NJ-SP School News
Published: February 25, 2015
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
This year’s shortened ISTEP exam will be taken at all of the local schools next week. The test window begins today.
Governor Mike Pence signed into law SEA 62, the bill that allows the Indiana Department of Education to shorten this year’s ISTEP test. The test would have been more than 12 hours for third grade students.
The test will begin on Monday at most schools and Tuesday at others. Students will be tested in the next two weeks. The window closes March 11.
Schools already had been preparing for a shorter ISTEP since receiving guidance from the Department of Education after state Superintendent Glenda Ritz cut out portions of the exam with the help of two consultants hired by the governor.
Third graders are swimming from now into April. Each class will have ten days of swimming lessons that are well supervised by licensed teachers and an aide who assists in the water. Students will go directly to the bus after lunch and swim in the high school pool. Please make sure your child has a clean, dry towel and appropriate bathing suit each day. Send a plastic bag for wet gear to go home nightly when it is your child's turn to swim. If your daughter has long hair, please send a hair tie for her to pull her hair back so she can see during instruction and swimming. When we have a 90-minute delay, students will not swim. These will be made up at a later time. At the end of the day, if your child's class is swimming and you plan to get him/her in your car, you will have to pick them up in front of the high school. Bus riders will load buses at the high school to go home. Starke County Youth Club children will take a bus back to the elementary school.
Fifth grade students are learning the states and capitals. Teaching children the states and capitals is generally considered a staple in a child’s elementary curriculum. By cooperatively working with peers, students will practice states, capitals, and location on the map. The students will also learn the major cities and state abbreviations. The students are provided with various maps, puzzles, and activities to help them learn about the states and improve their geography skills. This will prepare them for real life.
The 2015 Math Team is busy getting ready for the competition on February 26th at Walkerton Elementary. The team consists of 23 team members: Kennedy Baxter, Jaxon Boyd, Olivia Burkett, Hanna Chaffins, Alayna Chambers, Liam Combs, Shelby Cornwall, Josh Danford, Hana Finch, Levi Fletcher, Owen Frasure, Quinton Frasure, Jacob Mabus, Eric Materna, Solomon McCormack, Delaney McDonald, Savanah Mendoza, Elijah Minix, Lauren Powers, Noah Pratt, Kaden Rearden, David Rossa, and Sam Wood. They are studying selected 7th grade level standards: Number Sense, Algebra, Computation, and Problem Solving! Good luck, team!
Published: February 20, 2015
By: Tyler Maffitt, WKVI
Calls for reduced test times have prompted the Indiana Department of Education to issue guidance eliminating certain questions from the ISTEP test.
The reductions come shortly after new rules were adopted by the Indiana General Assembly. Those alterations, however, come close to the actual testing dates.
Plymouth Community Schools Superintendent Dan Tyree says if testing times can be reduced; it should’ve been done well in advance.
“I think the public should be irate that we have political volleyball being played with the ISTEP test and that’s exactly what’s happening,” says Tyree.
According to guidance released by the Department of Education, portions of the Math and Language Arts sections will be dropped. By eliminating those portions, it will save test takers about three hours and five minutes at all grade levels.
ISTEP is used to measure student progress, but is also used in teacher evaluations around the state. Multiple school corporations in the immediate area have criticized using ISTEP as an evaluation tool.
Tyree says it’s an unusual step to use one test as an evaluation.
“Their principal sees what they’re doing throughout that entire 180-day period and then you take a 7-hour period on a test and say ‘well, you didn’t do very well this year’ and so you’re going to get an F or you’re going to get a D,” says Tyree.
ISTEP tests will be administered in many area schools in March and April.
Private schools receiving choice vouchers may soon have the option to administer a test other than the ISTEP under a bill being considered in the Indiana Senate. Whether reducing ISTEP test times makes public education more competitive remains to be seen.
Tyree says he recommends residents ask how much ISTEP costs taxpayers, and ask educators if the test is effective at measuring student knowledge.
Boys and girls in grades 2-5 - $35 for first child, $25 for additional children in same family; price includes reversible jersey.
Season begins week of March 16 and ends Saturday, May 9. One practice per week and a game every Saturday (excluding Spring Break).
Registration is now available at http://www.bluejaybasketball.com/njyb-registration.html or call Coach Shabi at 574-896-2167 ext. 333 and leave a message
Looking for information about Academic Competitions at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels? You can find information listed on the North Judson-San Pierre School website by clicking on the following link ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS.
Academic Super Bowl
When does the boys/girls (insert sport here) start? Who's their first game against? Where will it be played?
Well, my first response to that would probably be to ask you, "Are you referring to Varsity, Jr. Varsity, Freshman, 7th & 8th grade, or 6th grade?" So to make it simpler, we are giving you a link to the North Judson-San Pierre Athletic Schedule on the North Judson-San Pierre School website. This provides you with the fall, winter and spring schedules for boys and girls sports from the 6th grade through the high school level.
You can also find ticket prices, cancellations and postponements, scores and results, and other NJ-SP high school sports related information.
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