Our technology teacher, Ms. Phillips, is so excited to be holding our Hour of Code classes all next week! The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. We will explore Code.org and students will get to solve challenges featuring familiar digital characters such as Angry Birds, characters from Star Wars and Frozen, Minecraft and new this year, Moana! Solving these challenges introduces and provides practice using skills such as sequencing, conditional statements, debugging and more. If you want to join your child by participating just go to Code.org and select a challenge. You might find you love programming too!
If you were not able to make it to Ms. Koatz’s Data-Tech meeting, we have attached the PowerPoint here (ela-math-parent-workshop-november-2016).
Here are some of the key points from the presentation:
- The dates for the 2017 New York State ELA (English Language Arts) exams are: March 28, 29 and 30
- The dates for the 2017 New York State math exams are: May 2, 3 and 4
- Exams are for all students in grades 3, 4 and 5
- Exams will be similar to those from 2016, so that they can be compared
- Exams will be untimed (although it is expected that most students will complete each exam within 60-90 minutes, depending on the day and their grade)
- Parents should know that their children are being well prepared for the exams by their classroom teachers
As always, if you have questions about testing, or the Common Core, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Koatz, assistant principal, at 718-263-9770, ext. 1240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you were not able to make the Data-Tech workshop this evening, you can see Ms. Koatz’s PowerPoint presentation by clicking here (2016-nys-exam-results-parent-workshop).
The bottom line was that we are well about the City and State averages in both ELA and Math. 82.70% of our students met or exceeded standards in ELA–a whopping 9.6% increase over 2015. Our percentage for math was 83.80%, a slight dip of 2.1% compared to 2015.
Ms. Koatz will be leading other Data-Tech workshops about 2017 State testing for families of children in testing grades.
We had a wonderful time this morning welcoming our fathers to school for “Dads Take Your Child to School Day.” Our students’ fathers, and father figures, were greeted with warm smiles and some paparazzi, led by Mrs. Paz and Parents Association co-president, Stephanie Cooper. After they posed, they could pick up a healthy snack, thanks to parent coordinator, Ellen Maurer.
We are lucky that our children are brought to school every day by loving parents and guardians. Today offered a special opportunity to celebrate the fathers among them.
You can get ready for the new year by having all of your materials ready! If you want to order them through our Parents Association, the deadline is July 12th. Please go to this link to sign up: http://www.schoolpak.com/catalog/grand-central-parkway
If you missed that deadline, or would rather buy your own materials, here are the lists for the 2016-2017 school year.