Dear Earl Boyles Families,
It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the 2015-2016 school year. As we move towards the month of February, I am proud of the efforts our students are showing each and every day at school.
We are scheduled to start our some of our summative assessments next month. We are scheduled to take Science OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) Assessment for 5th grade only, ELPA for our English Language Learners in Kindergarten-5th grade, and a little later in the year Smarter Balance for grades 3rd-5th in the area of English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. During summative assessments students have the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in the various areas towards specific standards they have learned throughout the years. We value the effort our students put into their education and look forward to seeing their individual growth in various areas.
The assessments they take have moved away from previous fill-in-the bubble end of year exams that focused on rote memorization. As a parent you can help your child by reminding them to focus on what they know and what they have learned over the years. Academic progress is a slow, but steady process, and summative assessments are only one measure of their academic growth. Help your children understand what they’re trying to accomplish when taking the summative assessments and that there are no shortcuts. If you should have any questions regarding your child’s experiences at Earl Boyles, or about the school and its programs, please feel free to contact me. My phone number is 503-256-6554.
Thank you. Our teachers are working very hard each day to put learning first. It’s a pleasure and privilege being principal of Earl Boyles
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