Box Tops Store 4/28

It's time to start collecting box tops! That's because the Bay View PTA will be opening its "Box Tops Store" again on Friday, April 28th. Small school supplies and treats will be 'for sale' with the only form of payment being clipped Box Tops. The "prices" start at 3 Box Tops.


Smarter Balanced Test Tomorrow

Please remember that fifth grade students will be taking the first Smarter Balanced English/ Language Arts Assessment Tuesday morning. While the tests aren't really a super big deal, we would like students to do their very best. Here are some simple things you can do to set your child up for success.

1. Make sure your student gets a good night's sleep. Children between the ages of 10-12 need approximately 10 hours of sleep to be fully rested.

2. Provide a healthy breakfast in the morning. When it comes to testing, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It provides fuel for the brain and mitigates distractions.

3. Encourage your child to do their very best. Research shows it's better to praise effort than outcomes. While all students develop at a different pace, effort and attitude is definitely within their locus of control.

4. Make sure your child arrives on time for school. Being in a hurry can trigger stress. If you drive your child to school, try to drop them off by 8:30 so they can have a relaxed transition to school.


Reducing Test Anxiety

On Tuesday, April 25th, fifth grade students will take the first of five required state tests. Known collectively as "Smarter Balanced Assessments", these standardized tests were designed to provide yearly feedback about school performance. While Smarter Balanced scores do capture some valuable information, it is important to remember that these tests do not measure many aspects of learning. For example, learner attributes such as compassion, collaboration and creativity can not be gleaned from standardized tests.

Even though Smarter Balanced Assessments are merely one measure out of many, students sometimes experience anxiety during testing. Please remember that excessive test preparation can actually reinforce emotional stress and, as a result, negatively influence student performance. Since students merely need to do their best, parents are discouraged from emphasizing the importance of test scores. Instead, here are a few simple suggestions for lessening test anxiety.
  1. Learn relaxation techniques. There are a number of things you can do right before and during the test to help you stay calm and confident, such as deep breathing, relaxing your muscles one at a time, or closing your eyes and imagining a positive outcome.
  2. Don't forget to eat and drink. Your brain needs fuel to function. Eat the day of the test and drink plenty of water. Avoid sugary drinks such as soda pop, which can cause your blood sugar to peak and then drop, or caffeinated beverages such as energy drinks or coffee, which can increase anxiety.
  3. Get some exercise. Regular aerobic exercise, and exercising on exam day, can release tension.
  4. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is directly related to academic performance. Adolescents and teenagers need 9-10 hours of regular, solid sleep every evening.
Our scheduled testing days are April 25, April 27, May 9th, May 18th and May 23rd. It is extremely important that students arrive on time on each of these days. Students who come to school tardy, may be required to take the assessment on an alternate day and in an alternate location.


WA Second-Worst For Chronic Absenteeism

School attendance is a substantial factor in student success. While it seems like this notion is intuitive, Washington state was recently ranked second-worst in the nation for its number of chronically absent students.

Today, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released data and analytics on student absenteeism rates. For the 2015-16 school year, an average of 16.7 percent of students across the state were chronically absent, which is a 0.7 percent increase from the 2014-15 school year.

“Chronically absent” is defined as a student missing 10 percent or more of their school days, equaling 18 days in a year or two days per month. Students who are chronically absent do not perform as well as their peers who show up, and the linkage begins as early as kindergarten.

Students who are chronically absent in kindergarten are considerably less likely to read be able to read at grade-level by third grade. On the same note, chronically absent ninth graders are much more likely to fail at least one core course (math, English, or science). In fact, attendance and failing a core course in the ninth grade are two of the strongest predictors of whether or not a student graduates high school.

Read the official press release>>