May 24, 2013 Important Links and Dates
May 24th: No School, Non-Contract day (Snow Day)
May 27th: No School, Memorial Day
June 13th: 7th Grade Only, Last Day of School
June 14th: Last Day of School, 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony
Grades and the Progress and Promotion Policy:
Students and Parents: Remember that students failing 2 of 4 quarters in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, or Math could result in a recommendation to attend summer school. It could also affect your student’s ability to move to the next grade level. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Berard or Mr. McManus at 428-6116.
8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony/Dance
The 8th grade Moving Up Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 14. Students need to be at the school by 9:00 a.m.
• The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. and will last about 2 hours. Students will then go home with their families.
• The Moving Up Dance will be at the MVHS from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
• Participation in the Moving Up Ceremony and Dance is contingent upon acceptable grades and behaviors.
Students who are in violation of the Progress and Promotion Policy, fail classes and/or receive a suspension during the 4th quarter, may not be able to attend the ceremony or dance, as these events are intended to recognize the academic efforts of students during middle school.
LaVenture Middle School has some terrific programs to offer students - check it out!
Parent/Guardians of LaVenture students,
We are rapidly approaching the season of state testing. This is our opportunity for students to demonstrate the concepts they have learned this year. We would like to share some important information with you so that you aware of the format, schedule, and strategies to support your student at home.
The Measurement for Student Progress (MSP), is a content test the state creates to assess students on their progress towards their grade level standards. The MSP has replaced the WASL that took place a few years ago. Families should receive the results during August. The MSP is given on the computer during middle school with the exception of writing which will be continue to be administered with paper and pencil. The Writing MSP will take two days and the Reading, Math, and Science MSP will each take one day. Each student is scheduled for a day to take the Reading, Math, Writing (7th graders), and Science (8th graders). Once a student begins the test they may not leave it and come back to it but it can be rescheduled for another day due to illness or appointment. If you know of a scheduled absence for your child during their test day due to a trip or Dr. apt. Please call the school or send a note as soon as possible, so that we may reschedule your child .
The Measurement of Academic Progress, MAP, is designed to monitor students’ progress. All students in Mount Vernon from grades 3-8 take the test three times a year in both reading and math. The scores are released as soon as the student finishes. The data from this test is used to gauge student progress over time and for placement decisions both for intervention and accelerated classes.
The End of Course exam, EOC, is administered at the end of Algebra and Geometry. Only the students enrolled in those courses will take this exam. It will be administered during their math class from May 31-June 7. If a student does not pass the EOC they may be required to repeat the course at high school. Families will receive the results during August.
7th grade Students 8th Grade Students Scheduled Date
Writing MSP(Paper/ Pencil) Science MSP (Online) April 24 and 26
Reading MSP(Online) Reading MSP (Online)
Math MSP (Online) Math MSP (Online)
MAPS MAPS During PE/Art/Health May 21-May 31
EOC (for Alg students only) EOC (for Alg and Geo students only) During math class week of May 31-June 7
Strategies for Families to help their student do their best.
Enure your child eats a good breakfast. We open our doors at 7 am for school breakfast.
Help your child get a good night of sleep, try to sleep at least 9 hours. Limit caffeine near bedtime.
Talk with your child about how they feel before and after the test.
Thank you so much for all that you do to support your student.
Please contact Erin Duez with any questions or concerns at (360)428-6116.
Purchasing a Yearbook?
The yearbook is $10.00 and is currently for sale. You may bring your money to Ms. Churape, in the main office. Yearbooks should be available for pick up in June towards the end of the school year. The books are full color, hard cover, and have 32 pages. A yearbook is an excellent way for your child to remember their time at LaVenture Middle School. They are only available until the last one is sold, so preorder your yearbook today.
Hazardous weather, floods, or emergencies may force changes in bus transportation schedules and pick-up/drop-off points for Mount Vernon students. In the event of such emergencies, please do not tie up telephone lines to the school or radio stations. The following radio stations begin broadcasting emergency schedules or school closure information at 5:00am. They are your most current and accurate source of information.
KAPS 660 AM
KBRC 1430 AM
KIRO 710 AM
KOMO 1000 AM
KAFE 104.3 FM
KMPS 94.3 FM
Announcements will say:
School closed for one day only. All activities cancelled.
Schools open __ hour(s) late. Dismissed at regular time unless announced otherwise. Listen for further announcements.
School open. Buses on limited routes.
Buses begin on schedule. Be prepared for possible delays.
NO ANNOUNCEMENT MEANS SCHOOL AND TRANSPORTATION AS USUAL.