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PARENT News

Countdown to DC-CAS!

Greetings from the Director

What is DC-CAS?

Per the No Child Left Behind Act the DC-CAS is the District of Columbia’s standard base skills assessment test for students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10. This test is annually administered to measure how well students are learning and results are used to also determine whether a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The test evaluates student’s annual yearly progress in the areas of math, reading, composition and science. This year the DC-CAS will be administered over a twoweek period starting April 20 through April 30.

Dear Parents and Families, As your child grows and learns during the school year, we want to determine what he/she knows, is able to do, and how well your student performs in the academic program. During the week of

April 20–30, 2009 our students in grade(s) 3 through 8 and grade 10 will be taking the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment Test (DC-CAS) to measure their achievement in reading, math, composition and science. School administrators, teachers and staff have been working tirelessly to ensure that all of our students are armed with the academic knowledge, skills, confidence and determination to achieve DC-CAS performance standards success.

We need your help!

As we prepare our students for one of the most important exams of the school year, we found out that the Public Charter School facilities allowance has been cut by 24 million in the Fiscal Year 2010 budget submitted to the DC City Council by Mayor Fenty on March 20th. The city has divided school students into two classes – DCPS students and Public Charter School students. DCPS receives $5,248 per student and Charter Schools receive $2,341 per student, resulting in charter schools receiving $2,900 less per student. Is that fair? Of course not! What can we do? Friendship parents and guardians contact your ward council member, Chairman Gray, and the four at-large council members to let them know you want public charter schools facilities funding restored.

Spring 2009

Who should you contact?

• Chair Vincent Gray 202 724-8032 vgray@dccouncil.us • At large David Catania 202 724-7772 dcatania@dccouncil.us • At large Phil Mendelson 202 724-8064 pmendelson@dccouncil.us • At large Michael Brown 202 724-8105 mbrown@dccouncil.us • At large Kwame Brown 202 724-8174 kbrown@dccouncil.us • Ward 1 Jim Graham 202 724-8181 jgraham@dccouncil.us • Ward 2 Jack Evans 202 724-8058 jackevans@dccouncil.us • Ward 3 Mary Cheh 202 724-8062 mcheh@dccouncil.us • Ward 4 Muriel Bowser 202 724-8052 mbowser@dccouncil.us • Ward 5 Harry Thomas Jr. 202 724-8028 hthomas@dccouncil.us • Ward 6 Tommy Wells 202 724-8072 twells@dccouncil.us • Ward 7 Yvette Alexander 202 724-8068 yalexander@dccouncil.us • Ward 8 Marion Barry 202 724-8045 mbarry@dccouncil.us

Based on performance, each student is classified as performing at one of four performance levels: advanced, proficient, basic, or below basic. If you would like to review the performance level descriptions, they are available at your student’s school main office or contact Ms. Gail B. Sivels, Director of Parent Relations at 202-2801700. The performance descriptions will provide a brief summary of typical performance for each grade level. The skills identified in each description represent, but are not all-inclusive of the skills a student should be able to demonstrate at each performance level. Students are required to analyze and compare data; identify clues to problem solving and explain in three to four sentences how they arrive at their answers. Please use information in this Newsletter to help you and your child.

Make a call and/or send a email and help us fight for equal funding and equal treatment for students in Public Charter Schools. Please call me if you have any questions. I will be glad to speak with you. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. Let’s blast the DC-CAS!!!!! Let’s Protect our School Funding!!!! Warm Regards, Gail B. Sivels Director of Parent Relations


DC-CAS Prep Across Campuses Elementary & Middle School

At our Woodridge, Southeast, Chamberlain and Blow Pierce campuses, regular class instruction and homework assignments challenge students to stretch their knowledge across subject areas and demonstrate their understanding with written and oral responses — a skill essential to DC-CAS success. To encourage 100% proficiency, classrooms and hallways are decorated with creative artwork that displays DC-CAS objectives and student accomplishments. Pep rallies and motivational speakers strengthen students’ confidence and encourage all to their best! Students are encouraged to sharpen their academic skills by participating in the Saturday Learning Camp tutorial and struggling students participated in this year’s Friendship Spring Break Intersession. Additionally, all four campuses kicked off spring break with an energetic DC-CAS rally, complete with t-shirts, food, fun and homework packets. High School At our Collegiate Academy the hallways “talk” DC-CAS. Every bulletin board is bright with multi-colored banners promoting excellence. Students in need of academic support can attend an early morning tutorial before school starts and/or an afterschool study session. Saturday Learning Camp and the Spring Break Intersession is offered to 10th grade students to reinforce their studies and test taking skills. Tenth grade students measure their mastery of core subjects with the DC-BAS, a practice exam that identifies academic strengths and weaknesses. From this exam, teachers assess ongoing student programs and develop individualized student portfolios in algebra, geometry, science, English composition and vocabulary.

DC-CAS Breakfast Menu

Breakfast is free at all campuses during testing week Elementary and Middle School

Mon. April 20 - Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Links, Fresh Apples and Milk Tues. April 21 - Waffles, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Links, Fresh Pears and Milk Wed. April 22 - French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Grits, Sausage Links, Fresh Apple and Milk Thurs. April 23 - Sausage & Egg Biscuit, Apple Juice and Milk Fri. April 24 - Pancakes, Orange Juice and Milk Mon. April 27 - French Toast, Apple Sauce and Milk Tues. April 28 - Waffles, Apple Juice and Milk Wed. April 29 - Turkey Sausage, Egg & Cheese, Apple Juice and Milk Thurs. April 30 - Waffles, Pancakes, Apple Juice and Milk

High School

Mon. April 20 - Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Grits, Orange Juice and Milk Tues. April 21 - Waffles, Scrambled Eggs, Fried Potatoes, Grape Fruit Juice and Milk Wed. April 22 - French Toast, Grits, Fried Potatoes, Fruit Punch and Milk Thurs. April 23 - Waffles, Scrambled Eggs, Apple Juice, Orange Juice and Milk Fri. April 24 - Pancakes, Cheese Eggs, Warm Applesauce and Milk Mon. April 27 - Waffles, Grits, Apple Juice and Milk Tues. April 28 -Vegetable Omelet, Grits, Orange Juice and Milk Wed. April 29 - Mini Danish, Warm Applesauce and Milk Thurs. April 30 - Honey Nut Cheerios, Animal Crackers, Fruit Punch and Milk

Test Taking Tips For Students and Parents

Parents

• Get your child to bed in time to get a good night’s sleep. • Make sure they have a calm morning at home on test days. • Make sure they eat a healthy breakfast. • Make sure they are wearing comfortable clothes that are suitable for the day’s climate. • See that your child arrives at school on time and is relaxed • Encourage your child to do the best work possible

Students Preparing for Tests

• Get a good night rest • Pack a few #2 pencils in your school bag • Talk to your teachers about any concerns you have about the test During Tests

• Read and pay careful attention to all directions • Make sure to record the answer in the correct place on the answer sheet • Work as rapidly as possible with accuracy • After completion of the test, use any remaining time to check your answers • Don’t spend to much time on any one question • Keep a good attitude. Think positively!


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Thurs. April 30

Math Grades 3-8 Science 5th grade

Math Grades 3-7

Math Grades 3-8

Math Grades 3-6 Science 5th grade

Math Grades 3-7

Math Grades 3-6

Math Grades 6-8

Math Grades 3-7

Comp 4th & 7th grade Science 5th grade Make ups

Math Grades 6-8

Math Grades 3-7 Science 5th grade

Reading Grades 3-8

Comp 4th & 7th grade Science 5th and 8th grade Make ups

Math Grades 6-8

Math Grades 3-6

Math Grades 3-6

Math Grades 3-8

Reading Grades 3-6

Comp 4th grade Science 5th grade Make ups

Math Grades 6-8

Reading/ Language Arts & Math Grade 10

Math Grades 3-8

Reading Grades 6-8

Reading/ Language Arts & Math Grade 10

Reading Grades 3-7

Reading Grades 3-8

Reading Grades 3-6

Reading Grades 6-8

Comp 4th grade Science 5th grade Make ups

Reading/ Language Arts & Math Grade 10

Reading Grades 3-7

Reading Grades 3-8

Reading Grades 3-6

Reading Grades 6-8

Reading/ Language Arts Grade 10

Reading/ Language Arts & Math Grade 10

Reading Grades 3-7

Reading Grades 3-8

Reading Grades 3-6

Reading Grades 6-8

Reading/ Language Arts Grade 10

Reading/ Language Arts Grade 10

Reading Grades 3-7

DC-CAS Testing Calendar Campus Chamberlain

Woodridge

Southeast

Blow Pierce

Collegiate

Reading/ Language Arts Grade 10

Reading/ Language Arts & Math Grade 10 Science 9th grade Make ups


District Office 120 Q Street, NE Washington, DC 20002

Countdown to DC-CAS We will blast the DC-CAS!!

PARENT RELATIONS is dedicated to facilitate parent-school communication; facilitate community agency referrals; encourage parent involvement in the school; foster trust between parents and the education community; and foster higher academic achievement through collaboration with school personnel. The primary role is to EMPOWER parents to become active participants in the education of their children.

Donald L. Hense Chairman, Friendship Public Charter School

Gail B. Sivels Director of Parent Relations 202-281-1756 gsivels@friendshipschools.org www.friendshipschools.org

Blow Pierce Junior Academy Campus Principal Ralph H. Neal Grades 4-8 725 19th Street, NE 202-572-1070 Chamberlain Academy Principal Carolyne Albert Garvey Grades PreK-8 1345 Potomac Avenue, SE 202-547-5800 Collegiate Academy at Carter G. Woodson Campus Principal Peggy Pendergrass Grades 9-12 4095 Minnesota Avenue, NE 202-396-5500 Southeast Elementary Academy Campus Principal Michelle Pierre-Farid Grades PreK-6 645 Milwaukee Place, SE 202-572-1980 Woodridge Elementary and Junior Academy Campus Principal Crystal Clark Grades PreK-8 2959 Carlton Avenue, NE 202-635-6500

Important Phone Numbers Friendship Board of Trustees 202-281-1700 Health Services Dianne Harris, Director 202-281-1753 Clinical Services Dr. Bronwen Millet, Director 202-281-1753 Food Services Jerry Haley, Director 202-497-5854 Corporate and Community Relations Barry Lofton, Director 202-281-1754 Friendship Cares Shakira Hemphill, Director 202-281-1712

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