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Record Number: 8551
Displayed from: Feb 29, 2012 , until: Mar 09, 2012
Elementary and middle school students will begin this year's first round of ISTEP+ testing Monday, March 5. 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. Third-graders will also take the IRead-3 exam, a new high-stakes test. Third-graders in Fort Wayne Community Schools are scheduled to take the exam Tuesday, March 20. 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 ISTEP+ starting a few days later than in past years, many schools are taking advantage of the time to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2 by participating in Read Across America. Some schools are also giving students a short break from their studies before exams to motivate them to do well. Activities include: Thursday, March 1 Northcrest Elementary School, 5301 Archwood Lane, will have a breakfast for parents of third-graders from 7:45-8:30 a.m. Parents will learn tips to help their children be successful during the ISTEP+ and iRead-3 exams. Lane Middle School, 4901 Vance Ave., will have an ISTEP+ assembly at 1:30 p.m. featuring the Mad Ants. South Wayne Elementary School, 810 Cottage Ave., will host a Family Reading Night at 6 p.m. Parents will learn tips to help their children become better readers while everyone enjoys green eggs and ham and Goo Goose Green Juice. Friday, March 2 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. Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center, 1111 Greene St., will have a Read Across America assembly at 8:45 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, swap books and enjoy fun Dr. Seuss-related activities. Children may wear their pajamas. Shambaugh Elementary School, 5320 Rebecca Drive, will have pajama day with guest readers in each classroom from 9-9:30 a.m. At Price Elementary School, 1901 W. State Blvd., employees from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health will visit classrooms to read to students, who will be wearing red, white, and blue. Teachers have Dr. Seuss-themed activities planned, and students visiting the media center will have the opportunity to compare The Lorax book to the movie. Nebraska Elementary School, 1525 Boone St., will welcome basketball players from the University of Saint Francis to read to students in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Players will be in classrooms at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. During lunch, students will hear the stories Hooray for Diffendoofer Day and Oh, the Places You'll Go. At 2:30 p.m., pre-k and kindergarten students will have an opportunity to watch The Lorax. All students and staff are encouraged to wear a Dr. Seuss or crazy hat, and students will receive a bag of popcorn from the PTA and a Dr. Seuss bookmark from the school. Indian Village Elementary School, 3835 Wenonah Lane, will have an ISTEP+ Rally Kickoff at 2:30 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, and the other is to the Super Bowl theme. On Monday, March 5, students will be treated to a healthy breakfast for a healthy start followed by 20 minutes of vigorous exercise for the brain led by Principal Bourne.
To celebrate Read Across America, students at Indian Village will make red and white hats, write about the Cat in the Hat, learn about Dr. Seuss' life, read and discuss The Sneeches and much more. Monday, March 5 Irwin Elementary, 3501 S. Anthony Blvd., is blasting the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade test takers off with a Superhero sendoff at 9:10 a.m. 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. At Nebraska, students will gather in the gym at 9 a.m. for 10 minutes to stretch their bodies before they stretch their minds. Students will begin each day of testing by stretching out. Wednesday, March 7 The Cat in the Hat will visit Indian Village at 9:15 a.m. to read to a second-grade class. He also has some fun activities planned for the students.

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.