Letter from the Principal
Friday, April 21, 2006 2:30 PM

April 21, 2006
A Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians;

Beginning in mid-April, students in Minneapolis Public Schools will be taking state-mandated exams that are used for school accountability and improvement. Teachers will use the results of these exams to target their instruction, and to make sure that your child is learning. Students will not be held back from going to the next grade level based on their scores.

The results of these exams are very important to your school, and will determine whether or not a school makes adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. It is important that your child attend school on the day of his or her exam. Schools are also measured on student attendance.

Teachers have been working with students throughout the year to prepare for these important exams. The following are steps that families and caregivers can take to help students do well:
  • Make sure your child is well rested and eats a good breakfast. Each school has a free breakfast program for all children.
  • Support your child's homework and ask questions to see if your child understands and retains the material.
  • Read to younger age children and encourage older children to read for 15-20 minutes per day at home.
  • Always ask your child what he or she has learned at school.
  • Discuss your child's learning with his or her teacher(s).
Students in grades 3-5 will take the math exam April 18-19, and the reading exam April 25-26. Grades 6-8 will take the reading exam April 25-26 and the math exam May 2-3. Students in grades 10-11 will take the reading and math exams April 25-26. English Language Learners, or students who have exited the ELL program this year, may be tested at different times. Please contact your child's school to find out when your child will be tested. Further information about the district's testing calendar can be found on our web site, http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us.

Thank you for supporting Seward and for trusting us to prepare your child for their future.

Dr. Marilyn