Dear Dolphin Parents,
Welcome to 2015! I trust that you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to get geared up for a wonderful semester!
As you may have heard already, this year the South Carolina PASS standardized test is being replaced with the ACT Aspire test. Since 2009, all students in grades 3 – 8 have taken the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards. The new assessment, ACT Aspire, maps learner progress from grades three through high school on a vertical scale, anchored to the scoring system of the ACT. Kershaw County School District will administer the ACT Aspire to all students in grades 3 – 8 beginning in April. Please see the schedule on the back of this newsletter.
ACT Aspire is a longitudinal assessment system that connects growth and progress from elementary grades through high school in the context of college and career readiness. Assessing students’ knowledge and skills is critical to ensuring all students receive the support and services necessary to help them succeed in school and life. The essential, actionable information and insights gained from ACT Aspire Assessment System help educators understand a student’s past, capture the present, and impact the future.
Much of the discussion about this assessment revolves around the fact that these subtests are timed. As we learn more about these assessments, we will share them with you.
In the meantime, please mark your calendars for April 28 – 30. Mr. Ed Yount, Blaney principal, and I will be co-presenting two parent workshops this month. If you cannot attend the one that we host here at DME, please feel free to attend the one at Blaney. We hope to share information about the assessments and how we are working to prepare teachers and students for the spring test administration.
As always, I appreciate your support! And, I look forward to sharing information, talking about how we are tackling the ACT, and how we are getting students energized to master the test and its content!
In Dolphin Pride,
Ginger Catoe, Principal
All campus visitors will need a state issued ID (ie. license) to scan upon arriving to campus before entering the building. This ID will be scanned and a visitor's sticker will be printed using the information on the ID. If anyone has questions, concerns, or feedback, please let me know. As always, safety is our number one priority! Please be patient as we implement this new system of signing in visitors.
Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Angela McCall, fifth grade teacher,
for being selected DME's 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year!
Reading Teacher of the Year
Mary Anne Catoe
Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Anne Catoe, 1st grade teacher,
for being selected as this year’s Reading Teacher of the Year!