Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Dear CLA families,
As noted on the school calendar, this week is our second round of interim exams in English, math, social studies (6th grade), and science (7th and 8th grade). The interims will mimic the Performance Based Assessments that the students will be taking the week of March 9th and will contain a variety of multiple-choice questions, short answer-questions, extended-response questions, and essays. All interim exams will be given in a 2 ½ hour block beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m.
This is the second of three rounds of interim exams prior to the Next Generation Assessments that will be taking place in the spring; NGAs have replaced the Ohio Achievement Assessments. We are extremely excited to see and share the growth our students have made during the first half of the year and are looking forward to tracking their growth throughout winter and spring months. Please note that these assessments will be included in your scholar’s grade. Please continue pushing your scholar to do his or her best work on all homework assignments and continue encouraging your scholar to read all instructions and answer all questions completely.
The interim exams will cover information that has been taught since the beginning of the year and models the blueprint of the Performance Based Assessment in English, math, and science. All interims are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. It is imperative that your son/daughter:
- Gets plenty of rest during the days of interims.
- Attends school every day, on time.
- Eats a good breakfast that will give him/her energy for the assessment (Breakfast will be served at school from 7:15-7:35 a.m.)
|Thursday, January 22||Friday, January 23||Monday, January 26||Tuesday, January 27|
|Reading interim (Parts I and III)||Reading interim (Part II)||Math interim||Social Studies interim (6th grade)
Please have conversations with your scholar about the importance of trying your best on rigorous exams such as the interim exams. Make connections between the CLA interim exams and college mid-terms and finals. The interim exams are a significant component of our educational program. In order to provide the teachers time to analyze the assessment data and to give students the much needed time to rejuvenate, there is no school Thursday, January 29 -Friday, January 30. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me directly at 216.229.8185.
As the winter weather season approaches, Citizens Leadership Academy will have to make informed decisions regarding the safety of our students and cancel our school day. The decision to close Citizens Leadership Academy due to inclement or unsafe weather conditions is not treated lightly.
It is important for all families to be aware of the procedures that Citizens Leadership Academy uses to communicate school closures. CLA administration will monitor weather forecasts and conditions beginning at 4:30am to ensure the school will close during unsafe transportation conditions. By 5:30am, the decision will be made to remain open or to close Citizens Leadership Academy. School closure announcements will be promptly distributed using the following timeline below:
4:00-5:00am Monitor weather conditions
5:30am Deadline for decision
5:30am Notify media outlets (Channels 3, 5, 8, 19), update CLA’s website, send mass email to families and robocall all CLA families
Citizens Leadership Academy uses numerous methods to contact the families of its scholars but sometimes this is not enough. If our records are outdated or incorrect important school closing information will be missed. If they are incorrect or inactive, please contact Citizens Leadership Academy as soon as possible.
Citizens Leadership Academy