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Friday, October 17, 2008

Writing Information for 8th Grade Parents, Teachers and Students...

On September 26, 2007 the Chicago Board of Education approved amendments to the Elementary Promotion Policy (Board Report # 07-0926-P01) which requires that 8th grade students demonstrate proficiency in Writing as a condition for promotion. The policy states that students must have a "C or better" report card grade in Writing for the academic year or pass a District Wide Writing Assessment (DWWA). Requirements of this policy are not applicable to English Language Learners or students who do not take ISAT.
This portion of the policy will take effect this coming school year (Fall 2008) and includes the following components:
I. District Writing Prompts and Writing Grade
7th and 8th grade students will be expected to complete three Writing prompts representing the types of Writing assessed on ISAT (Narrative, Persuasive and Expository). These prompts will be locally administered and scored by teachers three times a year. Student performance on these three prompts for 8th grade students only will make up half of a student’s final report card Writing grade. The other half of a student’s Writing grade will be determined by student performance on additional Writing components determined at the local school level (i.e., class work, homework, class participation, etc.)
The first prompt (Narrative) will be administered October 20‐23, 2008
o The second prompt (Persuasive) will be administered January 12‐16, 2009
o The third prompt (Expository) will be administered May 11‐15, 2009
III. Spring Writing Assessment: District Wide Writing Assessment (DWWA).
Schools will be administering a spring Writing assessment to students in 8th grade who take ISAT. The assessment will be either a Narrative or Persuasive prompt. This assessment will be externally scored and results will be returned to schools one month after assessment administration.
􀂃 The spring Writing Assessment will be administered March 23-31, 2009
IV. Summer Enrichment Writing Workshops
8th grade students who do not meet the Writing criteria (i.e. obtain at least a C in Writing or pass the spring Writing assessment) will be required to attend enrichment Writing workshops over the summer in order to be promoted to the next grade.
Please contact the Office of Instructional Design and Assessment at (773) 553-5060 if you have any questions about the Writing portion of the student promotion policy. For other questions regarding the amendments to the elementary promotion policy, please contact the Office of Elementary Area and Schools at (773) 553-2150.

October 27th....Family Focus After School Begins

Hi Everyone:
This is a reminder...Family Focus After School Programs Begin...October 27th...stay tuned...

8th Grade Meeting

8th grade parent meeting

Monday, October 20, 2008
5:00 p.m.
Sherwood school library

Topics of discussion:

Graduation requirements

Student responsibility

Dates to remember

Participation costs


Light refreshments will be served



Please submit the following to Ms. Buzanis...
2 writing samples
2 reading extended response samples
2 math extended response samples
are due by October 23rd 9:00 am.

YEARBOOK in the works!

Thank you Laura Johnson for taking the lead on our 2008-2009 Yearbook....Next week she will announce the childrens choice for the cover...stay tuned!

We are a tech crew school!

Tech Crew Schools,

All schools involved with the Tech Crew program have been added to the NETS Student Assessment. The NETS Assessment for students and teachers will be available October 1st – November 7th.

Elementary Tech Crew
If you are an elementary Tech Crew school, students in grades 5 – 8 have been added to the NETS Student Assessment.

Ms. Laura Johnson will be implementing this!

Cleaning BLITZ!

Please be prepared for our cleaning blitz...January 13, 2009...start cleaning now!

National Day of Concern (Re: Gun Violence) – 10/23

Please join Arne Duncan, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Public Schools and schools throughout the country in honoring National Day of Concern about People and Gun Violence on October 23, 2008.

National Board Certification Reception

This is a reminder to attend the NBC reception on Tuesday, October 21st at the Parthenon Restaurant- 314 S. Halsted from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.