We are so thankful for Spring Break and the opportunity to spend time with families and to recharge. The end of the school year is always pretty hectic, with end of year activities, district testing and state testing. We look forward to the opportunity to highlight the outstanding student growth, in spite of the difficult circumstances that this year has brought. This is our opportunity to celebrate our gains and success, due to the commitment and hard work of staff, students, and parents. We encourage all students to actively participate in our various assessments (iStation, Math Inventory STAAR Assessments- on campus, Spanish Proficiency Assessment -AVANT).
The Texas Education Agency has approved the Arlington ISD's request to modify the asynchronous plan to include four days of asynchronous instruction for students during the spring. This time will allow teachers additional planning time and the ability to connect with parents. There will still be school on the four days, but all lessons will be asynchronous (recorded), and schools will be closed to students. Attendance will be taken on those days and meal service will be available at the 30 student meal locations on our Return to School site.
Our next asynchronous day is Thursday, April 1st.
Please remember that students will need to engage in Seesaw or Canvas on the asynchronous days. There will be no Zoom/Teams Meetings or in-person school on those days.
STAAR Testing Asynchronous days
Students will be taking the STAAR Assessment on April 6th (4th Grade Writing), May 11th (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Math), May 12th (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Reading) and May 13th (5th Grade Science). All students (virtual and face-to-face) will be required to take these assessments on campus. Our AISD School Board has submitted a waiver to TEA to provide hybrid instruction during scheduled testing dates. Students in grade levels who are not testing may engage in asynchronous days of learning. This will accommodate better social distancing as virtual learners must return to campuses for STAAR testing. The STAAR assessment provides crucial information, since it helps us track progress, celebrate strengths, and identify potential gaps in learning.
Fifth Grade students will engage in asynchronous learning on April 6th.
Different grade levels (who are not testing), may be asked to stay home for asynchronous days of learning during the May STAAR testing window. We will be communicating these days to the affected grade levels prior to the testing dates. The proposed days utilized at Corey Academy would be a maximum of two days of asynchronous learning (K-2) or up to one day of asynchronous learning for other grade levels.
We appreciate your understanding and support, as we provide the best testing environment for students, increase our participation of virtual students in the testing process, while safely adhering to health protocols.
FADL Parent Information Meeting
The recording of the Program Update Meeting from March 9th has been uploaded to our Corey Academy home page. This meeting includes information about Gunn Junior High and updates to our Fine Arts and Dual Language programs.
Please see link below:
around the building
Layers of the Earth
Students have been hard at work through-out the building. Our Sixth Grade students in Ms. Cooper's class have been working on their "Layers of the Earth" project. Here are a few words from Ms. Cooper:
"To kick-off our second semester of investigating, the amazing sixth grade students at Corey Academy began investigating Earth's Materials. During their investigation they learned what the journey would be like to travel from Earth's crust, the layer in which we as humans live on all the way to Earth's core or the center of the Earth. Students investigated what elements make-up each layer, its state of matter, its position as well as other amazing facts. Students applied their learnings by creating 3-d and 2-D models of their very own layers of the Earth. Students also wrote creative and fun stories about their journey to the center of the Earth, highlighting how they felt, what they saw and how they moved through each layer. I am extremely proud of all my students for their hard work and amazingly creative ideas."
Second Grade Virtual Author's Visit
Our Second Grade students enjoyed a virtual author's visit with Josh Funk (sponsored in part by our Corey Cubs PTA). Please read a few words below from Ms. Ferguson about the event:
This Friday our stupendous 2nd graders were so fortunate (thank you Corey Academy and fabulous PTA) to have the opportunity to attempt a reverse field trip virtual author visit! The phenomenally talented Josh Funk spent an hour discussing the writing and publishing process, reading a book (along with a sneak peek of future works) and answering our burning questions about his published works! He was engaging and inspiring! We spent our day creating three dimensional characters, making a character card and planning an adventure for our character we will write about next week! Our 2nd graders are becoming stellar authors!!"
First Grade Wax Museum
Our First Grade students were able to continue our yearly Wax Museum tradition by presenting on various historical figures. The project included doing research on their historical figure, and then presenting to the class what they had learned as an autobiographical Wax Museum. We are so impressed with all our students, teachers, and parents who worked so hard to make this Wax Museum a reality. Way to go First Grade!
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