Administrator Notes

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:34am

Administrators’ Notes from Kelley Hough & Danielle Shanks"One kind word can warm three winter months. " --Japanese Proverb

Thank you for coming to Parent/Teacher Conferences! Students were excited (and a bit nervous) to share their progress and set goals with you. Please regularly review goals with your child(ren) and remind them that there may not be there, YET, but if they work hard they WILL achieve in time!

We would like to also give a HUGE shout out to all who attended Girls Night Out! Our young ladies were proud to show why they are STARs (self confident, talented, ambitious and respectful). We shared a poem written by Rupi Kaun titled “I Ever Called You Beautiful.” to remind our young ladies that there is no glass ceiling that they cannot break through.

“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful

before i’ve called them intelligent or brave

i am sorry i made it sound as though

something as simple as what you’re born with

is all you have to be proud of

when you have broken mountains with your wit

from now on i will say things like

you are resilient, or you are extraordinary

not because i don’t think you’re beautiful

but because i need you to know

you are more than that”

Rupi Kaun

CogAT testing is next week! This year, the Howard County Public School System will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all students in grades 3 and 5.  The CogAT is a group-administered abilities test that measures students’ reasoning abilities, which they develop through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student’s academic achievement, but their potential.

The test is made of three batteries – Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal.  Each battery takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.  The CogAT helps educators understand a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and assists with adapting instruction to meet the needs and abilities of each student.  

All students in Grades 3 and 5 will participate in the testing.  The CogAT will be administered Tuesday, December 4 – Wednesday, December 6, 2018.  No special preparation is required. Just send your child to school ready to learn as you do daily.

The Gifted and Talented Education Program will use the data from the CogAT as one criterion for placement into fourth grade Gifted/Talented mathematics classes and middle school Gifted/Talented content classes.  Students’ individual scores will be reported to parents in late February/early March. 

Please contact Ms. Shanks if you have any questions about your child’s involvement with the CogAT assessment.