Greetings UAS Middle School Families,
Our teachers welcomed families into their classrooms at Back to School Night last week. It was wonderful to see our community come together!
Here are some brief updates on upcoming events at the UAS Middle School:
- At Back to School night we introduced new elements to enhance our academic programs in our Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Arabic, Advisory, and Moral Education classes.
- We are also increasing our focus on the use of assessment data to guide our instruction.
Ms. Bibi discussing her art class with a family at Back to School Night
- Over the next two weeks our students will take the MAP assessment, one assessment we use to measure student growth. I’ve included a parent guide entitled 12 Common Questions Parents Ask About the MAP Growth Assessment at the link here.
- This reading explains what MAP growth is, scoring, as well as how the test is formatted. For more detailed information on MAP growth, click on the Parent’s Guide to MAP growth here.
- MAP also correlates its scores to SAT and ACT tests to note college readiness, meaning the degree to which a student is prepared for college. All of the information with MAP can be confusing.
- To answer questions you may have, we will have a parent coffee on Wednesday, October 3rd in the Secondary Library, to guide you through an understanding MAP scores.
The MAP test is one way we are learning about student’s strengths and areas for growth in Math, Science, Reading and Language usage. Teachers will be helping students understand their results and we will send information on how to read your child’s results a few weeks after we complete all testing in the middle school. We will be using the data for our planning and goal setting.
TEACHER SPOT LIGHT
For her assistance in our understandings of MAP data this week’s Teacher Spotlight shines on Callie Cantu, an instructional coach. Callie is helping the Middle School teachers better understand MAP reports, assist with student goal setting, and provide information to parents. Further, she, and the other instructional coaches, are available to assist teacher in understanding assessment data, not only from MAP but other assessments as well. Teacher Zach Holz says Callie can “deal compassionately” when assisting with a myriad of issues “whether it’s about their own teacher practice, or a technical issue.” We are happy to have Callie’s assistance as we increase our focus on data driven instruction!
Callie Cantu, UAS Instructional Coach
Over the next few weeks, to support your student through their MAP testing, we encourage you to talk about the importance of the test, make sure they have a good night of sleep, a balanced breakfast, and arrive to school with a fully charged laptop.
- Sunday, September 23rd through Thursday, October 4th – MAP Standardized Testing
- Thursday, September 27th– Registration Deadline for Week Without Walls
- Sunday, September 30 through Thursday, October 4th– Authors Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger visit (see flyer below)
- Wednesday, October 3rd– Principal’s Coffee at 8am in the Secondary Library. Topic is: What about MAP? A glance inside the MAP testing & your child’s MAP growth.
NOTE: Important dates are noted on the online school calendar, available online here – 2018-2019 school calendar.
Letter from Ms. Maram Juma on Reading in Arabic “A” Classes
The letter summarizing new steps the Arabic Department is taking to increase the focus on reading in the Arabic A classes, for native speakers. To access the letter click here.
Visiting Authors Holbrook and Salinger
We are excited to host authors and educational consultants Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger. For more information on the authors and their work at UAS click here for the information flyer.
Upcoming Dance & Theatrical Play: Information from Drama Teacher Ms. Cris Meija
This dance & theatrical play gives a platform for youngsters to share and discuss some issues with the support of music, dance and dialogues. The main characters in the play mirror the conflicts and struggles of youngsters, dealing with unrealistic beauty standards, peer pressure, loneliness, body image, attention from the opposite gender, depression and the immense influence of social media. The play addresses harsh realities and encourages open discussions and understanding by lightly using humor and dance in the backdrop.