Message from the District Office Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) will be in full swing in the coming weeks. The MAP test is a requirement as part of the No Child Left Behind legislation which mandates that all students in grades three through eight be administered exams for both math and communication arts. The high school will administer End-of-Course (EOC) exams for a handful of subjects that include Algebra 1, English 2, Biology, and American Government. The assessments are designed to measure students’ achievement of the standards that have been taught at each particular grade level or course.
This spring will be the second time the MAP Grade-Level Assessments will be administered online. Online assessments offer unique ways of assessing content and standards that are difficult to assess using paper-and-pencil tests. For example, listening can be assessed easily in an online assessment using a text-to-speech feature that allows students to listen to a reading passage and replay it as many times as they wish before responding to an associated set of questions. Additionally, online assessment allows for supports and accommodations that effectively meet a wide range of student needs. For example, a student has the ability to use a magnification feature within the system to enlarge an item. Another advantage of online assessments is that districts will receive student scores more quickly than in the past.
Parents can preview the MAP Grade-Level Assessment administration system and the item types included on each assessment by reviewing the practice tests and tutorials that are available in the Missouri Assessment Program portal, called eDIRECT. Parents can access practice tests and tutorials by going to the MAP Grade-Level Assessment website http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/grade-level and clicking on Grade-Level Online Tools Training in the "Quick Links" box. The login or password necessary to review practice tests or tutorials is provided on the login screen, but users must utilize Google Chrome.
When Mrs. Cantwell’s students were asked what their favorite 3rd grade memory was, the response was almost unanimous: “We loved getting our new Chromebooks!” Several of these students have older siblings on other campuses and are now feeling pretty special that they have laptops of their own, just like the big kids!
Mrs. Cantwell’s students are in one of the ten classes receiving a full set of touchscreen Acer Chromebooks. With this new addition of technology at Central Park and Monett Elementary campuses, next year all children in grades K-4 will have their own device to enhance their learning.
Rather than every classroom having the same device as is the case with the older grade levels, we have asked teachers at Central Park and Monett Elementary School to experiment with different devices so we can find just the “right fit” for our younger students. Kindergarten students next year will each have their own iPad mini. All 1st and 2nd grade students will either have touchscreen Chromebooks or full-size iPads. Several MacBook Air carts will be available for student checkout if necessary. In each grade level at Central Park, there will be two classes with touchscreen Chomebooks, two classes with MacBook Airs, and four classes with full- size iPads.
Our hope is that after a full school year, teachers will be able to give some valuable feedback and help make the decision about which direction we want to go with technology for our younger students.
We’re fortunate to have this opportunity and are grateful that our school board and administrators’ priority is to always do what’s best for kids.
Scott Regional Technology Center David Miller, Director
Scott Regional Technology Center will celebrate the 50th graduating class from what originated as the Area Vocational School in Monett. The vision for an area vocational school was signed into place prior to the 1965-66 school year. Classes like Welding, Small Gasoline Engines, Auto Mechanics I, Electronics I, Drafting Design Technology, Vocational Agriculture, and Vocational Home Economics were among the first classes offered to area students.
This opportunity for students to expand their education, skills, and career outlook has increased over the years. What once was perceived as a chance to learn a trade has transitioned into an opportunity to gain college credit while learning a skill that will prepare a student for both post-secondary education and the workforce. Currently, fourteen courses are offered at Scott Tech: Auto Collision, Auto Technology, Early Childhood Careers, Computer Maintenance and Networking, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts, Diesel Technology, Graphic Design, Health Occupations, JROTC, Marketing, Precision Machining, Welding Technology, and Work Experience Program. Many of these programs offer internships and certification. Students participate in Skills USA, a national leadership organization, formerly called VICA.
The current mission of Scott Tech is “Preparing students for an ever-changing world.” We believe that fits directly with the original mission of the Area Vocational School. We are very proud of what has been accomplished in the first 50 years and look forward to the next 50 years.
Please join us in celebrating this event, May 2nd, 7:00 p.m., in the Commons at Scott Regional Technology for an evening of “Then and Now, Refreshments and Tours.”
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, April 15, 2016District - No School - April Break MHS - Baseball at McDonald County
Monday, April 18, 2016 District - No School - April Break MHS - 9th Grade Baseball with
Springfield Catholic MHS - Golf at Carthage Tourney Tuesday, April 19, 2016 District - Board of Education Meeting MMS - Track Meet at Lamar MHS - ACT Exam for all Juniors MHS - Baseball at East Newton MHS - Golf at Lamar MHS - Girls Soccer with Hillcrest MHS - Boys Tennis at Carthage MHS - Track at Cassville Wednesday, April 20, 2016 MES - PreK and Kindergarten
Screenings MCP - 4th Grade Field Trip to
MSSU Play MMS - Gifted, STUCO & NJHS
Field Trip MHS - JV Golf at Aurora JV Tourney Thursday, April 21, 2016 MMS - Track Meet at Aurora MHS - National Honor Society Induction MHS - Baseball with Carl Junction
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