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Keep Skills Sharp During Winter Break

Help your child stay at the top of his learning game during the holiday vacation — no flashcards involved!   Winter break means a well-deserved reprieve from homework and daily obligations. But before you know it, the holidays will be over and it will be back to the bus stop. To prepare for a smooth re-entry and a successful second semester, don’t let school skills like reading, writing, and math slide completely during winter vacation. Try these family-friendly activities to keep skills sharp:
  • Read for pleasure.Whether your child is in the mood for holiday stories like The Night Before Christmas or the newest installment from his favorite series, winter break provides the perfect opportunity to stash schoolbooks and read for fun. Encourage relatives to give books as holiday gifts or gather in front of the fire (big kids too!) to take turns reading from classic tales.
  • Cook up an easy lesson.Invite your child into the kitchen to help you whip up a special dish — from Christmas cookies to potato pancakes. All of those half-tablespoon and quarter-cup measurements are great practice with fractions.
  • Write thank-you notes.Penning notes of appreciation to gift-givers teaches gratitude and helps polish writing and spelling skills. Not sure what to say? Check out our thank-you note template for wording. One final tip: a mug of hot cocoa can make this task feel more festive!
  • Make the most of car rides.Turn the drive to or from a holiday get-together into an opportunity to practice letters and numbers. You can look for license plates from different states, try to find the alphabet on the license plates, or count the number of red (or white or green) cars you see.
  • Maintain reasonable bedtimes.With no school to get up for in the morning, it can be tempting to let kids become night owls. A few days before school starts up again, ease back into the regular bedtime schedule so your child can start the year bright-eyed.
  • Ask for grocery list assistance.Have your child help choose what to buy, decide how much you need, check your supplies to see what you’ve already got, write or draw pictures on the list, and sort coupons.
  • Let kids help with online shopping.Need a last-minute gift for Grandma or Uncle Joe? Log onto your favorite shopping sites and let your child help you select presents. This helps children work on their computer and research skills.
  • Have a family game night.Chances are many of your family’s favorite board and card games reinforce skills such as counting, reading, and drawing. Gather the group to play games you usually don’t have time for on school nights.

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Santa Clara Elementary vies for author Jan Brett visit; community votes needed | St George News

SANTA CLARA — On March 2, classrooms across America celebrated the birth of renowned author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss. Goofy hats, special cakes and plates of green eggs and ham filled the halls and rooms of the nation’s schools on what is now known as Read Across America Day. …
Source: Santa Clara Elementary vies for author Jan Brett visit; community votes needed | St George News

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SAGE testing measures your student’s progress on the Utah Core Standards.

SAGE stands for Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence. SAGE is a system of assessments designed to measure student success and growth over the years. SAGE tests are based on the Utah Core Standards, a set of academic standards that raise our expectations for students and teachers.

The SAGE system includes:

■ Summative end-of-year tests that assess how our schools and districts are doing. These tests replace the CRTs that were previously administered at the end of the school year.

■ Interim fall and winter tests that monitor student progress. These tests are administered by the schools and districts that are choosing to implement them.

■ A formative assessment tool available online to students, families, and teachers that provides materials to support instruction.


The SAGE test does NOT:

  • determine the final grade of your student.
  • determine the future of your student’s academic career.
  • give information to the federal government.
  • give the student’s teacher positive or negative information, only one data point out of many performance indicators for the school year.

The SAGE test DOES:

  • help teachers determine how their instruction is meeting the needs of the students.
  • help schools determine if current curriculum is meeting the needs of the students.
  • show the growth of the student’s achievement between grade levels.

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New School Year 2015-16

My name is Carol Trimble. I am the Learning/Data Coach for Santa Clara Elementary.  I am managing the web site for our school and I will be making blog postings on educational subjects that are relevant for teaching and learning.  If you have suggestions for topics, please send me a message.

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