Thursday Notes – May 7th, 2015

End of Grade Testing

It’s that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, the days are longer, and the tests are coming! ABS students in grades 3-8 will be taking the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests during the last ten days of school.

The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The End-of-Grade tests in reading comprehension and mathematics are administered to students in grades 3-8 as part of the statewide assessment program. End-of-grade tests in science are administered in grade 5 and 8.


Parents, please help your child do his or her best by following these guidelines:

  • Help your child get 9 hours sleep throughout the weekend and each night before the test
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast, including more proteins and fewer carbohydrates.
  • BE ON TIME to school. Rushing around creates anxiety.  Latecomers must take a make-up test.
  • No couch potatoes, video games, or on-line junkies the week before.   Go outside and run and play.  You will rest better, think better, and feel better.
  • Help them arrive at school with a positive attitude.



Testing Schedule

May 14 Science 5th &8th grades

May 15 EOC Math I

May 18 EOG Math 3rd & 4th grades

May 19 EOG Reading 3rd & 4th grades

May 20 EOG Math 5th & 7th grades

May 21 EOG Reading 5th & 7th grades

May 22 EOG Math 6th & 8th grades

May 26 EOG Reading 6th & 8th grades


EOG results will be shared with parents at the third trimester conferences- June 9 and 10.



Annual Giving Campaign

It’s Week THREE of our Annual Giving Campaign!





Many thanks to all those families that have contributed to our campaign!  Our goal is to reach 100% participation this year and we can’t do it without YOU!  Whether you give $1 or $1,000 – all participation counts equally!


Your participation goes FAR beyond achieving a number on a piece of paper.  Having a high participation rate from our families shows our community that we support our school and believe in its mission.  High participation speaks volumes when we apply for grants or call on local businesses to support our capital campaign.


There are many ways to contribute:  send in an envelope with your child, mail one in, drop by either front office OR simply click on this link to donate online quickly and easily!


Please consider making a donation today that makes a difference!


Community Creates!

Many thanks to everyone that attended and those that volunteered for this past weekend’s Community Creates art auction!  It was a beautiful evening and our 7th Street building and courtyard buzzed with excitement all night long as local artists, community members, and parents enjoyed great food, wonderful music, and an abundance of incredible art!  This event raised nearly $30,000 to support our Artist-in-Residence program, giving our children access to some of the finest artists in our community and furthering our philosophy of learning through the arts.  Special thanks to First Tennessee Bank, The Coffee Park, and Hauser Rental for their generous support and assistance in making this event a huge success!  Thank you!



Parent Council News

The final Parent Council Meeting for this year will be held on Friday, May 8 at 8:15-9:45 in the Teacher Resource Room in the MLK Building. The agenda is attached to Thursday Notes.


Parent Council Board Elections will be held at Friday’s meeting. If you cannot vote in person, you may vote on-line ( beginning today until 8 am tomorrow.


The final Box Top Collection Day for this year is tomorrow. Students may bring in box tops to both buildings.


Conference Time is Coming

Soon your child’s teacher will be setting up conferences to discuss your child’s progress.  Students attending the Arts Based School are assessed using a portfolio system in place of the traditional report card.  The portfolio is designed to illustrate a student’s academic growth and successes as well as guide the teacher in planning appropriate instruction.  Teachers use observation, interviews, analysis of student work and performance tasks to assess student understanding.  Examples of student work, as well as other objective standards of assessments are incorporated into the student’s portfolio to give an enhanced portrait of the student’s progress.  These portfolios will be discussed and presented to parents during the Student-Teacher-Parent conferences.  Please be sure you schedule and attend your conference so that you can support your child’s learning. This year the third trimester conferences will be scheduled after we receive the results of the EOG tests.   Conference Days- June 9 and 10.



Ordering DVDs of ABS Performances

Order forms for DVDs of 5th grade’s “Romeo& Juliet on the Border” and Kindergarten’s “Peter and the Wolf” are coming home today. 8th Graders will also receive order forms for “Manufacturing Economies,” soon, and we are working on a school site that will allow parents to purchase videos on line. No ABS videos should ever be posted on the internet; they are intended for educational and personal use only.