Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
As the third quarter of a busy and productive school year is almost ending, we have much information to share. Primarily on our minds is upcoming standardized testing. Phase I, which is the writing portion of ELA and the constructive response portion of math, will be held on March 19. Phase II for both eighth grade LEAP and 7th. grade ILEAP will be held on April 8-11. Please note that make ups are allowed only under extreme circumstances of physician-documented illness. If an eighth grade student misses testing for unexcused reasons, the testing will need to be made up this summer and the student will not pass for the year until those summer results are returned. As you know, LEAP for eighth graders is high stakes, which means the student must meet certain state criteria in order to advance to the ninth grade. Results of seventh grade ILEAP testing are used to determine if a student is in need of an extra tutorial program offered as a pull out during the PE hour. These results are also used to determine placement in honors-level classes. Therefore, it is important for all students to take this seriously. Please assure that your child gets a good night sleep and eats a good breakfast each day.
Additionally, all eighth graders will be taking the Explore on March 5th. This test is used to predict student success on the ACT and identifies possible areas of career development important to high school career plans. We want the students to take this test very seriously as well. In all testing situations, please help your child to be at their best performance level by having a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast during testing times.
Also, don’t forget about “Monteleone Magic” on April 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. here on campus. This wonderful family event will be an outstanding junior high memory for your child and hopefully for you as well. There are so many opportunities to share the experiences that our students will be showcasing on this evening. You will not want to miss this event! There are many opportunities for parents and relatives to volunteer to be a part of this event that is so important to our students. Please look for the forms included in this newsletter and return these to the school office if you can assist us in any way.
We would like to congratulate several faculty members who have been awarded grants after much hard work. Mrs. Desanti and our ELA department will be purchasing new books for their classrooms due to the awarding of a PTA mini grant. Mrs. Miller was also the recipient of a PTA mini grant for new music stands. Our school laws awarded $8500 for being a top performing school in our state for exceeding our school growth target last year. These funds will be used for school technology and instructional materials.
As usual, please carefully peruse this issue of our PTA newsletter. There have been many recent successful activities and events, and much more to come in the next few months. We hope your families will enjoy the Spring break on March 25- April 1.
Donna B. Addison