I want to once again thank everyone for their support throughout this year. We have been working very hard towards mastery of the Missouri Learning Standards to prepare for the upcoming testing season. The willingness of our parents to partner with us in education is unlike any other district that I have been a part of. It is truly a major piece of the success we experience here at school every day.

            The MAP test for grades 3-8 will be given April 18th – April 29th.  We will post the schedule on the website in the coming days. To help your child be successful on these tests, it is important for them to get plenty of rest, be here at school on time, and eat a good breakfast every morning. We also ask that you have a conversation with your student about trying their very best. That is the message that we speak to them about here at school everyday and is a part of our Mustang Pledge. It is very impactful if they are hearing that same message at home.

            Students in kindergarten, first, and second grades will be testing starting on April 19th as well. Kindergarten will take the Scholastic 1st grade readiness test and K-2 grades will take benchmark tests made from Study Island. These are not state tests but are important data collections for us as school that provide us with information on how well our students have progressed and mastered the curriculum taught. Also beginning on April 19th, we will begin re-screening all students in grades K-3 for the reading disability of dyslexia. This is required by Missouri state statute. Parents will receive notification of whether or not your child is at risk for dyslexia. If your child is in grades 4-8 and you would like him/her to be screened for dyslexia, please let us know. Please contact Ms. McClanahan if you have any questions or concerns.

            We are loving our new app and website. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, be sure to do so. Through our new communication services, we can send out not just a phone call, but also a text message and push notification through the app. We try to send out necessary communication in as many formats as possible so that we reach as many people as possible. The app is just another way we do that. To receive the text messages and phone calls, it is important that we have the correct phone number in our student information system. Please contact the office and let us know if you have recently changed your phone number for any reason.   

            Kindergarten registration is April 5th and 6th. If you or anyone you know has a child that will be five years old before August 1st, 2022 please call the school to schedule an appointment for registration. You must provide shot records and proof of residency at the time of registration. It is beneficial to provide your child’s birth certificate as well. 

            I know the school year seems to be winding down, but we still have so much we want to accomplish and several fun end of the year opportunities for our students. Remind your child to continue to work hard, have them here every single day, and finally remind them to be on their best behavior in order to participate in all of our fun end of the year activities. Thank you and it is great to be a Mustang.