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April Newsletter 2018

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Website and Newsletter Help Needed Holualoa School is seeking parent volunteers to update, our Holualoa School Web page. Holualoa School is also seeking help to compile the monthly newsletters from Holualoa School. Special thanks to parents Angie Hobbeheydar and Blanka Geesey who have volunteered this school year for Website and Newsletter needs. Please contact Glenn Gray via the main office if you can help! Thanks for your support! Message from the Holualoa PTO HUGE Mahalo to all families who helped make this year’s Spring Fest Bake Sale the best one yet! We have set another record, raising over $3,500!!! The amount of donations was amazing! YOU are constantly exceeding our expectations! Extra thank you to all the parents who helped work the booth. All the money raised goes towards field trips, Donkey Mill Art, staff appreciation, educational incentives, and box top rewards. Our last meeting of the year will be in May watch for date and time. This is a very informal meeting held in the cafeteria and everyone is welcome. We are currently seeking a new treasurer and Box Tops chair. If you have any questions please email Erin Detwiler at Thank you again for making our Holualoa School Ohana so special!!! Thank you!!! Get Ready...Test Time! This April students in grades 3-5 will be participating in the statewide assessment known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment to measure student performance on the Common Core State Standards and Hawaii Content Standards in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Grades 3,4 and 5 will be participating in the state testing program during April 30 - May 11 In addition the 2 week mentioned, Grade 4 Page 2 of 7

will also be using the week of May14 to complete the Science assessment. Students will be taking the assessment in their homeroom and we are excited to see their progress. If you have any questions or concerns or thoughts, please let us know. Your child's teacher will let you know the exact test days as the days will vary for each class during the school's test window. More information about testing can be found on: Smarter Balanced Assessment: State Testing Tardies and Attendance: Be Here or Learn Less? As you can probably imagine, students who are at school each day and on time learn more. Please make every effort to reinforce this idea with your child and thank you in advance for all you do to help your child to attend school each day. Tardies: Students who are late to school should report directly to class and should no longer come to the office for a tardy slip. We want to avoid students waiting in line for a slip while missing class time. Attendance: Did you know that one of the measures used by the state is “Chronic Absenteeism”? Chronic Absenteeism is determined by the percentage of students who miss 15 or more school days a year whether those absences are excused or not. Our school percentage has fluctuated between 11% and 16% over the past five years. Our average daily attendance continues to hover around 94%. Holualoa Instructional Leadership Team One of the West Hawaii Complex wide initiatives that our school has participated in over the past 8 years has been Instructional Leadership Team process. The concept is that teacher leaders from each school help facilitate, develop, and lead instructional improvement efforts at their school and other schools in the complex by: -Our ILT meets regularly to set professional development/instructional practice goals for teachers based on student data with teacher input. At our school these have included: Text Coding, Close Reading, Opinion Writing, RACE writing strategy, and the Frayer Model for Academic Vocabulary. -The members of the Holualoa ILT meet regularly with ILT members from other schools to share and plan around instructional strategies. Page 3 of 7