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Meetings and events for KCSD Parents this week – January 26, 2015

Below are some meetings and events that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this week:

  • Regents Week – January 26-29, 2015 – no regular classes for KHS students – exam schedule and KHS bus schedule available here
  • KHS Parents Association (KHS PA) meeting – Tuesday January 27, 2015 6:30pm at KHS room 107
  • Community Budget Forum hosted by KCSD – Thursday January 29, 2015 6pm Cioni Building – details here
  • Friday January 30, 2015 – regular school day for all students at KHS

Next week:

  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday February 4, 2015 public comment generally begins at 7pm Cioni Building
  • District Wide Parents’ Council (DWPC) monthly meeting – Thursday February 5, 2015 9:30am Cioni Building
  • Autism Parent Support Group – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30pm Chambers Elementary School – details here
  • Robert Graves PTO meeting – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30pm
  • Parent Education Night hosted by KCSD – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30-8pm Chambers Elementary School – Learn about how data-driven instruction is shaping education in Kingston.
  • IEP Development with Dorothy Richards of RCAL presented by Kingston Special Education Parent Group and KCSD – Wednesday February 11, 2015 6pm Cioni Building
  • Presidents’ Day weekend – No School – February 13-16, 2015

 

If you know of an event/meeting that should be added to this list, send me a message so I can update the list.  Also send me a message or call me if you find this sort of list helpful and you would like to see it be a weekly feature on Jolyn’s Education Corner.

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Report cards are here!

Kingston parents – you probably have your child’s report card and might be wondering what some of the grades mean/why your child received a particular grade/how this reflects the curriculum being taught at school?

There is a video on the district website about the new elementary report cards.  Also the school district is hosting a parent education night tomorrow evening Monday November 24, 2014 6:30-8pm at Miller for grades K-8 to explain the ELA and Math curriculum changes to parents.

If your student’s grades are not what you expected, talk to your student’s teacher before getting upset or punishing your child.  Remember that the 1-4 system for the elementary grades does not reflect the exact same thing as how well they did on their chapter tests and homework in school.  It is telling how they are progressing towards achieving the various Common Core standards.  If your child is not meeting grade-level expectations, ie. scoring a “3” or higher, you might want to inquire as to whether RTI services would be beneficial for your student (district information about Response to Intervention, RTI, here).

 

Meetings and events for KCSD Parents this week – November 17, 2014

Below are some meetings that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this week:

  • Autism Parent Support Group – Tuesday November 18 6:30pm Chambers
  • Ulster County Legislature Session – Tuesday November 18 7pm – 6th floor County Office Building – discussion/vote on Resolution 350 supporting repeal of Common Core
  • Board of Education Meeting – Wednesday November 19 7pm JFK – agenda here
  • Budget Forum – Thursday November 20 6pm Cioni
  • Financial Aid Night – Thursday November 20 6pm KHS auditorium
  • Parent Education Night – KCSD Curriculum Changes (grades K-8) – Monday November 24 6:30-8pm Miller

There are a number of PTO/PTA meetings this week as well as special events for parents in many of the elementary schools in celebration of American Education week.  Check the district calendar or your school calendar for specific dates.

The first KCSD concert of the season is tonight (Tuesday November 18), a Pops Concert at KHS (click here) and the full winter concert schedule is available here.  Miller Middle School is performing Hairspray Jr. this weekend – click here for times and ticket information.

If you know of an event/meeting that should be added to this list, send me a message so I can update the list.  Also send me a message or call me if you find this sort of list helpful and you would like to see it be a weekly feature on Jolyn’s Education Corner.

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New York State testing dates for 2014-2015 school year

Here are the dates for the New York State grade 3-8 standardized tests for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  Mark your calendars and I hope that Kingston parents will plan to REFUSE these state tests for their children.

  • Grades 3-8 English Language Arts  April 14 – April 16, 2015
  • Grades 3-8 Mathematics April 22 – April 24, 2015
  • Grade 4 Science Performance Test May 20 – May 29, 2015
  • Grade 8 Science Performance Test May 20 – May 29, 2015
  • Grade 8 Science Written Test June 1, 2015
  • NYS Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) September 29, 2014 – February 27, 2015
  • NYSESLAT Speaking April 14 – May 15, 2015
  • NYSESLAT Listening, Reading, Writing – May 4 – May 15, 2015

Make-up dates are given in the file below as well as when teachers will be scoring the tests.

CC_TestingDates 2014-2015

Here is a wealth of information from United Opt-Out’s New York page including why many New York State parents are REFUSING the state tests (opting-out is not the proper terminology in New York State) and how to go about doing so.

United Opt-out New-York-July-2014

Be sure to note that the discussion of REFUSING New York State tests and there being no consequences to students does NOT apply to high school REGENTS tests which are required for graduation.

All Kingston parents should refuse Common Core state testing in 2015!

Assemblyman McLaughlin has a message for the parents of New York State!

We have a problem!  We are telling kids that the tests don’t matter.  We are going to now not count it against the teachers, which I think is the right thing to do.  If the tests are ineffective …  Why are we continuing with tests that are this problematic?  Our work here is not done.  My message to the parents of New York is simple – REFUSE!  do not let your children take these tests.  Common Core will collapse of its own weight when the parents of New York stand up and push back against this which is the wrong way to go for our education system.

Governor Cuomo, who at one point claimed to be the advocate for the children of New York, apparently can’t fix the Common Core problem for the kids since an APPR band-aid was the only solution pushed through as the legislative session ends leaving our kids to take the faulty Common Core tests this next year.  Commissioner King and at least most of the Board of Regents don’t believe there is a problem with Common Core.  Many of the legislators admit that there is a problem with Common Core and have made a few changes but can not or will not do enough to truly fix the problem for the kids so it is up to us, the parents.

So parents, we have until March 2015 (I am assuming the state tests will be administered in April as in past years) to get the word out to all the parents in the Kingston school district. We really need to have NO students grades 3-8 taking the state tests next year!

We have to figure out what to do with the high school Common Core tests which are actually part of the kids’ grades/graduation requirements.