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Record Number: 7212
Displayed from: Feb 22, 2011 , until: Mar 04, 2011
Elementary and middle school students will begin this year's first round of ISTEP+ testing Monday, Feb. 28. Students in third through eighth grades will be tested on language arts and math in an open-ended format next week. At the end of April, they will go through another round of testing with multiple choice answers. Before the tests begin, many schools are giving students a short break from their studies to motivate them to do well. Activities include: Friday, Feb. 25 Local rapper Six-8 will be at Bloomingdale at 2 p.m. to kick off ISTEP+. While he is entertaining the students and staff, several other staff members will decorate the third- through fifth-grade hallway with motivational posters and streamers. Students in kindergarten through second grade will write encouraging letters to the students taking ISTEP+. Indian Village will have an ISTEP+ Rally Kickoff at 2:40 p.m. Students in third through fifth grades will wear jerseys to school for the rally. They have learned two songs written by Principal Stephany Bourne. One song is "ISTEP+ Song" sung to the tune of the Indiana Hoosiers Fight Song. On Monday, Feb. 28, students will be treated to a healthy breakfast for a healthy start followed by 20 minutes of vigorous exercise for the brain lead by Principal Bourne. Brentwood will participate in ISTEP+ Idol at 2:45 p.m. Several staff members will pose as Randy, Paula and Simon to judge groups demonstrating ISTEP+ not to dos as acts. Bad Attitude Babes and Lack of Focus Locos are two of the performing groups. Monday, Feb. 28 Each day during ISTEP+ testing at Maplewood, teachers and assistants will hand students notes of encouragement along with a pencil and treat as a sign of support. The kindergarten through second grade classrooms have also adopted a third, fourth or fifth grade classroom to write notes of encouragement for the ISTEP+. Irwin Elementary is blasting the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade test takers off with a Super Hero sendoff at 9:30 a.m. Local superheroes, including Mayor Tom Henry, Dr. Wendy Robinson, and Johnny TinCap will also be there. Some mysterious superheroes that greatly resemble members of the Irwin staff will share some super test-taking tips with the student body encouraging them to use their Super-Human brainpower while taking the test. Washington Elementary has been selected to take part in the Indianapolis Colts and Baker & Daniels celebration of Read Across America, an annual event honoring Dr. Seuss' birthday. To celebrate, Blue, the Colts' mascot, is visiting 10 elementary schools in Indiana, including Washington Elementary. In addition to celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday, Blue will also help Washington kick off ISTEP+ week. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. At Miami Middle School, students will set their goals sky high. Students will write their goal for ISTEP+ and attach it to a blue or white balloon. The balloons will be released at approximately 2:15 p.m. outside the school. With more than 800 balloons released students will have a visual image of rising to the challenges of ISTEP+. Throughout the testing week, parents can help their students do their best by following these tips: Making sure their children eat and eat right at home. Making sure their children go to bed early and get enough sleep. Avoiding putting pressure on children about taking the test. They should be encouraged to do well but not made to feel anxious.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.