*Please ask your child for the informational hand out regarding new immunizations sent home today. ALL students, grades 6 – 8, must have a Tdap vaccine and 2 Varicella vaccines. In addition, ALL 7th graders must have a Meningococcal vaccine. These are both due upon entry into the 2014 – 2015 school year. If your child does not make it home with the letter, the information will be posted on our Facebook page and here on our website. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call.
*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.)
*NJHS Canned Food Drive: April 14 – April 21
*Student Council Meeting April 23 @ 7:30
*Dance & Cheer Tryouts: April 21 – April 25 from 3:10 – 5:30
*Arkansas Scholars” Presentation from Van Buren Chamber Volunteers for 8th grade Social Studies classes: Thursday, April 24, 2014
*Student Council Pet Food Drive: April 28 – May 12
*Enroll now for Band Camp @ : http://tinyurl.com/bandcampregistration. Camp will be June 16 – June 20 from 8:30 – 2:30 @ Butterfield. Cost is $10.00
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.