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2015-2016 Notice for Statewide Tests
Dear Siuslaw School District Parents/Guardians,
Here is some important information about this school year’s state tests:
Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Rather than multiple-choice questions, today’s tests ask students to explain their reasoning and, often, write out their answers. The new assessments measure more complex skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that schools and parents can assess whether children are on-track to graduate from high school ready for college or a career.
Students will take the state tests again this coming spring. While the tests in English Language Arts and Math cannot tell us everything about your child’s academic progress, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in those subject areas. The tests help our school district get a more complete and accurate picture of how all Siuslaw students are performing. As we assess curriculum, review instructional strategies, distribute resources and work to improve our educational system, our students’ performance overall is a big factor in planning and decision-making.
Siuslaw School District has always had a high participation rate on state assessments as both parents and staff have found value in this “point-in-time” check on the progress of our students and our educational system. However, parents in Oregon have the option to opt their children out of state assessments this spring. Should you wish to opt your child out, please read the information carefully and then print, complete, and return the form to the main office of your child’s school by February 9th, 2016.
Please see the Parent Opt Out FAQ if you have general questions or want more information about the Oregon State Assessments.
If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s building principal.
Our school district uses the National Weather Service to guide our decisions about school closures or activity cancellations.
The transportation department and administration closely monitor the local weather and the forecasts throughout the day. Below is a list of media outlets that will carry emergency information. We will also have any changes posted on the district website and will institute our automated phone messaging system to get the information out to families as early as possible. Please make sure that the schools have any changes in your contact information as we head into winter storm season.
If parents or guardians feel it is unsafe for their children to attend school during inclement weather events, they may call the school office to excuse their child from school. Please know that we don’t make these decisions lightly and will continue to carefully monitor weather situations.
In the event of adverse weather, please click here for information on where to tune to receive updated information on possible closures, delays or early dismissals.
This is the time of year when we begin to see an increase in the number of cases of upper respiratory illness in our school community. Below are some reminders about the prevention of their spread, including the spread of influenza and the new Enterovirus. Please know that we will take every precaution, including reminders for students about handwashing and covering coughs as well as additional disinfecting procedures when necessary. Please partner with us to encourage children to use good hygiene and please keep children who are experiencing illness with fever home for a full 24 hours after they are fever free.
Tips for staying healthy. Click here.
Here’s wishing all our families a healthy fall season.