PARENT POST – 10/17/19

October 17, 2019

 

REMINDER:  FALL BREAK BEGINS TOMORROW.  SEE YOU ON WEDNESDAY, 10/23!

Cory Families,

I want to thank all the families who came out for Parent Teacher Conferences.  We appreciate the opportunity to share the wonderful progress students have been making! I hope everyone has wonderful fall break filled with joy. Teachers will be back to work on Tuesday to focus on planning our next units! Students are back on Wednesday, October 23rd.

In the fall of each school year all schools in Colorado receive CMAS data and schools in DPS are “graded” with a report called the School Performance Framework (SPF) based on data from the two previous years. At Cory, we give assessments throughout the year to measure student growth including: running records, Dibels, iReady reading/math & early literacy, written assignments and module assessments which we use to make informed decisions. We also rely on the daily work of students to assess the needs of our students and ensure quality instruction for all students.  We are very proud of the achievement of Cory’s students and would like to share this information with you.

Colorado Measures of Academic Success 
On the English Language Assessment (Reading), 86.6% of Cory’s 3rd-5th grade students scored in the “Met or Above Expectations” category, an increase of 3.2% from 2018.

  •      81.5% of 3rd graders scored “Met or Above Expectations” (increase of 5.6%)
  •      87.2% of 4th graders scored “Met or Above Expectations” (decrease of .3 %)
  •      91.3% of 5th graders scored “Met or Above Expectations” (increase of 3.8%)

On the Mathematics Assessment, 83.36% of Cory’s 3rd-5th grade students scored in the “Met or Above Expectations” category, an increase of 3.3% from 2018.

  •       75.3% of 3rd graders scored “Met or Above Expectations” (increase of .6%)
  •       88.5% of 4th graders scored “Met or Above Expectations” (increase of 2.2%)
  •       86.3% of 5th graders scored “Met or Above Expectations” (increase of 7.1%)

Additionally, 5th grade students took the science CMAS with 78.8% of 5th grade students scoring in the “Met or Exceeds Expectations” category an increase of 14.9%.  4th grade students took the social studies CMAS with 60.3% of 4th grade students scoring in the “Met or Exceeds Expectations’ category.

The Colorado Department of Education also provides schools with Median Growth Percentile data.  The Median Growth Percentile is a rating for 4th and 5th grade students which compares each student’s growth on CMAS to students that scored like them the prior year, with a score of 50 being the median score and a score of 40-60 being moderate growth and over 60 being high growth.

Cory’s MGP for 2018 was:

  • Literacy – Overall:  64
  • Math – Overall: 74

DPS creates their own ‘report card’ on schools, also called the School Performance Framework (SPF) which includes two years of data and is based primarily on CMAS MGP data, but also includes CMAS status, Early Literacy growth, Early Literacy status and engagement data (attendance, student satisfaction and parent satisfaction). Cory’s overall SPF rating was Exceeds Expectations.

Link to Cory’s SPF
Link to DPS All School Rankings

In addition to our intentional focus on achievement, school culture, student and parent engagement are keys to our success at Cory. We believe that all students at Cory need to enjoy learning, participate in rigorous learning and engage in collaborative learning opportunities. We value all of our families and recognize that “it takes a village to raise a child.” We also value collaborative decision making between the school and the parent community and want to formally invite parents to attend our CSC meetings and PTA meetings. We encourage parents to volunteer in classrooms, participate in community events and join us for student celebrations of learning. Lastly, please check the Cory website for updated information  and share ideas with us through email or face-to-face visits. Thank you for partnering with us.

Enjoy the break!

Joan WIeser
Principal

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

  • FALL BREAK (NO SCHOOL):  FRIDAY, 10/18 – TUESDAY, 10/22
  • SPOOKY STORY NIGHT:  TUESDAY, 10/29 AT 6PM
  • JA FOR THE DAY (JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT): FRIDAY, 11/1
  • DADDY* DAUGHTER DANCE: SATURDAY, 11/9, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY:  SUNDAY, 11/10, 9:00 AM – NOON
  • SCREENAGERS: NEXT CHAPTER SCREENING:  SOUTH H.S. 11/12, 5:30 PM
  • “FALL” INTO READING WITH CORY’S FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT:  11/19 6:00PM – 7:30PM
  • CORY SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR:  11/18 – 11/22
  • THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON:  WEDNESDAY, 11/20, MORE INFO SOON

DESTINATION IMAGINATION – CALLING ALL 1ST AND 2ND GRADERS!!!
Destination Imagination has a fun program just for you.

It’s called Rising Stars.

With Destination Imagination, kids work on a team to create things and solve a team challenge.  The challenge is noncompetitive, which helps ease pressure and lets kids play and experiment with their solutions. However, there is a showcase option, which allows teams to perform their solutions at a tournament.

Right now we have one first grader interested and one parent who would like a co-coach. We need more kids and at least one more adult. If you’re interested, please email Ms. Annie at anne_witwer@dpsk12.org. You can also get lots more information at www.destinationimagination.org. There is training and support for coaches.

Please say yes!!!


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MERRILL MIDDLE NEWS

JAGUAR JOURNAL

MERRILL STUDENT SHADOW DAYS AND PARENT TOURS
5th graders!  Be sure to schedule your shadow day and parent tour at Merrill during the months of October, November, December and January.  Experience a morning in the life of a Merrill 6th grader, learn all about Merrill has to offer and discover why it’s quickly becoming the number one choice for middle school for Cory 5th graders!

Did you know that this year’s Merrill 6th grade is 89% neighborhood kids?  That’s up 20% from the year before!  What an amazing testament to the community supporting its local middle school and keeping kids and families together after elementary!

Click here to learn more and to schedule: http://merrill.dpsk12.org/prospective-students/


COMMUNITY EVENTS

SCREENAGERS: NEXT CHAPTER – SCREENING AT SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
The Thomas Jefferson High School community is Partnering with South High School to present Screenager, Next Chapter.  This is the sequel to the original move Screenagers November 12th
South High School 5:30-7 pm
Hope to see you there.

SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL MINI REBEL CHEER CAMP
Click here for more information