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  • Conrady Parent Orientation Night

    for all parents and guardians whose children will be first-time Conrady students in August 2015. Meet Monday, May 18 at 6:30 Conrady Cafeteria; Use Parking Lot off of Roberts Road; Enter Door #7

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  • Students Support Red Nose Day

    For just a minimum of $1.00, students can purchase a Red Nose to wear on Red Nose Day to show their support for this great cause. Kids helping kids!! All students will be encouraged to wear as much red on Red Nose Day, while following the NPD 117 dress code. All donation forms must be turned into the office before or on Friday, May 8th. Students who have made a donation will receive their Red Nose on May 21st for Red Nose Day.

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  • Glen Oaks Artwork Displayed

    Over 40 artworks created by Glen Oaks artist are currently being displayed at Green Hill Library.

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  • Family Math Night a Huge Success

    What would be exciting enough to get more than 200 students to come back to school on a cold March evening? North Palos School District 117’s third annual Family Math Night!

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  • Pi Digit Bee Winners

    This year, we have experienced Pi Day of the Century! On 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 A.M. the date and time represented the first ten digits of pi: 3.141592653

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  • 5th Graders Explore The Human Heart

    As 5th grade students conclude their studies of the circulatory system, they were able to explore the functions of the human heart in some exciting ways.

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Principal's Message

As I am sure you are aware, the state of Illinois has adopted the New Illinois Learning Standards in both English Language Arts and Mathematics for students in grades K through 12. During the past two years, I have used this space to share examples of assessment items that would be used to monitor your child’s progress in meeting these standards. The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) has been phased out and is being replaced this year by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test. This test will be taken in two phases by our third through eighth grade students in March and in April/May.

Beginning this month, I’d like to share with you explanations and examples of the three different writing tasks that our students will be tackling in this assessment. All writing tasks will require a written response to the text(s) students will be reading during this assessment. These writing tasks are being practiced in each ELA classroom as part of the units that have been created by each grade level.

The Narrative Task expands the way narrative writing has traditionally been defined as writing to tell a story. Narrative writing can be used to convey experiences or events, real or imaginary.

In this task, students may be asked to write/compose a story, detail a scientific process, write a historical account of important figures, or to describe an account of events, scenes, or objects. Each narrative task will be based upon the text passage(s) included in the assessment.

At the top of each passage (informational or literary), directions such as the following from the PARCC 3rd Grade Practice Test will appear at the top of the passages students will read:

“Today, you will read the story, “A Once in a Lifetime Experience.” Pay close attention to the actions of the characters and the events in the story. Answer the questions to help you prepare to write a narrative story.”

The following information will appear as the directions for the narrative writing task:

“This story tells about Derrick’s first camping trip. Write Derrick’s journal entry about this camping trip. Include information about how the characters responded to the events in the story as you write the journal entry.”

Within this month’s newsletter you will find the literary passage, “A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience,” as well as the generic writing rubric provided by the PARCC consortium for scoring a third grade narrative writing sample. Please note that a significant number of points will be attributed to writing written expression, which assesses effective development of narrative elements appropriate to the task, consistent demonstration of purposeful and controlled organization, and using language to express ideas with clarity. Knowledge of language and conventions will also be assessed, but score points of 2 and 3 allow for some errors in convention if the meaning is clear.

You can find additional details and access the PARCC practice tests for ELA and math at http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/english/ .