For the 2018-2019 school year, West Virginia’s public schools will complete the West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WV-GSA), as the standardized test of choice. At the elementary level, we will test students in grades three, four and five, in the areas of Math and English/Language Arts, and for fifth graders, Science. This will be the second year for the WV-GSA Revised.
The WV-GSA is administered via a computer, accessed through the students’ secure login. The tests are not timed, and students will not be rushed to finish. Great care is taken to be certain that, based on the student’s special needs, appropriate accommodations are made available. These arrangements will have been made with your approval in a SAT or IEP meeting. CLES students will be completing testing on April 29, 30 and May 1, 2, 3. Make-up testing will be completed during the following week.
All West Virginia public schools are required to meet goals in achievement and participation. We, therefore, ask for your support and assistance as we implement our testing schedule to assure that all our students are tested, and that they do their best. If requests for Educational Leave conflict with the testing schedule, the requests will be denied.
Support your children during testing, and help them to be proactive, by putting first things first, and making sure they get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, either at home or at school, and work hard at doing their best. Being serious about testing, and trying their best, will be a win-win experience for everyone.
In addition to the work students do at school involving reading, math, science, art, music, etc., schools are also charged with the responsibility of developing good citizens, and with helping children understand how their actions can impact the world around them. To that end, CLES students and families participate in a variety of community service projects and activities, which allow our students to lend a helping hand to people who may be less fortunate, or who may be experiencing great struggles in their lives.
Earlier this school year, our 5th graders supported the Empty Bowls Project, to feed the hungry. A few weeks ago, our students made donations to the MHS Mohigan Idol Program, to support WVU Children’s Hospital. At this time, we are again asking for the support of our school community, as we lend a hand to the Hoss Foundation’s work of supporting families of children undergoing medical treatments at WVU, by participating in the “Quarterback Challenge”. On Tuesday, April 2, we will be tallying up the monetary donations of our students, who donated as many quarters as they could find. The classroom in the county school system, which collects the greatest amount of money during their “Challenge”, will have a party with Super Bowl winner, Jeff Hostetler, and with WVU’s new football coach.
During the next three weeks, all CLES students will receive special heart healthy PE instruction from our PE staff, as we participate in the American Heart Association’s Kid’s Heart Challenge. Donation information has been sent home, and we’re hopeful, that we’ll be able to make a sizable donation to the AHA, on behalf of the CLES Community.
We will be holding our Kindergarten Registration for next year on Friday, April 26. If you have, or know of anyone who has, a child who will be eligible for Kindergarten next year, please ask them to call the school (304-594-2772) to make an appointment for registration. Students must be 5 years old, by June 30, 2019.
It looks like SPRING! Enjoy!