Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April 2018

COMING SOON!

April 6:  6:30-8:00 Electa Quinney Student/Family Dance
April 9:  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
April 10: NO SCHOOL
April 12: Spring Fever, Beach Day!
April 23:  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
April 24:  6:00-7:00 PAC Meeting
April 25:  Celebrity Day!


IN THE DISTANCE...

May 2:  11:20-2:30 Grade 3 to Grignon Home
May 8:  8:00-4:30 Grade 4 to Madison
May 10: Twin Day!
May 14:  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
May 21: 6:00-7:00 PAC Meeting
May 24: Disney Day!
May 25 & 28: NO SCHOOL





KNAPP'S NOTES


Here we are in April with only two months left of the 2017-2018 school year.  Although it seems odd to say already, the school year certainly has flown by.  Even though only a short time is left, these are busy months for the students here at Electa Quinney Elementary. 



All students 3rd -4th grade have begun taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam.  Testing and make-up days run through the end of April. This assessment helps gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards.  We want our students to “show what they know” on those days, so please make sure your child is on time to school those days, has plenty of rest at night, and eats a healthy breakfast. Please encourage your child to do their very best.  



On Friday, April 6th is our Spring Fling sponsored by the EQ PAC for Electa Quinney students and their families.  We hope you are able to join us for an evening of dancing, cookies, popcorn, juice and maybe some fun selfies at the photo area!  This is a free event!  We only ask that students must attend with an adult.  



Another date to keep in mind is our Second Annual Color Run on Thursday, May 31st.  The event brought huge fun and enjoyment last year for our students and school community. It is definitely brewing up to be even more fun this year!  The PAC made the choice early in the year to eliminate the need for additional fundraisers and focus our efforts on this as our one and only fundraiser for the school year. Please come out and support your child and school in this celebratory event!



These are just a few of the exciting things on tap for the remaining months of the year. Please come out and get involved with us. Learning does not end just because we finish our state tests. We will continue to involve your child in learning experiences that will carry them into the summer and beyond. I hope to see you at some of our activities. 
-Stacy Knapp


DANCE FOR QUINNEY STUDENTS

All Electa Quinney students and their families are invited to join us for a fun-filled evening of
dancing along with popcorn, games, and fun!

Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:00 PM

This event is being organized and sponsored by the Electa Quinney Parent Advisory Committee and is a FREE event for students and families.  Students must be accompanied by an adult.






SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS

The National Weather Service is sponsoring "Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week" the week of April 9-13. During this week, we will participate in a statewide tornado drill on Thursday, April 12 near 1-2 PM. All students and staff will go to their designated areas in the building during this drill. It is important to note that most tornadoes occur after school hours and during the summer. Please review safety precautions at home. From past experience, we know that this type of weather is a very real possibility for our area. Having a plan in place at home and at school will help your child be better prepared if needed.





PLACEMENTS WITH CARE: 2018-2019

The elementary staff will soon be starting the student placement process for the 2018-19 school year.  Our goal is to create heterogeneous classroom groups to accommodate the learning needs and styles of every student.  The staff at each school spends a great deal of time and effort to determine the proper homeroom placement of children for the coming year.

The following factors are considered when seeking to provide the best educational program for all students in any given classroom:

· Provide a balance by gender, ability, leadership qualities and classroom size.
· Balancing by gender
· Balancing by ability levels (below, on, above grade level)
· Balancing specific strengths and needs, including any special needs,
  giftedness, or language issues.
· Maintaining optimal classroom size
· Create a positive match for students with peers.

Considerations are given for students who do not work well together, and also for students who may get along “too well,” interfering with learning.  Specific behavior needs (such as assertiveness, shyness, attention span and behavior choices) are also considered.

We also consider information from related arts (music, art, physical education, library media) staff, Pupil Services staff, and Individual Education Plan (IEP) teams are considered based on knowledge and observations of children in multiple environments.

Parent input. Information from parents is considered as the final step in the process. We find that most parents are comfortable with the classroom placements made by staff.  However, we realize that parents can also provide specific information about their child that could be helpful in assisting the student placement process.  Parents may choose to provide written input into the placement process via the PARENT INPUT FORM available in the school office.  To obtain the input form, you may stop in the office or request that a form be sent home with your child. Please note that:
· Input forms must be returned to the school office no later than Friday, April 27, 2018.  Forms returned after this date may not be considered. 
· Completing a form is optional. The intent of this form is to provide additional child-specific information for the placement process, and not to specify a teacher preference. Requests that name a specific teacher will not be considered in the placement process. 
· Verbal information or requests cannot be honored.
The deadline for all input is April 27.  Please return the form to the school office. 






TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY - THURSDAY, APRIL 26

In order to help the student, employer and the District prepare, we have established the following procedures:
Prior to Take Your Child to Work Day:
1. Since regular class instruction will be held on this day, your child will be required to make up any missed work. 
 2. Please notify the school at least two days in advance of your child’s absence for participation in this program.
3. Please request a “Take Your Child to Work Day” form from the school office/teacher.

After participating in Take Your Child to Work Day:
4. All 4th – 12th grade students should complete the questions on the reverse side of the Verification Form.
5. Return the completed form, with employer’s signature, and responses to questions (if applicable) to school the following day.  This form must be returned Friday, April 27 in order for the absence to be excused.

Parents are encouraged to investigate the option of doing this activity on a non-school day (e.g. summer, in-service day or Saturday). Thank you for helping to make the day a valuable learning experience for your child.  FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE.






SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR 2018

Location:
Kaukauna High School
1701 County Road CE

Dates:
Tuesday, June 12 - Friday, June 29 (Monday - Friday)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (some classes may run past this time, but no transportation will be available)

NOTE: Classes will also be on Fridays 

PAYMENT INFORMATION:
  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • The Summer School Software requires payment in order to complete the registration.  Therefore, your child will not be registered in a course if payment is not made online via debit/credit card.
  • If you need to pay with cash or check please come to the district office to register.
  • If you have a financial hardship and are unable to pay the full fee, please contact Erin Kape at the District Office at: 920-766-6100 ext. 2002 or kapee@kaukaunasd.org prior to registering. 
  • Refunds will be issued until Friday, May 18.  After the closing of the window on May 18, no fees will be refunded.
Open House: 
We will be hosting an Open House on Monday June 11, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Summer School Leadership Team and Student Volunteers will be available to assist students and parents in locating classrooms and answer questions.  Please note that teachers will not be present during the Open House.

Registration Dates:
Sunday, March 18: Summer School Registration begins at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18: Summer School Registration closes at 12:00 p.m.

Link to register: This summer, we will be using a new Registration Software. Please watch for more information in the next couple of weeks surrounding the registration process.

Course Catalog:  It is located on the Kaukauna Area School District Summer School website at:

For any questions please contact:
Erin Kape
Phone: 920-766-6100 Ext. 2002
kapee@kaukaunasd.org






COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITY FLYERS

NEW THIS YEAR!  All community flyers will be found on the district web page.  Click here to access information about the following events/activities...

  • The Great Bunny Train
  • 2018 Kaukauna Softball Flyer
  • Safety Town Flyer
  • Walking for Wishes Flyer
  • ARTgarage Youth Summer Camp Flyer
  • Pop Warner Football - Grades Entering 3-5
  • 2018 Fox River Girls Hockey Club Flyer
  • Kids Fun Night YMCA Flyer
  • March of Dimes Registration
  • Best Friends Bike Tour Flyer
  • Earth Month Flyer
  • Kaukauna Strong T-Shirt Flyer
  • YMCA Camp Nan A Bo Sho Flyer
  • YMCA Before and After School Flyer
  • YMCA Before and After School Registration
  • UW Extension Summer Camp
  • Kaukauna Public Library Summer Reading Programs
  • Kaukauna Girl Scout Fundraising Flyer
  • Kaukauna Jr Dance Try Out - Grade 4
Anyone requesting flyer distribution at the elementary level should submit an electronic copy to the district office, attention Erin Kape at kapee@kaukaunasd.org for consideration two weeks prior to the first of each month. Click here or visit the school district website to view the up to date list of events and flyers.






WISCONSIN FORWARD SPRING STATE ASSESSMENT

The Wisconsin Forward Exam will be given in schools between March 19 and May 4, 2018.  The Forward Exam is a state mandated summative assessment which provides information about what students know and can do in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards.  Students receive a score based on their performance in each content area.  

There are sample or practice test questions available for students.  An Online Tools Training (OTT) is available for students at http://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/forward/sample-items. The OTT is intended to give students the opportunity to practice with tools available on the Forward Exam, as well as allow them to familiarize themselves with the testing platform.  The OTT is not scored, nor is it intended to provide practice on the test content. Students will be exploring these tools and training at school prior to testing.

The Forward Exam will be administered online and be given to:
  • Grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics,
  • Grades 4 and 8 in Science and, 
  • Grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies
The Forward Exam includes several question types:
  • Multiple-Choice (MC): Question that has four answer choices, including three distractors and one correct answer.
  • Enhanced Selected Response (ESR): Question which may contain combinations of MC, short-answer, and technology-enhanced
  • Evidence-Based Selected Response (ESBR): Question which has two parts.  The student answers Part A, then provides evidence in Part B to support answer in Part A.
  • Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA): Question used on the ELA test.  The TDA is a text-based analysis, based on a passage that is read by the student during the assessment.  Students must draw on basic writing skills while inferring and synthesizing information from the passage in order to develop a comprehensive, holistic essay response.  Students have up to 5000 characters to formulate their response.
  • Technology-Enhanced (TE): TE questions allow for a more engaging, interactive assessment.
Accommodations and supports for students with disabilities and/or English language learners are built into the system so that the progress of students can be accurately measured.  Some students may take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment instead of the WI Forward.  The DLM assessment is intended for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-11 and is designed to compare a student’s strengths and needs to clearly defined standards, skill levels, or areas of knowledge. It is aligned with the Wisconsin Essential Elements and measures how students perform in relation to those standards.

The estimated time for the test administration in each grade is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes for ELA, 1 hour and 45 minutes for Mathematics, 1 hour and 40 minutes for Science, and 1 hour and 30 minutes for Social Studies.  These are estimated times, as the WI Forward Exam is not a timed test so students work at their own pace. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the new assessment, please contact the office.  






LIBRARY NEWS FROM MRS. WOLF


Second Grade: Second graders learned about biographies and how to locate them in the library.  They heard the biography, Snowflake Bentley, and took a virtual trip to the Bentley Exhibit in Jericho, VT, to view his original snowflake images.

Third Grade:  Third graders researched a topic of their choice using PowerKnowledge, and took digital notes using Google Keep.  They are now using their notes to create a fact card using Google Drawings.

Fourth Grade:  Fourth graders continued learning about the importance of evaluating web sites and verifying information. They evaluated selected web sites looking for information such as author and qualifications, purpose of site, and when it was updated.  Students also learned about our paid website evaluation resource, WebPath Express.  






WHAT'S NEW IN ART WITH MRS. SIEGEL

Second Graders completed a project to coordinate with their March music concert- an animal theme or a character trait theme.

Second Grade 2-McKinnon/2-Ebben: After practicing to draw dogs and cats on white boards, second graders drew a large dog or cat on white paper and outlined with Sharpies bingo dabbers filled with India Ink.  The dogs were painted solid in warm colors (hot dogs) and the cats were painted solid in cool colors (cool cats). The opposite colors of warm and cool were then painted in the background of the animal in more of a stamping, painterly style to contrast the animal.

Second Grade 2-Ritzke/2-Owen: Second graders created a self-portrait in the style of artist, Roy Lichtenstein.  The portraits were drawn realistically and colored in mostly primary colors.  The background was stamped with circles to resemble the "benday dots" that Lichtenstein painted.  Finally students added an "I am" statement to coordinate with one of the character traits to also resemble Lichtenstein's words in his comic panel paintings.

Third graders created a Birch Bark Tree Landscape to review how the primary colors created the secondary colors.  Students used masking tape to block off trees and then drew a horizon line.  Two primary colors were used to watercolor the sky, and greens, yellows, or some silvery gray were colors used for the grass or snow.  Once dry and the tape removed, students added texture to the trees with black paint and the edge of a piece of tag board.  Oil crayons and Ebony pencils were also used for other details and shadows.

Fourth graders learned how to make a clay pinch pot and were to be creative in how they decorated their creation.  They had to show how to add texture and how to attach clay.  Adding coils was optional.  These were fired in the kiln, and either painted and mod-podged, or glazed and re-fired in the kiln. Mixed-media items such as wiggly eyes, felt, feathers, and more could have also been added to the pinch pot creation.  Neatness, creativity, and repetition of color were emphasized. 






MUSICAL NOTES FROM MRS. NIMMER

(for the homerooms of Ebben, McKinnon, Dercks, and Rosenbeck)

Our birthday composer for the month of March was Antonio Vivaldi.  All students learned about the life and music of this famous Italian composer.  Vivaldi is most known for his piece called The Four Seasons.  We listened to the movement called "Spring" and followed a listening map to the piece.  We could hear birds, butterflies, and a thunderstorm all through the sounds of the string instruments!

Congratulations to the 2nd graders on a great concert performance in March!  Thank you to all of the family and friends who were able to join us for this special event!

The 3rd graders attended the second field trip of the "Artistic Adventures" program through the Fox Valley Symphony Partners in Education outreach program.  This second field trip was a trip to the PAC to hear a live symphony concert, featuring four pieces that we studied this year in the music room.  We learned symphony orchestra vocabulary and appropriate audience etiquette as well.  What a great way for us to put all of our learning in action in a real-world experience.  Artistic Adventures is a great community partnership for our district!  Thank you to the third grade  teachers for organizing the field trip portion of the program!

The 4th graders began their studies of our last instrument family, the percussion family.  We will then review all of the instruments that are options for the students to play in band/orchestra next year at River View!  We learned a new folk song called "Sarasponda" this month, and continued our work on recorders and moving through the different levels of our Recorder Karate program.






MUSICAL MOMENTS WITH MRS. KRUEGER

2nd grade
The 2nd graders were in full concert mode during the month of March.  They performed their concert on March 22. They were amazing!! I am very proud of them!! Way to go everyone!

3rd grade
The 3rd graders started the month out with an orchestra performance at the PAC. What a great experience! The 3rd graders also worked a great deal on rhythm. They learned something call rhythm dictation.  This is where I clap a rhythm, and they have to write the notes that I clapped and notate the counting underneath the notes. They did really well with this!! They also enjoyed playing a rhythm game to help with with dictation skills.

4th grade
The 4th graders have continued to work on their recorders during March. There are 9 songs to learn in the recorder karate program, and they have learned 7 of them. They now have learned the following notes: B, A, G, E, low D, and F#, C, and high D.  They also started composing their own piece of music for the recorder.





BUSY BODIES WITH MR. HALLORAN

Mr. Halloran's 2nd and 3rd grade classes just finished with the Rollerblading unit.  It was great to see so much improvement from every student.  They got to work on their skating skills, along with their limbo skills.  Rollerblading is a lifelong activity that can be fun for the whole family.  4th grade has been doing floor hockey and doing a great job working on the skills associated with hockey.






P.E. PLAY-BY-PLAY WITH MRS. STRATTON

It’s April WOW!  Time is just moving WAY too fast!  In March we had a blast in tumbling!  All grades got to explore and try new things! Here are a few pictures of tumbling Mr. Halloran and I did together with our classes. It was a super fun activity that included cooperation and trust! 











COUNSELOR'S CORNER WITH MS. DUDA

CLASSROOM GUIDANCE FUN!!
During the month of April, I will be visiting all classrooms to talk about decision making. In each grade level we will discuss the importance of decision making skills and the difference between positive and negative consequences. Please feel free to call 766-6100 Ext. 3309 or email me at dudaa@kaukaunasd.org  with any questions or concerns.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING
Can be provided on an as needed basis for short term social/emotional concerns.  Students may be referred by self, teacher or parent.

SMALL GROUP COUNSELING
We currently have Social Skill/friendship, self confidence/self concept groups going and we will be starting more with different age groups in the weeks to come.  If your child is invited to participate in the great opportunity, you will receive a letter home in their take home folder describing the group and our goals!  







NURSE NOTES FROM MRS. SUNDELIUS

Are you thinking about planning a family vacation but aren’t sure if you want to have your child miss school?  The District does understand that time spent together as a family during a vacation can be an important part of family life.  Additionally State law and District policy does allow for 10 absences per year.  However, the instructional process does not stop when students are not at school, and lost instructional time cannot be recovered or recreated.

Therefore, the following are some helpful guidelines to minimize the loss of instruction time for your child during a vacation.

  • Schedule vacations in the summer or around the existing school vacation days.  
  • Prearrange the absence with your child’s teacher so homework can be prepared in advance for your child.
  • Try to minimize the pre-vacation excitement for your child to help reduce instructional time lost due to distraction and over excitement just prior to vacation.


You can also help your child make a smoother transition back to school by talking with them about the return to school and getting them back in the normal school day routine as soon as possible. 






IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

4K Screening & Information

This spring, the Kaukauna Area School District will again initiate a voluntary 4K screening on June 1st, June 4th and June 5th. Registration packets have been sent home to eligible 4K (those who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2018) students. In order to plan for classroom and staffing needs, it is crucial that we receive this information as soon as possible.  Children not yet school age that may have delays or other difficulties are also eligible to be screened at this time to help determine if development testing/special services might be needed.  Parents with specific developmental concerns may contact Lisa Sheppard anytime at 766-6150.






EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Parents often wonder if their child’s functioning is within normal expectations for their age.   While no two children are alike in their skill development or social functioning, the following guidelines may be helpful:

By one year, most children will do things such as:
Pull to a stand and walk with assistance.
Say one or two simple words (ma-ma, da-da, etc.).
Pick up small objects with thumb and first two fingers.
Drink from a cup when it is held for them.
Enjoy playing “peek-a-boo” or “patty cake”.

By two years, most children will do things such as:
Run reasonably well.
Use 2-3 word sentences (more juice, no go bye-bye, etc.).
Point to animals or objects in a book.
Bring a familiar object from another room when asked.
Play near other children, and use toys meaningfully.

By three years, most children will do things such as:
Dress self with minimal help.
Speak in short sentences.
Nest objects of different sizes, and match objects by color.
Imitate lines and circles on paper.
Begin to play with other children.

By four years, most children will do things such as:
Catch a large ball tossed underhand.
Ask many types of questions.
State full name and age when asked.
Copy a plus sign.
Enjoy pretend play with other children.

If you suspect that your child may have delays or other difficulties, you can arrange for a free screening to help determine if developmental testing and special services might be needed. Special school services can begin at the time of a child’s third birthday, and are provided at no cost to the
family. County services are available for infants and toddlers with special needs. Residents of the Kaukauna Area School District may contact Lisa Sheppard at 766-6150 for further information.








Monday, March 5, 2018

March 2018

COMING SOON...

March 6: 9:10-11:55 4/Durrant/Forster to 1,000 Islands
               12:00-2:00 All Third Grade to the PAC
               4:00-7:30 P-T-S Conferences
March 7: 9:10-11:55 4/Baranczyk/Wiese/Herlache/Rosenbeck to 1,000 Islands
March 8: 4:00-7:30 P-T-S Conferences
March 9: 11:30 Dismissal for Students
                12:30-4:00 P-T-S Conferences
March 12: 5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
March 16: Green/Leprechaun Day! Wear Green or Dress like a Leprechaun!
                  9:15-11:15 All 3rd & 4th Grade to KHS for Walsh Foundation Performance
March 20: 6:30-7:30 Ebben/McKinnon Second Grade Concert
March 22: 6:30-7:30 Owen/Ritzke Second Grade Concert
March 26:  5:30-7:00 Family Night - Jump Rope for Heart (rescheduled date)  
                  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
                  6:00-7:00 PAC Meeting
March 28: Wacky Hair or Hat Day!
                  11:30 Dismissal for Students
March 29, 30:  NO SCHOOL




IN THE DISTANCE...

April 2:   NO SCHOOL
April 6 :  6:30-8:00 PM -
               Electa Quinney Student/Family Dance
April 9:  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
April 10: NO SCHOOL
April 12: Spring Fever, Beach Day!
April 23:  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
April 24: 6:00-7:00 PM -  PAC Meeting
April 25: Celebrity Day!




FAMILY EVENT  - JUMP ROPE FOR HEART -- new date


Monday, March 26th
5:30-7:00 p.m.
The EQ Family Night - Jump Rope for Heart was originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 20th and was postponed due to the icy weather.  Join us on Monday, March 26th for family fun.
Parents feel free to join the PAC meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the LMC while your children enjoy the Family Event.



DANCE FOR QUINNEY STUDENTS

All Electa Quinney students and their families are invited to join us for a fun-filled evening of
dancing along with popcorn, games, and fun!

Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:00 PM

This event is being organized and sponsored by the Electa Quinney Parent Advisory Committee and is a FREE event for students and families.  Students must be accompanied by an adult.





SUMMER SCHOOL 2018

Location:
Kaukauna High School
1701 County Road CE

Dates:
Tuesday, June 12 - Friday, June 29 (Monday - Friday)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (some classes may run past this time, but no transportation will be available)

NOTE: Classes will also be on Fridays
  
PAYMENT INFORMATION: 
  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • The Summer School Software requires payment in order to complete the registration.  Therefore, your child will not be registered in a course if payment is not made online via debit/credit card.
  • If you need to pay with cash or check please come to the district office to register.
  • If you have a financial hardship and are unable to pay the full fee, please contact Erin Kape at the District Office at: 920-766-6100 ext. 2002 or kapee@kaukaunasd.org prior to registering. 
  • Refunds will be issued until Friday, May 18.  After the closing of the window on May 18, no fees will be refunded.
Open House: 
We will be hosting an Open House on Monday June 11, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Summer School Leadership Team and Student Volunteers will be available to assist students and parents in locating classrooms and answer questions.  Please note that teachers will not be present during the Open House.


Registration Dates:
Sunday, March 18: Summer School Registration begins at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18: Summer School Registration closes at 12:00 p.m.
Link to register: This summer, we will be using a new Registration Software. Please watch for more information in the next couple of weeks surrounding the registration process.

Course Catalog:  It is located on the Kaukauna Area School District Summer School website at:
http://www.kaukauna.k12.wi.us/district/summerschool.cfm

For any questions please contact:
Erin Kape
Phone: 920-766-6100 Ext. 2002
kapee@kaukaunasd.org




COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITY FLYERS

NEW THIS YEAR!  All community flyers will be found on the district web page.  Click here to access information about the following events/activities...

Girl Scouts
2018 Kaukauna Softball Flyer
Champs Camp 2018
2018 Electric City Soccer Flyer
Haen Breakfast in the Classroom
Tanner, Quinney, NDLC and Park Breakfast in the Classroom

Anyone requesting flyer distribution at the elementary level should submit an electronic copy to the district office, attention Erin Kape at kapee@kaukaunasd.org for consideration two weeks prior to the first of each month. Click here or visit the school district website to view the up to date list of events and flyers.




WISCONSIN FORWARD SPRING STATE ASSESSMENT

The Wisconsin Forward Exam will be given in schools between March 19 and May 4, 2018.  The Forward Exam is a state mandated summative assessment which provides information about what students know and can do in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards.  Students receive a score based on their performance in each content area.  

There are sample or practice test questions available for students.  An Online Tools Training (OTT) is available for students at http://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/forward/sample-items. The OTT is intended to give students the opportunity to practice with tools available on the Forward Exam, as well as allow them to familiarize themselves with the testing platform.  The OTT is not scored, nor is it intended to provide practice on the test content. Students will be exploring these tools and training at school prior to testing.

The Forward Exam will be administered online and be given to:
  • Grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics,
  • Grades 4 and 8 in Science and, 
  • Grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies
The Forward Exam includes several question types:
  • Multiple-Choice (MC): Question that has four answer choices, including three distractors and one correct answer.
  • Enhanced Selected Response (ESR): Question which may contain combinations of MC, short-answer, and technology-enhanced
  • Evidence-Based Selected Response (ESBR): Question which has two parts.  The student answers Part A, then provides evidence in Part B to support answer in Part A.
  • Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA): Question used on the ELA test.  The TDA is a text-based analysis, based on a passage that is read by the student during the assessment.  Students must draw on basic writing skills while inferring and synthesizing information from the passage in order to develop a comprehensive, holistic essay response.  Students have up to 5000 characters to formulate their response.
  • Technology-Enhanced (TE): TE questions allow for a more engaging, interactive assessment.
Accommodations and supports for students with disabilities and/or English language learners are built into the system so that the progress of students can be accurately measured.  Some students may take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment instead of the WI Forward.  The DLM assessment is intended for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-11 and is designed to compare a student’s strengths and needs to clearly defined standards, skill levels, or areas of knowledge. It is aligned with the Wisconsin Essential Elements and measures how students perform in relation to those standards.

The estimated time for the test administration in each grade is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes for ELA, 1 hour and 45 minutes for Mathematics, 1 hour and 40 minutes for Science, and 1 hour and 30 minutes for Social Studies.  These are estimated times, as the WI Forward Exam is not a timed test so students work at their own pace. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the new assessment, please contact the office.  





LIBRARY NEWS FROM MRS. WOLF



Second Grade: Second graders have been learning all about the call numbers in the library.  They also learned how to find books they want using the online catalog.  Try it out from home! Ask your second graders to show you the online catalog! Click here!

Third Grade:  Third graders are creating Google Slide Presentations to share their research on natural disasters.  They are also learning about the importance of creating a bibliography when they do a research project.  Giving credit to sources is a big part of being a good digital citizen!  

Fourth Grade:  Fourth graders are learning about evaluating web sites.  Not all web sites have high quality, up-to-date, accurate or age appropriate information.  Some are FAKE!  Students are learning to use the 5 Ws of web site evaluation so they can be smart consumers of information:

Who
  • Who Wrote the pages and are they an expert?
  • Is there a biography of the author?
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WHAT'S NEW IN ART WITH MRS. SIEGEL

Second graders created a clay frame by cutting out a shape from a slab of clay and then cutting out the inside frame shape.  They then added shapes of clay and learned how to correctly attach clay pieces together.  The clay was fired in the kiln, and then water colored and mod-podged.  Students were to limit their colors, paint all the white areas, and then make sure their added shapes stood out from the background.  A pipe cleaner and symmetrical beads (that matched the paint colors) were added for a hanger. Students then learned about 4 styles of art: landscape, portrait, still life, and abstract, and chose one style for their frame pictures.  Students were to once again match the colors to their paint colors. Students are very proud of their work!


Third graders created a clay project by cutting out a shape from a slab of clay, smoothing the edges, and creating a clay coil for their initial.  Students reviewed how to attach clay and also could have added more clay pieces and/or textures and details.  The clay was fired in the kiln, and then painted with watercolors and then mod-podged.  Students were to paint their coil initial so it stood out from the background and to hide all of the white areas. A pipe cleaner and symmetrical beads (that matched the clay colors) were attached for a hanger. Students are very proud of their work! 


Fourth graders created 2 prints of tertiary/intermediate colors (mixed with one primary and one secondary color) from gelli plate printing.  With one they created a fun Winter Olympic icon collage.  From the other they used for the “water” for their textured fish and other underwater elements that they drew on white paper.  The fish was outlined and then water colored with the complementary colors of the water.  For example, if the water was red-orange, then the fish was to be painted in different values of blue-green. Students were to cut the fish, seaweed, etc., and glue the objects to the background while being aware of the negative space in the water.




MUSICAL NOTES FROM MRS. NIMMER

(for the homerooms of Ebben, McKinnon, Dercks, and Rosenbeck)
The birthday composer for the month of February was Rossini.  He was an Italian composer, most famous for his operas.  We had fun following a listening map to the famous “William Tell” opera finale.  We realized we have heard this famous piece of music many other places before!


The 2nd graders continue to prepare for their March concert.  Please make sure your calendars are marked, as all 2nd grade students are required to attend.  The students in Ebben/McKinnon will be performing at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 20th.  Students will be asked to arrive at 6:10.  The performance will be approximately 30 minutes long. March is Youth Art Month and Music in our Schools month, and the students will be working on an art project with Mrs. Siegel that coordinates with our concert theme "All About Animals."  We look forward to sharing a night of music and art with you!

The 3rd graders continue to study the pieces we will be hearing at the orchestra concert on March 6th as part of the Artistic Adventures program with the Fox Valley Symphony.  This year's theme is "Celebrations Around the World."  We will be hearing songs by composers from Russia, Germany, Mexico, and the United States.  We are very excited for this great opportunity!  This month the 3rd graders also learned a new song called "One Bottle of Pop" from England.  We can sing this song in a round, which is a new skill we are working on!  We learned about the harp this month as we continue to explore the String Family of instruments.

The 4th graders continued with "Recorder Karate" this month.  Many of the students have mastered the first two belts and beyond.  This program allows students to move at their own pace through multiple recorder pieces that increase in difficulty as the students progress.  We also finished our study of the Woodwind Family, and have moved on to the percussion family as we learn about instruments we can play next year in middle school.




MUSICAL MOMENTS WITH MRS. KRUEGER

2nd grade
The 2nd graders were in full concert mode during the month of February.  They practiced and rehearsed the songs for their upcoming concert on Thursday, March 22. The concert will begin in gym A at 6:30 pm and will last about 30 minutes. Hope to see you there!

3rd grade
The 3rd graders worked on a couple of  songs in honor of  Valentine’s Day-V is for Valentine and Friends Like You. We had some great discussions on how to be great friend to each other. The 3rd graders also took a closer look at the string family of instruments. They studeied and learned about the pieces they will get to hear on March 6 when they go to the PAC as part of the Artistic Adventures program. This is a great opportunity for students to experience a live orchestra performance!

4th grade
The 4th graders spent much month working on their recorders.  We have made it through song #6 of the recorder karate program. There are nine belts total. Please encourage your child to practice their recorder at home. They need this time to develop their skills and to be successful in the program. The 4th graders also started learning about a time signature and key signature in preparation for composing their own recorder piece.






BUSY BODIES WITH MR. HALLORAN

Mr. Halloran's classes have been doing a great job keeping busy in the gym this winter!  The 2nd and 3rd graders are in the middle of their Rollerblading unit.  It is a great life long activity that they have been enjoying!  The 4th graders have been doing a great job learning the skills of Floor Hockey.  All of the students have learned several new exercises this year.  One favorite has been the 'burpee'.  Have your kids teach the whole family how to do a burpee. It is a great exercise that will get your legs, arms, core, and heart a great workout!





P.E. PLAY-BY-PLAY WITH MRS. STRATTON

MARCH! Wow!  I can believe how fast this year is going!  February ended with Soccer.  All classes
were working on skills like dribbling, trapping, passing, kicking and goal keeping.  Miss Weissmen, my student teacher,  has been teaching more and more and all classes are doing such a great job of listening and respecting a different teacher!  We are going to do more team teaching with our next unit, because it’s my favorite, TUMBLING!  We are going to have so much fun taking students out of their comfort zones a little and encouraging them to try new things!  This month Mr. Halloran and I would also like to encourage more activity at home!  So we are going to to start adding some workout ideas to our newsletters, this month is called One and One.  Try doing each exercise for one minute and then rest for one minute in-between!  Have Fun! 








COUNSELOR'S CORNER WITH MS. DUDA

CLASSROOM GUIDANCE FUN!!
During the month of March, I will be visiting all classrooms to talk about communication. In each grade level we will discuss the difference and importance of verbal and nonverbal communication. We will also talk about the barriers to communication and how we can overcome them 766-6116 Ext. 3309 or email me at dudaa@kaukaunasd.org  with any questions or concerns. 


INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING
Can be provided on an as needed basis for short term social/emotional concerns.  Students may be referred by self, teacher or parent.


SMALL GROUP COUNSELING
We currently have Social Skill/friendship groups going and we will be starting more with different age groups in the weeks to come.  If your child is invited to participate in the great opportunity, you will receive a letter home in their take home folder describing the group and our goals!  




NURSE NOTES FROM MRS. SUNDELIUS

Wood Ticks and Deer Ticks are commonly found in Wisconsin during the spring and summer months; mostly in wooded or brushy areas with tall vegetation.  During their lifetime, ticks will go through four stages, from egg to adult. Each stage requires an increasingly larger blood host to ensure survival. Humans are at most risk during the months from April through September.

Most tick bites are harmless, however, ticks can cause diseases such as Lyme or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  So it is important to remove the tick properly and disinfect the area. 

  • How do you remove a tick?  Remove a tick as soon as possible by following these steps:
  • Use tweezers to grasp the tick firmly at its head (point of entry into the skin).
  • Pull gently but firmly straight back until the tick lets go of the skin.  Do not twist or rock the tick from side to side as this may cause the body of the tick to separate from the head; leaving the head in the skin.  If this should happen, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Once the tick releases from the skin drop it in a ziplock bag.  The bag can either be the storage container to seek further identification of the tick if needed or to simply dispose of it in the trash.
  • Wash the skin site where the tick was embedded with soap and water; apply antibacterial ointment.
  • Monitor the skin site where the tick was embedded for red ringed rash which looks like a bull’s-eye or other redness that is hot to the touch and seems to be getting bigger around the area.  Other symptoms to look for and report to your healthcare provider: fever, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint aches.
As always prevention is the best way to manage ticks and the diseases they may carry.  To minimize tick exposure, wear clothing that is light in color along with a chemical repellent when walking in or near woody or brushy areas with tall vegetation.  Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and stay on trails if possible. 

Remember to check your skin for ticks soon after any excursion where ticks may be living.



IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

4K Screening & Information

This spring, the Kaukauna Area School District will again initiate a voluntary 4K screening on June 1st, June 4th and June 5th. Registration packets have been sent home to eligible 4K (those who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2018) students. In order to plan for classroom and staffing needs, it is crucial that we receive this information as soon as possible.  Children not yet school age that may have delays or other difficulties are also eligible to be screened at this time to help determine if development testing/special services might be needed.  Parents with specific developmental concerns may contact Lisa Sheppard anytime at 766-6150.



EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Parents often wonder if their child’s functioning is within normal expectations for their age.   While no two children are alike in their skill development or social functioning, the following guidelines may be helpful:

By one year, most children will do things such as:
Pull to a stand and walk with assistance.
Say one or two simple words (ma-ma, da-da, etc.).
Pick up small objects with thumb and first two fingers.
Drink from a cup when it is held for them.
Enjoy playing “peek-a-boo” or “patty cake”.

By two years, most children will do things such as:
Run reasonably well.
Use 2-3 word sentences (more juice, no go bye-bye, etc.).
Point to animals or objects in a book.
Bring a familiar object from another room when asked.
Play near other children, and use toys meaningfully.

By three years, most children will do things such as:
Dress self with minimal help.
Speak in short sentences.
Nest objects of different sizes, and match objects by color.
Imitate lines and circles on paper.
Begin to play with other children.

By four years, most children will do things such as:
Catch a large ball tossed underhand.
Ask many types of questions.
State full name and age when asked.
Copy a plus sign.
Enjoy pretend play with other children.

If you suspect that your child may have delays or other difficulties, you can arrange for a free screening to help determine if developmental testing and special services might be needed. Special school services can begin at the time of a child’s third birthday, and are provided at no cost to the
family. County services are available for infants and toddlers with special needs. Residents of the Kaukauna Area School District may contact Lisa Sheppard at 766-6150 for further information.