Madison Academy

Elementary/Middle School

Upcoming Dates/Events: 

Important Dates:

School Calendar:

APRIL

 

MSTEP Testing:

 

4/9: 8th Grade ELA

4/10: 5th Grade ELA

4/11: 8th Grade ELA

4/12: 5th Grade Math

4/16: 8th Grade Math

4/17: 5th Grade Social Studies

4/18: 8th Grade Math

4/19: 8th Grade S. Studies

4/20: 8th Grade S. Studies

4/23: 5th Grade S. Studies

4/24: 8th Grade Science

4/25: 8th Grade Science

4/26: 5th Grade Science

4/30: 3rd Grade ELA

5/1: 4th Grade ELA

5/2: 6th Grade ELA

5/3: 7th Grade ELA

5/7: 4th Grade Math

5/8: 3rd Grade Math

 

Upcoming Dates:

4/17: ½ day of school, students release at 12:00p.m.

 

4/19: Literacy Night 5:00-7:00pm.

 

4/26: K Round-Up 10:30 a.m.



 




Tricia M. Osborne
Elementary/Middle School Principal



Welcome to the Madison Academy Team! I would like to introduce myself to those of you who do not know me. My name is Tricia Osborne and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the families of Madison and make this year a successful academic and personal experience for you and your child(ren).
   
 This will begin my 14th year at Madison Academy. For seven years, I was in the classroom instructing our wonderful kindergarten students. For three years, I had the privilege of working with all the elementary and middle school students as the School Dean, Testing Coordinator, Homeless Liaison, and the Preschool Director.  This is my fourth year as the Elementary/Middle School Principal. I earned my Bachelor's of Science in Education from Central Michigan University and also hold a Master’s Degree in Early Education from the University of Michigan Flint and a School Administration Graduate Certificate from Eastern Michigan University.
   
 On a personal note, I have been married to my wonderful husband, Dennis for 13 years.  I have three absolutely beautiful daughters. Lilian is 11 and Samantha is 9, and Allison turned four in  November.  Lilian is in Sixth Grade and loves to play basketball,  softball, and volleyball.  Samantha is in Third Grade. She loves to play Soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball. Allison loves playing outside, making projects and swimming.

 Thank you for choosing Madison! I enjoy working in the educational field and hope to continue to make an impact in children’s lives for years to come. I am a true believer that the success of each student depends on a partnership between school and home.  If you have any questions, concerns, and/or ideas please feel free to contact me.


April Newsletter Information:

Kindergarten Round-Up: On Thursday, April 26th 10:30-11:30, we will be having our Round-Up for our current preschool students and new students who will be or are interested in enrolling into Kindergarten. If you have a or know a student who will be 5 years old by September 1st 2018 please invite them to attend. Please call the school to register for the event or for more information. 810.655.2949.

M-Step Testing: M-Step testing begins this week. Please make sure to continue to work with you child at home to better prepare them for these assessments. All students in grades 3-8 will be taking the M-STEP. 

What is M-STEP?

·        M-STEP is aligned to Michigan’s challenging learning standards. It is administered each spring to students. M-STEP has fewer multiple choice questions than the previous MEAP assessment and more questions that require problem solving and critical thinking skills.

What are Michigan Standards?

·        They are learning goals for mathematics, English language arts (ELA), science and social studies.

·        They prepare students for college and careers.

·        They are educator-developed.

·        They will help students compete nationally and globally.

·        They are not a curriculum or federal program.

Why Must Students Take State Assessments?

·        Once each year, all students take a high-quality state assessment. State assessments provide:

o    An important snapshot of student achievement at state, district, and building levels.

o    Valuable information to parents on their child's academic achievement. Important data for teachers, schools, and districts to help guide instruction.

 

M-STEP Test Taking Tips for Kids

By Dolly Moiseeff and Jessica Schrader December 29, 2016

Here’s a look at five general tips parents can consider to help their kids prepare for a big test like the M-STEP.

1. Learn to stay focused

Make sure your child knows what they’ll need to stay focused. If they need a drink of water, tell them to get it. If they need a snack, let them have it. They need to be comfortable so they can stay focused on the task at hand.

“Staying focused is a big deal. If they are looking around the room, it doesn’t measure what they know,” Rosenthal says.

2. Read the questions first

Preparing for a test is not an overnight deal – and reading skills are important. Students need to be able to read to follow directions and understand what is being asked in these tests (especially on story problems).

One suggestion is for students to preview the questions before they read the informational paragraph. That way, students know what to look for in the reading portion and can better find the detail that will help answer the questions.

3. Key words in directions

Coach your kids to pay close attention to directions. One really handy tip is to underline key words. That way, their eyes can quickly go back to that core information as they puzzle through the questions that follow.

4. Get to know procedures and terms

And make sure your student is familiar with testing procedures – such as fill in the blank or multiple choice. Go over test terminology, too, such as the difference between synonyms and antonyms and “greater than” or “less than.”

5. Encourage your child to ‘do your best’

Of course, the age-old advice to get a good night’s sleep and good breakfast still stands, Rosenthal says – “but they should be doing that every day.”

But in addition, as the kids are leaving for school the morning of the test, “Parents need to keep a really positive attitude,” Rosenthal advises. “This test is just a snapshot of how a child is doing on that particular day.”

Encourage your children to do their best. It’s only one test. If parents can get that idea across, it may help the kids relax.

1/2 Day of School April 17th: April 17th is a half-day of school. Students will be released at 12:00p.m.

4/19 Literacy Night 5:00-7:00pm: Literacy night will be Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Open Enrollment: Open Enrollment has begun for pre-k through 8th grade. If you know of anyone who is interested in enrolling at Madison, for the 2018-2019 school year, let him or her know that they can pick up an application in the front office.




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