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February News

Greetings! The month February marks the end of our second trimester and the beginning of the final trimester of the school year, I still cannot figure out how this happened so quickly!

Our 8th grade students have the opportunity to go to Washington DC at the end of May. This trip is through an organization called Explore America. The cost is paid by families and through fundraising. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The talent show on February 1st was a fundraiser for our Washington DC kiddos. The students were able to raise about $1200 to go towards their trip. The night was a huge success, I want to give a special thank you to Mrs. Parks for organizing, the teachers who were judges during auditions, and also the staff who showed their talents in the pool on the night of the event. Unfortunately, I was out of town for a family emergency, but I was able to watch the video later. I was touched by the confidence students displayed and the uniqueness of each of them.

The Regional Science Fair will take place on February 13th at Island Grove in Greeley. Students in grades 5-8 who received a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place designation at our school science fair have the opportunity to attend. If our students place at the Regional Science Fair, they can advance to the State Science Fair in April.

Next week, February 5, students will be taking the Galileo Benchmark Assessment. This assessment will allow teachers the opportunity to look at the standards which have been taught and determine what students have mastered. Analyzing the individual and grade level growth provides us the opportunity to make necessary adjustments in instruction. Just as a reminder, students take the Galileo Pretest in August, Galileo Benchmark 1 in October, Galileo Benchmark 2 in February, and the final Galileo Posttest in May to assess standards. Students take both a English Language Arts and a Mathematic Assessment during each of these windows.

In addition to Galileo, Students in K-5 also take an iReady Assessment. An iReady Diagnostic is done at the beginning, middle, and end of the year and an iReady Progress Monitor is done monthly. This assessment gives us useful information regarding a child's literacy development. The teachers find this assessment to be extremely useful when planning reading instruction.

The above mentioned assessments are district assessments. In addition to these, there are also state mandated assessments. The CMAS (Colorado Measure of Academic Success) will begin the first week of April, immediately following Spring Break. Our students in 3rd-8th grade will take CMAS. The assessment all hold schools and teachers accountable for learning, assess a child's growth, and provide us with an overall achievement. However, the mandates of testing to seem exhausting at times!

If you haven't had the opportunity to drive by Homyak, I would encourage you to do so! The progress on the building is nothing short of amazing! At this point, the building is about 70% complete. I am so impressed by the team of people working on the building, they truly care about our students and providing us with a quality building. I cannot wait to see Mrs. Stead and our students utilizing the awesome gymnasium, I look forward to seeing our students check out books and read in the new library, and lunches will be such a different experience for our students. There are wonderful "flex spaces" in the hallways for students to read or work in small groups. Hosting the talent show on our own stage next year will be wonderful! The playground and field will provide students with more space to run and the facility will be a safe space to learn.

Speaking of Homyak, enrollment is currently taking place. If you have a friend or family member interested in attending Homyak next year, please encourage them to visit our website quest.weld8.org and select the "registration" tab on the left side of the screen. Families need to fill out the Open Enrollment application. Applications can be emailed to sboscia@weld8.org or taken to any district building. We are enrolling Preschool-8th grade. Current students do not need to do anything.

Due to President's Day as well as the end of the trimester, we have a long weekend coming up. We do not have school Friday 2/16, Monday 2/19, or Tuesday, 2/20. Conferences are just around the corner on March 7th and 8th. We will send sign-up information out in the next week or two.

 

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