Monday, April 16, 2012

It's NYS Test Week

Here's some information pertaining to the New York State ELA Assessment that students will take on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week.

To begin, the test year this is longer (three days of testing, 90 minutes per day).

The students have been working to prepare, and here are some general test taking tips from teacher/blogger Larry Ferlazzo that may be helpful:


Read each question carefully and more than once
Read the questions before you read the longer text
Underline important words in the text as you read
Do easy questions first
Skip the hard questions and come back to them later (put a mark in your test booklet next to the ones you skip)
Eliminate wrong answers and make your best guess
Trust yourself, your first guess is usually the best
If you do want to change an answer, be sure to erase the first one completely

I'm proud of how hard the students have worked to prepare, and I know that they will do their best!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Page to Stage to News

Our annual Page to Stage project is over for another year, but we are already beginning to think about how we can make it even better next time.
The local history plays were mentioned in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Historic Saranac Lake received some well earned kudos for their involvement with our project.
Many thanks as well for all the assistance that Pendragon Theatre provided our actors and actresses.