Hello Wolf Nation!
It has been a very successful first half of the year. Our school has accomplished so much in extracurricular activities as well as academics in the first half of the year! This year we have received over 600 new laptops at our school, and our students now have access to computers in most of their classrooms. We can’t wait to see what the second half of the year has in store!
Our PTA has done an outstanding job renovating the Media Center to make it a collaborative learning environment that children in Parkland will use for years to come. To get involved with the PTA you can visit their website at westgladespta.com.
This time of the year, our students are close to taking the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). We do not spend all of our classroom time in test preparation mode, but I want to share a few things with you as our students prepare. All of our students will take a writing assessment on February 28th. 6th and 7th grade students will take a paper-based test on February 28th. Our 8th grade students will take a computer-based writing test on February 28th. Students will be required to read text and write answers based on what they read.
Our students will also take reading and math tests starting in April. Testing begins on April 18th and concludes on April 27th. End of Course (EOC) exams for civics and high-school credit courses such as algebra, geometry, and biology will be computer-based and given during the second week of May. Please refer to our website for testing dates by grade level.
The best way to assist your child with testing is to give daily support to your child on homework and encourage good study habits. At Westglades, our staff works hard to create activities for their students to think critically. We recommend that parents encourage their children to practice typing on the many web-based typing games and programs that are available.
FSA information can be found at fsassessments.org. Students should take the opportunity to do a practice test on-line to get a feel for the experience. This will give them a true sense of what to expect from the test. Please make sure your child has a restful night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and arrives at school on time each and every day. Wishing everyone a successful second semester and go Wolves!!!
Proud Principal of Westglades Middle School