Letter from the MC Principal – March 18, 2015

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

You probably know that Georgia students in grades 3 through 8 will take a new end-of-grade assessment this year, the Georgia Milestones Assessment. The new assessment is designed to be more rigorous than the CRCT and includes open-ended items in language arts and math, as well as a separate writing section in response to a reading passage. Our students will take the assessment beginning Wednesday, April 15 and we need your help with one item. On this year’s mathematics assessment, student in Grade 6 are allowed to use a basic function calculator and students in Grades 7 and 8 are allowed to use a basic or scientific calculator. In the past, students have not been allowed to use calculators, so we don’t have enough for our student population. Before purchasing more than 200 calculators, we thought we would reach out to see if anyone might be able to donate calculators. We are looking for roughly 80 basic calculators and 160 scientific (not graphing) calculators and would appreciate any help we can get by Friday, March 27.

As we mentioned in the information letter included with your student’s End of Term
Reports, it is time for our Spring Student-Led Conferences. These conferences are an opportunity for students to present evidence of their progress thus far towards the goals they set in their learning plans last fall. Also, students are encouraged to consider ways they can improve their advancement towards any goals with which they may be struggling. The Spring Conference is also a good time to review student progress towards the promotion criteria. In the coming days, your child’s advisor will be working to set up conference times, if not already, and it is crucial that each family participates in the conference process. The afternoons of Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 have been set aside for this purpose, though 7th grade conferences won’t be held on Wednesday since the students and teachers will be returning from their field trip on that particular day. We look forward to seeing you in the building next week.

Finally, our second school dance, “Wonderland”, will take place at school this Friday. Doors will open at 7pm and students will be dismissed from the gym for pick-up at 9pm. Please do not drop off students early or pick them up late. Students attending the dance cannot leave prior to 9pm unless checked out by a parent. At the conclusion of the dance (9pm), students will be dismissed from the gym in the same manner we follow during our regular, daily dismissal. Car riders should look for their cars on the school-side of Essie Avenue. Students will not be allowed to walk home without an adult. If you plan to walk your child home after the dance, please make plans to meet your child either near the staff parking lot or at the corner of Essie and Emerson, whichever location is more convenient for you. We will gather walkers at those two points until adults meet them. We look forward to a fun Friday night with the kids!

Wishing you well,

Cathey