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*Free School Physicals @ Blakemore Field:  Girls going into 7th & 8th Grade (Saturday, May 3 @ 11:00 a.m.) & Boys going into 7th & 8th Grade (Saturday, May 10 @ 11:00)  Girls going into 9th Grade (Saturday, May 3 @ 10:00 a.m.) & Boys going into 9th Grade (Saturday, May 10 @ 10:00 a.m.)

*We will have school on Friday, April 18 (make-up snow day).  Last day of school is June 6

*BOGO Bookfair: April 14 – April 18

*NJHS Canned Food Drive:  April 14 – April 21

*Dance & Cheer Tryouts: April 21 – April 25 from 3:10 – 5:30

Dear Parents,

As you may have heard, Arkansas is a leading state in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). As a member state, Arkansas educators are helping to develop next-generation, computer-based tests in math, reading, and writing that will measure students’ knowledge and skills, such as their ability to think critically, solve problems and use information from what they read to write well-developed essays.

Our school will conduct a field test this spring. Two 8th grade classrooms and two 7th grade classrooms will be participating. This is a chance to make sure the tablets, laptops and desktop computers work well with the test.  Students will not get scores back based on the results, but they will get a chance to engage in sample math or English problems and writing exercises. By taking part in the field test, our teachers and students will play an important role in developing Arkansas’s future tests.

Our teachers and principals are looking forward to this opportunity to become more familiar with the exams, which align to Arkansas’s educational standards.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of your children. Please contact your child’s teacher or school principal if you have any questions.

Lonnie Mitchell