Dear Jewell Families:
We will begin the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments on Tuesday, April 10. These assessments focus on the knowledge and skills our kids need for success in our global economy, including skills such as analytical thinking and the ability to solve complex problems. The CMAS assessments focus on three different content areas depending upon the grade your child is in: English Language Arts (ELA) and Math – 3rd, 4th, 5th grade and Science – 5th grade only.
More importantly, these assessments give our teachers critical information to help our students be on track for college and career readiness. They also help us ensure that our students have the necessary skills to succeed in, and after, high school. Additionally, here at Jewell, we use these scores to differentiate instruction for all of our students and to make sure that they get what they need in our Walk to Learn/Intervention class period.
At Jewell, we ask parents and families to ensure their children get plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast, but this is especially important on assessment days. If there are doctor’s appointments or other appointments that need to be made, please reschedule to make those appointments on non-assessment days and during non-assessment times. (See attached calendar).
It’s extremely important that all students be in school on-time, all day and every day on assessment days. Testing happens in the mornings and for fifth grade on some days, in the afternoons. Students do best when they are in their classroom environment for testing. In the event that your child has to miss a test session, they will have to make up the test during other instructional time. In addition, because our teachers are teaching during all non-testing days, our paraprofessionals are used to give make-ups, which takes them from supporting the classroom. To prevent disruption to your child’s and other student’s day, please make every effort to ensure that your child is at school every day and limit their absences to only when they are sick. In addition, important teaching and learning happens in between testing, so it is imperative that students are here.
Please also note that volunteers cannot be in testing rooms during testing. This is to adhere to the policies set forth by APS and the State of Colorado to maintain a secure testing environment.
We appreciate your help during this time. Assessments, including CMAS as well as those taken throughout the year, are vital tools for teachers to support student success. There are online resources to help parents and families support their student during CMAS testing, located on the Jewell and the APS website. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.751.8862.
Nadine Ritchotte, Principal, Jewell Elementary