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    The Mission of Northfield Middle & High School is...

    To provide an academically rigorous, safe, and healthy learning community that fosters the intellectual integrity, strength of character, respect, and accountability required of capable, contributing citizens of a global society.

  • Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

    I hope that this letter finds you spending some time with the family and enjoying the break from school.  Most folks still have work and sports to work schedules around, but nonetheless a little time away for a “brain-break” is always welcome this time of year.  When we return from break, students in grades six through 9 will be taking the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  We will be spreading the testing out over four days, two days one week, then a week off from testing, and then two final days the following week.  We extract a great deal of information from these tests; they let us know the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and our school as a whole.  This information is used to individualize student-learning experiences and to make curricular changes.    

    Each year we encourage students to do their best and provide an incentive for the grade level(s) that can better state averages in both Math and ELA.  The incentive is in the form of a team-bonding activity, usually at an offsite location where that grade level can be the primary focus.  This team-bonding activity is just one way that we strive to connect academic performance to positive peer social interactions. 

    The daily schedule will be modified slightly in that the order of the periods will be changed so that the same class is not effected each day.  The ELA tests will be taking place on April 24-25 and the Math tests on May 8-9.  Please see the tips for preparing to take the SBAC tests from Ms. Donahue at the bottom of this letter.

    Thank you so much and have a great day,

    Ryan Parkman

     

    NMHS SBAC Testing schedule for Spring 2018

    April 24

    SBAC ELA

    CAT Test

    Grades 6-9

    8:10-10:30

    (10-15 min break at 9:10)

    April 25

    SBAC ELA

    PT Test

    Grades 6-9

    8:10-10:30

    (10-15 min break at 9:10)

    May 8

    SBAC Math

    CAT Test

    Grades 6-9

    8:10-10:30

    (10-15 min break at 9:10)

    May 9

    SBAC Math

    PT Test

    Grades 6-9

    8:10-10:30

    (10-15 min break at 9:10)

    April 24 – ELA - period 7 (8:10-10:30)  - sequence of periods for this day is 7, 5, 3, 1

    April 25 – ELA - Flex (8:10-10:30) - sequence of periods for this day is Flex, 4, 6, 2

    May 8 – Math - period 1 (8:10-10:30) - sequence of periods for this day is 1, 3, 5, 7

    May 9 – Math - Flex (8:10-10:30) - sequence of periods for this day is Flex, 2, 4, 6

     

    Tips from Ms. Donahue before you take the SBAC tests!

    PLEASE bring in your own headsets to use during the testing.  We will have headsets available for those of you who need them.

    You are NOT allowed to have your phones at all during the test sessions. Teachers may collect them.

    High School Students Only (9th Grade and up):

    • Make sure you charge your laptop each night before testing. There are no spare chargers available for testing days.
    • Reboot your computer the night before to make sure there are no pending updates.
    • Power off your computer the night before and power back on when you arrive at school.

    On the Day of Testing:

    • Make sure the computer is booted from the off state. If the computer was left off, please reboot it before testing.
    • DO THE FOLLOWING BEFORE LAUNCHING THE “VT SECUREBROWSER” APP:
      • After the student signs in, please verify that the Wi-Fi is connected to “WSSU”
      • Make sure all other programs are closed
      • Check your volume level
      • Check the laptop’s battery level – should be at least 75% before testing
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