Principal’s Corner – Reminders and Information

Principal’s Corner
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Thank you so much for your help and support this week! We’re so sorry for the short notice for the school cancellation on Wednesday and really appreciate your flexibility. As it turns out, I am really happy the kids were home – the building was cold and dark for most of the day! It is a rare event for us to cancel school so close to the beginning of the school day. In the event it would ever happen again, please know that we have teachers and staff at school all day should you be unable to come pick up your child on such short notice. Hope you all had a great Halloween!

A few reminders:

Cold Weather
Please make sure that you are sending your child with a warm coat, gloves, hats, snow pants, and boots when weather permits. We go outside for recess everyday if the temperature with the windchill is zero or above.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – November 25 and 26
If you haven’t already, please sign up for a conference. See below for directions:
-Sign into your Family Access account using this link: skywardfamily.d181.org. Select the specific student by clicking the arrow next to All Students.
-Click on the Conferences tab.
-To view available conferences, click All Conferences.
Next to the specific class, click on Select a Time to reserve a time slot.
The list of time slots that are open will appear. Click the Select button to reserve a spot. A confirmation will appear with the conference details. To confirm click Save or else click Back to select a different one. A confirmation email will be sent to both the teacher and you.
-To view conferences you have manually scheduled or an instructor has scheduled click on View Scheduled Times. There is an option to unscheduled a conference here, as well as an area to view

CogAT Testing (Grades 2 and 5) – Begins this week
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to all second and fifth grade students. See below for the exact testing dates and times:

2nd Grade
November 5 (Verbal), 7 (Quantitative), and 8 (Non Verbal) at 9:45 am.

5th Grade
November 4 (Verbal) at 10:30 am.
November 6 (Non Verbal) at 1 pm.
November 7 (Quantitative) at 12:30 pm.

The CogAT is an assessment that indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age peers. The assessment is comprised of three sections, each taking approximately 30 minutes with breaks in between:

  • Verbal: measures a child’s ability to remember and transform sequences of words, to understand them and to make inferences and judgments about them.
  • Quantitative: measures a child’s understanding of relational mathematical concepts and ability to discover patterns, to figure out a rule or principle, and to transfer this information.
  • Non-Verbal: measures a child’s ability to reason using pictures and shapes. In addition, this section appraises a child’s ability to use his/her cognitive resources in new situations.

The results of the CogAT will be utilized in D181 for varied purposes. First and foremost, the scores are used to drive classroom and instructional practices to guide our efforts in adapting teaching methods to meet the varied needs of our students. Second, the scores will also be used as one component in an assessment portfolio to determine areas of strength and identification for program placement. This is just one piece of the data that school staff will review as a component of multiple criteria used in planning for your child’s course trajectory. Your child’s score report will be sent home after administration is complete and all reports are printed. We appreciate your ongoing support. If you have any questions about the CogAT administration, please just let us know.