Our School Board approved the amended 2018-19 academic calendar to recover the lost instructional time missed during our recent snow storm. With the support of the SEA leadership, the district proposed a shift for the remaining early release days to return to regularly scheduled days, as well as extending the last student contact day through Friday, June, 14.
While the district was intentional last year in identifying potential make-up days in our calendar to accommodate for inclement weather, this year Mother Nature delivered the wintery blow after those days had passed. This left the need to be creative in assessing the needs of our students, staff, families and our community to account for the missed instruction. This one-time solution will help us make-up the lost time while still attempting to minimize impact to previously scheduled activities, camps, etc.
To recapture as much time as possible, this change is immediate which means that this Friday, March 15, will NOT be an early release day.
What does a “2-Hour Delay” mean for your student?
The start to our school day is pushed back by two hours:
- Doors open for breakfast at 10:10 a.m.
- Classrooms open at 10:20 a.m.
- School begins at 10:35 a.m.
- Pick up at bus routes are pushed back by two hours (snow routes may be in effect for elevated areas).
- School dismissal and bus drop off are at regular times.
District Wide TAG (Talented and Gifted) Testing ~ Springfield Public Schools
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, Springfield Public Schools will hold their district wide Spring TAG 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. If you feel your child may fit into this category, please talk to your child’s teacher and your school’s TAG contact to refer your child for spring screening.
After you refer them for screening, 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. The testing for acceleration will take place Saturday, March 16, 2019, 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.
Questions? Contact: Your Child’s Teacher
CES TAG Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
District TAG Coordinator: Stephanie Lovdokken @ 541-520-4012
Picture Day is on Wednesday, October 10, in uniform please.