MAP Testing – Why Bother? By Kristen Okabayashi
In the communication envelopes today, K-8 families will find results of the first MAP testing cycle. Students in grades K-2 were assessed in reading and math, while student in grades 3-8 were tested in reading, math, and language usage. Each test takes somewhere between 30 minutes (for some younger students) to as long as 2 hours (for a few of our older students) from beginning to end. This time is precious teaching time, so why do we bother?
We take this time because we will use the results to show us exactly where each student needs to learn, going forward. While this very first testing cycle was a learning opportunity for both us as facilitators and for our students as the test takers, the data that it provides gives us rich information to help shape future teaching. I personally facilitated each testing cycle for this first round of tests, which was very interesting to me! MAP tests are a different kind of test than our students are accustomed to taking – because it is an “adaptive” test, students will be asked more difficult questions if they answer a question correctly, and easier questions if they answer incorrectly. Each student will intentionally be asked questions that they will not be able to answer correctly, so we can figure out precisely what they need to still learn.
Please take a few minutes to review the test results at home, and our teachers look forward to talking more about the results later this week at conferences, along with sharing more about what our incredible students are doing!
Tues. 11/5: 6:30 PM East Coast Meeting / 6:30 PM Auction Meeting
Wed. 11/6: Glee Club Canceled / 8:40 AM Chapel led by Mr. Jack Menashe / No School for Middle School Students for Parent Teacher Conferences
Thurs. & Fri. 11/7 & 11/8: No School for Parent Teacher Conferences / ESC & Sand Dollar Club Open
Mon. 11/11: No School for Veterans Day – ESC & Sand Dollar Club Closed
Wed. 11/13: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Deacon Dan Jackson
Thurs. 11/14: 9:00 to 11:00 AM Picture Re-take Day & Preschool 3 Class
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Nov. 6 Middle School Only – Nov. 7-8 All Grades
If you requested a conference with your child’s teacher a confirmation of day and time came home last week. Contact your homeroom teacher with any questions or concerns.
Hope Food Drive Ends Friday!
Top class will get free dress passes and all classes that meet the goal of at least 5 items average per student will receive a treat! Parents can bring items in during parent/teacher conferences.
Help us feed people who are homeless and others in need in our community. Join our effort to stock Hope’s Church food closet with food for those in need. Please note: we cannot accept any opened/used/expired products. Thank you!
School Pictures Coming Home Soon – Retake Day Nov. 14
Your Lifetouch school pictures are arriving soon. Please note that our retake day is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Students who were absent will have pictures taken this day. You can still order at mylifetouch.com, ID: LS119064Q1. If you feel you need a retake, bring your first picture packet in on picture day to return to photographer.
Our Preschool 3 Monday & Tuesday class will be getting their group as well as individual pictures taken this day.
All School Open House Date Change – Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 pm.
The majority of new families that enroll at Hope have been referred by YOU, our awesome families! Thank you so much and keep up the great work. Invite friends, neighbors or families that are interested in learning more about a private school option. Through our Hope Referral Program, Hope offers $250 credit toward tuition to families who refer a new family that enroll. We gave out quite a few tuition credits last year so keep up the good work!
Boys Basketball Coach Opportunity: The boys basketball team is looking for a head coach for the 7th/8th grade team. Practices begin in mid-November and the season runs through mid-February. Practices and games run 2-3 days per week. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a fun group of middle school boys, teaching them basketball skill work and good sportsmanship. If you have questions please reach out to athletic directors Mark Goodspeed or Tim Allen firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Coaches may choose from using PIP hours or a stipend.
Basketball Assistant Coaches Needed: The girls and boys basketball teams are looking for assistant coaches for the 7th/8th grade seasons coming up, which begin mid-November and run through mid-February. Practices and games are 2-3 days per week during the season. If you have questions or are interested please reach out to co-athletic directors, contact information listed above.
School Clubs at Hope – Visit Here
Visit our school website for updated information on our school clubs at www.hls.hopeschool.org.
LEST Robotics After School Club
LEST Robotics will not be offered as an elective this year; robotics will instead be offered as an after school club. Experienced coder and programmer Hope parent Roger Davenport will lead this club on Wednesdays after school from 3:00-5:00 PM. Robotics Club will begin Wednesday, November 13 and end in mid-February. This club is open to students in grades 5-8 who are interested in programming and building Lego Mindstorms robots to compete against other robots, culminating in the LEST competition. Students/parents please email Roger Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to reserve a spot, as space is limited.
Parent Involvement Program or PIP Opportunities
Lunch & Recess Help Still Needed
Auction Meeting – Every Tuesday in November at 6:30 PM – Meet in the church commons.
Hope Lutheran Alumni News
If you graduated from Hope and haven’t updated your contact information, we want to hear from you! Update your information here. Our committee is busy organizing several fun events coming up in the near future, one of which is happening March 6th! Save the Dates will go out very soon; yet another reason to update your contact information.
Did you play handbells for Hope? Renowned director and bell ringer, Lorna (Biernacki) Olson, has graciously agreed to direct a reunion of bell ringers from Hope at our upcoming event March 6th providing we have enough participants. If you are interested, please email Sally Heit at email@example.com so we can determine numbers and organize rehearsals.
The committee is looking for yearbooks or photos from 1960 to about 1983 that you would be willing to share with us for our upcoming reunion event. We’d be happy to scan them or return to you after the event. Please contact Sally Heit at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with this.
NEST November Lunch Menu
Ops sorry the enclosed NEST lunch menu for November states Seattle Nativity School however it is the same lunch menu that is being used this month for Hope School.
SLHS Presents The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less
By Jay Hopkins and John Hunter
Nine tremendous actors will play 130 different roles as they race against the clock to present the full scope of Greek Myths, with predictably wacky results. Performances will be November 15th at 7:30pm and November 17th at 2:30pm in the Menashe Gymnasium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Seattle Lutheran Christmas Greens Sale
Help support Seattle Lutheran High School students and teachers by purchasing Christmas Greens. We’re selling wreaths, garlands, poinsettias and other holiday greens. The deadline to order is Monday, November 18th. You can pick up your order on Saturday, November 23rd. If you have any questions, please email the Parent Association at email@example.com. Visit our website at seattlelutheran.org to purchase online.
Your purchase will help to support the SLHS Parents Association in the following ways:
* Help SLHS teachers purchase beneficial and needed technology and supplies for students.
*Off-set some of the costs of continuing education opportunities for SLHS teachers.
*Contribute to two $500 Saints Leadership Award scholarships, one to a female and one to a male student.
Thank you in advance for your support.