With summer break almost upon us, Toledo Public Schools administrators have come up with a plan to help the district's youngest students - in Kindergarten through third grade - keep learning over the summer.

The plan calls for giving families Chromebooks that are being taken out of service. The Chromebooks have installed on them iReady, an online program that will help parents and guardians determine their child's needs, personalize his or her learning and monitor progress throughout the school year. Using iReady - which families will reach on the Internet - will allow TPS educators to meet the child exactly where he or she is and provides data to increase a child’s learning gains.

It is hoped that this thoughtful approach will help to combat 'summer slide,' defined as the loss of learning that takes place when students do not continue to practice skills gained during the regular school year. According to research, students can lose up to 2-3 months of academic calendar learning each summer which contributes to a more pronounced achievement gap experienced by students.

Please click here to learn all of the details of this innovative program, including dates about upcoming family meetings where the Chromebooks will be given out:

https://sites.google.com/tps.org/summeriready2019/home

 

Last year, Toledo Public Schools expanded the use of Parent Portal, an online resource that allows parents to monitor their student’s grades, attendance AND assignments and communicate with teachers. The success of the program in our high schools has prompted opening the system to our sixth, seventh and eighth grade families.
As of April 1, these elementary parents now have access to Parent Portal. These parents can now receive updates and learn about their students' current progress in the classroom.
The process for gaining access to the system is very simple. Letters have been mailed to parents and administrative and clerical staff members at all elementary schools have received training in the past few weeks on how to assist those parents who might have a question about registering or how to navigate the system.
Along with the letters that have gone home to the families, all calls and other promotional efforts are happening to encourage parents to sign up for Parent Portal.
We look forward to having more parents gaining access to Parent Portal and to building the connection between our families and schools.
Any questions about Parent Portal can be directed to principals or secretaries at the elementary schools.

At Toledo Public Schools, Kindergarten students gain a love of learning while preparing for the future. Highlights include:

  • A full-day program that offers a well-rounded curriculum
  • Highly-qualified teachers who have Early Childhood/Kindergarten certification
  • A nurturing environment where the needs of all students are met

Parents and guardians wishing to enroll their child for the 2019-2020 school year should download the registration packet below, fill out all of the forms and take them to their local elementary school during the school day:

2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration Packet

Kindergarten Readiness Brochure

Both elementary students and high school students continue to take state tests.

Here are a few things to remember for the high school tests (and then read below for information on the elementary school testing and some great tips on how to prepare all students so they are relaxed and ready for the testing): Testing 2019 FAQ 

Toledo Public Schools will be using a modified school day to complete testing for the high school students with as little disruption as possible. In order to alleviate pulling students every day from various classes and interrupting the educational process for six weeks, an early release schedule has been created by the Curriculum Department to test the majority of students within the first week of each testing window. Please click here for more details: Letter for parents and guardians

Students taking tests are to arrive at their regular time and will be dismissed at the regular time. Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Students not being tested will arrive at their regular time for three periods of instruction and will then be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. TARTA buses will be available for both early and regular dismissal. Elementary schools will be on their regular schedule, but there will be no Early Risers program or EHSO. Gifted classes will be held. To learn about the elementary school testing schedule, click here: Letter for elementary parents and guardians

For both the high school and elementary students who will be taking standardized tests, there are ways to ensure it won't be so nerve-wracking.

Hopefully, students have taken advantage of any study or review sessions and any guidance from instructors on what type of questions will be found on the test. Going over practice tests, sample problems, review material, textbooks and class notes is also a great idea and one that parents can supervise.

Parents and guardians can also make sure two things happen: the night before a big test, they should insist their child gets a good night’s sleep. And serving a good breakfast (nothing too heavy) the morning of the test will help to make sure their student has the focus and energy they need.

And now, for tips on what students can do before and during the test:
• Remember that exercise is always a good way to keep stress under control
• The morning of the test, get to class early so you’re not worried about coming in after the test has already started
• Stay relaxed – if you begin to get nervous, take a few deep breaths slowly to relax yourself and then get back to work
• Read the directions slowly and carefully
• Do the simple questions first to build up your confidence for the harder questions
• Remember what your teacher has told you about how to pace yourself and if you’re allowed to ask questions
• If you don’t know an answer to a question, skip it for the time being (come back to it if you have time). Remember that you don’t have to always get every question right to do well on the test
• Focus on the question you are reading – DON’T let your mind wander
• If there is time left when you are finished, take another glance over the test, making sure you have answered all of the questions. Remember that the first answer you put is usually the right one, so only change something if it’s clear to you have misread or misinterpreted the question
• Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions
• Double check to make sure that you put your first and last name on the test
Above all, while getting ready for and then taking the test, students should keep a positive attitude.
On its website, the Ohio Department of Education has an entire section dedicated to Ohio's State Tests that students will take this school year. There are sample tests, background information on what exactly is being tested and more tips for helping students be successful on the tests. Click here for all of the details: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing

Toledo Public Schools offers the right school and the right programs for ALL children.

Parents and guardians of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are invited to find out about the choices available to their children, including learning whether a neighborhood school or one of four magnet schools - Aerospace & Natural Science Academy of Toledo; Jones Leadership Academy of Business; Toledo Early College and Toledo Technology Academy – is the best fit for your child. Please plan to attend ONE of the following meetings:

February 12: Hawkins Elementary, 5550 W. Bancroft St., 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

February 19: Marshall STEMM Academy,  415 Colburn St., 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

February 20: Old West End Academy, 3131 Cambridge St., 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

February 21: Elmhurst Elementary, 4530 Elmhurst Rd., 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

February 27: Ottawa River Elementary, 4747 290th St., 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

March 4: Beverly Elementary, 3548 S. Detroit Ave., 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

There will be TPS administrators and teachers on hand to review all program options, answer questions and help you complete applications.

Additional Important dates:
February 28: Family Night at Jones Leadership Academy of Business, 430 Nebraska Ave., 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

April 23: Open House at Toledo Early College, 2801 W. Bancroft St., 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

May 11 and 12: Open House and Plant Sale at the Natural Science Technology Center,  

May 18 and 19: Aviation Expo at Aerospace & Natural Science Academy of Toledo, 1160 W. Airport Service Rd., Swanton

May 19: Open House at the Aerospace & Natural Science Academy of Toledo, 1160 W. Airport Service Rd., Swanton - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.