Welcome to McMurray Middle School
Welcome to McMurray Middle School
Message to Students/Parents from
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
I would like to thank you all for your increased support and attendance at our monthly parent meetings. I would like to especially thank our Guidance Department for bringing in community partners to share their resources and advice. While I really enjoyed our parent meetings in the front lobby, I am proud to say that we have outgrown that space and will continue to meet in the library for the rest of the year.
On our last parent survey, many parents were interested in learning more about preparing their children for tests. I found some excellent information on the state website, http://www.tn.gov/education/assessment/doc/tsteststrategies.pdf, and have shared some of the highlights below:
PARENT TEST-SUPPORT STRATEGIES
Preparing for Testing
• Note test dates on your home calendar; schedule appointments on non-testing days.
• Encourage your child to take responsibility for homework and class study.
• Help you child learn how to find information independently.
• Praise your child for work done well.
• Encourage your child to ask questions at home and in class.
• Get to know your child's teachers.
• Attend parent-teacher conferences.
• Confer with teachers on a regular basis for progress reports.
• Gather available test preparation materials.
• Assure your child knows that you value a good education.
• See that your child is rested and eats breakfast.
• See that your child arrives at school on time and is relaxed.
• Encourage your child to do the best work possible.
• Do not send your child to school if illness is apparent.
• Do not remove your child from school on test days for appointments.
• Examine all test reports sent home.
• Determine areas of strengths and weaknesses.
• Praise your child's testing strengths and make a plan to address identified weaknesses.
• See your child's principal, counselor or teacher if additional information is required.
Students may experience anxiety about tests and may experience heightened anxiety before a testing situation. A certain degree of test anxiety is normal and may help students prepare more effectively, work more efficiently, and remain focused during testing. Too much anxiety, however, can negatively affect performance. The following strategies may assist students, parents, and teachers in reducing test anxiety.
Parent Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety
• Discuss the test openly and in a positive way.
• Have realistic expectations of your child's performance while encouraging his/her best efforts.
• Emphasize that the test is only one measure of academic performance.
• Emphasize that test scores do not determine a person's worth.
I hope this information is beneficial. I am also including our upcoming standardized testing dates to keep you informed.
6th Grade Writing Assessment- February 18-21
7th Grade Writing Assessment- February 24-28
DEA 3- March 3-14
TCAP- April 29-May 6
Mr. T-Shaka Coverson
McMurray Middle School
Awards Celebrations are held each nine weeks to recognize our students’ achievements and accomplishments.
The first three programs will recognize students in all grade levels for students achieving the A Honor Roll, AB Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, and Citizenship Award.
The last program on May 28, 2014 will recognize students in the 8th grade moving forward to high school as well as students who earned all A's, all A's and B's, and Perfect Attendance for the entire school year.
Each Awards Celebration will begin around 9:10 in the Large Gym. Parents are invited to attend this celebration.
Dates for the remaining Awards Celebrations are April 17, 2014 and May 28, 2014.
The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, color, age, and/or disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services, or activities. MNPS does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. Contact MNPS ADA Coordinator at 259-8531.
MNPS maintains an official complaint procedure that complies with the standards set aside by Federal Programs under No Child Left Behind. Complaints regarding Public School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services (SES) are covered under this procedure. It can be found by clicking on Complaint Process.
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