Welcome back to all students. Our first two weeks went by quickly adapting to the new structure of the building. Both students and staff have expressed positives about the team configuration and about Rise as the first stop in the morning. Many students and parents attended the middle school’s open house, which hopefully alleviated some first-day jitters. Thank you to families who stopped by on Monday, August 12.
Last week students took the first of four FastBridge assessments in ELA and math. The formative assessments give teachers information about students’ skills in these areas. This data can then be used to make instruction align with the students’ abilities. This year Shine time will be structured around that data. September 9 will mark the beginning of our benchmark testing in core classes to mark our students’ progress this year as they learn the standards for each course.
During the next few months, students will be preparing for student-led conferences in October by gathering data on their learning. This year those conferences will be conducted with their Rise teacher in a classroom. In these conferences, students lead their parents through their progress folder while their Rise teacher facilitates. Additionally, parents can opt for a traditional conference where they can meet with an individual teacher.
Our fall athletic seasons begin soon. Volleyball and cross country have their first contests on September 9. Football begins the following week on September 16.
We wish all our educational community a successful fall and are excited about starting the year with the seventh and eighth graders.