From the Principal's Desk


From the Principal's Desk - 

Parents,

As many freshman parents know starting in the 2014-2015 school year Ohio students will begin taking the PARCC Assessments. For freshman these assessments will be requirements for students to graduate from HS.

WHS will begin administering these tests on February 17th, starting with English Language Arts. Tests will be administered each week in different subjects until the Performance Based Assessments and End of Year Course Assessments are finished in mid-May. For a complete PARRC calendar, please view our web page for the attachment. As we move closer to testing weeks, your WHS student will receive specific information about the exact testing location and type of “testing device” they will use. Testing devices at WHS will either be a portable Chromebook or a desktop computer in a lab.

Teachers have been preparing students for these tests all year through Common Core instruction. Students have been and will be practicing sample questions and types of technology skills needed to take on-line assessments. However, there is so much more information that parents need to know and may be wondering about.  I have included some basic facts in this document, but we need parents to view our testing calendar and also access the PARCC FAQ sheet at www.Parcconline.org  We will also be distributing information to each freshman at Report Card Fair and in classrooms.

What is PARCC?

 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of 19 states working together to develop a common set of computer-based K–12 assessments in English language arts/Literacy and math linked to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

 PARCC is one of two state consortia developing assessments aligned to the CCSS through the federal Race to the Top assessment grant program.

What are the components of the PARCC assessment system?

The assessments will cover English language arts (ELA)/literacy and math for grades 3–11. The system includes the following components:

 Diagnostic assessments in reading, writing and mathematics. These optional tests, available throughout the year, will help teachers identify students’ strengths and weaknesses.

Mid-year assessments in ELA/literacy and mathematics. Designed to be given mid-way through the year, these optional tests will help schools shape decisions about curriculum, instruction and professional development.

 Performance-based assessments (PBA) in ELA/literacy and mathematics. All students will take this summative test toward the end of the school year to show what they know.

 In ELA/literacy, this will involve analyzing literature and a narrative writing task. Students will read texts and write several pieces to demonstrate they can read and understand sufficiently complex texts independently; write effectively when using and analyzing sources; and build and communicate knowledge by integrating, comparing and synthesizing ideas.

 In math, students will be asked to solve problems involving the key knowledge and skills for their grade level (as identified by the CCSS), express mathematical reasoning and construct a mathematical argument, and apply concepts to solve model real-world problems.

 End-of-year assessments (EOY) in ELA/literacy and math. All students will take this at the end of the school year. The results will be combined with the performance-based assessment to produce a student’s summative assessment score. For the end of-year assessment, students will demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge by answering computer-based, machine scorable questions.

 Speaking and listening component (ELA/literacy only). All students participating in the PARCC assessments will demonstrate speaking and listening proficiency using this tool, which can be administered anytime during the academic year. While this isa required component of the assessment, currently PARCC does not envision combining results from this with those of the performance-based assessment or end-of-year assessment to determine a student’s summative assessment score.

 Item and task prototypes that illustrate what will be included in the PBA and EOY components are available here:www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes.

 For more on the design of the assessment system, visit this site: www.parcconline.org/parcc-assessment-desig

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Student of the Month

Students of the Month:

Wilmington High School

January Student of the Month 

Science Department:  Jennifer Cochran
The Science department would like to recognize Jen Cochran. She has always been willing to research and share her viewpoints and conclusions to the whole class. You can tell right away she appreciates learning and has shown a contagious enthusiasm for learning about life.

Social Studies Department:  Brianna Gilbert
The WHS Social Studies department would like to recognize Brianna Gilbert as January's student of the month. Brianna is able to apply and articulate social studies skills with intelligence and creativity and has added so much to class discussions, debates and simulations. She works well with others and always sets a positive example.

English Department: Veronica Brown
The English Department would like to recognize Veronica Brown as January's student of the month. Veronica successfully incorporates her unique viewpoints -including a wry sense of humor and an artistic flair for design and presentation - into skillfully composed and articulated written and verbal presentations. Congratulations, Veronica.

Math Department: Makayla Gomez
Makayla Gomez. The math department would like to nominate Makayla Gomez as student of the month. Makayla is always prepared for class and sets a good example for her fellow students. She is involved and willing to answer questions and help those who may need it. She is a positive influence in the Trigonometry classroom and a pleasure to have in class.

FFA Department: Rebecca Jenkins
The Wilmington Agriculture Department would like to recognize Becca Jenkins as our student of the month recipient. The chapters annual fundraising event was a huge success in large part to Becca's diligent effort in maintaining accurate account information and proper receipts of all activities. The countless hours spent displays her leadership, as well as her attention to detail. We proudly recognize and show our appreciation to Becca for her efforts.

Spanish Department: Daniel Bogan
Daniel maintains consistent effort. He pays attention in class and completes most work. Great job on recent quiz!

Choral Department: Danielle Ross
The choral department would like to recognize Danielle Ross as student of the month. Danielle is a natural leader and helps her section by consistently rehearsing until she learns her correct part. She goes beyond what most students do by regularly spending time during her intervention to make certain she is singing correctly. Danielle is an outstanding senior role model!

CBIP Department: Hunter Bennington
Hunter Bennington has consistently epitomized the qualities expected by a student participating in the CBI program. His job performance & employer evaluations have been excellent. He demonstrates outstanding work ethic, coupled with his perfect attendance. He routinely exhibits a positive attitude and his overall behavior within the school & work community is highly commendable. Keep up the great job, Hunter!

Natasha Baylor

The WHS Band Program would like to recognize Natasha Baylor as our student of the month. Natasha is active in playing in all of our performance ensembles and is a member of the leadership teams.  She also volunteers time to help out as a student aide.  During rehearsals Natasha is actively engaged in the process and offers her thoughts towards the creative process.  We are lucky to have her as a member of the program.