Director’s Note December 2017

Greetings all:


With the start of December came the winter winds as well as a number of activities at Honey Creek. Please keep in mind that our craft sale and Winter Performance will take place on Thursday December 14th.  The winter break will begin on December 25th and continue through January 5th.


Once we return, our enrollment process for new families will begin with our two enrollment meetings. The first will take place on Tuesday, January 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and the second is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th from 10:00 am till noon. Families enrolling siblings need not attend, but if you know of a family that is interest in enrolling a kindergarten child in Honey Creek, please share this information.  Families with children entering other grades are welcome, but should know that chances of being admitted are slim.


Third through eighth grade students completed the TerraNova just before Thanksgiving. Results will be available in January.


The Michigan Department of Education will be altering the M-STEP assessment by eliminating all performance tasks and adding machine scored items to replace a portion of the written responses. The table below indicates predicted test durations for the various grade levels.


Subject Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
ELA Computer Adaptive 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Math Computer Adaptive 1.5 hours 1.5 hours 1.5 hours 2hours 2 hours 2 hours
Science Field Test NA NA .75 hours NA NA .75 hours
Social Studies Part 1 NA NA .5 hours NA NA .5 hours
Social Studies Part 2 NA NA .5 hours NA NA .5 hours
Estimate total time 3.5 hours 3.5 hours 5.25 hours 4 hours 4 hours 5.75 hours


Additionally, grades three through eight will take a benchmark assessment in ELA and Mathematics two or three times per year beginning in 2018-19. The state will provide an approved list of vendors for the benchmark assessments later in the spring.


I wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season!




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