Dear Parents & Guardians,
We are starting testing that will intermittently involve your child between now and the end of the school year. As a public school, we are required to conduct standardized tests for our students, this is state mandated. The data is utilized to measure learning and progression, as well as help our educators pinpoint areas in need of improvement. The Smarter Balanced test will be given again this year to grades 3rd through 8th. This assessment aligns to Common Core standards and provides a format that allows students to demonstrate a broader set of skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical writing.
The ACT test will be given to all juniors on April 19th, 2017. This test carries a great deal of importance for future academics and careers, as the results are utilized to determine college readiness, class placement, and financial awards. Also, freshmen and sophomores will be taking the ACT Aspire on May 2nd and 3rd, 2017, and this test aligns with and prepares for the ACT.
Lastly, the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test will be given to grades kindergarten through sophomores. The dates for this assessment are tentatively set for May 8th-19th, 2017. The information gathered through all of these tests allows us to have valuable insight and data to better prepare our students for future success.
-- JPS Test Coordinators and Administration
Ms.Joni Bell, from Beartooth Humane Alliance, was visiting third grade teaching about the needs of cats and how to be a good cat owner. Students enjoyed cat can you hear the mouse game, watching funny videos and students made cat puppets to create their own plays.