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KAPPA III Principal’s Corner – March 20

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  Today is the first day of Spring, this means Spring weather and longer days.  We are a week away from the ELA state exam.  Our teachers have been working diligently, since September, providing content-rich curriculum to improve student learning.  I urge all families to set aside time and have the students read as much as possible.  It is very important that we also help students grow a passion for reading.  This can be possible by selecting books at the appropriate reading level and that interest them.  It is exciting to see students learn and grow when their love of reading is supported.  We encourage all students to read for 30 minutes each day and to build on their vocabulary skills.

Our Student Led Conference was a success and we hosted about 200 families.  Throughout the day, we received a lot of positive feedback from families on student’s ability to speak on their strengths and challenges.  Many families registered for Pupil Path and Class Dojo.  Both online databases will allow you to monitor your child’s progress on a weekly basis.  We want to maintain positive classroom culture and hope to achieve this goal by communicating regularly with you.

Every year, families complete the NYC School Survey.  The purpose of the survey is to help us understand your perspective about our school environment in order to make improvements and better support all students and families.  We have completed about 40% of the survey, but our goal is to complete all of the surveys.  We will distribute the missing surveys to students this week.  Please communicate with your child and complete the survey by Friday, March 24, 2017 and return to Ms. Ovalles, Parent Coordinator.

The NYS Exams are fast approaching.  The ELA exam will be administered on March 28th- 30th.  The Math Exam will be administered on May 2nd-4th.  Please make sure your child gets rest and a good nights sleep.

This year state exams are untimed. As long as the students are working productively, students should be allowed as much time as they need only within the confines of the regular school day to complete each test session.