Red Rock Elementary News
February 26: Conferences: Early Release
Smarter Balanced Assessment
Washington State has adopted the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), an online test based on the Common Core Standards your student is learning in class. The SBA is based on standards developed to measure progress toward college and career readiness. 11th graders who score in the upper levels can use their scores to enter credit bearing classes in public colleges throughout Washington State. The Common Core standards are more complex than previous standards and the SBA will be a more complex testing experience than what students have experienced in the past.
Students take the SBA on a computer and will be asked to answer multiple choice questions, respond thoughtfully to real world problems, and include writing at every grade. SBA practice tests are a great way for students to become more familiar with the item types they will see on the actual assessment. Teachers will be using class time to introduce students to the practice tests. We encourage you to give your child opportunities to practice at home too. English Language Arts and Math practice tests are available at sbac.portal.airsat.org/practice-test. Practice tests allow students to experience items that look and function like those found on the SBA, including many of the available accommodations. Students can log in to this site from any computer and sign in as guest.
The online testing system provides many accommodations and supports that students haven’t had access to in the past. Some of the accommodations include American Sign Language, closed captioning, and Text to Speech. Some of the supports include translated test directions, glossaries, and color contrast. Students also have access to other universal tools that will help them show what they know and can do.
The SBA is a new and exciting challenge. We want our students to be prepared to show what they know. The testing dates for Red Rock students are listed below. We will have an informational meeting for parents of current third, fourth, and fifth graders on February 26th at 2:00 p.m. in the Red Rock library.
Linda Achondo, Assessment Coordinator, Red Rock
Theresa Eilers, Red Rock Principal
|Grade Testing||Subject Tested||Dates|
|3rd||English Language Arts||March 10-12|
|4th||English Language Arts||March 23-26|
|4th||Math||April 7, 9, & 10|
|5th||English Language Arts||April 14-17|
|5th||Science (pencil/paper)||April 28|
Due to construction, all students and parents must check in at Red Rock office first. There will only be one entrance to the 5th grade pod. The doors will be locked; therefore, the office will notify the pod for admittance.
The Grant County Health Officer, Dr. Brzezny has issued an alert to Grant County. There is an increase in enteroviruses in the US. There is a cluster of kids with respiratory illness at Seattle Children’s Hospital being evaluated now. A child from this county has either EV D68 or rhinovirus. No confirmed cases as yet in Washington. Virus starts as a common cold; sneezing, runny nose & cough then can progress to more severe cough or rash or fever.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: See doctor if child develops fever or rash or difficulty breathing.
HOW TO PROTECT CHILDREN: Use common sense
Wash hands with soap & water 20 seconds
Clean & disinfect areas of common use: door knobs, tables, toys, etc.
No hugging, kissing, or sharing utensils, cups, etc. with someone with cold symptoms.
If your child has a fever or bad cough consider keeping them home until you see the doctor
School Delays or Closures
If we are going to have a delay or no school due to inclement weather, we will notify you by automated call. If you do not receive a call or text you can call the Transportation Department at 346-2252. If no answer, a recorded message will inform you about the delay or closure.
Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program
GET is Washington’s 529 Prepaid Tuition Program. It offers families a guaranteed way to provide for a child’s future college expenses by saving money today. The earlier you start saving, the greater the increased value of your GET account.
Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for weather conditions.
Adult supervision for children does not start until 7:45 AM.
If you need to contact the school when the phones are off, please dial extension 420 or 422.
To avoid bus conflicts, please do not make bus changes after 2:30 PM. If you are picking up your child or making changes, please let us know before 2:30 PM. Thank you.