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May 23, 2014elem05272014 1

Fourth grade students recently took the science NECAP assessment. The tests are designed to measure student performance on standards in science. Specifically, the tests are designed to measure the science content and skills that students are expected to have as they complete the K-4 grade span.

Each test contains a mix of multiple choice and constructed-response questions. The science test also includes an inquiry session that requires students to answer questions based on results of an actual scientific investigation.

As we shift to the new common core standards, the reading, writing and math NECAPs will no longer be given. The science NECAPs will, however, continue to be given.

The Vermont State Board of Education did approve the Next Generation Science Standards or NGSS in June 2013. These standards are now considered to be the foundation of all Vermont science instruction. Schools will be expected to incorporate these standards into curricula and instruction.

What will the new science standards include? (from DOE)

The NGSS incorporates three major aspects of science learning:

  • Disciplinary core ideas—critical science content
  •  Science and Engineering Practices
  • Behaviors that scientists employ to investigate and model scientific theories and processes utilized to design solutions to modern problems
  • Strengthening the connections among science, technology, engineering and mathematics in everyday experiences
  •  Cross cutting concepts—overarching ideas that bridge disciplinary boundaries

From the Kitchen

All bills must have a positive balance starting June 1st. Students with more than a $5.00 negative balance will not be allowed to get snack juice or milk and will get a bag lunch instead of what is on the menu lunch.

Did You Know?

We had a lock down drill on Tuesday. Each month we alternate between a fire drill and a lock down drill. Students are getting very good and either evacuating the building quietly or locking down in a sheltered place in their classroom.

May 23, 2014 Newsletter