A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
January was a busy month for Winter Benchmark Assessments at Oakfield Elementary School. These assessments are a checkpoint for the school year. Occurring halfway through the school year, the data provides staff with various information related to the assessment.
All students in Kindergarten through fifth grade were given a reading benchmark assessment called Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark. This checkpoint determines student's current reading level and their reading growth for the first half of the school year. This information helps teachers to set reading goals for your child so they can continue to learn and grow by the instruction they provide in whole group and small group lessons.
In addition, students took the NWEA MAP, Measures of Academic Progress, computerized test for reading and math. This test also provides teachers with even more information on your child and will help to determine the next steps that need to be taken in their learning. Students in grades 4K-2 took the state assessment called PALS, Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening, in the fall. This test is given as a Winter Benchmark Assessment based on student's initial score in the fall. This assessment was given orally to students in the younger grades. The assessment data provides a direct means of matching literacy instruction to specific literacy needs.
The teachers will analyze ALL of this data and report it to you at the upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences on March 8 and March 10. NWEA MAP results will be sent home some time in February for students to share with their family. Students are invested in their learning. They take great pride in their learning success as we celebrate the results of each Winter Benchmark Assessment. Please take a few minutes to talk with your child about their successes at school.
The end of the second trimester is March 4. Therefore, the next report card will be sent home on March 14. The trimester grading at the elementary level has allowed teachers the opportunity to provide meaningful assessment time frames so they can meet the needs of your child efficiently and effectively. Thank you for your continual support as the school/family connections have a great effect on your child’s daily success!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The community and the adult family members of our students are invited to attend a special event on Thursday, February 4th at 7:00 PM in the Oakfield Elementary School, put on by the School District of Oakfield. We are offering a presentation on Cyberbullying, covering issues parents, educators, and teens need to know about how youth use and misuse technology. We welcome the adults in our community to hear a presentation by Dr. Justin Patchin, professor of criminal justice at UW-Eau Claire, author, and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. This presentation is free of charge to our community and family members. We hope you can join us for this event.
Becky Doyle, Principal
“If everyone is moving forward TOGETHER, then SUCCESS will take care of itself!”