DPMS Parent Group
If you are interested in volunteer or involvement opportunitites, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Joyce Henning, at 464-5800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently in the process of restructuring our parent group. Future dates of meetings are still being planned and activities are being discussed. Stay tuned for updates.
Attendance: A Key to Your Student’s Success
Research shows that children who are in school most of the time do better on state tests. Studies also show that kids who are absent more often score lower on state tests.
Being late for school hurts a child’s learning, too. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the year.
Children can copy notes or make up an assignment, but they can never get back what’s most important: the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive.
Your child’s success in school depends on having a solid educational background – one that can only be gained through regular school attendance.
Here’s How You Can Improve Your Child’s School Attendance:
· Talk with your child about the importance of attending school regularly.
· Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.
· Make sure your child stays healthy by eating nutritious and getting enough sleep and exercise.
· Don’t accept excuses for why your child “must” miss or be late for school.
· Discuss with your child what happened at school each day.
· Support school rules and consequences for skipping class and being tardy.
· Show your child why education is important. Give specific examples of how education helps people succeed.
· Lead by example. If children see parents taking off work for no real reason, they may expect to be able to do the same thing.
Research shows that attendance is the single most important factor in school success.
School Supplies 2010-2011
Click on the following link for list of supplies students are required to have for the 2010 - 2011 school year (includes grades 6, 7, & 8):
Washington State's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has put together two useful brochures to help you understand the thinking behind and make-up of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL). The Reaching Higher publication is designed to help parents learn more about the WASL’s place in our long-term efforts to raise learning standards and student achievement, and to understand and interpret their children’s WASL scores. The other publication, Aiming High, came out shortly after the Reaching Higher brochure and is intended to be used as a supplement, providing a fresh and practical look at WASL preparation and how to access resources and materials related to the WASL. To view these documents online please choose one of the following links (you will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader to view these documents). If you would like a hard copy of either of these publications please contact Travis Hanson, Director of Curriculum and Technology, at the Deer Park District Office.
GUIDELINES FINALIZED FOR PARENT ACCESS TO WASL BOOKLETS OSPI has finalized the procedures for parent requests to view their children’s WASL test booklets, as provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (commonly known as FERPA). The guidelines, as well as test booklet viewing request forms, are posted at http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StudentRecordRequest.aspx .
There are two important dates to note. OSPI will accept requests from parents to review 2004 WASL test booklets through December 1, 2005. They will accept requests from parents to review 2005 WASL test booklets through February 1, 2006.
Throughout summer and fall of 2005, local district staff have provided OSPI with a great deal of assistance in fulfilling viewing requests while guidelines have been finalized. All future test viewings will continue to be conducted at local school district offices, though initial parent requests must continue to go through OSPI. The OSPI assessment team will continue to coordinate viewing logistics with local district staff. Again, initial parent requests to view their children’s WASL test booklets should to directly to the OSPI assessment office at email@example.com or 360-725-6348.
WASHINGTON STATE & SCHOOL REPORT CARD - OSPI is constantly adding resources and information to the assessment section of their website. The "school report card" has gone through many revisions and, in recent releases, it has developed into a very useful tool for analyzing school testing and demographic data. Using the web interface, you can choose to view state data, district data, as well as individual building level data - for all years back to 1997, in the various grades and content areas that tests have been administered. You can even compare your school district with others of like size or with similar demographics. This is a powerful tool for data analysis; click on the link to visit - Washington State & School Report Card.
ITEM ANALYSIS - If you're interested in seeing how students in the state, the district, or in a particular school did on a specific strands of the WASL test, this is the web site for you. Using this tool, you can look at what particular questions of the WASL test were testing for (the "learning target"), as well as how students did on that question (the actual test questions are not in this section, just the learning target - if it's released test questions you're after, move on to the next section). Click on the link to try this out - OSPI's Item Analysis interface.
RELEASED WASL QUESTIONS - This component of the OSPI WASL website allows you to download and view released test items from past WASL tests. In terms of knowing what types of questions are on the WASL, this is the best resource available. Actual test questions are shared, but, more importantly, in many cases actual answers and scorer annotations are included. This is an incredible resourse for developing an understanding of how the state's learning targets are being assessed via the WASL. Click on the link to see these resources - Released Test Items.
Created on 08/07/2007 01:14 PM by hansont
Updated on 10/18/2011 01:13 PM by harperk