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Weekly Update for April 4th-8th

Good Afternoon CSA Families,

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests students in grades 3-8 on literacy, math, science, and sometimes social studies.  This year our students in grades 3-8 will be taking three tests in math and three tests in literacy beginning on Tuesday, April 12th.  In addition, our 5th and 8th grade students will take three science tests. Across the state of Colorado, schools use these tests to help determine appropriate placements for students and help guide our instruction for the next school year.  They are also a good practice for future tests to help prepare students for high school graduation and college.     

We want to begin by saying that we are proud of our students each and every day.  We are proud of the time they take on their PBLs, we are proud of the risks they take in learning by trying new things, and we are proud to show off all of their impressive work.  We know they have so many talents and exceptional abilities and we see them daily in the classrooms.  We see our students demonstrate grit, compassion, curiosity, and an unquenchable thirst for learning.  We see our kids spend time learning about collaboration, creativity, and real-world problem solving in our PBL work.  These important life skills cannot be assessed on CMAS.

However, CMAS can assess a student’s understanding of literacy, math, social studies and science content.  It is a great opportunity to show us all that they’ve learned this year.  Students will be exposed to questions that will seem like a breeze and they will be exposed to questions that they might not know how to answer.  This is okay!  Through our PBLs, teachers have taught our kids how to think.  Parents and teachers have taught our kids perseverance and to continue to try even when faced with challenging situations.  They can do this!

Please help your child succeed on these important exams by encouraging them to get to bed early and eat a healthy breakfast.  It’s also very important that students arrive to school on time each day.  Finally, the best way we can help support our students is to offer encouraging words and a “can do” approach.  

Please remember to view our website for important updates including our innovation school calendar for next year’s planning.  

Thank you for your continued support of CSA.


Brenda Martin