The Science Fair is getting closer. Mark your calendars with these important dates;
March 5th, 2019 - Project check-in.
March 6th - Judging
March 8th - Students collect their projects and take them home.
The Weller Yearbooks are available for preorder, the price is $20.00. You have until March 8th, 2019 to place Weller Yearbook orders online. To order online visit www.inter-state.com/yearbook and enter the code 32126J
Or pickup an order form in the Weller office. Yearbook Club is working hard to make this a great book.
March 8th, 2019 is End of the 3rd Quarter Early Out at 1:30 PM.
Daylight saving time 2019 will begin on Sunday, March 10, 2019
Spring Break is March 11th to March 15th, 2019
Dear Weller Parent or Guardian,
The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools PEAKS and the Alaska Science Assessment are statewide summative assessments that encompass English Language arts ELA, mathematics, and science. In the spring of 2019, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will administer PEAKS to students in grades 3 through 6 and assess understanding of the Alaska ELA and mathematic standards adopted in 2012. Students in grade 4 will also take the Alaska Science Assessment, which is a summative test that measures student understanding of the Alaska Science Grade Level Expectations adopted in 2006.
Students will take the PEAKS and science assessments in April. Grades 5 and 6 will test from April 9 through April 11. Grades 3 and 4 will test from April 16 through April 18. All students will have the opportunity to take makeup tests through April 26.
Additional information about the assessments is available on our school Website. If you have any questions about the upcoming spring assessment, please contact me at 457-1629 or call the Department of Teaching and Learning at 452-2000 ext. 11422.
Principal, Weller Elementary
MAP TESTING DATES - 5th and 6th grade is March 19th and March 20th.
3rd and 4th is March 21 and March 22.
Why Should My Child Take the State Assessment?
What is my child tested on in the spring?
Each spring, schools give the statewide PEAKS assessment to students in grades 3 - 9, and the Alaska Science Assessment to students in grade 4, 8, and 10. These tests provide students the opportunity to show their understanding of important skills in English language arts, mathematics, and science at their grade level.
Why is assessment important in my child's education?
There are five essential questions that we ask (and answer) in regard to student learning every day in our classrooms:
- What do we want our students to know and do? (Effective statewide standards)
- How will we teach them? (Effective local curriculum and instruction)
- How will we know if they learned it? (Effective assess ment)
- What will we do if they do not learn it? (Effective intervention)
- What will we do if they already know it? (Effective enrichment)
Effective assessment is the bridge between teaching the standards and ensuring that support is available for all students. It is a key part of student learning, and everything we do should work toward this goal.
How is this assessment meaningful for my child?
The statewide assessments is a summative assessment, which is just one piece of a balanced assessment system. Summative assessments are designed to give information on a student’s understanding of the state's English language arts, mathematics, and science standards. When administered over multiple years, this assessment is even more meaningful because it informs you on how far your child has progressed in their learning.
Why does the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) give a statewide assessment?
First, DEED wants to be able to inform parents, educators, policy makers, the community, and businesses how Alaska's schools and districts are performing. Second, after DEED has determined how schools are performing, they want to identify schools in the most need of school improvement efforts. Third, DEED wants to ensure there is equity in education. Their mission is to provide an excellent education to every student every day.
Why is it important for my child to participate in the statewide assessment?
Educators make decisions locally about how to teach Alaska's standards. With this in mind, the summative assessment is a standardized way to determine in a uniform manner how well your child's school and district are performing. Also, at the state level, we invest over a billion dollars in public education each year, and the citizens of Alaska have a right to know if that money is contributing to increased learning for students.
Parents have the right to make educational decisions for their child; please check with your district for more information.
More information can be found on DEED 's website at https://education.alaska.gov/assessments/peaks.
Help Us Explore the Roadmap to Student Success
The district is launching the revision and update of its strategic plan for academic years 2020-25. The strategic plan is a map, with clearly defined priorities to guide the district in ensuring students receive the best education possible. Help us chart the future of education in our community by sharing your input and perspective.
http://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/CRrgpP - students, parents, community members survey
Welcome New Weller Families!
Please enroll online at the district homepage.
You may bring necessary documents to the school prior to school starting in August if you are unable to upload them.
Help speed up enrollment by bringing along these important forms: (**students will not be enrolled in school without these forms)
**Birth Certificate A birth certificate is required for students entering kindergarten or first grade who haven't been enrolled in the district before.
**Proof of Immunization
**Proof of Current Physical Address Utility bills such as phone, water or electric-proof of one of these services at the home resident is required
Reminder: Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1st to enroll in Kindergarten.
OAA REQUESTS: If you do not live in the Weller attendance area and wish to have your child attend Weller Elementary you will need to enroll in your home school and submit an online application at https://www.k12northstar.org/domain/4210. This is the FNSBSD new online lottery system. Out of Attendance Area requests will not be considered until after the first 10 days of school. Students must be enrolled in their home school for the first 10 days of school. Families will be contacted on day 11th day, if there is an opening in the requested grade level.
We appreciate volunteers and look forward to having you help at school.
Please be sure to fill out the district Volunteer Packet and submit it to Human Resources downtown.
You can find the packet at https://www.k12northstar.org/cms/lib/AK01901510/Centricity/Domain/3829/Volunteer%20Packet.pdf
It is MANDATORY that students arrive at school each day prepared for cold weather.
COLD WEATHER POLICY:
WHEN THE TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE IS:
ABOVE FREEZING (32 Degrees +):
Jacket or Sweatshirt, Hat if “breezy”, Boots if “slushy”
BELOW FREEZING (0 TO 32 Degrees):
Warm Coat mandatory, Gloves/Mittens mandatory,
Head/Ear covering mandatory, Boots mandatory
Snow pants for Grades K through 3rd mandatory
Snow pants not required for Grades 4th through 6th
BELOW 0 Degrees:
All of the above. Snow pants mandatory for ALL GRADES.
Face Coverings are recommended
Student safety is our #1 concern.
Drop off & pick up is curbside only.
If you would rather not wait in the drop off or pick up line,
please park and walk your students across the cross walk.