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Principal Newsletter

From the desk of Ms. Veronica Skelton Cash

April, 2021

Dear St. Walter School Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your continued partnership as we continue to instruct students during this pandemic year. We wish to inform you of some changes that will affect our usual standardized testing this spring. After much consideration, the Office of Catholic Schools has decided to forego the requirement that all schools implement the ACT Aspire summative assessment for Grades 3-8 for the 2020-2021 school year. Instead of administering the ACT Aspire, Catholic elementary schools will implement the i-Ready assessment between May 10 through May 21. While our original intent was to implement the ACT Aspire, the demands of serving our remote and in-person learners equitably and the burden of implementing this test proved too difficult. We feel it is important to prioritize instruction time over testing demands and continue the great learning progress happening in our classrooms.

The i-Ready assessment will be given to all students in grades K-8, whether they’re learning in-person or remotely.

Remote learners, in order to have an accurate and authentic picture of your child’s academic performance, we ask that you connect with your school and arrange for your child(ren) to attend a two-hour in-person time block so your child(ren) can take the i-Ready assessment with live teacher support. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed during the testing to help ensure your child’s safety. We know this may not be possible for all students due to individual medical and personal concerns, but it is the preferred method for taking this exam.

The Office of Catholic Schools appreciates your continued support and commitment to instruction this year.

Sincerely,

Veronica Skelton Cash

Ms. Veronica Skelton Cash - Principal

“My plans for St. Walter School  – to grow and move forward. Highlight the things we do well, improve on the areas that need attention such as resources, implement a clearly defined Continuous School Improvement Plan based on data from test scores and bring back a welcoming environment where everyone feels at home.”