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Sanislo Announcements
SMARTER BALANCE TESTING INFORMATION FOR THIRD GRADE

March 24, 2015

 

Dear Sanislo Third Grade Families,

At Sanislo, we are preparing for the upcoming state-mandated spring assessments for students in grades 3-5.  As you may know, this year the state has moved to a different set of assessments, called Smarter Balanced. These essentially replace the Measurements of Student Progress (MSPs) and High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs). The Smarter Balanced assessments cover the same overall subject areas – English language arts and math – and require about the same amount of time, roughly four hours per subject area. The Smarter Balanced assessments, however, are different in two primary ways:

1.     They are taken online.  Students answer more interactively, the platform offers more supports, and the assessments are adaptive – or customized to each student’s ability.

2.     They cover new academic standards. Our College and Career Readiness Standards, based on Common Core, set a higher bar for students than the state’s previous set of standards. Smarter Balanced assesses those standards, requiring more complex thinking and writing at all grade levels.

You can read more about Smarter Balanced in Seattle Public Schools by clicking Testing under Additional Links on our main homepage, www.SeattleSchools.org.

Scoring
Smarter Balanced is different enough that scores cannot be accurately compared to those of previous years, but all districts in the state expect fewer students to meet standard. For example, a student who may have performed at the top level on the MSP may achieve a Level 3 (out of four levels) on Smarter Balanced initially. This is a normal scoring shift whenever more rigorous academic goals and their assessments are introduced; adjustment takes time for teachers and students at every academic level. Please know that this year’s scores will be viewed as a new baseline that will help our teachers measure future growth. Most important, we are proud of the countless ways our teachers are preparing our students for college, career and life, including teaching the more rigorous standards.

Scheduling
At Sanislo we have the required technology in place and are ready to accommodate students with special needs. Our testing schedule is provided below. On these assessment days please do your best to avoid scheduling vacations on these days. You don’t need to prepare in any other way at home, but you and your child are welcome to walk through the practice tests at SmarterBalanced.org.

 

Third-grade conferences
Smarter Balanced assessments begin in third grade, and we are keeping an especially close eye on our third-graders’ literacy development. For this reason, most third-graders with a Level 1 score (out of four levels) on the English language arts assessment will be have a scheduled time for families to meet with the teacher before the end of the year. Because we need those scores early in order to make time for the conferences, third-graders will be the first to take the English language arts assessment. The conferences are required by the state, and we see this as another opportunity to partner with you to create a plan to build those crucial early literacy skills.

 

 

 

 

Sanislo Third Grade Schedule

 

Week of March 30-April 3, 2015

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

10:15-11:45

English Language Arts

O’Connor

Computer Adaptive Test

10:15-11:45

English Language Arts

Parkhurst

Computer Adaptive Test

10:15-11:45

English Language Arts

O’Connor

Performance Task

10:15-11:45

English Language Arts

Parkhurst

Performance Task

10:15-11:45

English Language Arts

O’Connor

Performance Task

1:00-2:15

English Language Arts

Parkhurst

Computer Adaptive Test

1:00-2:15

English Language Arts

O’Connor

Computer Adaptive Test

1:00-2:15

English Language Arts

Parkhurst

Performance Task

1:00-2:15

English Language Arts

O’Connor

Performance Task

1:00-2:15

English Language Arts

Parkhurst

Performance Task

End of day Pre Teach Lesson

End of day Pre Teach Lesson

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for all you do at home to prepare your child for learning and life. At school, we are proud of our strong families and outstanding students!

 

Sincerely,

 

Bruce J. Rhodes

Principal Sanislo Elementary

 

 

Music Assembly
On March 27th at 2:15 the musical performing group "NOISE" will present their Opera in the Schools Program at Sanislo, thanks to a Seattle Arts Fund Raisbeck grant. Here's what they'll bring (from their website)  http://www.noiseforkids.org
 NOISE is fun, child-friendly, educational and professional. We come to you with six brilliant performers, an introduction, dialogues, arias, costumes, props and sets! Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment" is a warm and funny story of Marie, an orphan girl, who was raised by the French Army Regiment commanded by Sgt. Sulpice. She falls in love with Tonio, one of the "enemy", and is about to marry him. Her dreams are suddenly ruined when her long-lost mother, the Marquise of Berkenfield and her steward Hortensius appear and insist that she marry Jean Luke the Duke of Krakenthorp! Fortunately, Tonio arrives just in time to "rescue" the unhappy Marie in the name of love. All celebrate in a jubilant finale!
Weekly Newsletter Available Now
Click modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1630883/File/Sanislo Newsletters/Newsletter_3-23-15[1].docxhere for link to the latest Sanislo Newsletter. 
Paper version goes home with students on Thursdays.
ENews is emailed and archived here under news and events.
Monthly library newsletters are linked on the library page.
Lantern Festival 3/20/15
 CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015 6:30-8:00 PM at Sanislo

This event was  celebrated as part of our community and the end of the Lunar New Year. As part of our pre-planning year to become an International School, we   partnered with Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International School for this event.  240 Sanislo community members celebrated as a community, and learned more about International School Education.  Denny International School and Chief Sealth Mandarin Immersion teachers came to support our event.    Michele Aoki, International Administrator for Seattle Public Schools gave a short presentation. The        Chief Sealth Dance group performed.   Thanks to all who made this event a success!

Reading Partners News
Jannie Misch of Reading Partners shares this March Newsletter from the reading tutoring program that is making a difference in the reading lives of 50 of our Sanislo students each week. We appreciate their 60+ volunteers who give their time to help our students thrive @Sanislo.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PRE-PLANNING YEAR COMES TO SANILSO
Dear Sanislo Teachers, Staff, and Families,
 
I'm pleased to let you know that Sanislo has been approved by the district to begin a "pre-planning" year for becoming an International School in Seattle. You may have many questions about what this means. The main thing it means is that Sanislo has some months this winter and spring to explore -- with all of you -- what it would be like to be an International School, whether that is something that would benefit our school community and especially our current and future students (and families), and what we need to commit to if we decide to embark on our "planning" year next fall.
 
In other words, this is not a final decision. We have received a bit of funding to help us take the time and engage all of our stakeholders in this process so that we can learn together and decide together.
 
Fortunately, there are 10 other International Schools already established in Seattle, including our neighbor, Concord International School. We will be visiting these schools and asking teachers, staff, parents, and students to share their experiences and answer our questions. We will hold cultural events at Sanislo this winter and spring so we can begin (or continue) exploring the cultures of the languages that will be part of the Dual Immersion program -- Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. We will invite Dual Immersion teachers from other schools to give us demo lessons so that we'll know what it feels like to learn Math or Science or Literacy in another language.
 
Please join us in this great adventure this year. Ask the hard questions (and easy ones too). We will find answers and share them with you all. By June, we will need to decide as a school community whether we believe that becoming an International School is the right next step for Sanislo.
 
Learn more about Seattle's International Schools at:
http://tinyurl.com/SeattleInternationalSchools.
 

Read and Rise Family Workshop
No Fooling! Our Final Session of the Year is Wednesday April 1st  6:00 PM-8:00
Dinner for Parents and Kids “Parents Are Our First Teachers, and Those Librarians Love to Help!" Let’s Learn to Share Our Love of Books and Reading Together 
 Contact Ms. McGhee or Ms. Marafino for more information. 206 252-8386. 

 

Author-Athlete Visit
Thursday Feb 19th, NBA legend and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited with 3-5th graders in the Sanislo library in conjunction with his Seattle Public Library appearance that evening at 7pm. 
While the ceiling heights may present a problem for Kareem our "little school with big ideas" is delighted to welcome his comments coming from his two "Streetball Crew" YA novels as well as "What Color is My World?" a story about African American inventors now part of the 3rd grade Global Reading Challenge.  Thanks to our friends at Elliott Bay Books, who are also partnering with SPL in making this visit a memorable experience for our students. 

Here's the link to West Seattle Blog story of the visit.
a
nd a quickly edited rough video shot in our library.
 
Welcome to Volunteering in Seattle Schools
Sanislo actively seeks parent and community volunteers to help in our school for projects, regular classroom support and field trips. To help you plan and comply with district policy, here's a Volunteering Check List: Start now as you must complete these before volunteering:  
 Volunteer Application,  Background check (WATCH) Screening Form
Read through
Volunteer Handbook English, SomaliAmharicChineseSpanishTagalogVietnamese
Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention - a short online course and finally Volunteer Policy. 5630 (Volunteers):

Additionally, chaperones on district field trips may be required to fingerprinted as well as submit:
Overnight Chaperone Application Form, or International Chaperone, or Elementary Day field trip chaperone
Drivers on any school outings must also follow this 
Volunteer Driver Checklist and bring a copy of your driving record from Department of Licensing.

In short, though the requirements are many, the fun and value of volunteering and chaperoning on field trips is worth it! if you are interested in volunteering at Sanislo, please contact that school directly. All schools have someone able to respond to people interested in being a volunteer in there school or programs.
*Please note: While all volunteers must be screened through the WATCH system, a criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools. Learn more about screening and criminal history background checks. 
City Year At Sanislo
             The  2014-2015 Sanislo City Year Team brings enthusiasm and  support to students in grades 3-5 .
Amy Durmaskin is the Program Manager and Donna Pham is Team Leader  helping the AmeriCiorps members work with teachers and students. Check out their linked City Year Team profiles  and introduce yourself to these wonderful additions to our staff.  More information about City Year Seattle is available on their  website: www.cityyear.org/seattle

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