Dear ALMS Community,
We will begin the administration of our annual State Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics during the weeks of April 15 and April 22.
ELA Assessment: Tuesday through Thursday, April 16, 17, and 18.
Math Assessment: Wednesday through Friday, April 24, 25, and 26.
This will be the first administration of the New York State Intermediate - Level Assessments (in English Language Arts and Math) that are based on the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). Our staff and students have been preparing throughout the school year with curriculums, tasks and teaching strategies aligned with the CCLS.
In addition to the academic preparation, we remind students that getting to bed early the night before, having a good breakfast the day of the assessment, and arriving at school on time are always good preparation for extensive (90 minutes, each day) and comprehensive tests.
It is important to note that as per NYSED, students may not have cell phones during the administration of the tests. If a student has a cell phone or any of the other electronic devices prohibited by the state, the proctor will then collect those devices before the test and return the devices at the end of the test. Students in violation of this directive will have their test scores disqualified. For more information, see the Assistant Superintendent's letter, dated April 4, 2013, to parents regarding this policy (Click here) or Espanol version (Click here).
For further information, on our webpage is a letter from the New York State Education Commissioner, Dr. John B. King. Commissioner King's remarks are relevant to teachers, parents, and administrators as we approach the State assessments. Please take a moment to read Commissioner King's insights and remarks (Click here).
A list of upcoming events is provided below for your convenience. Please note that as the weather gets warmer, we are reminding students that they are expected to wear appropriate attire to school every day. For a copy of the school district's dress code, please click here.
Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to address your questions to any of our school personnel. If they cannot assist you, you will be directed to the appropriate source of information.
Dr. Velma Whiteside
Albert Leonard Middle School
4/8- 4th Marking Period Begins
4/11- 8th grade Student/Faculty Volleyball game
4/16-4/18- NYS ELA Assessments
4/24-4/26- NYS Math Assessments
4/30- 5th grade Parent Orientation - 7 pm
5/3- 7th grade Career Day/NRHS 8th grade visit
5/9 & 5/16- Spring Concert 7pm
5/14- NJHS Induction Ceremony 9-10 am
5/17- Music in the Parks Trip
5/22-5/23- 8th grade Science Performance Test
5/29- 8th grade Holiday Hills
6/3- 8th grade Science Written Test
6/4- Awards Night - 7pm
6/11- Living Environment Regents 12:15pm
6/12- Integrated Algebra Regents 12:15pm
STARS Testing - TBA
SLOs (Student Learning Objectives) - TBA