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1. Acuity/ISTEP Information, Updates and Changes:
Standardized assessments (tests) in Indiana are now changing for all Hoosier students. Assessments given this year and in years to follow will be based upon Indiana’s new College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) which are required by recent legislation and have recently been approved by the Indiana State Board of Education. These standards represent a significant increased expectation and rigor placed on students at each grade level. The state assessments of the new CCR Standards similarly represent increases in expectations. MIS students see four of these assessments each year: Acuity 1, Acuity 2, Acuity 3, and ISTEP+. Each of these assessments are new and completely re-written to align with the new CCR Standards. We have now completed the Acuity 1 test for ELA and math.
We can already share with you some observations about the new Acuity assessments (assuming your child has not shared his or her observations). The new tests are clearly more challenging for students. New types of test items are found in the tests including some questions for which there are multiple correct answers and students must select ALL correct answers to receive full credit. There are also a number of new “technology enhanced” test items where students must manipulate graphics on the computer to identify correct answers to questions. Please view the following link for released sample test questions (http://experience-ccra-in.ctb.com).
Students across the board are scoring lower than scores for Acuity tests we have given in the past. This was expected, not only due to the increased expectation and rigor, but also due to the fact that Acuity tests now measure students only on grade level standards. The first round of Acuity in past years was constructed based upon standards from the prior grade level as well as the current grade level. For example, a current fourth grade student would be tested over both third and fourth grade standards. However, the first round of Acuity now consists exclusively of material from the current grade level which means students may be tested in October over material that might not be presented in the curriculum until December or later. Thus, lower Acuity scores from this first round do not surprise us. We expect scores to climb as students are presented with more grade level standards as the year progresses. As a staff, we will use this data to look at the curriculum needs of our students and adjust accordingly.
It is important for parents to know that we expect to see these same changes in expectations and rigor in the new ISTEP+ test taken in April and May of 2015. We have spent a great deal of time studying the new standards and taking all practical measures to prepare students for these new standards and accompanying new assessments. Nonetheless, we know both students and teachers will take some time to adjust to these new standards and forms of assessment. We expect test score to reflect our learning curve.
I encourage parents to contact their child’s teacher or the office with any questions regarding changing standards and assessments. Interested parents may find more information from the Indiana Department of Education by clicking the following link: http://www.doe.in.gov/standards
2. Red Ribbon Week – For more information about this National Event please visit: http://redribbon.org/
3. Second Annual PTO Decorating Contest: Come join us from 11am-1pm in the cafeteria tomorrow for some pumpkin decorating fun. All decorated pumpkins will be on display in the MIS lobby.
Students will vote on the top pumpkin. Prizes will be awarded to the top pumpkin.
3. Maxwell Intermediate School – Indiana Pacer Night
THIS JUST IN! Our school has partnered with the Indiana Pacers to participate in a FUN, UNIQUE, and EXCITING fundraiser! Sell tickets to Pacers games, win some really neat prizes such as a Pacers personalized jersey or a chance to meet a Pacers player, and help raise money for our school! New this year, everyone who turns in an order form with at least 1 ticket sold will receive a FREE Pacers branded cinch bag!
We will have our very own school night at a Pacers game with a BIG CHECK PRESENTATION on CENTER COURT at halftime! Everyone will be together cheering on our hometown Pacers on
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 vs. the Orlando Magic. Our school’s top seller will be able to stand next to a Pacers player during the National Anthem, receive an autographed basketball, and have
up to 4 tickets upgraded in a luxury suite on our school night! Additionally, the overall top seller of the 2014-2015 Pacers School Fundraiser Program will have a Pacers player personally come visit him or her at their school! Take your order form around your neighborhood, to your friends, and to your place of work. A portion of every ticket sold will help raise money for our school. Turn in your order forms by Wednesday, January 21st, 2015.
1. October 25th: Second Annual PTO Decorating Contest (11am-1pm)
2. October 29th: Parent/Teacher Conferences Night #1 (4-7pm – by scheduled time)
3. October 30th: 5th Grade Family Book Club – Library
4. November 4th: Fundraiser Party
5. November 4th: Parent/Teacher Conferences Night #2 (4-7pm – by scheduled time)
6. November 6th: Student Council Meeting – 7AM
7. November 10th: 5th Grade Veteran’s Day Q/A – 8:30-9:00am
8. November 10th: Family Literacy Night – 6:30-7:30pm
9. November 26th-28th: Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
10. December 1st-5th: 1st Semester Corporation Math Benchmark
11. December 3rd-16th: Science/SS Acuity Window
12. December 4th: Student Council Meeting – 7AM
13. December 8th-13th: Acuity Readiness #2 Window (ELA/Math)
14. December 17th: Family Math Night – 6:30-7:30pm
15: December 19th: End of 2nd Grading Period
We are looking forward to meeting with each and every parent regarding your child’s progress. Please double-check dates and times with your child’s teacher!
Win some neat Pacers prizes and raise money for our school by selling tickets to Pacers games! Invite your friends, family members, and co-workers to our school night on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 and pick up your prizes at the game! Win a Pacers personalized jersey, meet a Pacers player, and earn other great prizes by participating! Everyone who turns in an order form with at least 1 ticket sold will receive a FREE Pacers branded cinch bag! Order forms are on their way, so get ready to sell, sell, sell and help our school raise money. Turn in your order forms by Wednesday, January 21st.
1. FALL BREAK – We hope everyone has a restful and safe fall break. We look forward to seeing everybody back bright and early on Monday, October 20th.
2. We received word that the following students won the Riley Festival Pumpkin Decorating Contest:
1st Place – Kortneigh R.
2nd Place – Victoria T.
Middle School Division – 6th – 8th Grade
2nd Place – Haley H.
3. 5th Graders from Maxwell swept the Riley Festival Poetry Contest!
First place – Kylie D.
Second place – Zoe S.
Third place – Derek N.
1st Honorable mention – Ben M.
2nd Honorable mention – Louis C.
3rd Honorable mention – Mason P.
1. October 6th-17th: Fall Break – No School
2. October 20th: School Resumes
5. October 20th: ELA Acuity A Testing Begins
6. October 23rd: Fundraiser Items Delivered to MIS
7. October 25th – Second Annual PTO Decorating Contest (11am-1pm)
8. October 29th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm – by scheduled time)
9. October 30th – 5th Grade Family Book Club – Library 10. November 4th: Fundraiser Party 11. November 4th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm – by scheduled time) 12. November 6th: Student Council Meeting – 7:00am
1. For the latest team news as well as grade level newsletter information, please visit the following link:
http://mis.gcsc.k12.in.us – go to the team tab at the top and select the appropriate grade level
Have a great fall break!!
Students and teachers will be participating in activities to get students thinking about college and their future. Next week will be College Go Week with the following Spirit Days taking place:Monday – Wear your Maxwell Spiritware to show that Maxwell is an important step in preparing you for college readiness. Tuesday – Show and Tell us where you see yourself in 20 years. Dress up to show what you will be. Wednesday – Wear college gear to show us where you would like to attend college. Thursday – Wear your college hat to show your spirit. Friday – Wear green to show that it takes a lot of money to attend college.
THE MAXWELL OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR SUMMER BREAK JUNE 18-JULY 20, 2018.
**School student day 7:50 AM - 2:10 PM and office hours from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
*Please see our "News" tab above for other news and opportunities around MIS, GC, and the local community.
** Weekly editions of the 2017/2018 Principal's Update are now posted under "MIS News."
-Classes start at 7:50 a.m. Doors to parent drop-off at Door 10 open at 7:40. Please use parent entrance off of CR 500 North.
-Don't forget to update your child's transportation information using School Dismissal Manager. Please make changes by 1:30 to ensure that your child is properly notified of changes.
-We are pleased to offer a Grab and Go style breakfast to students this year.
SHOP ONLINE: Support our school. Simply go to www.schoolstore.com, select our school and let the shopping begin!! Feel free to share with family members and friends.
July 25th: 5th Grade Meet the Teacher Night/Open House 6:30-7:30pm
July 26th: 6th Grade Meet the Teacher Night/Open House 6:30-7:30pm
July 30th: 4th Grade Meet the Teacher Night/Open House 6:30-7:30pm