Dear Parents –
As you know we begin our next round of STAAR testing next week. I wanted to provide some additional details before testing begins.
On Tuesday, May 4th, all 7th and 8th grade Algebra students will be taking the Algebra End-of-Course exam here on campus. In-person students will enter the building through the courtyard just as they do now. Virtual students will enter the building through the main entrance on Blue Bonnet. All students will have their temperature taken and will be given a wrist band before reporting to the cafeteria for the test. All students taking the test will have to sign an electronic device oath and give their electronic device to the test administrators. Devices will be returned once testing is over.
The test is four hours in length. We will stop for a lunch break at a certain point, and then resume testing. Once the testing is completed, in-person students will return to their regularly scheduled afternoon class. Virtual students may be picked up at 2:30 from the end of the courtyard walkway on Braes. Any virtual student not picked up before 4 p.m. will stay in the cafeteria until the end of the day.
On Wednesday, May 5th, Biology students will report to Pershing to take their End-of-Course exam. Students taking the Biology EOC will follow the same entry procedure as the Algebra students did. Dismissal will work the same way as well.
On Wednesday, May 5th, all 8th graders will receive their testing location from their 4th period teacher. In-person 8th graders taking the STAAR Science (Biology students do not take this test) on Thursday will follow the normal entry procedures through the courtyard and report to their testing location. Virtual 8th graders reporting for the STAAR will enter through the main entrance on Blue Bonnet and then report to their testing location.
The same goes for 8th graders taking the STAAR Social Studies test on Friday.
Both tests are four hours in length. All virtual students may be picked up from the end of the courtyard on Braes Blvd at 2:30. In person 8th graders will be given time outside in the gyms and on the field after testing. In-person students must remain on campus until 4 p.m.
I will send out more information regarding testing the week of May 10 next week.
Have a great weekend!
Steven Shetzer, Principal