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Upcoming Events
11/4/2014
Event Occurrence - SENIOR CMAS Test
8:00 AM - 2:15 PM
11/5/2014
Event Occurrence - SENIOR CMAS Test
8:00 AM - 2:15 PM
11/6/2014
Repeating Event - Fall Play
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
School Announcements

Congratulations Mark Simmons

 
Congratulations  Mark Simmons on your accomplishments and making to the State Cross Country Meet.
 

3A Region #1 Volleyball Tournament

MPHS Volleyball girls will be traveling to Eaton High School to play in the 3A Region #1 Volleyball Tournament this Friday. Our first game will be at 6:00pm against DSST-GVR. Then at 7:30pm we will take on Eaton. Good luck Lady Panthers. We are so proud of all of you. :))

CMAS TESTED SENIORS WILL BE EARLY RELEASED NOV. 4 - 5, 2:15pm

Seniors will be released at 2:15pm Nov. 4th and 5th, after the CMAS Testing provided that they have completed the elements well and participated in the testing thoroughly.

Commons area and Library is open for those Seniors wishing to take the time to study.  Of course, they may choose to attend the remaining classes that they would ordinarily miss.  This time will not be counted against them.

Winter Sports Parent Meeting

The Winter Sports Parent Meeting has been moved from Tuesday, November 4th to Monday, November 3rd. The meeting will start at 6:00pm in the new gym. The coaches will be on hand to answer questions and fill you in on their program. If you have a student participating in Winter Sports please try to attend.

Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS)


                                                                                                                                                              10/18/14
Dear Parents,
It has been a great start to the school year and the weeks go by at a dizzying pace.  We have tackled many challenges.  Our students are working hard, taking on rigorous course offerings and engaging the variety of activities in this building. We are in the midst of culminating a broad array of Fall sports. Middle Park High School is a very busy place..

We have some exciting, yet hard work ahead of us the next six months as we continue to implement new, more rigorous learning expectations.  These learning expectations, the Colorado Academic Standards, replace standards that were nearly 20 years old and help prepare children for today and tomorrow’s jobs. The updated learning expectations challenge students in new and different ways and expect more from them than ever before.  

As students advance in their learning throughout the school year, we use various tests to provide academic check-ins and give us feedback on their progress. Results of these tests help us know where we need to focus more time and where our students are excelling. Towards the end of the school year, we give a final test to determine how students progressed and if they’ve mastered the skills and knowledge needed to successfully move on to the next grade.

Our state summative tests are changing this year to align to the new academic standards. With updated, more rigorous learning expectations, we need tests designed to measure the skills and knowledge reflected in our standards. The new tests, the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), use more advanced questioning and performance tasks to provide a snapshot of what students know in relation to the standards. The CMAS tests are given in the following content areas and grades:
Content Grades
CMAS Science 12th Grade (Nov. 4th- 6th)
CMAS Social studies 12th Grade (Nov. 4th- 6th)
   
CMAS/PARCC English language arts 9th-11th Grades (April)
CMAS/PARCC Math Two sequences of 3 end-of-course high school tests  (April)
 
The new CMAS tests will be given online which is more engaging for students than paper and pencil tests. With students more engaged in tests, we are more likely to accurately assess their true knowledge and skills. Adjusting to online tests is a change for our school and but it is an important step in the right direction for our students. Students today are digital natives and the jobs of today and tomorrow require using technology in one facet or another.

New tests mean new test scores.  The new tests will be more rigorous that we’ve had in the past and lower scores are anticipated as we raise the expectations and give more difficult tests.  The new standards and tests are putting students on a track to perform at higher levels and be better prepared for the workforce and college.

I will provide more information throughout the year.  In the meantime, I welcome any questions and look forward to partnering with you this year and seeing your child thrive.

Sincerely yours,
 
Thom. Schnellinger, M.A.
Principal, Middle Park High School

 

SCHOOL BOARD COMMUNITY LINKAGE MEETING Nov. 4

November 4th the EGSD School Board  will hold the Annual Community Linkage Meeting in the Middle Park High School Library at 5:15pm to 6:00pm.  This is a time for the board to solicit input from the community regarding a variety of educational topics.  This is a minimal commitment and is very important for your board members to take the pulse of our community.  Please plan to be there.

PARENT ADVISORY Nov. 6th: Can't do this without you!

November 6th is the meeting of the Middle Park High School Parent Advisory Committee/Team at 5:30pm in the Library.  I need your input, thoughts and your concerns.  You don’t have to have a issue to spend and hour with me. This is a one-hour meeting.  There are no duties assigned or additional obligations.  We have such a great community, I have met many of you and yet I do need a few more heads in the room.  Again, plan to attend.   Thank you.

10th Grade PLAN Test Replaced by ACT/ASPIRE

All 10th grade students will be taking the ACT/ASPIRE test on the week of Nov. 10th -14th. 
This test replaces the old PLAN  test which was a "practice" ACT exam.  Students should be encouraged to do their best with this test, it is great practice and the results will be shared to students and parents in the Spring.  Remember that ACT scores, in part, are used by colleges and technical schools for entrance eligibility determination.  This practice is important.

DAILY BULLETIN

To view the daily bulletin click here.

Do You Have Your Student ID???

Looking for your student ID?  You will need it to ski free or at a discounted rate this winter.  We are still waiting for first of the year forms from some students, but the #1 reason that most students do not have their ID, is they haven't turned in the Transportation Procedures Acknowledgment, signed by a parent/guardian.  This form has been emailed out twice, so check your email.  If you do not receive email, the form was sent through the mail along with the October newsletter.  You can find a copy of the newsletter under Parent Information>General Information>Newsletters.  If you have misplaced all of your forms, please stop by the Counseling Office. 

ORDERING PICTURES FROM LIFETOUCH ONLINE?

If you are ordering pictures online at Lifetouch.com, please use the following codes:
Picture Day  August 27th  CG064897Y0
Retake Day  October 15th CG064897Y1
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