Principal’s Corner – Weekly Update

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Final Days of Student Attendance: June 1-2
Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2 are our final Remote Learning Student Attendance Days. While we won’t be able to replicate our typical end-of-year celebrations such as Field Day, the clap out and the 5th Grade Celebration of Learning, we want to make sure it is still a special day for our students!

  • June 1: “Virtual Field Day” and 5th Grade Celebration of Learning Video
  • June 2: Our staff will be engaging in a Remote Learning Planning Day as we continue to prepare for various 2020-21 scenarios. Since we want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to complete and turn in any unfinished work on this day, no additional work will be assigned.

School Closure Information
Students will have the opportunity to safely and efficiently pick up personal items left at the school and return textbooks/library books (all grades, as needed) and technology devices (only eighth-graders) in a “drive through” format on June 1 and June 2.

Please know that participation is not mandatory. We understand that some families may not feel comfortable picking up student materials or returning D181 books at this time. If that is the case for your family, we will hold your child’s possessions over the summer and you may return your D181 books when we return to school in the fall. Please be assured that during this process we will be strictly adhering to recommended social distancing guidelines and all staff members will be utilizing masks and gloves.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Details
We will send the drive-through schedule to families during the week of May 18. D181 staff will pack student possessions from their locker and classroom and will have them ready for pick-up.
At your designated time, you will drive through the area used for student drop-off during the school year.

Returning Student Materials

  • ECE-8th grade students: Please return any District textbooks or library books you have at home. Please write the student’s name on a piece of paper and put it inside the front cover of each book.
  • K-7th grade students will keep their D181 technology device over the summer
  • 8th grade students should return their D181 computer and charger during their designated time

Course Placement: Grades 3-8
Course placement letters for the 2020-21 school year will be made available in Skyward for all students entering grades 3-8 in late May 2020. The letter will contain placement scores, math course enrollment and bridge information. A separate email for Bridge registration will be sent to families after initial placement letters are available. The appeal process guidelines will be linked in the communication and posted on the D181 website. Please see additional information below.

5th Grade Common Writing Assessment (CWA) and IAAT Scores
The Common Writing Assessment (CWA) and Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) scores have been added into Skyward’s family portal. Both assessments were administered prior to e-learning/remote learning days and will be utilized in placement for your child’s 6th grade school year. Please see below for more information on class placement for grades 3-8.

For directions for accessing the scores, click here. An explanatory video has also been added to the Assessment Information webpage.

Math/ELA/ACE Placement Information
The approved revisions for placement and appeals can now be found at the CCSD181 website. As an additional reminder, individual student data, including NWEA MAP data, can be found within Skyward under the menu option “Test Scores.” If you have any other question, please just let us know!