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Principal's Message


VALORIE WATKINS
PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents, 

We are now into our last nine weeks of school!  Please continue to encourage your child to do his /her very best with their academic performance and show appropriate behavior in school by respecting themselves and others. We will soon begin our Georgia Milestones End of Grade testing. Our 3rd grade students will complete their testing using paper and pencil and our 4th and 5th grade students will complete their test online using Chromebooks. Each grade will involve two days of English Language Arts testing and a day of Math testing. Only 5th grade students are required to complete the Science and Social Studies sessions. We will begin on April 17. Please make sure your child is at school before 8:00 a.m. each day.

Students will take:

English Language Arts – Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18 (3rd, 4th, 5th grades)

Math – Thursday, April 19 (3rd, 4th, 5th grades)

Science – Tuesday, April 24 (5th grade only)

Social Studies – Wednesday, April 25 (5th grade only)

Make ups will be administered in between days. 

Students who are prepared, calm, and rested perform better on tests. Here are some of the many ways to help your student approach Georgia Milestones in a relaxed, positive way:

  • Encourage your student to employ good study and test-taking skills. These skills include following directions carefully, avoiding careless errors, and reviewing work.
  • Explain the purpose of the tests. The assessments give students an opportunity to show what they have learned in school. They also give teachers information that helps them plan instruction. Point out that some items may be more difficult than others.
  • Be certain your student gets plenty of sleep and has a healthy breakfast and lunch. Taking tests is hard work for many students and can require a lot of energy.
  • Be certain your student is at school on time. Rushing and worrying about being late could affect performance on the tests.
  • Remember to ask your student about the testing at the end of each day.

For more information, please contact your child’s school or visit the following pages online:

Georgia Milestones Resources

Emanuel County Schools Assessment page

http://www.emanuel.k12.ga.us/administration/8

 

Georgia Department of Education Georgia Milestones Assessment Page

http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Georgia-Milestones-Assessment-System.aspx

Georgia Department of Education End of Grade Assessment Page

Grades 3-8

http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Georgia-Milestones-EOG-Resources.aspx

 

Each third grade student shall pass both reading and mathematics on grade level.  Satisfactory progress will be determined by the yearly averages of 70 or above in each of these two subjects.
Please review our Promotion - Retention Policy for each grade:

No third grade student shall be promoted to the fourth grade if the student does not achieve grade level as defined by “Performance Level 2:  Developing Learner” on the Georgia Milestone Assessment in reading and meets promotion criteria established in this policy.

Each fourth and fifth grade student shall pass both reading and mathematics on grade level plus one of either science or social studies.  Satisfactory progress will be determined by the yearly averages of 70 or above in reading, mathematics, and in science or social studies.

No fifth grade student shall be promoted to the sixth grade if the student does not achieve grade level as defined by “Performance Level 2:  Developing Learner” on the Georgia Milestone Assessment in reading and the Georgia Milestone Assessment in mathematics and meets promotion criteria established in this policy.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher at 478.237.7266. Please contact me if I may assist you as well at vwatkins@emanuel.k12.ga.us.

Valorie S. Watkins, Principal




3/30/2018


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