2018-03-11 / Viewpoints

Chalk Talk

By Anthony Berthiaume

March is reading month. To show the importance of reading to our students, we hosted several special events throughout the month to promote literacy. As we all know, “It takes a village to raise a child.” At home and at school, it is our responsibility to promote basic skills, such as reading, to our children. It is my pleasure to take part in the month’s festivities; it is one of the highlights of the school year to read to as many elementary classrooms as I possibly can.

As the month of April approaches, I would like to remind everyone of the Spring 2018 State Assessments that will begin when our students return to the classroom after spring break. Our staff has been working hard to prepare our students for the upcoming assessments.

Spring state assessments affect third through 11th graders. Please see the chart below which shows the assessments that each grade level is required to take. To learn more about the testing program, please visit http://www.michigan.gov/mstep. To access online practice questions and a variety of parent resources, please use Google Chrome to visit the following website: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/ott1.

The general assessment windows for grades three through 11 are shown above. Please note that although we do not plan to test daily during the testing windows, attendance is extremely important. Please consider this when planning any absences (such as appointments, vacations, etc.). We also understand that illnesses happen unexpectedly, and we want our students to be at their best when testing. There will be make-up testing days if needed. Please contact your child’s school if you have any specific scheduling questions during the testing windows or if you know of any absences ahead of time.

Please contact District Assessment Coordinator, Joanna Czymbor at (810) 638-5054, if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your continued dedication to our district’s success, and we look forward to helping your children through these spring assessments.

We had several events take place from February into early March which brought our district and community great pride and excitement. Our wrestling team finished as state runner-up. Additionally, four of our wrestlers were state placers, including Austin Wolford who won the state championship. Our girls’ basketball team made it to the district finals, where they lost a hard-fought battle to Laingsburg and our boys’ team lost in districts to Bath in a close back-and-forth game. Both basketball teams have had solid seasons and have great foundations on which to build. Also, our boys’ bowling team participated in states and made it to the semifinals in Division IV and we had a total of three bowlers from our girls’ and boys’ teams that competed at state for individual honors. I would be remiss not to recognize our Odyssey of the Mind teams who participated in the regional competition held in Swartz Creek the last weekend in February. Congratulations to our students and coaches for their outstanding performances this season. Great job Hornets.

It is our goal to keep the high standards that New Lothrop has set forth in and out of the classroom, and focus on preparing students for their future successes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. My office phone number is (810) 638-5091.

Yours in Education,
Anthony Berthiaume, Ph.D., Superintendent

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