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Record Number: 9664
Displayed from: Feb 26, 2013 , until: Mar 06, 2013

Elementary and middle school students will begin this year’s first round of ISTEP+ testing Monday, March 4. Students in third through eighth grades will be tested on language arts and math in an open-ended format next week. Beginning April 29, they will have another round of testing with multiple choice answers. Third-graders will also take the IRead-3 exam beginning Monday, March 18.

Throughout the testing weeks, parents can help their students by:

  • 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.

Schools are preparing for the exams in a variety of ways, including fun activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, such as:

Week of Feb. 25

  • Students at South Wayne Elementary, 810 Cottage Ave., are participating in after-school learning clubs this week for an extra academic boost prior to starting the exams.
  • Students at Holland Elementary, 7000 Red Haw Drive, are also getting ready for ISTEP+ with after-school tutoring. Selected students in grades 3, 4 and 5 meet on Mondays and Wednesdays after school for about an hour and a half.
  • Students at Fairfield Elementary, 2825 Fairfield Ave., will get pumped for ISTEP+ with spirit days focused on a hockey theme of “ISTEP Face-off.” On Tuesday, Feb. 26, students are encouraged to “Put Your Thinking Cap on for ISTEP” as they are allowed to wear hats for the day. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, they will be reminded to “Get a Good Night’s Sleep for ISTEP” when they wear pajamas to school. Throughout this week and ISTEP testing weeks, classrooms can earn “pucks” for good behavior, attendance and study habits. The class with the most pucks earns a pizza party with Principal Lindsay Martin.
  • At Harrison Hill Academy, 355 Cornell Circle, students will participate in theme days each day to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. On Tuesday, the school will have a door decorating contest with the winning classrooms receiving books for each student. On Wednesday, students will read “Wacky Wednesday,” giving students the perfect opportunity to dress “wacky.”

Thursday, Feb. 28

  • Lane Middle School, 4901 Vance Ave, will have an assembly at 1:45 p.m. The assembly will include staff members battling in Sumo Wrestling suits.
  • Johnny, the Fort Wayne TinCaps mascot, will visit Adams Elementary, 3000 New Haven Ave., at 2:30 p.m. to take part in the ISTEP I-Can Assembly for students in third through fifth grades.
  • Fairfield Elementary students will “Be a Superstar on ISTEP” when they wear a shirt or jersey of their favorite sports team.
  • It will be easy to tell who has been reading at Harrison Hill. Students in the classroom that met its goal of reading 100 books will be allowed to wear a hat to school.

Friday, March 1

  • Students at all elementary schools will have the opportunity to enjoy a lunch of green eggs and ham specially prepared by the FWCS Nutrition Services Center.
  • Students at Fairfield Elementary will be reminded to “Check Your ISTEP Answers Inside and Out” when they dress in outrageous attire for Crazy Head-2-Toe Day.
  • Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center, 1111 Greene St., will have a Read Across America assembly at 8:30 a.m. when Principal Marilyn Horan will read to students. Afterward, special guests invited by students will visit classrooms to read. In the evening, the Bunche-Towles PTA is hosting a Reading Night at 6:30 p.m. Students and their parents are invited to come to the school to read.
  • Members of the Air National Guard will read to students at Nebraska Elementary School, 1525 Boone St., to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Guests will arrive at 9 a.m. and will take turns reading to classes throughout the school day.
  • The Mad Ants mascot will visit Forest Park Elementary, 2004 Alabama Ave., to cheer on students during an ISTEP+ pep session at 9:30 a.m. During ISTEP week, the school will encourage students by providing donuts for classes with perfect attendance during ISTEP week, and third- through fifth-grade classrooms will decorate their doors with positive messages. Students in kindergarten through second grade will adopt third- through fifth-grade classrooms to provide encouragement and support throughout the week. Also, students who pass at least one portion of the ISTEP will get to participate in a lunch at Lakeside Parkin May.
  • Northwood Middle School, 1201 E. Washington Center Road, will have an ISTEP+ kick-off assembly at 1:45 p.m. during which students will turn administrators into human sundaes using ice cream and all the toppings. Also during the assembly, the school will wrap-up its Bullying Awareness Week. The theme for the week has been “Be the Change,” which is also the name of Northwood’s anti-bullying club. Throughout the week, students had a door decorating contest, an expression contest, in which students submitted artwork, poetry, songs, raps and stories with anti-bullying messages, and an out-of-dress day March 1 when students could pay $1 to wear jeans and either pink or black to support anti-bullying. The money raised will be donated to Riley Children’s Foundation. During the assembly, representatives from Glenbrook Square Mall will present Northwood a check for $500 for winning the mall’s Anti-Bullying Pledge Campaign.
  • Croninger Elementary, 6700 Trier Road, will have an Atten “Dance” for students in third through fifth grades who met their attendance goal for January and February. During ISTEP+ week, teachers and students will wear shirts reading “Test Like a Champion.”
  • During the day, students at Harrison Hill are encouraged to wear read and white. All classes will have a guest reader who will read, “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.” In the evening, the school will host a Family Fun Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Guest readers include Mayor Tom Henry and Bishop Luers student athlete Jaylon Smith. There will be food, fun and books for everyone.

Monday, March 4

  • Irwin Elementary, 3501 S. Anthony Blvd., is blasting off the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade test-takers with a rockin’ sendoff at 9:05 a.m. Rumor has it that there will be a flash mob with familiar faces participating.
  • At Indian Village Elementary, 3835 Wenonah Lane, the PTA will provide a special ISTEP+ breakfast for all students at 8:50 a.m. This will be a healthy way to kick off the start of ISTEP testing.
  • Special guest readers will visit Lincoln Elementary, 1001 E. Cook Road. State Sen. Tom Wyss will read to first-graders at 1:30 p.m., followed by Fort Wayne Police Officer Mike Joyner at 2 p.m. The Northrop High School Cheerleaders and members of the Varsity Girls Basketball team will read to kindergarten and first- and second grades from 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5

  • South Wayne Elementary will host a Dr. Seuss Family Reading Night at 6 p.m. Families will feast on Green Eggs & Ham, munch Cat in the Hat donuts and sip on Goo-Goo Green Juice. Parents will learn about reading fluency while participating in Dr. Seuss Readers' Theaters.

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.