Name this Ravenwood Teacher.... Last week's picture was Mr. Pitcher. Go to the Ravenwood Facebook page to make your guess!
In spring 2015, students in grades third through eighth and tenth and eleventh grades took Kansas State Assessments. This was the first year for this new assessment, and because of that, the scores may look different than the scores from previous assessments. It’s important to note that these scores cannot be compared to previous scores, as these are baseline scores upon which all students will improve moving forward. Students will be coming home this week with a summary of their scores. Score summaries for our school and for the Olathe School District will be released in December.
State assessments tests are just one piece of a puzzle that tells us how students are doing. These results combined with other tools—such as evaluating day-to-day class work, grading homework, observing in the classroom and keeping track of how students change and grow throughout the year—are all used to measure a student’s progress and assist teachers in gaining insights into the skills, abilities and knowledge of every child.
This school year, 45 schools in the district will be piloting the MAP assessments in reading and math. These assessments are nationally normed achievement tests that provide information on how a student compares to both national and district peers. This assessment will replace the regular district assessments for this school year. MAP results provide teachers, students, and parents with an accurate assessment of a student’s ability, accurately measuring what a child knows and needs to learn. The MAP test, when administered at regular intervals over time, is used to determine whether an individual student or an entire grade level is making satisfactory progress. Teachers can use the assessment data for instructional planning for individual students or an entire class. Students in kindergarten through ninth grades will be given the reading and math assessments during the winter window (December and January time frame) and again in the late spring.
The student data gathered from each MAP administration will be used to help make informed decisions at all levels of the district. Teachers can use the information to plan lessons, differentiate and drive instruction. Pending the successful pilot of the program, the district aims to launch twice-yearly MAP testing in every school in the district in the 2016-17 school year.
Please let us know if you will be attending the Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday night!
Square 1 Art catalogs have arrived and will be coming home with students on Monday!
Order deadline is Nov 17th. There are two convenient ways to order you child’s artwork.
Online with a credit card Fill out the paper order form, send to school with your child along with your cash, check or Money Order (make checks and money orders out to Square 1 Art) Priceless artwork from your very own RW tiger! What a perfect memorable gift for the holidays!
Ravenwood is happy to announce that through a partnership with the non-profit organization, BikeWalkKC, all 4th and 5th grade students will be participating in the bicycle safety education program, BLAST. BikeWalkKC is the dedicated bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization for the KC region. One of the main focuses of BikeWalkKC is youth education and encouragement. Research states that students who get daily physical activity are more attentive in school and have significantly reduced rates of preventable diseases like childhood obesity and type II diabetes.
Since the program's inception in 2012, BLAST has taught over 4,000 students in 30 schools. BikeWalkKC is proud to welcome the Olathe School District as the ninth school district to participate in the BLAST program.
BLAST is an on-bike safety and handling skills training that is taught through PE classes at schools across the Kansas City metro. BikeWalkKC brings out a "mobile classroom" complete with a set of 25 helmets and mountain bikes. Through 4 interactive sessions, students learn about proper helmet fit, rules of the road, a bicycle safety check, road hazards, how to start and stop, how to scan and signal, and how to navigate through a model intersection. In some cases, students actually learn how to ride a bike for the first time!
The goals of the BLAST program are:
- Improved bicycle handling skills
- Proficiency of basic traffic skills
- Identification and avoidance of hazards
For questions or to inquire about being a parent volunteer, contact:
Education Programs Manager at BikeWalkKC
816-205-7056 ext. 7
Ravenwood's Night at Chick-Fil-a is Monday~ 5-8pm! No need to cook- go out to eat and help out the Ravenwood PTO. There will be a flyer coming home on Monday!
Muffins with Moms
Student Council- Start collecting your gently used books to donate November 16-20.
District Chick-Fil-A Challenge
ONW – Johnson County Christmas Bureau
OS – Chase KC (Autism Awareness)
ON – Johnson County Christmas Bureau
OE – Special Olympics
CFA is donating $1000 to the first place school, $500 for second place, and $250 for third and fourth place.
What’s in it for your school? Good question. To help promote the event CFA is giving every student and staff member a card (similar to a gift card) for a free item at their restaurant.