Principal’s Message

During the first week of March we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a week of fun activities that included twin day, (wear red and black), wear your pajamas (The Sleep Book), Wacky Wednesday (wear mixed up
clothes), crazy socks day (Fox in Socks) and wear a shirt you can read (I Can Read with My Eyes Shut). Thank you to our reading teachers for organizing a week of incredibly fun activities.

This month starts NYS testing for ELA and Math. The New York State Education Department applied or a waiver to the United Stated Education Department to not administer these exams this year in light of the
pandemic. The USDE denied the waiver. The Chancellor Lester W. Young of the Board of Regents and the Commissioner Betty A. Rosa of the NYSED put out a statement about this denial. You may read the statement
by following the link: http://www.nysed.gov/news/2021/statement-chancellor-lester-w-young-jr-and-commissioner-betty-rosa-usde-denial-assessment .

Since we are now required to administer these exams, we will move forward with our plan for testing. A letter was sent home to all grades 3-5 families via email, “snail mail” and Class Dojo. This letter was from Mrs. Serratore and it outlined the plan for testing, including the dates. Along with the letter, there were two forms:  Refusal Form and Opt-In Form. The Refusal Form is for those students who are attending school in person and who do not want to take the exams. The Opt-In Form is for those students who are 100% online and want to take the test. These forms are due by April 9 to your child’s teacher.

The State has decided to shorten the exams. Each exam will be only one day and there will be fewer questions on the exams. The 4 th grade science performance test will not be given this year. However, the 4 th grade written
exam will be given on June 7. The ELA and math exams will be computer based as they have the last couple of years.

For those students who plan on taking the exams, we ask families to help us by making sure students sleep well the night before all testing dates, eat a healthy breakfast in the morning and arrive to school on time. Our
teachers and staff are very dedicated to making sure that testing conditions are “optimal” in school as we realize that stress levels increase during this time. We want students to be relaxed and focused on what they are doing.

April has some important dates to remember:

  • April 19 – Board of Education Meeting at CO 6:30 PM
  • April 20-22 – NYS ELA exams for grades 3, 4, 5
  • April 22 – PTO Meeting 6:15 PM
  • April 30 – Progress Reports published to Parent Portal