Testing News

Blessings on your long weekend  As we look forward to this week, we recognize that it is that time of year again…time for standardized tests.  The faculty and staff at Sacred Heart Cathedral School  is getting ready. Test schedules are being coordinated, test booklets counted, and practice test booklets are being distributed. Students in grades two through eighth grade will be taking these standardized tests.

In the past, we have always administered the Iowa Basic Test. This year, in response to a request that all the Florida Catholic Schools are taking the same norm-referenced test, we will be administering the Terra Nova test. While this test is similar to the Iowa, there are some strategies we can utilize to help our students be successful with this new testing format.  

We will only be administering one test per day and this will be first thing in the morning, right after prayer.   Consequently, please have your child to school on time within the next two weeks.  Your child’s teacher has been reviewing for the Terra Nova, but this is everyone’s first time taking the test.

Here are some proven test strategies:

Q: Should I guess if I don’t know the answer?

A: In the case of Terra Nova, the answer is yes. The Terra Nova does not take off points for answering incorrectly; they just don’t add any!

Q: What should I do if I’m stuck on a question?

A: Skip it. Your child can always return to the question once they have answered those they are more sure about. But advise your child to be careful about filling in the answer sheet. It may seem obvious to skip that line on the answer sheet when you skip the question, but in the more intense atmosphere of a testing situation, it’s easy to forget to do this.

Reassure your child – Tell your child the test will not give us the same data as MAP testing.  This is a norm referenced test which compares students in the same grade across the state to see how they are learning compared to their peers.

Listen carefully – Listen carefully to instructions from the teacher.  Be sure you understand exactly what you have to do for each part of the test.  Look at ALL the answer choices before deciding on the correct, most complete answer.

Look for key words – Look for key words in test directions and questions such as: choose, describe, explain, compare, identify, except, not and but

Listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher, and read the directions to each question carefully. Be sure you understand exactly what you have to do for each part of the test. Look at ALL answer choices and choose the best and most complete answer. If, you are not sure which answer is correct eliminate choices that you know are incorrect. Then focus on the remaining choices.

Stay focused – Do not let other students distract you.

Please, please, please get to school early and get a good night’s sleep the night before.  A protein breakfast is an added bonus.

 

Blessings,

Elizabeth Snow & Mary Adams

 

Mother Clelia Merloni

Dear Parent,

The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a religious congregation founded in Italy in 1894 by Mother Clelia Merloni.    She was a remarkably dynamic spiritual leader who sent sisters to serve the needs of the Church in the United States and South America within a few years of the beginning of her congregation.

She led a life of amazing holiness and goodness and was Beatified by Pope Francis on Nov. 3, 2018 in Rome.  

A number of sisters of Blessed Clelia’s congregation have served and currently serve in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee:

     —Sr. Elizabeth Knight served as Principal of Sacred Heart Cathedral School from 1993 to 2009.

     —Sr. Margaret Kuntz is Diocesan Director of Faith Formation and has served in Pensacola since 1986.   Sr. Margaret Ann Calcutta has taught in the St. John Catholic School Morning Star Program since 2012, and Sr. Kierstin has served at Pensacola Catholic High School since 1987. 

The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are inviting you to join us at a Mass celebrating the Beatification of Blessed Clelia Merloni, with Bishop William Wack as principal celebrant, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Ave Maria Hall.    We hope that you can join us!

Please use this link (copy and paste into your browser) to view the online invitation and to access the RSVP portal: https://form.jotform.com/83413249015148

Yours in the Sacred Heart,

Sr. Margaret Kuntz, Sr. Kierstin Martin, Sr. Margaret Ann Calcutta

Summer Camp Opportunity

Families, you are invited to consider Good Counsel Summer Camp in Central Florida. It’s a Catholic youth camp outside of Tampa. Mr. Reding has already invited the boys bible study and public school families from the parish. So far there are several families intending to register their children.

The website is goodcounselcamp.org . It’s about 6 hours away in Floral City, north of Tampa. As the website and FB page illustrate, if offers canoeing, fishing, camp fires, hiking, archery, crafts, and times of prayer.

The only one-week offering is June 23-29. This is what most Sacred Heart families are considering. However, there is also a camp July 14-26.

 There is no group registration. You register as individual families. The best price, $370, is if you register and pay by March 1.

Please let Mr. Reding know if you do register, that way he can help families carpool if they choose.