Mrs. Jayne M. Rose-Vallee, author of Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!, came to visit the 2nd graders at Gearing. She began her visit by sharing her journey to becoming an author and getting her first book published as well as on what students could do to make their writing come to life! She spent time encouraging the students to use their imaginations and "think outside the box". Second graders got a sneak peak of her next book due out this Spring. It was an enjoyable afternoon for all.
Gearing students are thinking all things chocolate and participating in a variety of activities as we kick-off our month long reading of THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH. First graders recently engaged in a STEM activity to determine which projectile traveled the furthest - chocolate chips, a Hershey kiss, or a marshmallow. The best part, of course, was eating the chocolate!!
Michigan's Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments are short, online assessments that are fully aligned to Michigan's academic standards, and may be used by teachers as one measure of student growth.
These Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessments (also referred to as the K-2’s) were developed in cooperation with Michigan educators beginning with item writing and continuing through field-test data review. The benchmark assessments currently offered by Michigan are for students in Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade, in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. These will subsequently be given to ECSD K-2 students within the month of May, 2017.
If there are any questions regarding these K-2 Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmarks, please contact your child’s Principal. Thank you for all you do to support the East China School District, our students and our community.
The results of your child's performance on last spring's M-STEP, Michigan's statewide assessment are coming home with your child this week.
The M-STEP assessment that your child took last year was more challenging than the assessment they took the previous year. The assessment your child took in the spring of 2016 contained computer adaptive questions, which means that the better they did the harder the questions became or vice versa.
If the scores on your student's report is not what you are used to have previously seen, please understand that the first time any of us do anything new it sets a baseline for improvement. I'm confident that as your student has more exposure to the new State standards, practice with them and we all get used to taking adaptive assessments online, results will improve.
Please trust that now that we have the results, East China administrators and teachers will be working together to identify areas in which we can improve so that over time, each student or graduate will be better prepared to succeed in the next grade level and after high school, in college or post-secondary training, a career, and life. We take this idea of post-secondary success very seriously as evidenced by our position in the county as a leader in the percentage of graduates attending two- and four-year colleges and training programs.
But, as you are probably aware, competition for those post-secondary opportunities are becoming more competitive every year. To that end, we welcome Michigan's commitment to higher standards and more rigorous tests that prepare our students to not just compete for opportunities but secure them.
Thank you for allowing the East China School District to be a part of your child's education.