1300 Oxford State Rd. Middletown, Oh 45044
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Amanda Elementary News
Principal's Message: October 2014
We are going to have a very busy month at Amanda starting with the 3rd Grade Ohio Achievement Assessment...

To continue reading this month's Principal's message, please click here or visit the "Principal's Message" page on the left. 
 
TRCs Make Big Impact on Student Engagement
It is an exciting time for technology in the classroom at Middletown City School District. Over the summer, 16 teachers voluntarily attended 40 hours of Professional Development to transform their rooms into Technology Rich Classrooms (TRC). The TRC teachers learned how to incorporate Google for Education and other online resources into their daily routines and lessons. The TRCs received a cart of 30 Chromebooks and an interactive projector to pilot a 1:1 (where there is one device per every one student) teaching approach.  Click "Read More" for the full article.  
Student Accident Insurance Offered to Parents
Middletown City Schools is happy to offer parents and guardians a solution to obtain insurance for your student through N. Carol Insurance Agency, Inc. Plan information, an application and claim form can be found by clicking here or by hovering over Parents at the top of this page and selecting "Insurance for Students." 
Principal's Message: September 2014
What a great start to our school year! Our students are coming to school ready to show their MIDDIE PRIDE!

Our Spring OAA scores show that our test scores continue to rise with an increase in our Performance Index! There were a total of seven tests given last spring (3rd grade Reading & math, 4th Grade Reading and math, 5th Grade Reading, Math, and Science). Five of the seven produced our highest test scores ever! We intend to continue this growth! Great job everyone!

Please make note of the following items that will be happening during the next few weeks:
  • September 8 – PTA Meeting, 4:00 pm, Amanda Library. Plan to join us for our monthly meeting. This is a great group that makes great things happen for our students!
  • September 23 – Fall Picture Day
  • September 24 – PAC Night. The theme for this evening will be Family Game Night. It will take place in the Amanda cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 pm.
There are a couple of updates that you need to be aware of:
  • Elementary buildings have switched from quarters to trimesters. This means that our school year has been divided into thirds. Parents will receive report cards three times a year (instead of four).
  • The District will continue to use ProgressBook, the online progress reporting system. Parents and students will be given access to view grades and classroom information. On Monday, September 8 letters will be sent home giving parents directions on how to set up their ProgressBook accounts.
  • To help insure our building security, we are requesting that parents say goodbye to their children in the Drop Off Zone and allow them to continue on to their classrooms by themselves. The Drop Off Zones are located in the hallway by Door K and in the Amanda Lobby. Thank you for your cooperation!
 
New State Tests to Replace Ohio Achievement Assessments
During the 2014-2015 school year, most Ohio students in grades 3-8 will take a new and different set of state achievement tests that are based on Ohio’s New Learning Standards. The standards and new tests both reflect higher expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The new tests also will better measure what students have learned and what they can do with their knowledge.

For more information, please click here
 
New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, KRA, Ensures a Better Start
Middletown City School District wants all youngsters to enjoy school from the day they enter kindergarten. Coming to kindergarten with certain skills already in place makes learning easier for your child. For example, children whose families have read to them and children who can draw some basic letters have an easier time learning to read. That’s important, because reading lays the foundation for learning throughout their school years.

This fall, we will begin using a better way to determine what our kindergarten students know and can do. This more accurate information will help teachers better identify what each student needs to succeed in kindergarten.

Teachers will use Ohio’s new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to get a snapshot of every child’s knowledge and skills in six areas: social skills, math, science, social studies, language and literacy, physical well-being and motor development.

To read more about the KRA, including how the assessment works, please click here
 
MAP Parent Information
During the weeks of August 25-September 12, all Middletown K-8 students will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). MCSD administers reading and math MAP tests to determine students’ instructional levels and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. MAP assessments are administered on computers.  Click "Read More" for more information.  
School Start Times
Make sure you know what time school starts! See below for the start and end time for all Middletown City Schools.

Amanda Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Central Academy
8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Creekview Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Mayfield Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Miller Ridge Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Rosa Parks Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Wildwood Elementary
9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Highview 6th Grade Center
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Middletown Middle School
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Middletown High School
7:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
 
2014-2015 School Bus Routes
Times are subject to change
Buses will unload at Transfer at 7:45 am
Any transportation needs will go thru the school/Welcome Center
Must allow 2 days for change to take effect
All students are expected to arrive at designated stop 5 min prior to pick-up time
Butler Tech Buses will depart NLT 6:57 a.m.  Once they leave they will not return to school for any reason.
 
Welcome Back from Dr. Dillon
Dear Amanda Learning Community,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! As always, I am so excited to be back and I am eager to begin my sixth year as principal of Amanda Elementary School.
There are a few dates and upcoming events at Amanda that I want everyone to be aware of:
 
Final MEGA HUGE Gallery Update of the Year!
Our final big, huge, gargantuan collection of pics and vids. 
Massive New Gallery Update!
Galleries now updated with pics and videos from St. Patrick's Day, Easter, COSI and more. 
PAC Night & Friday Finale Pics and Vids Now Up
3/13/14 - New galleries have been added for our March PAC Night and Friday Finale. Enjoy! 
Bubbles!
5th graders celebrate perfect attendance and blow some bubbles! 
New Photos from Valentine's Day and 'The Fredrick Douglas Story'
New photos now online of Amanda Valentine's Day celebrations and Art Reach's 'The Fredrick Douglas Story'. 
Photos from Middletown's Board Meeting at Amanda Now Online
New photos from the Middletown City Schools' Board Meeting at Amanda Elementary are now online.  
New Holiday Photos and Videos!
Check out our new photo and video galleries and relive some of this school year's holiday memories! 
New Galleries Up!
New Photo Galleries, courtesy of Amanda's A.S.T.A.R.S. documentarians are now on the site. 
New Video Up!
MHS Show Choir Christmas Program Excerpt  
New in the Amanda Cafeteria
SHARE TABLE . . . Daily Opportunities to Provide and be Satisfied 
Fall Fund Raiser
See Dr. Dillon hanging on the cafeteria wall! 
Kindergarten Book Bags
News from the Parent Resource Center 
PAC Event
Game Night 
Curriculum NIght
Parents are invited to Curriculum Night on Sept. 10, from 5:30-7:00 pm. 
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