Grade 6 PAT's 2014-16
Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)
In February, Alberta Education announced Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) will be written by all Grade 6 students throughout the province in June 2015 and June 2016. This change will allow a second year of pilot testing of the Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) at the Grade 3 level before SLAs are introduced at the Grade 6 level. As such, all Grade 6 students in Elk Island Public schools will write PATs this school year and next school year.
We recognize this is a change in how our staff and families were expecting Grade 6 assessments to be delivered this school year. EIPS school staff will continue to work closely with Grade 6 students to ensure they are prepared to complete PATs in May and June 2015.
Alberta Education received feedback from stakeholders throughout the first pilot year of Grade 3 SLAs this past fall. This feedback indicated stakeholders felt more time is needed to ensure the Grade 3 SLAs are a valuable assessment tool for teachers, parents, students, and Albertans before transitioning from PATs to SLAs in grades 6 and 9. The second year of the Grade 3 pilot administration will allow further opportunities to ensure the SLA is a valuable tool. Alberta Education is committed to fully implementing new SLAs in the early grades, but removing or suspending the current achievement tests in the absence of a reasonable alternative would remove an important method of public assurance that the education system is performing well.
Additional key dates and important information from Alberta Education are available at http://www.education.alberta.ca/admin/testing/achievement.aspx.
EIPS/ATB Young Speakers Invitational
You are cordially invited to come and support your school’s three representatives at this year’s 7th Annual EIPS/ATB Young Speakers Invitational.
Please click on the link below for LIVE streaming of the FINALS
By participating in the speech program, each school will have first and foremost helped students develop an understanding of the benefits and styles of speaking, focusing on the ability to persuade, inform and entertain listeners. All the students involved, either at the championship or at the school level, have gained life-long skills.
Members of the various school communities comprising the 24 participating schools will be drawn together to support their students on April 30th. Cooperation and connectedness between the schools and the community is greatly enhanced by this event, as students from all walks of life can step forward and voice their opinions.
At the event there will be a silent auction with proceeds going the Robin Hood Association. Just some of the items are:
- Family vacation packages
- Rexall Place Sky Suites
- Eskimo and Oilers Tickets
- Spa and Health club services
- Professional Teeth Whitening
And many others ……..
There will also be a raffle where speakers and guests can drop their ticket in hopes of taking home one of the many themed baskets provided by participating schools.
We hope to see you at the Agora in County Hall on Thursday, April 30th. Doors open at 4:00 pm when food service and the auction commence. Speakers begin at 5:15 with the final round starting at 7:30.
For more information please contact Jordan Smith at Brentwood School.
Kalyna Idol Talent Search
Kalyna Country and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village are teaming up to launch the 9th Kalyna Idol talent contest.
Registration deadling is Friday, May 15th.
More information and an application form can be obtained at the office.
Connect to Respect
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) would like to thank all of our parents, students, and families for the role you play in ensuring our schools are safe and respectful working and learning environments. EIPS is proud to have a policy in place, Board Policy 19, Respectful Working and Learning Environments, that prohibits harassment and discrimination of any kind in our division. We all play a part in creating a safe, caring, and violence-free environment that fosters and maintains respectful and responsible behaviours.
One such example of this work in action is the recent Pink Shirt Day that took place in late February. We know a number of our schools were involved in Pink Shirt Day activities, and we thank you for being involved and taking a stand against bullying.
If you would like more information about the policies in place within EIPS, please review Policy 19, Respectful Working and Learning Environments on our division website at http://www.eips.ca/policies/535.