Hello WAAS Families!

With inclement weather causing us to cancel school last Monday and the end of the first nine weeks approaching, the students had several tests/quizzes last week. We understand that this can be stressful for students, and, although this happens sometimes,  we do work to keep it from happening often. Even though school was closed on Monday, teachers were checking Jupiter Grades and communicating to each other through emails to avoid  a heavy test load for the students. However, checking Jupiter Grades and communicating face to face and through emails still do not change the need to give a test, but we do try to lighten the load.

Scheduling tests can be tricky,  especially when there are seven teachers and five school days in a week. Also, the timing of a test is critical. Teachers need to schedule a test when they believe that the material has been thoroughly covered and the students are ready for their knowledge and understanding to be measured.  Ideally, teachers should  wait to introduce new material until after a test so they try to avoid losing instructional time by waiting, especially if the students have  demonstrated their readiness for a test in that particular subject.

There is also a difference between a test and a quiz.  A test contains more cumulative information and the grade is weighted more heavily. A test might be given at the end of a chapter or after several skills or concepts have been taught.  A quiz contains less information and is weighted less.  A quiz might be given when one skill or concept has been taught, and the teacher needs to know if the students are ready for another skill.  Again, the timing of  a test/skill varies as it is determined by the coverage of material and students’ readiness.  A test and a quiz in one day should be managable.

If there are times when two tests are given in one day and your child is stressed,  please encourage your child to make the teachers aware. They can do this via email or during Guided Study or recess. Our teachers are understanding and compassionate, and they will help your child work through this situation.

Sometimes, projects are due on the same day as a test.  A project is usually given at least three to six weeks in advance, and we always recommend to students that they plan ahead and finish a day or two before the project is due.  Teachers will accept projects early.

 Learning how to manage a heavy workload is another way we can prepare our students for high school. Together, we can teach our students the importance of advocating for themselves, using their time and resources wisely and developing good work habits.

Beth Upton