2016  

From Mrs. Matz: Ohio’s New Testing Information  
Ohio’s State Tests measure student progress toward Ohio’s Learning Standards. They help ensure every Ohio student
receives a high-quality education. Student test results show that students have the knowledge and skills they need to
move successfully to their next steps in education. Federal and state laws require state testing for specific grades and
subjects. As part of the current law, the Ohio Department of Education is developing new tests in Mathematics and
English Language Arts with the assistance of Ohio educators. To build these new tests, the department will use its
existing contract with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a well-known test vendor. AIR currently provides
Ohio’s science and social studies tests. In comparison to last year’s assessments, the new tests will be: 1. Shorter than
those given last school year; 2. Given during one testing window; and 3. Given during the second half of the school
year, close to the end of the school year. Each test will be approximately three hours and will be divided into two parts.
All students will take these tests on the computer.
 
WHICH GRADES AND SUBJECTS TAKE STATE TESTS?
Grades 3-6
English Language Arts and Mathematics
Grades 4 and 6 Social studies
Grades 5 and 8 Science
HOW CAN I STAY IN THE KNOW ABOUT THE NEW STATE TESTS?
Please visit the State Tests Updates website education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/2015_2016-State-Tests-Updates
and register to receive updates when they are posted.
Please continue to watch for more information coming home regarding these important tests. If you have any
questions regarding these tests please do not hesitate to contact me.

Important Dates  
January 22-February 5– McDonald’s Peeler Fundraiser
February 2—Quiz Bowl Away @ Eastwood
February 12—Midterms Home
February 12– Donuts With Dads
February 15—No School, President’s Day
February 16—BOE Meeting 6pm/PTO Meeting 6:45pm
February 17—Quiz Bowl HOME vs. Gibsonburg 3:45
February 23—Quiz Bowl Home vs. Elmwood 3:30
February 29—Spring Pictures
March 1-3– CogAt Testing, grade 5 Only

Heating Help  

Anyone needing support heating their home
may contact the WSOS HEAP Program
1-888-441-4327. If you do not qualify for this
program, families residing in Seneca County
can contact Seneca County's PRC
department (but only if you do not qualify for
WSOS).  

Reminders  

Leaders of the Month  

As we begin the second semester here
at Fostoria Intermediate School, we
would like to take a moment to remind
parents of a few key policies/procedures
that we need your help with:
1. If your child will be going home
differently than they typically do, please
be sure to send a note with your child in
the morning. If there is a need to change
transportation arrangements during the
day, you need to call the office before
2:30pm to ensure we have time to notify
your child’s teacher.
2. If you would like to have someone
new pick your child up from school, you
will need to add this person to your
child’s EMA. These changes must be
done in person and cannot be done over
the phone. Please be sure to bring in a
photo ID.
3. Please be sure to have a photo ID on
you at all times when coming to pick up
a child. Even if our office staff knows
you, there may be someone covering the
office who does not. Children will not be
allowed to leave with anyone we cannot
verify is on their list.
Please remember that these policies are
in place for the safety of your child and
for all of our students. We appreciate
your understanding and willingness to
work with us!

McDonald’s Peelers  
Students  received  a  packet  to  sell  McDonald’s  Peeler  Cards  on  Friday,  Jan.  22.  This  fundraiser  will  
end  on  Feb.  5.  Cards  are  $10  each  and  are  valid  at  several  locaFons  in  Fostoria  and  surrounding  
communiFes.  Students  who  sell  cards  and  choose  to  go  to  Camp  Willson  as  a  6th  grader  will  earn  
$4.50  from  each  card  sold  that  will  be  applied  to  the  cost  of  camp.  Any  addiFonal  monies  raised  will  
go  to  the  PTO  to  help  pay  for  acFviFes  and  equipment  for  our  school.  Money  is  due  at  the  Fme  you  
turn  in  your  order.  Checks  should  be  made  payable  to  FIES  PTO.  Thank  you  for  your  help!    

Give Kids A Smile Day
Tri-County Dental Center, LLC will be hosting a Give Kids a Smile Day on
Friday, February 5, 2016. Dr. Thomas Guernsey and Dr. Steve Geroski will
be providing free dental treatment to children up to age 18 if they are not
covered by insurance or Medicaid. Appointments are required. Call today
to schedule your appointment 419-435-3255.

Conference Date
Please mark your calendar for
Thursday March 17th for Parent
Teacher Conferences from
3:30-7:30pm. More information
will be coming home with
students in early March.