April Greetings . . . I can't believe that we are nearly halfway through this third and final trimester of the school year! It doesn't seem that long ago when we were opening our doors to students and welcoming them in September. In this, our second to last newsletter for this year, I want to share a variety of information with you.
First, we will be taking our second and final round of OAKS testing (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) during the first few weeks of May. This is a required assessment given to students throughout Oregon in reading, math and science. Our school rating is closely tied to how our students perform on this yearly exam and I would encourage you to support your child in giving her/his best effort.
Here are some highlights regarding OAKS testing:
Every student, in grades 3 - 8 is required to take OAKS tests
Depending on the grade, tests may be taken in reading, math, or science
Students have up to two attempts (this is a drop from three attempts that students used to have) in each of these subjects
If your child scored well enough on a subject test in the first round to "meet" state grade level standards then you, as the parent, must give permission for your child to take that subject specific test a second time this year.
If you have a question regarding OAKS testing, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or me.
Second, this is the time of year when high school and sometimes middle school students and parents begin receiving information about college applications, college recruitment, or scholarship information. What is sometimes tricky is to decipher whether this information is coming from the school or from a private business. More times than not, it comes from a company soliciting business that is not associated with a school or our district. One way to tell whether our school or district sponsors information is to look for our district logo, or for a phrase similar to "school sponsored." It is possible for you to receive a mailing that looks school official, but it may not be. If ever you are wondering whether a product or service is endorsed by LPMS, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Finally, this is a great time to be checking Parent VUE online and seeing the current grade status for your child's classes. The end of the year is approaching quickly and if your child is not doing as well in a class as you think they should be, this is a great time to communicate with that teacher to see what can be done to improve in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding Parent VUE, your child's grades or even a specific assignment please contact the office and we can help answer your question or direct your call.
Jim Boen, Principal