Dear Families and Community Members,
I am hoping you had a restful spring break and had fun with your students at home or maybe traveling! Before we left for break, we had a busy couple of weeks with our Dr. Seuss week, the mini marathon, AZELLA, and Galileo Benchmark testing to measure our students’ academic growth for the third quarter. For 3rd and 4th grade, the third quarter benchmark is a good predictor of how well they will perform on the upcoming AzMERIT state standardized test.
That being said, AIMS/AzMERIT testing will begin on March 27 with science and continue with AzMERIT on the week of April 1. It is not uncommon for students to experience stress and anxiety before and during testing. Here are some tips to consider speaking to your students about: use positive, but not excessive, reinforcement; pack a lucky charm; practice positive self-talk; practice meditation and deep breathing, listen to relaxing music or sounds. You know your child better than anyone. Emphasize the importance of the test, but remember to build confidence, not anxiety. During testing week, ensure that your child is well hydrated, gets a good night sleep, and is on time and present at school.
As always, I appreciate your support and partnership in your children’s education. I am looking forward to celebrating our Bobcat’s success in the next couple of months as we get closer to the end of the year. Please continue to help us by sending your students to school every day, getting them here on time, and letting us keep them until the end of the day.
Rosalinda Rodriguez, MA, EdS, Principal
Altar Valley School District #51
(520) 822.9418 Ext 2148