Science STAAR Prep - Update
Hello Parents and Students!
I wanted to update everyone on the preparations that I have planned for the upcoming Science STAAR test on May 16. As you know the Math STAAR is April 10 and the Reading STAAR is April 11. For two weeks following that first round of testing, all students will be participating in "Science Bootcamp" during Mustang Club. Also during those two weeks, I will be sending small groups of students throughout the day to our Science Lab Teacher, and our 45 day tutors, to receive intensive review based on their needs. As the STAAR test draws nearer, I will also be reviewing the topics from this year during Science class.
If you would like to support your student at home, it is important to stay abreast of their success via the Parent Portal. Students also have been monitoring their progress on all of the topics, since September, inside their Science Folders. Once you know their weaknesses and strengths, it will give you a place to start. From there, log into STEMscopes and have them do some review activities and practice quizzes based on their need. You may also choose to have them use the visual glossary, which is a short video clip of all vocabulary words. This is especially helpful when trying to study vocabulary, and you need an active demonstration. For example, it is helpful in acting out the differences between reflection and refraction.
I also want to clarify the intention of the "flash cards." Students have about 80 words right now they should have been reviewing over the past month. I have been giving them homework grades to get signatures proving they have been studying them. In a couple weeks I will give them about 80 more. There will be no quiz or test that is solely over these words. Students are expected to be flipping through these for the sole purpose of building academic vocabulary. There is no particular order I want them using. They should be bringing these to school each day, because we will be using them for games during class. I also suggest they be reading at home and during their free time. Becoming a stronger reader is the secret to success on all STAAR tests!
I appreciate all of the students for giving 100% and the parents for facilitating them to do so. I thank you all for your hard work. We will do this together!
As always, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions or concerns you may have. My heart is for your students! I want them to succeed! Their success is my success, and OUR success! Have a wonderful Easter weekend with your families!