us that kids who miss school miss opportunities to learn. Some absences are just unavoidable. But, how much is too much? New research tells us that missing an average of just two days a month makes a child much more likely to fail a subject or to not graduate from high school. This research also points out that parents often underestimate the effects of missing school. It’s in everyone’s interest that students are at school the vast majority of the time. Thank you for making attendance a priority at Spring Creek Elementary School.

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-research-shows-nearly-half-american-parents-underestimate-harm-school-absences