Frequently asked questions

School Day

Our student school day is from 7:35 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. for grades 7-8 (middle school) & 5-5 (intermediate) and 8:10-3:25 for grades 3-4 (elementary) & 4K-2 (primary). Middle school and intermediate students are NOT to arrive at school prior to 7:15 without teacher pre-arrangement, as there is no supervision for them prior to that time. From 7:15 to 8:40 students eat breakfast in our cafeteria. Students who do not eat may visit with their classmates.

Primary and elementary students are NOT to arrive at school prior to 8:00 without teacher pre-arrangement, as there is no supervision for them prior to that time. From 8:00 to 8:15 students eat breakfast in our cafeteria. Students who do not eat may visit with their classmates.

After school sports games begin at 4:00 pm. Student players will remain at school in the gym until the coach arrives. Student spectators are to go home as usual and return at game time. All students must be picked up immediately following after-school events.

Students Left After-School Hours
Parents providing transportation should pick up their children immediately after school unless students are staying for a supervised, pre-arranged after-school activity. If there is an emergency that prevents you from picking up your children within fifteen minutes of dismissal, we ask that you call the office so we may provide for their supervision. It is very important that you call when you must be late for a legitimate reason. When students are not picked up within a reasonable time-frame and the office has not been notified of an emergency, secondary contact people noted on your emergency card will be called and asked to pick up your child.

Meals Program

Our school offers an excellent, nutritious daily breakfast and hot lunch for all students. Our program is computerized, with each family having its own account. Check your family balance by using the Family Access site. Every student will receive his/her own ID card which may be used to purchase lunch and/or milk. The first ID card issued will be free. There will be a $1.00 fee for replacement of lost or destroyed cards. Families are to deposit enough money into their account to cover the cost of meals for their children. This is a pre-paid account and NOT a charge account. The account is reduced each time a hot lunch or a carton of milk is purchased. Financial statements will be sent out from the District office each month.

 
Normal Price
Reduced Price
Breakfast
$1.45
30¢
Lunch
$2.80
40¢
Milk
30¢
30¢

Some children may qualify for free or reduced meals. Qualification is based upon total income and the number of persons in the household. You are encouraged to fill out a form at the registration fair and/or any time your financial status changes during the school year. Forms are always available in the office. All information is kept strictly confidential. Contact the school principal at any time if you have questions about eligibility requirements.

It is the responsibility of parents to provide their children with food. Per School Board policy, the number of unpaid meals per student cannot exceed five. Students will not be allowed to charge a meal to the family account if the unpaid balance exceeds the cost of five lunches. Parents will be notified in the event of such an occurrence. Students in this situation can purchase a meal by presenting the full amount of the meal in cash. Students who qualify for reduced price meals and whose balance exceeds the cost of five lunches can purchase a meal by presenting the cost of a reduced price meal in cash. This policy does not affect students whose families qualify for free meals.

School Goals

Mission: Together with families and community, our mission is to create a student-centered comprehensive learning environment fostering personal and academic excellence.

School Learning Objective: In the 2015-16 school year, each grade level at Trevor-Wilmot School from 5K through 8th will gain a minimum of 100% of their expected grade level growth in the Informational Text goal strand of the MAP Reading assessment to reach the mean RIT equal to the CCR level of the ACT >= 22.

Baseline Data and Rationale: 

A review of fall 2015 Achieve 3000 (A3K) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test results show that the Informational Text goal strand is below College & Career Readiness (CCR) levels. Significant progress has been made over the last year to increase the percentage of students who are CCR. The A3K results show students who are CCR increased from 25% to 33% in one year.  

Instructional/Leadership Strategies and Support: (What methods or interventions will you use to support this objective?)

  1. All teachers will provide strong universal reading instruction with explicit teaching.
  2. Literacy coaches will provide support for universal reading instruction.
  3. Utilize Achieve 3000 with strong teacher presence for informational text in grades 3-8 and implement new strategies learned during in-service.
  4. Utilize Scholastic News for informational text in grades 5K-2 with strong teacher presence.
  5. Utilize the Informational Text unit of the Writer’s Workshop for one trimester at all grades.
  6. Implement 50% of guided reading with informational texts in grades 5K-5 and 50% of strategy groups with informational texts in grades 6-8.
  7. Implement 50% of running records with informational texts for appropriate grades.
  8. Calculate the new SLO growth target for grades 5K-8.
  9. Conduct systems check classroom walk-throughs during curriculum implementation.
  10. Conference with the literacy team (curriculum director & literacy coaches) twice per trimester for updates.

Progress to Date: According to the end of the year 2016 assessment data, we have met the School Learning Objective.

 

Spring 2016

Achievement Testing

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What is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)?
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Tests are computer adaptive tests in Reading and Mathematics. When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student's achievement level.

When will my student be tested and how often?
Districts have the option of testing their students up to four times a year. Districts typically test students at the beginning of the school year in fall and at the end of the school year in spring. At Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated schools, we test between the end of September and beginning of October. We will test again in May.

How long does it take to complete a test?
Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students about one hour to complete each MAP test—Reading and Mathematics.

Do all students in the same grade take the same test?
No. The MAP is designed to target a student's academic performance in mathematics and reading. These tests are tailored to an individual's current achievement level. This gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.

What is the MAP assessment used for?
The MAP is used to measure your student's progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child's height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart. It shows how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP assessments are similar, except they measure your student's growth in mathematics and reading skills. The scale used to measure your child's progress is called the RIT scale (Rasch UnIT). The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your child's academic growth from year to year.

How do teachers use the test scores?
MAP tests are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills. They help teachers know where a student's strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom.

What subjects does MAP assess?
We are using the MAP tests in the area of mathematics, reading, language arts, and science.

What are some ways that I can help my child prepare for this test?

  • Meet with your child’s teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress.
  • Ask the teacher to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork. Parents and teachers working together benefits students.
  • Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home.
  • Make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of a test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
  • Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.
  • Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new materials, a child learns new words that might appear on a test. Ask your child’s school about a suggested outside reading list or get suggestions from the public library.