Mr. Mark Fridenmaker
RELEASE RESULTS FROM SPRING '15 ISTEP+
On December 14, the school board approved the school calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. The link below has the calendar on it.
2016-2017 School Calendar
ISTEP LETTER FROM MR. FRANCESCONI
Dear La Porte Community School Corporation Parents, Staff, and Stakeholders:
I am writing to advise you that we expect our statewide testing results from 2014/2015 to reflect scores which are far below normal for our students and schools. Over the course of the last school year, ISTEP scores and the new assessment have been the subject of debate between the Department of Education, the State Board of Education, federal government, Superintendent of Schools Glenda Ritz, and Governor Pence.
The Indiana Department of Education predicted, early on, that ISTEP scores would decrease by 20 to 30 percent, based on other states that implemented similar test changes. In anticipating these results, much debate ensued which included the following questions:
- Should the pass/cut scores be adjusted to reflect the changes in the test and anticipated lower scores?
- Knowing the expected results, should these student scores be used to evaluate school and staff effectiveness?
- What good are scores to teachers when they arrive in December of the following school year?
- Do the scores truly reflect the potential of students and staff?
- Will such drastic changes in student and school results be true indicators for schools when they plan for improvements in curriculum and instruction?
At this stage in the debate, the plan appears to be that the Department of Education will follow through with releasing the scores to the public within the next month, and the scores will be used to determine school grades and teacher evaluation scores.
The LPCSC administration stands firmly in its position that these soon-to-be-released scores are not true indicators of our student mastery levels or teacher effectiveness. Sadly, in some sense, this drastic reduction in achievement levels represents the culmination of years of effort by political action groups, influential foundations, and big businesses determined to manufacture a crisis in education. Conveniently, these same entities also claim possession of programs, technology, and “magical interventions” that schools and governments can purchase in order to “save the day” and restore respect for public education.
To weather this crisis, La Porte Community Schools will be encouraging our students and staff to continue individual growth and avoid allowing recent test results to impact their passion or confidence. A similar vote of confidence by our community would be welcomed until such time that the interests of our students becomes a priority for our governmental officials.
Mark D. Francesconi
Updated Bus Information
Due to the restricted capacity on busses, changes in routes cannot be accommodated. Students will only be transported to their assigned locations.
Middle Years - February Issue
Attached is a newsletter that "provides busy parents with practical ideas that promote school success, parent involvement, and more effective parenting".
Middle Years- February Issue
Athletic Handbook Forms & Physical Forms
Athletic Handbook Forms & Physical Forms
With students beginning to sign up for Spring Sports, we would just like to send out a reminder of the requirements your student must meet to be able to participate.
There are several forms that need to be completed before they can even try out for or begin practice in ANY sport.
These forms are divided into 2 separate packets:
- The Athletic Handbook includes10 Pages, with 3 Forms that need to be filled out COMPLETELY and SIGNED. Please do not remove these forms from the Athletic Handbook. We need the Athletic Handbook stapled together. This way, the forms are easier to file, and therefore, easier for the coaches to access. Some of these forms need the STUDENTS’ signature as well. Please be sure to have them sign before they turn their forms in.
- There are 4 Pages included with the Physical Form. A History Form (completed & signed by Parent/Guardian), a Physical Form (completed & signed by child’s Doctor), IHSAA Eligibility Rules, and a Consent & Release Certificate (signed by Student & Parent). These Pages should also not be separated, making them easier to file, and access.
These forms are available in the Front Office at Kesling, and should be turned in to Miss Jeffries, Computer Lab Room 237.
We are PROUD of our Athletes and their accomplishments, and look forward to your child being a part of our team!
Thank you for your cooperation!
Homework Help has started! It is held Tuesday's Wednesday's and Thursday's in room 237. There will be snacks provided. It is until 3:30p.m. Students must be picked up by 3:30
PTSA Pizza Hut Give Back Night
The Kesling PTSA and LaPorte Pizza Hut are teaming up again this year to do a fundraiser. If you purchase pizza from Pizza Hut on November 17, or December 8 from 5-8 p.m. 20% of your purchases will go to PTSA! Print off the ticket below and take it with you for Kesling's PTSA to receive your support.
Kesling Academic ICU Program
Kesling Academic ICU Program
During the 2015- 2016 school year we as a staff will continue to hold students accountable for their own learning. We are very excited about the continuation of having students take ownership for what they need to complete to be successful in school. We call this program the Kesling Academic ICU (Intensive Care Unit) program. In this case, the student’s academic grade is in need of intensive care to become academically healthy. To increase communication with parents, we will use a data base tracking system where all staff will input student missing assignments into the ICU data base. Once the assignment is entered into the system, parents will get an automated e-mail or text message from the teacher letting them know what assignment is missing. Parents will get a second e-mail or text message once the assignment has been completed. The students can take advantage of various opportunities before, during, and after school to receive the help needed to complete the missing assignments. Students who have multiple assignments missing may be excluded from attending after school functions, Fun Nights, or participating in extra-curricular activities until the student is taken off the ICU list by completing the missing work that is considered quality work by the teacher. We believe the implementation of the Kesling Academic ICU program will help all students become proficient in the Indiana Academic Standards in all subject areas. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, a counselor, or administrator, regarding the ICU program.
Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline
Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students may contact the Homework Hotline from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), September through May toll-free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE or online at www.AskRose.org.
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