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Middle School Parent Bulletin - Issue No. 27 - March 18 to 22

Middle School Parent Bulletin - Issue No. 27 - March 18 to 22

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Middle School Parent Bulletin - Issue No. 27 - March 18 to 22
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From the Middle School Office
ISSUE # 27
 
W
EEK
 
OF
MARCH 18 TO 22, 2013
 
Friday Bulletin
 MIDDLE SCHOOL
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents
Measures of Academic Progress
2
From the Office of Admissionsand
3
From the PTA
5
From the ATAC Office
6
From the Music DepartmentYoung, Wild and Free 2013
7
From the HS Guidance Office
8
3rd Season Training ScheduleAdult Language Courses
9
ISM Community Art Auction
10
Inside this issue:
UPCOMING EVENTSUPCOMING EVENTS 
MARCH
4 to 27
MAP Testing
25 to 27
Spirit Week
28 to 29
School Holiday
APRIL1 to 8
School Holiday
9
National Holiday(Bataan Day)
15 to 19
ESL Placement Testing
19
Courtyard Event
25
Parent Coffee
Dear Parents:
 
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tesng connues this week. Inthe event that your child misses a tesng session, make
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up sessions willbe held on Wednesdays starng at 7:30 A.M. If your child requires amake
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up session, the MS Oce will nofy you and we ask that youmake the necessary arrangements to bring your child to school early onWednesday.Looking ahead…The upcoming school holiday runs from March 28 toApril 9. Classes resume on April 10.Have a fabulous weekend!
 
Yours in Educaon,
 
Simon Gillespie
 
Clarissa Sayson
 
Middle School Principal
 
Middle School Assistant Principal
 
The Yearbook Pictures are now available for pick up in the MS Office.
POWERSCHOOL UPDATEPOWERSCHOOL UPDATE 
APRIL
12
Progress ReportDistribution
From the Treasury Department
Dear ISM Parents:
 
This is a reminder to please view and check the ISM Web Online at
for the latest update on your billing state-ment and sele any remaining balance of account(s).
 
Please note that the
2
nd
semester Tuion fee
 
for SY2012
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2013
was duelast
December 07,2012
while
other school fees
on your billing statementsare already due as billed. For those who haven’t seled yet, we appreciateyour immediate selement of the accounts.
 
For related billing and payment quesons including any username andpassword concerns, please call
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and lookfor RHODA VILLA (Accountant) or MARISSA DULAY (Treasury Supervisor)and Elmer Esguerra ( Cashier). You can also email us atvillar@ismanila.orgordulaym@ismanila.org.andesguerrae@ismanila.org.
 
 
F
RIDAY
B
ULLETIN
 
P
AGE
2
 
Dear Parents,
 
From March 4 to 27, ISM will conduct the
Measures of Academic ProgressTM (MAP)
tests for Semester 2.
 
What are MAP tests?
 
MAP tests are an external assessment from the United States, used to assist in determining students’ instruconallevel. Currently, there are 370 internaonal schools in 123 countries, including 56% member schools of EAR-COS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools), who conduct MAP tesng.
 
Who does MAP tesng at ISM?
 
Students in Grades 3 to 10 take MAP tests. Students receiving Learning Support and ESL services will be given theopportunity, where appropriate, to parcipate in the MAP tesng. Parents will be contacted individually re-garding any modicaons taking place.
 
What do MAP tests assess and how oen do they occur?
 
These tests will measure academic growth across the school year in the areas of 
Reading, Language and Mathe-macs
, and are administered twice a year at ISM. The Semester 1 tests were taken in September/Octoberduring the rst semester.
How do MAP tests work?
 
Your child will take the tests on a computer. MAP tests are unique in that they are adapve. The test becomesmore dicult the more quesons the student answers correctly. When a student incorrectly answers a ques-on, the following test queson is adjusted accordingly and is at an easier level. In this way, your child willtake a test specically created for his or her learning level.
How are MAP tests reported?
 
Your child’s MAP results are reported in
RIT (Rasch Unit) scores
. This is a dierent type of score than a typical testthat provides a percentage correct. Parents will receive a report that shows their RIT score, the normave RITscores for the grade level at ISM, and the normave scores for students in the United States within the samegrade level. These reports will be available in early May.
What does ISM do with the informaon that MAP provides?
 
Teachers use the data from MAP tesng to inform learning and teaching. It assists in determining which skills re-quire enhancing, which skills students have already developed, and which skills need to be introduced. MAPtests also provide our school with a reference point for the ongoing development of the school
-
wide curricu-lum. This data allows us to look for trends within certain areas of our curriculum.
 
How do I prepare my child for MAP tesng?
Factors such as sleep and how a child is feeling can all aect results of a standardized test. Please talk to your childto help avoid him/her feeling anxious about MAP tesng.
 
Lastly …
It is important to remember that MAP results provide one piece of assessment data in the process of acquiringinformaon and making judgments about student progress toward intended learning. At ISM, we believesound assessment involves creang a multude of ways to measure and communicate student learning overme – a photo album versus a single snapshot.
 
For more informaon on MAP tesng, please consult the NWEA (North West Evaluaon Associaon) website atwww.nwea.org.In addion, parents can access the MAP
-
.
 
Sincerely,
 
Simon Gillespie
 
Clarissa Sayson
 
Middle School Principal
 
Middle School Assistant Principal
 
Measures of Academic Progress
 ™ 
 
(MAP) Tests
 
F
RIDAY
B
ULLETIN
 
P
AGE
3
 
From the Office of Admissions and Advancement
Dear Parents,
 
Please be reminded that keeping your contact informaon updated is vital to facilitang communicaon with theschool. If you would like to view/change any of the details on your current record, simply follow the steps below.
 

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