AIMS is our Game Day!

AIMS letter home

Memorandum

From: John Coe
To: Marshall Magnet School Families

10 April 2012
Hello Marshall families,
As you know, the AIMS testing season is nearly upon us.  The first day of testing for grades 3-5 happens just about a week from today, on Tuesday morning, April 17.  Subsequent days of AIMS testing will take place on April 18, 19, and 24.  Second grade students will take their Stanford 10 tests on April 25 and 26.
As you know, AIMS is a really big deal, no matter how you slice it.  And, honestly, we’re very excited about AIMS this year!  At Marshall, we like to imagine that AIMS is our Game Day, the main event that we’ve been practicing for all year.  As we see it, AIMS is our chance to shine, to show what we know, and, hopefully, to successfully achieve the academic goals that the state has set for us.  AIMS is a win-win for everyone.  By doing well individually on AIMS, students have their best opportunity to demonstrate to their upcoming teachers how prepared they are for next year’s new material.  Likewise, by doing well on AIMS as a school, Marshall is able to demonstrate, once again, its academic excellence to the community.  
Our bottom line is simple: as a school, we intend to focus on the “wins” this year as we prepare to take AIMS.  We hope you’ll join us in this effort!
Here are a few simple things you can do to help your child be optimally successful on AIMS:
Be present -- If your child is healthy, please make sure he or she is in school on-time every day during the testing period.  The state requires that we test every student. At Marshall, testing always begins first-thing in the morning.  Students absent during any testing session must make-up the test they missed when they return to school.  It’s simpler, more expedient, and of greater benefit to test everyone during the dedicated testing sessions rather than at a different time.
Be healthy -- It’s common knowledge, but it bears repeating despite the fact that we all know it:  children do better in school, and especially on tests, when they are well-rested and well-fed.   Please help your child get to bed early and to eat healthy meals during the testing period.
Be positive -- Your student will believe all-the-more in the importance of the AIMS test if you do.  Please try to portray a positive and encouraging attitude toward this important event when talking to your child.  
Praise them for their hard work.  
Remind them of how hard they’ve practiced and prepared for this.  
Show them that you’re committed to their success.
Tell them how proud you are of their accomplishments.
I am very proud of the great efforts that our teachers and students have put into preparing for these tests this year, and I am optimistic that our students will do well on their upcoming tests.  Your partnership in this endeavor is essential.  Thanks for all your help and support!


Sincerely,


John Coe, interim principal
Marshall Magnet School

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