Falcon News

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

MMES will have half-days with student dismissal at 12:30 p.m. on both Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12 for third quarter virtual parent/teacher conferences. Note that Wednesday, March 10 will not be an early release due to these two half-days. Conferences will be mainly from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. on March 11 and from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on March 12. Teachers may also have other open slots during the week if possible. All MMES teachers are using the online program, signup.com to schedule Zoom conferences with you. Next week, between March 8 and 12, you will receive all the teachers’ individual signup.com links. Please contact your children’s teachers should you have any questions. Thank you and we are looking forward to meeting with you!

ATI Galileo Mid-Year Benchmark Assessments

Starting on Tuesday, February 16 kindergarten through third grade will administer mid-year benchmark assessments using our standards-based assessment system, ATI Galileo. We will administer kindergarten assessments one-on-one verbally and with students performing tasks. First grade assessments will be on paper with teachers reading aloud all stories and questions. All of second and third grade assessments will be online through the students ATI logins, and they will have the universal accommodation of text-to-speech (questions read aloud) for math. Third grade’s assessments will not only measure student’ progress on priority standards learned so far but will also provide teachers with relevant data in preparation for the state AzM2 assessment that third graders will take in April.

Arizona State Testing

We are required to have every child in our district take the AzM2 in person. In the upcoming weeks, please look for the testing schedules and locations for the remote and virtual academy students. This is a federal requirement and according to Arizona Department of Education, not negotiable. We will be doing our best to facilitate schedules and locations that will keep your children (virtual/remote) safe while taking their state assessments.