March 2019 Newsletter

From the Desk of Dr. McDaniel

State Testing Season is upon us!

We will test ALL 3rd – 5th-grade students in April. The teachers have been focusing on test taking skills, practice questions and many other testing strategies with your students to prepare them for these test. We are confident that they are going to do AMAZING. Be on the lookout for “Test Taking tips for Home”. We will send those home closer to the test time.

We are hosting an informational night for ALL 3rd – 5th-grade parents on Thursday, March 14th at 6:00! This will help you understand the testing format this year and we will provide more information on what specific skills your child will be tested on. Please be here for this pertinent information!

I am sending home another Principal’s Challenge over Spring Break. Please encourage your child to work on it. These are important reading and math skills your child will need for the test in April!

In order for our testing to go smoothly, we are in need of test monitors. If you are available ANYTIME during the testing dates please sign up to be a monitor. We will need SEVERAL monitors each day. There will be a district test monitor training as well as on-site training. You must be trained every year. This is a quick 30-minute training session and will allow you to monitor anytime during the testing period. Please call the office at 405-340-2990 to find out the times and dates of the district training.

The tentative testing days at Sunset will be:

April 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th

I hope you all have a wonderful March and fun Spring Break.

State Testing for 3rd – 5th Grade Students

2018-19 OSTP Parent, Student, and Teacher Guides (PSTGs)

The Parent, Student, and Teacher Guides (PSTGs) for grades 3-8 have been posted to the Assessment Materials page. The practice questions you see in the PSTG represent the types of questions and interactions your students will see when they take the Spring 2019 OSTP state assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

Right click on the link and open in a new tab.

Attendance at Sunset

The Report Card grades were released for all schools in the state of Oklahoma last week. There is a new calculation that not only includes test scores, but also attendance for all Kindergarten through 5th-grade students. Sunset received a C in the area of attendance. Basically, if your child missed more than 18 days of school, we were penalized.

We received 1 point for students who missed fewer than 18 days and 0 points for students who missed 18 days and above.

Half day absences are also calculated, so if your child is frequently tardy or frequently picked up early, that is counting against our school attendance.

This is why being at school on time and staying until the end of the day is so important! We want to get as many points as possible and raise the attendance grade at Sunset!

Counselor’s Corner

Deep Breathing for Relaxation