How Do We Know?
How are our students doing and how do we know? We might collect anecdotal notes, do some formative assessment, make an observation or give a chapter test. All of this data is valuable information in understanding what our students are ready for.
A more formalized measure that is utilized across the state of Iowa is the Fast Bridge Assessment. FAST stands for Formative Assessment System for Teachers. At St. Paul’s FAST is given to every student K-6th grade three times a year to identify our students who are on track to reading and understand math with proficiency and those students who need additional help. Benchmark standards (i.e., “cut scores” or “targets”) are built into the system to assist in determining which students are at risk for academic failure, on target for success or may need enrichment instruction.
During the last few weeks, we conducted this universal screening with all of our kindergartners through 6th graders. FAST Reports are instantly available to evaluate student performance against local norms, mastery criterion, and predictions of risk to meet proficiency standards on state tests. The results will be shared with parents at Parent Teacher Conferences.
In preschool, we formally assess our students utilizing Teaching Strategies Gold. Children begin to develop early literacy, early numeracy, and social-emotional skills needed for kindergarten while they’re still in preschool. The teachers collect information, record notes, and take pictures and upload the information into GOLD documenting student progress on the 38 research based objectives which are early predictors of school success. The teachers do three check points each year. This year the teachers are also piloting the IGDIS assessment which is a more objective measure of student progress. The myIGDIs help our teachers quickly and accurately assess this development so we can intervene early and provide all learners with targeted support for success.
As a culmination for our Lutheran Schools Week, we will host our Annual Grandparents Day. Grandparents are to gather in the Parish Hall where the teachers will bring their students around 12:45 p.m. At 1 p.m., we will have our Lutheran Schools Week worship service in the sanctuary and the service will also be broadcast in the Narthex.
After the service, Grandparent and grandchildren will be invited to join the group activities for the afternoon. One group will go the the Parish Hall for a Cookies & Family “Heart” Project, view the 4th grade Wax Museum Video & see the The Capstone Memorial Projects. In the Narthex, the PTO will have the Scholastic Book Fair set up and opportunities for family pictures in Anderson Chapel. The third group will start with the school tour. (For anyone that needs it, there will be an elevator to access the upstairs classrooms.)
As always, the students can leave from the school with their grandparents at the conclusion of the activity completion. Please ensure that students check-out with their teacher before leaving. We look forward to setting the love and bonding between grandparents and their grandchildren.
Sneak Peek-Lutheran Schools Week: March 7-11
Dress Up Days:
- Monday: Can’t Hide Your Faith in the Branches!: Dress in camo or animal print
- Tuesday: Have a ‘Tree’mendous Tuesday: Dress in brown or green
- Wednesday: Jesus will Never ‘“Leaf” You: Dress in your favorite leaf color
- Thursday: Root for your School: St. Paul’s School spirit dress
- Friday: Forest Friday: Stand tall in your best dress
- Monday, Feb. 21 – Monthly PTO Meeting in Room 121 at 6 p.m.
- Feb. 24, March 2 & 3 – PS-6th grade Parent Teacher Conference
- Sunday, March 6 – Lutheran Schools Week Kick Off at 11 a.m. Service
- March 7-11 – Lutheran Schools Week
- Friday, March 11, 2022 – K-6 Grandparents Day/Scholastic Book Fair
- March 14-18 – Spring Break
- Saturday, May 7, 2022 – Spring Social (Adult only Event–we hope to see you all there!)