NWEA testing starts next week, please see the message below from Mr. Smith regarding the current schedule and expectations of our students:
Dear Middle School Families,
In our school-wide effort to make learning student-centered, collecting data about each student’s progress is needed to inform our decisions. One tool we use to get a personalized, real-time snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas of needed support is the NWEA test (also known as the Measurement of Academic Performance “MAP” test). This test is not to be confused with the M-Step test given in the spring.
The NWEA test is self-adjusting, which means, as your child takes the test and responds to questions, the test adapts to precisely measure progress and growth for each individual student. The results are available within 24 hours, so teachers can use each student’s data to make choices about instruction or groupings for targeted learning experiences. While we agree that testing is one part of the whole picture of a learner, this adaptive test is an opportunity to get accurate data for each student.
This is not a test that a student can “study for”, so you may be wondering what you can do from home to best support your child. Our testing window begins next week:
Math NWEA Testing window - Monday, January 10 through Friday, January 14, 2022.
ELA NWEA Testing window - Tuesday, January 18 through Monday, January 24, 2022. There is no school on Monday, January 17, 2022.
We are asking that you send your child to school well-rested and ready to test and if at all possible, avoid absences. You can encourage them to give their best effort and not rush to finish. Thank you for your continued support.
Kenowa Hills Middle School Principal
Congratulations to the Students of the Week!!
6th Grade: Ella McKeiver
7th Grade: Kyle DeYoung
8th Grade: Chay’ce Smith
Please see the updated color block schedule for when we return to school on January 3. Monday/Wednesday Black Blocks and Tuesday/Thursday Gold Blocks with Fridays switching between the two. You can find a downloadable schedule here.
Knight Sports Information
Before your athlete can begin tryouts/practices, they must have A physical dated after April 15, 2021. A pink slip will be written for the student athlete by the athletic department to give to the coaches that verifies they have a physical on file. Sports Physical Form There is a participation fee of $70.00 unless your child is on free & reduced lunch.
Boys Swim Dive Info: 6th 7th 8th Grade Boys Swim & Dive with Grandville
Swim info: Last day to sign up for Swim is Jan. 12. First day of practice: Jan. 18. A physical must be on file with Kenowa Hills. Swim practices will be at the middle school 4-6, Monday through Friday.
Dive info: Final details still need to be addressed on time location of practices Sign-Up info: Grandville uses Final Forms to register their athletes, please use their link to complete that. Schedules are also posted on their website. Gpsbulldogs.org
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