From the Principals' Desks
Monday, March 23, 2009 10:35 PM

Dear Families:

The MCA-IIs (paper-and-pencil tests in reading and mathematics for students grades 3-8, and a computerized science test for grades 5 and 8), the MTELL (a math test for English Language Learners), and the MTAS (an alternative skills test for students with specified IEP needs) are coming!

Grades 3-8 will take MCA-II Math on April 15th and 16th and MCA-II Reading on April 21st and 22nd. Grades 5 and 8 will take MCA-II Science in May; specific dates have yet to be decided. The MTELL and MTAS will be individually scheduled.

Our teachers prepare the students by teaching the form of the tests as well as the skills to be assessed. Families may access information on test preparation from the Minnesota Department of Education website.

Test time can be a stressful time of year. We work with students to help them take the tests seriously while simultaneously keeping them in perspective; these tests are only a few of many that they will take during their student careers. We are proud of our students and the hard work they do.

Sincerely,

Mary Rynchek, Principal,
mary.rynchek@mpls.k12.mn.us

Jay Alexander, Assistant Principal Upper Campus, jay.alexander@mpls.k12.us

Ellen Murphy, Assistant Principal Lower Campus (POSA), ellen.murphy@mpls.k12.us