Welcome to the Elementary School4500 Orchard Place, Gasport NY 14067Phone: 716.735.2000 x3054 Fax: 716.735.2066Building Principal and Dignity Act CoordinatorMrs. Donna VanSlykeBuilding SecretaryMrs. Deanna McCarthy x3054Health OfficeMrs. Tammy Bentley, R.N. x2064Attendance OfficeMrs. Mary Bewley x1004
We're excited about State Testing!
Dear Parents and/or Guardians,
In a few weeks, the New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests will be administered to students. The ELA will be given on two consecutive school days: April 3 – April 4, and the math on two consecutive school days: May 2 – May 3.
At Royalton-Hartland, we place great value on our year-long assessments of student learning, such as their daily classroom performance and participation, our benchmark assessments and teacher created unit tests and quizzes. Our teachers use this information to guide instructional practice and individual goal setting for students. We understand that NYS tests are only one snapshot of a student’s learning in school. However, the test allows our students to demonstrate their competency of state-wide standards. We do not want the children to get overly concerned or anxious about the tests, but to approach them with a positive attitude and to do their best. Our students are well-prepared to demonstrate their knowledge and should be encouraged to participate.
Here at Royalton-Hartland, we want our students to understand that they can achieve anything; our students have endless potential! Regardless of the type of assessment, we encourage our students to approach all testing opportunities with passion and tenacity. We want them to walk away feeling proud and successful. Most importantly, these tests are a method to celebrate their learning and knowledge!
Therefore, we are encouraging parents to expect their child to participate in the assessment process. Over the past few years, the district has had a fairly high level of test refusals. By changing this pattern, it will be possible for our students to celebrate their learning. This effort on your part to support student participation will reflect the important partnership between home and school.
We have every confidence in our students and staff as they work diligently everyday. Your support in this effort to have all students participating in the assessment process is greatly appreciated.
Donna M. VanSlyke
Royalton-Hartland Elementary School