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Director’s Notes: May 2012

Greetings,

Last Friday, individual TerraNova assessment results were sent home with students.  Student scores are reported in National Percentile (NP) and Scaled Score (SS).  The NP shows where your child scored when compared with other students across the nation.  For example, a NP of 61 means that your child scored higher than 61% of the students in the nation. Participants in this assessment include many private schools, traditional public schools and charter schools.

The scaled score range extends from 100 to 900.  Tracking scaled scores from year to year gives an insight into your child’s growth in a specific subject area.  For example, if your child’s scaled score in reading was 655 in 2011, and remains 665 in 2012, this indicates that your child has made one full year’s academic growth.  If the scaled score drops this is an indicator that there is less than one year’s growth.  The opposite is true if the scaled score increases. If you have specific questions regarding your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher.  Please see the following page for more information.

As you know Cam McCord will be leaving us at the end of the school year.  Please join me in wishing him well in his new adventure. This 4/5 teaching position has been posted on AnnArbor.Com for the past two weeks. It has also been posted on several educational websites.  I will begin reviewing applications the week of May 14th, and will schedule interviews before the end of the month.  Many individuals have expressed interest in participating in the process, and our interview team is now complete.

Additionally, Kristin Vespa will be taking a leave of absence to complete graduate work during the upcoming school year.  The PE position has been posted along with the 4/5 teacher position, and we presently have several applicants.  If you would like to participate in the interview process for the interim PE teacher, please let me know by email.  I hope to have both of these positions filled prior to the start of summer break.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jane Pacheco, Deb Lentz, the Wellness Committee, and the entire cast of volunteers who made our Earth day event such a phenomenal success.  The students were all highly engaged in the activities, and it was a great balance of learning and fun.

May is always a busy month at Honey Creek, so I’d like to remind you of some of the upcoming activities. Our Spring Curriculum Celebration will be held on May 18th, and our Spring Musical Performance will take place on May 22nd.  The fifth grade Tamarack trip is on May 24th and 25th, and the eighth grade camping trip will run from  May 29th through June 1st. June first is also PE Play Day.

I look forward to seeing you at these events!

Al

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