Principal’s Corner – First Week Updates

Hello Madison Families!

Thank you for an incredible 1st week of school. It may have tried to rain on our parade, but students entered into the building safely, excited and ready to learn! We are so proud of our Madison students for coming prepared with their masks and maintaining their social distance around the school. We so appreciate you reiterating these crucial safety procedures with your child – it truly makes a difference. As we continue with our hybrid in-person model, safety will remain a key priority in maintaining an effective learning environment. We will continue to reinforce safety procedures with students and families both inside and outside Madison School.

A few key safety reminders:

  • Please do not arrive at school before 8:25 am or 12:25 pm as there is no adult supervision
  • Everyone must wear a mask while on Madison School property (adults and children)
  • Please maintain social distance during pickup and drop off
  • Please remember to display your car line number if you are picking up your child in the car rider line

Self Certifications
We appreciate everyone’s assistance in completing the COVID-19 Self-Certification form in Skyward. At this time, we are no longer planning to take individual temperatures at arrival. However, at home, you will need to verify the following:

  • A daily symptom screening at home by an adult caregiver to determine if my student is experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:
    • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle and body aches
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea and/or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH.

Fall NWEA MAP Testing – Begins September 15 (pending BOE approval on 9/14)
MAP Testing begins next week! While I know students have just returned to school, we are very excited to get our Fall data to help us effectively plan for instruction moving forward. Should you have any questions related to testing, how we use the data, or your child’s specific testing dates, please just let us know.

Testing Schedule – Hybrid Students:
September 15: 2nd and 3rd Grade Reading
September 16: 1st Grade Reading and 2nd Grade Math
September 17: 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Math
September 18: 1st Grade Math
September 21: 4th & 5th Grade ELA
September 23: Make-up Testing
September 24: Make-up Testing
September 25: Make-up Testing

Testing Information – Parallel Remote Students:
While NWEA has established procedures for remote administration of the assessment, the test developers are clear that remote administration should not be utilized for high-stakes decisions such as student course placement. As MAP has historically been a key component of our placement process, the Department of Learning will be offering a number of opportunities for remote learning students to participate in the assessment in-person on the follow dates:

Friday, September 25
Saturday, September 26

We will provide specifics regarding testing next week; please note that we will utilize a “first-come-first serve” procedure for time slot assignments. While we hope the above options will meet the needs of all families, please just let us know if a medical or personal condition necessitates a different testing environment.

What is NWEA MAP?
The MAP assessment (Measures of Academic Progress) measures academic growth in the areas of reading and mathematics and estimates a student’s instructional readiness for particular content. MAP tests are computer adaptive; they adjust to a student’s specific learning level. When a student answers questions correctly, he/she is presented with more challenging questions. When a student responds incorrectly, the questions are adjusted accordingly. Students in 1st grade will take the MAP for Primary Grades assessment, and students in Grades 2-5 will take their grade level appropriate MAP assessment.

How is NWEA MAP data used?
MAP data provides our educators with helpful information regarding a student’s academic strengths and areas for improvement in reading and math. Collaborative teams of teachers, specialists, and administrators use the MAP results and other data points to check the progress of individual students and groups of students for the purpose of making instructional decisions and adjustments.