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District News
Out with the Old…In with the New!


As many of you know the former state assessment program – TCAP – has been replaced by the new CMAS – Colorado Measures of Academic Success. This spring students in grades 3-11 will take the new on-line assessments in the areas of English/language arts and mathematics. For the first round of testing the dates are March 3
rd -March 27th. Students will complete three units for English/language arts and two units for mathematics. These new assessments are intended to measure the level of command a student has on the Common Core State Standards. Please be sure to look for a testing schedule to come home in February. As in the past we ask that you try and not schedule appointments or vacations during the testing window, it is so important that students complete each test in each content area.

If you are interested in seeing what the new assessments look like and what types of questions your student will be given to show their knowledge and application of skills simply go to http://parcc.pearson.com/sample-items - there you will have a choice of selecting the level for grades 3-5, 6-8 or high school. For each level there are sample items for English/language arts and mathematics.

Winter Weather - Closings & Delays
With winter weather upon us, you'll want to check local radio and TV stations for closing and delay information. If you want to hear it directly from the district, sign up for Flash Alert or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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WideField of Dreams - Kieran Doolittle

Move over Taylor Swift, and make way for Watson Junior High sixth grader Kieran Rae Doolittle!! Kieran has been singing since she could talk and has played the guitar for three years. Kieran plays what she calls “happy-peppy” songs and enjoys folk music. Her musical talents have landed her local gigs around town and she has recorded two albums. Of course, we wouldn't be bragging about Kieran if she weren't also a stellar student. She's been described as a very focused and mature young lady who pays attention in class and always turns in her homework. Kieran says her dream is be in a small band and play at local venues, unless of course she makes it big and that is okay with her too. You can hear Kieran's latest performance here.
PBIS - Using a Home Matrix
Using a home matrix

Most students are familiar with a matrix, or have at least seen it at their school. Using a matrix at home can be a helpful tool in reinforcing your rules at home. The example may help give you some ideas when creating your very own matrix.  A blank matrix is also included so that you can modify and change the matrix to fit your household and the rules / expectations you want to focus on. Remember to create your 3 – 5 positive expectations and or acronym. The acronym or the expectations are listed down the side of the matrix. The areas or times of day you want to focus on are listed across the top. The biggest thing to remember is to always state things in a positive manner. Avoid using words like “don’t”, “No”, or “stop”. Tell kids what you want them to do, not what you don’t want them to do. You must also teach. Putting up a poster or matrix isn’t teaching. Give your family direct instruction on what your rules or expectations are. Have fun and role play or create a game around the rules of you home.

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PLTW - STEM Classes in Widefield
Check out this video to learn more about STEM classes in WSD3. PLTW classes are available to junior high and high school students starting in the 2015-16 school year. Talk to your teacher or counselor for more information.

Can't view the video? Click here and scroll down!

 
PLTW - STEM Classes in Widefield
Do you watch CSI? Ever wonder what its like to examine an autopsy report to figure out what caused a person's death? Students can get hands-on experience doing just that with the PLTW - Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science courses. Classes start 2015-2016, see your counselor for more info. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnYj6-PEolA&list=PLcCTPHuIP75L4OB5bdEiFmryWewqxbXRT





 
PLTW - STEM Program for Secondary Students

Exciting news!! Thanks to a 
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant, the district will now offer PLTW - Project Lead The Way, the nation's leading science, technology, engineering, and math program. These new courses are available to 6th grade students, and will be offered to secondary students next school year, 2015-2016. 

Parents please look for PLTW course information as you help your student select classes for next school year. 

Learn more about PLTW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXGjNRceHa0

PLTW Program Information
PLTW Website
Junior High School - Gateway
High School - Engineering
High School - Biomedical Science

 
Winter Weather is Coming. Plan Now!

Winter weather is coming! Now, before bad weather or an emergency arises, is the time to make necessary arrangements for your children.

Read more information about school delays and closings. Go to www.wsd3.org, Information>Weather & Closings or click here: http://wsd3.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=187189​
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