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Upcoming ISTEP Test

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Our 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students and teachers are busy preparing for the ISTEP assessment.  

The applied skills session of the test will be given March 2-March 13 and the multiple choice session of the test will be given on the iPads April 27-May 8.  

With Indiana's new College and Career Readiness Standards that have been put into place, the assessment is changing to align with the standards.  Below is a link to a group of sample tests for the new assessment.  You can click on the link to actually take a sample test.  It will begin just as if you are a student taking the test.  You do not need a log in.  Simply click login and start test.  Here you have the opportunity to see sample items from the assessment that your student will be taking in the very near future.  

Our teachers have been spending time having students practice these same sample items as well as other test practice activites.  

Click here to experience a sample of the College and Career Readiness Test


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Deeper Learning

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One way to summarize the skills and knowledge that students need in 21st century jobs and civic life is called “Deeper Learning”.  Below are the six basic areas of Deeper Learning.

1. Master core academic content
2. Think critically and solve complex problems
3. Work collaboratively
4. Communicate effectively – written and oral
5. Learn how to learn
6. Develop academic mindsets (attitudes and beliefs that lead to perseverance and motivation)

As our classrooms change to prepare students for what is expected of them, we have to consider how students will react.  How will students respond?  The complete answer is dependent on the specific student, but we can expect some commonalities. 

When students are challenged to think critically and solve problems, many will feel uncomfortable and unprepared.  They will want to quit and look for excuses.  They will beg for a worksheet with one word answers, not because it will prepare them better for what is expected of them, but because it is familiar and appears easier.  When students are challenged to think deeply about a concept and consider multiple approaches to a solution, we can expect resistance.  Students will ask for the one “right answer”.  Students can’t learn problem solving skills unless they encounter problems.   That is why “Learning how to learn” and “Developing academic mindsets” are part of the process.  We must teach students to persist and believe in their abilities. Students must take responsibility for their learning and reflect on their thinking.  Teachers must become intentional about teaching these success mindsets.  Reading and thinking strategies must be modeled in all subject areas. 

Parents and community members can help students by anticipating their need for productive struggling through the problem solving process and encouraging them to persist.  Have students write out their questions and roadblocks.  Tell them to look for “clues” to a solution.  As students learn to ask productive questions they will find solutions more quickly.  The student engagement will lead to improved motivation to learn and increased learning.  To find out more about deeper learning, watch the video found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpzJgOyiH7g Continue reading
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GoogleTime will encourage our students to develop 21st Century Skills that our children need for success in today's society.  Every Wednesday for one hour students get to become interactive learners.  Check out this video to see how education is changing with society.  Gone are the days of rote learning and memorizing.  Education is changing to the idea that knowledge is a commodity.  It's not the facts and information that students memorize.  We have access to knowledge at our fingertips all day long.  It's essential that we teach our students to apply the knowledge.  That is what is important for today.  Watch this video link for more insight on the reform that is happening in our schools today!

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Carroll Student Recognized in the Top 5% of the Nation

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For the 3rd year in a row Carroll Senior High School has a student recognized in the top 5% of all students nationally.   Carroll Senior High School Senior Zaelin A. Goodman has been recognized as a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

According to the College Board, about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic achievement. Commended Student scores represent the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students nationally who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT.   Anytime someone from CCSC achieves something in the top 5% nationally, we should recognize his/her efforts. 

Zaelin is the son of Bryan and Lindsey Gray of Cutler and Aubrey and Sarah Goodman of Lafayette.  This achievement is a credit to Zaelin, his parents, and all the teachers and staff that have supported him throughout his school career.   Zaelin exemplifies the Carroll Way: Respect, Responsibility, and Excellence.   We rejoice in his achievement and want to celebrate his efforts. 

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Being a Good Writer: Writing tips and strategies from Lucy Calkins

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Enjoy this inspirational video about writing by Lucy Calkins! 

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