MLES Moon Beam for March 2017

Principal’s Pen

Our 3rd grade students will be taking the FSA Reading when we return from Spring Break.  Please make sure your children get a good night sleep and get to school on time so they are ready to show all their knowledge.

We appreciate all the support you give us such as attending events, volunteering and attending conferences to name a few.   We want to thank all our families for coming out to support our STEM Family Night.  We had a fabulous turnout!    We are looking to get more Watch D.O.G.S to come in and volunteer.   If you are interested in participating, please contact the school.  We are always looking for more volunteers!

Spring Break will begin on Friday, March 17th, which is a Teacher Planning Day and kids will return on Monday, March 27th.  Have a safe and fun week off!

Have a marvelous March!

Elise Landahl


Florida State Assessments are coming soon!

Here are some proven hints and tips to ensure your child has a positive testing experience.

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before a test, and make sure your child eats properly the day of a test.
  • Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Do not add to your child’s stress.
  • Make sure your child has taken any needed medication.
  • Ensure that your child is present during testing (children generally perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time).
  • Get your child to school on time the day of the test.
  • Wish your child good luck each morning of the test.Tell your child that he/she is special and that you believe in him/her!
  • Remind your child the test is important. Encourage him/her to do his/her best.
  • If your child is too ill to attend, please call the school office.
  • If the test is on a subject for which you can review (such as a spelling test), help your child go over the material.
  • Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.
  • Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely. If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess and move on.
  • Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blank.
  • Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.
  • If your child is disappointed after taking a test, reassure him or her that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.

2017 FSA Schedule and Details

Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be taking the Florida Standards Assessments.  Moon Lake Elementary’s testing schedule is as follows:

ELA Writing ELA Reading Math Science
3rd graders Not Tested Paper-Based

March 28th and 29th

Makeup testing 30th and 31st.

Computer-Based

April 12th and 13th

Makeup testing 14th

Not Tested
4th graders Paper-Based

February 27th

Makeup testing 28th.

Computer-Based

April 17th and 18th

Makeup testing 19 and 20th.

Computer-Based

April 10th and 11th

Makeup testing 13th and 14th

Not Tested
5th graders Paper-Based

February 27th

Makeup testing 28th.

Computer-Based

April 19th and 20th

Makeup testing 21st.

Computer-Based

April 24th and 25th

Makeup testing 26th and 27th.

Paper-Based

May 1st and 2nd

Makeup testing 3rd and 4th.

Your child will have an opportunity to participate in a practice test to become familiar with the computer-based testing platform, item types, and response formats he or she will see on the FSA assessments. If you or your student would like to review the computer-based practice test at home, the practice tests and answer keys are available at http://www.fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/.

For information regarding test session lengths for all Spring 2017 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at www.fsassessments.org, click on the Students and Families icon, then select Spring 2017 Testing Times.

Please review the following policies with your student before testing:

  • Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.
  • Calculators—Calculators are not permitted during Grades 3–6 Mathematics tests.
  • Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing below the statement on their planning sheets, worksheets, or work folders.
  • Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the passages or items after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families.
  • Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
  • Leaving Campus—If your student begins a test session and leaves campus before completing it (for lunch, an appointment or illness, etc.), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.
  • Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), Section 504 plan, or English Language Learner (ELL) plan, please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.

 


Congratulations to ALL of our Moon Lake Students who participated in our S.T.E.M. Fair Project Launch!!

On April 15, 2017, Our Top 7 Students will compete at District Level!

The District Fair is located at River Ridge High School

From 8 am – 4:30 pm.

Good Luck, and Congratulations:

Mia Gavin  (3rd Grade)

Sky Verosic (4th Grade)

Natalie Parker (4th Grade)

Elaina Bellemo (4th Grade)

Nicholas Collins (5th Grade)

Devon Johnson (5th Grade)

Mya Lerner (5th Grade)

We are  SO Proud of ALL of our Moon Lake Students!


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