CMAS Testing 2018

Posted 03/16/2018
Please read thisCMAS letter from Katy Myers  regarding upcoming CMAS testing. The Math CMAS assessments will start on Monday morning, April 9 and then will continue Tuesday morning April 10 and Thursday morning April 12. Science  (8th grade only) and Social Studies (7th grade only) will be given during the afternoons of those three days. English Language Arts is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings April 16, 17 and 19. We ask parents and families to ensure their students get plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast every day, but especially on assessment days. In addition, if there are doctor’s appointments or other appointments that need to be made, we hope this calendar will help you to make those appointments on non-assessment days. It is really important that your students are here at school and on time so that they can have a peaceful and successful start to their day. 
At DMHS, we believe that the CMAS assessments, also known as PARCC, are a practical life opportunity to practice standardized test taking skills for when your student eventually takes the PSAT 9, PSAT 10 and SAT in preparation for attending college. We start our assessment days in advisement with a healthy snack and fun activities. We work to make the testing taking experience enjoyable and non-stressful; and we do ask that our students do their best. After the day’s test the students go to the park for a few minutes for exercise and then we continue with our normal school day. 
If you ever have questions about our approach to CMAS, please let me know. I appreciate your support regarding CMAS assessments. It is important that our community take the test seriously and gave it our best effort, all while we maintained an emphasis on keeping the assessment as a positive experience. From the results, we are able to see important trends that have been helpful in informing decision making as we continue to evolve our school.
I look forward to all of us working together to continue to maintain balance on this important assessment activity. Thank you again for your support.
Katy Myers, Principal