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Now enrolling commuter students for 2015-2016
OUR NEXT GUIDED TOUR OF McMURRAY MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8th at 11:00 am.
Exploratory Week Catalog
See this year's offerings. Exploratory Week 2015: June 8-12
April 2015 Calendar
2- Throwback Thursday Dance, 2:45 – 4:30
3 -Teacher in-service day, NO SCHOOL
6- 8th grade field trip to Olympia
7 - Band Concert & Dessert Auction, 7:00 pm
13-17 Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
21 - Executive Council candidate speeches
22 - Executive Council elections
23 - PDD, late arrival day
23 - Track at North Mason
24 - Recognition Assembly
30 - Track at Curtis
Smarter Balanced Assessments
This spring our State is switching student summative assessments to a computer based system called Smarter Balanced. Smarter Balanced will assess student knowledge of the Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, and math grades 3 - 11.
Smarter Balanced assessments offer significant shifts from State tests in the past, including writing at every grade, new question types, and performance tasks that ask students to demonstrate an array of research, writing, and problem solving skills. Vashon 3rd graders will take the assessment using paper and pencil, while students in grades 4 - 11 will take the assessment via computer; Smarter Balanced assessments make use of computer adaptive technology, which provides more accurate information about student achievement.
Because the assessments are administered online, teachers, principals, and parents can receive results in weeks, not months. Faster results also mean that teachers can use the information from assessments to check student progress and plan instruction during the year.
All VISD students in grades 3-8 will practice interim tests in their classrooms between January and March. The summative tests will occur between March and May. We encourage you to take a practice test and to provide practice sessions for your children as the assessments are quite different from those in the past and the more familiar students are with the format, the more likely assessments are to reflect their achievement. Simply open this link, click sign in, select a grade, then get started!
Check out these links to learn more: