Principal's Letter - March 2013 Newsletter

posted Mar 13, 2013, 1:20 PM by Darcy Pedersen

From the Principal’s Desk

Carlos Gilbert Elementary School



Dear Parents & Families of Carlos Gilbert Elementary School,

Beginning Tuesday, March 19th, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders will take the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment, also called a Criterion-Referenced test, to measure how well they have mastered reading, writing, mathematics and science. Testing will be held on the mornings of March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28.  The test measures students’ grade-level proficiency on the New Mexico content standards.  This test will also help the Public Education Department calculate our school grade. 

The staff and I want each student to do their very best on the test.  Some students require accommodations such as being tested in a very small group or one on one with a teacher and some students need certain parts of the test read to them.  Only certified teachers can administer this test under most conditions.  Therefore, we will be using some teachers in lower grades to administer the test to students who require accommodations.  Specials teachers, educational assistants and substitutes will be used to continue teaching and learning in lower grade classes during testing mornings.

We will provide a free breakfast to students who are testing.  Students can choose to eat their breakfast at snack time if they have already eaten at home. On testing days, we will be celebrating “Spectrum of Success!”  Each testing day we will encourage students to wear a certain color of polo shirt following the spectrum of a rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet).  Students do not have to wear certain colors, it is only meant to encourage and excite them as a school community.  In addition, our amazing PTK has purchased colored bracelets that read “I did my best on the test!” in each color of the rainbow.  Testers will receive a colored bracelet each day if they, indeed, did their best on the test!

You can help your child do their best on the test by: 

1.       Making sure your child is at school on time.

2.       Encourage your child to get plenty of sleep the nights before testing. 

3.       Be sure your child is eating properly.

4.       Make sure your child is aware of how very important this assessment is to their future!

Thank you for your support,

Kim Pietrocci, Principal

Carlos Gilbert Elementary School