Dunmore Elementary students in grades 3 through 6 will be taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA) as follows:
Students in Grades 3 – 6:
- English Language Arts Testing Window, Tuesday, April 04 – Friday, April 07, 2017;
- Mathematics, Monday, April 24 – Wednesday, April 26, 2017;
- Science, Tuesday, May 2 – Wednesday, May 3, 2017
We hope you, as parents/guardians, will make every effort to impress the importance of these exams upon your child. It is essential for children to get proper rest and consume a well-balanced diet at all times to optimize learning/thinking. This is especially important during testing periods. Also, as always, it is highly recommended that parents schedule doctor’s appointments after school and avoid unnecessary absences from school around our testing dates.
The reverse side of this letter contains Pennsylvania’s cell phone policy during testing. A double-sided flyer containing further information on PSSA testing is also being distributed with this letter. If you have any additional concerns, please contact Mrs. Cerminaro, PSSA Coordinator or myself at the Dunmore Elementary Center.
- March 24th - DEC 12:00pm dismissal ACT 80 Day & Pink and Blue Dress Down Day for SIDS Awareness
- March 28th - Team Leader Meeting
- April 3rd - End of 3rd Qtr marking period
- April 3 -7 - ELA PSSA's testing window (gr. 3 - 6)
- April 8th - PTA Bingo/Auction
- April 10th - distribute report cards
- April 12th - Kindergarten Open House
- April 13, 14, 17 - Spring Vacation
- April 15th - DEC PTA Family Fun Night At SWB Penguins
- April 24 - 28 - Math PSSA's testing window (gr. 3 - 6)
- May 1 - 5 - Science PSSA's testing window (gr. 4)
- May 9th - 6th gr. deficiency report due to office
- May 17th 4th gr. visits Lackawanna College Environmental Center
- May 26th - Track & Field Day
- May 29th - Schools Closed: Memorial Day
- June 8th - Kindergarten graduation - distribute K report cards
- June 9th - last day of school
- June 9th - distribute report cards gr. 1 - 6
and thank you to the TCMC medical students for visiting with our 6th grade students today on 12-15. Providing our students in grades 4 - 6 with on-going STEM experiences have been greatly appreciated and we look forward to continuing this endeavor for our students.
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8:19 National Anthem (arrival after 8:19 is coded tardy)
8:20 A.M. Announcements
2:35 Dismiss Bus 6
Continue with bus dismissal with bus #'s 1 - 5 with Walkers following
9:30 - 10:15 Remediation period
10:19 National Anthem (students arriving after 10:19 will be coded tardy)
Lunch Schedule beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 1:15 p.m. remain the same on a delay
10:20 morning announcements
10: 24 First period begins
2:35 Dismissal beginning with bus 6 first
Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDTs)
What is the CDT?
The Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) is a computer adaptive test (CAT). Similar to other assessments, students in grades 3 through 6 complete a CAT by responding to a series of multiple-choice items. A computer adaptive test (CAT) is different, because as a student responds to each test question, the CAT determines the next test question to ask the student. The CAT uses the student’s responses to determine which follow-up question would give the most information about the student’s performance on the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content and the Keystone Exams Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content. This means that each student can be administered a unique set of questions, which allows the test to give diagnostic information about each student’s understanding and abilities of the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content.
What is the Purpose of the CDT?
The purpose of the CDT is to provide information that will help guide instruction by providing support to students and teachers. The CDT reports are designed to provide a picture or snapshot of how students are performing in relation to the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content and the Keystone Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content. The CDT goes beyond focusing only on What students should know and be able to do at a particular grade and/or course. It also provides a snapshot of How and Why students may still be struggling or extending beyond the grade and/or course Eligible Content. This valuable information is typically not identified through other types of assessments. Teachers, through the use of CDT reports, may access additional information through the Learning Progression Map. The Learning Progression Map allows teachers to pinpoint where students are struggling along or extending beyond the learning continuum. The CDT helps identify, and provides suggestions, for "next steps" in student academic development.
6th Grade Deficiency Reports Due: Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
End of 1st Quarter: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016
Report Card Distribution: Monday, Nov 14, 2016
6th Grade Deficiency Reports Due: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
End of 2nd Quarter: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
Report Card Distribution: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
6th Grade Deficiency Reports Due: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
End of 3rd Quarter: Monday, April 3, 2017
Report Card Distribution: Monday, April 10, 2017
6th Grade Deficiency Reports Due: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Last Day of School/Report Card Distribution: Friday, June 9, 2017