District Wide TAG (Talented and Gifted) Testing

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Springfield Public Schools will hold their district wide Talented and Gifted Testing at Ridgeview Elementary School.

The TAG test assesses whether or not your child is at the 97%ile or above in the areas of Reading, Math, or Intellectual giftedness. The 97%ile means that if your child was in a line of 100 students, they would know more than the first 97 students in line. These children are at the top of their class, and typically above most students at their entire grade level at school.

Students must be referred for screening by February 7, 2020. After you refer them for screening (by talking with their teacher), the teacher will pull all of the data for the screening and be in contact with you about whether or not your child would qualify to test. If your child qualifies for testing, you will receive a packet from your school with a parent questionnaire and more information about times of testing for your individual child.

If your child is already qualified as TAG, and you feel that your child may need to be accelerated a grade level, you would also speak to your child’s teacher and the TAG contact to refer your child for acceleration by February 7, 2020.

The testing for acceleration will take place Saturday, February 22, 2020, for the above grade level test in Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Reference & Research and/or Social Studies. After testing, we will meet as a team with your school to discuss the next steps and fill out the Iowa Acceleration Scale.

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New Bus Pass Program

 

The district has started rolling out its new bus pass program. Starting next week, all bus riders will need to have a bus pass to take the bus. Students will scan their ZPass badge upon entering the bus, giving the district real-time information about studenScreen Shot 2020-01-09 at 1.06.56 PMts who are riding the buses. Students have been given lanyards and straps for their backpacks to help make sure they remember their passes.

Get the app: Parents can also download an app that can provide notifications when students get on or off the bus. Registration information is on the district website; keep in mind that you’ll need to register on an actual computer before downloading the app to your phone. You can find answers to frequently asked questions here, including what to do if the pass is lost or forgotten.

Families who wish to opt out of electronic tracking can complete the Bus Pass Electronic Tracking Opt Out FormThis form can be returned to the school or emailed to schoolbus@springfield.k12.or.us.

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Winter Break: Dec. 23 – Jan. 6

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Families, are you ready for Winter Break? There will be no school Dec. 23 – Jan. 6. We will see you back here on Tuesday, January 7.

We wish everyone happy holidays and hope you have a safe and fun break!

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Parent-Teacher Conferences on Dec. 5-6

conferencesFamilies, our fall parent-teacher conferences are coming up on December 5 and 6. These conferences offer a valuable opportunity for families to check in with their child’s teacher and make sure they are on track to be successful this year. Please do your best to be on time and have your questions prepared! You can get some tips here.

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Scholastic Book Fair!

BookFair_ENMany thanks to our fabulous Centennial Elementary Rockin’ PTO for putting on our fall book fair during conference week, and many thanks to our librarian, Ms. Phillips, for her flexibility during this time. Volunteers would be very much appreciated to help fill all the time slots! Click the Scholastic link below.

Each student has $2 in Scholastic Dollars to spend on books (there are books that cost as little as $2).
E-Wallet allows you to load money for your kiddo(s) to spend. No more sending cash and hoping it doesn’t get lost in their backpack!

Visit our Scholastic site for more details, to sign up to volunteer, and to load $$$ for your kiddo(s)! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/centennialbluejays

Schedule: The Book Fair will be open after school on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 2-3 and 9-10 and from 8:15 to 3:30 during conferences on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-6.

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