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End of Year Letter to Parents

May 12, 2015

Dear Parents,

The last week of school is here!  There are many fun events and celebrations throughout the week and we hope you can join us.  Here is an agenda of the week’s events: 

Sunday, May 17th

·         2pm (main gym) Graduation

 Monday, May 18th (regular release time)

·         8:20-10:30am (main gym) Middle School Awards Assembly

·         10:30am (main gym) Graduation Clean Up – 2015 graduates expected to attend

·         2:07-3:20pm (main gym) High School Awards Assembly

·         6:30pm (Maverick corral) 5th Grade Parent Meeting “Transitioning into Middle School”

 Tuesday, May 19th (2:39pm release)

·         Middle/High School Finals

·         Early lunch for elementary and regular lunch for MS/HS

·         6:30-8pm (new APR) Pre-K Graduation

 Wednesday, May 20th (2:39pm release)

·         Middle/High School Finals

·         Elementary Field Day (k-2 from 8-11am and 3-5 from 11:30-2:15pm – lunch served on the field)

 Thursday, May 21st (11:30 release – no lunch)

·         Middle/High School Finals

·         8:30am (music room) Kindergarten Graduation

·         9:30-11am (main gym) Elementary Awards Grades 1st-5th

Please check for overdue books and lunch charges to help close out the year.  Also, check with your student about when they are cleaning out their lockers and consider sending something with them to school to help them carry their supplies home.  

Thank you for supporting our school and making this a very successful year.  We hope everyone has a fun-filled and safe summer, and we look forward to an even better 2015-2016 school year!


Perri Gipner & Sara Rasmussen

K-12 Principals

LETTER TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS - PARCC TESTING                                                                                                                    March 6, 2015

Dear Parents of Norwood Students:

 Next week our students will join students throughout Colorado in taking the state tests called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS).  These are not additional tests – the CMAS replaces the TCAP, using next generation technology that will provide more meaningful feedback to help teachers and parents ensure students master the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.

 The new tests are completely online – no more bubble sheets – and they’ll give teachers and parents a more accurate picture of what our students have learned because they ask students to show and apply what they know, instead of just picking the right answer from a multiple-choice question.  The new tests are aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards, which replaced 20-year-old standards.  The new standards, in use at our school since the 2013-14 school year, update our community’s expectations for what students must know to be ready for college level courses or a career after they graduate from high school.   

 You may have heard the new tests will be harder.  As with any change, there will be a period of adjustment as teachers and students get used to the new standards and new tests.  The new tests will, indeed, be different.  We live in an increasingly complex world, and the knowledge and skills students need to succeed is challenging.  By using more advanced questions, the CMAS tests will allow students to demonstrate their critical thinking, analytical writing and problem-solving skills.  Teachers can use the results of the exam to help see if the school’s programs and classroom lessons are netting the results we expect.

 Tests are not the most exciting part of learning, but they are an important part.  Just as we take our children to the doctor for regular well-child checkups, these tests tell us how students and our schools are doing.  Parents should know if their children are on the right path, and these new assessments will provide an “academic checkup” to help us know if our students are ready for what comes next. 

Just as the tests provide meaningful information about each student’s progress, the CMAS is a critical tool for reflecting on our work as a school.  Strong participation is critical to understanding if our school is doing all it can to help our students prepare for success in college, a career and in life.

 All schools in Colorado are required to test all students using the state’s tests. When students come to school during testing time, we’re expecting that students will participate in those tests.

 Your child’s participation is really important to us.  If your child isn’t included in the testing, we won’t have a full picture of your child’s academic progress in relation to the state’s expectations. If your child misses the tests, you won’t have the academic growth information to best understand how he or she is progressing in meeting academic expectations for his/her grade level over time. That information also gives you beneficial insights about how much value our school is providing to your child, such as determining if we helped your child achieve at least a year’s worth of academic growth in a year’s time. Having consistent, accurate and fair testing results allows us to measure our overall academic health of our school and district.

On the back of this page are the dates of testing in March.  We appreciate all of your encouragement and support you give to our children, our schools, and our community.


Admin Team