We could not be happier to announce that SCMS's Amy Walton was selected as the SCC RESA's Distinguished Teacher Award winner for the Month of March. Along with a certificate and flowers, Mrs. Walton received a check from MEEMIC Insurance for $300 to be used for classroom supplies. Congratulations to Mrs. Walton....very, very well deserved.
It was a great day for problem solving as our SCMS Science Olympiad and Robotic Teams both competed on Saturday. Our Science Olympiad Team received a sixth place Fast Facts medal, a third-place medal in Mission Possible and a fourth-place in Rocks and Minerals. Our SCMS Robotics Team won their regional competition and now is headed to States. Congratulations to all our of students that participated. Special thanks to Mr. Burdick for all of his work with our Science Olympiad Team and Mr. Eisele for all of his work with our Robotic Team. A very special thanks to all of our parents that helped to make these teams possible.
As it happens every year, I forgot to mention a few things. Here are a few things I forgot to mention and/or some info that came from questions after the meeting.
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to give me a call. It's an AWESOME trip....did I mention that?
It's that time of year again....time to start thinking about M-Step. As everyone knows, M-Step is the assessment the State uses to compare schools and judge how well our students are mastering State Standards. I completely believe that our students are as good as any in the State and I'd like our test scores to prove it. In order for that to happen, Even though the testing windows aren't until April and May, I need some help. The first and most important thing parents can do is to stress the importance of your child doing their best. Lets be honest.....the M-Step is more of a marathon than a sprint. Our kids at the middle school level are not wired to take a test that lasts over 50 minutes. Many of our students will get to a point where they just run out of gas and start to hurry, just so they can be done. Getting kids to fight that and do their best on every question is our #1 job. If we can accomplish that, there is no doubt in my mind that our scores will be at the top when the State and County scores are announced. The second area I need a little help in is with M-Step prep. To make sure that our students perform to the best of their ability, it's important that they get a taste for what kind of questions they can expect to see on the assessment. Below is a website and directions to access some sample questions. Thanks in advance for your help and thanks for sending us great kids.
Our 1st PTO Activity Night of the year was a HUGE success. Thank you to our PTO and all of the chaperones that made this fun event possible.
If you ever wondered what the phrase "a picture is worth a 1000 words" meant, take a look at the photos below. Mrs. Beindit was able to give her class a real life experience and you can tell by the looks on their faces, the experience was a huge success. The Field Trip to Liberty Riders was the result of Mrs. Beindit applying for and receiving a East China Educational Foundation Grant. Thank you to all of the chaperones that helped to make this possible and a special thank you to Mrs. Beindit for organizing this experience that they'll remember for a lifetime
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.
Steven C. Skalka