Spring is in the air and our students have been working hard. Every year, at the District Elementary Science Fair, I am so excited to see the creative and analytical research questions presented by our students. This year, students explored whether or not “turtles recognize color” and “which tissue should we use.” The Science Fair is always a fun evening at which students, parents, and administrators are able to celebrate and recognize student achievement.
The District recently celebrated the rededication of two more school sites, Hickory Elementary and Madrona Middle Schools. Both schools have been completely modernized and now have brand new entryways. The new front facades provide increased security for the school sites and have a greater visual appeal. We are grateful to the school community and neighbors for being patient during the construction and hope everyone will enjoy the updated facilities.
With two months left in the school year, the District has been working tirelessly to implement the Common Core Standards. In April, students will participate in a pilot test of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment, which will replace the old California Standardized Tests (CSTs). This year’s scores will not be counted. The State and school districts are using this year’s practice test to determine what aspects of the test work and which parts do not. The pilot testing will provide essential feedback to better prepare us for next year.
Transitions can be challenging and at times uncomfortable. We hope parents will talk to their child’s teacher regarding specific questions they have about things going on in the classroom and for more general information go to the District website at www.tusd.org