Spring standardized testing ramps up this week
Throughout the year, Fulton students participate in standardized testing as part of the statewide testing program. Spring, however, is an especially important testing season due to the CRCT for elementary and middle school students and the EOCT for high-schoolers.
Beginning the week of April 21 , students in third through eighth grade will take the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. The purpose of the CRCT is to provide information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, system and state levels. Middle and high school students also face high-stakes testing. End-of-course tests, given in identified subjects, will begin on April 28th. This information is used to identify individual student strengths and weaknesses and to gauge the quality of education throughout Fulton County and the state.
We encourage you to help your children do their best on these tests by making sure they are in school every day, and especially on testing days. Tests reflect the overall achievement of a child and time spent in learning situations increases the likelihood of doing well.
Other helpful testing tips include:
- Give your child encouragement. Praise him/her for the things done well throughout the year. A child who is afraid of failing is more likely to make a mistake.
- Ensure that your child has a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind. Make sure your child has a good breakfast on testing days and every day.
- Keep the lines of communication open between home and school. Parents and teachers should work together to benefit the child.
- Make sure your child is well rested on school days. Tired children are less likely to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of classwork and tests.
- Try not to be overly anxious about test scores. Too much emphasis on test scores can be upsetting to children.
- Don't judge a child on the basis of a single test score. Test scores are not perfect measures of what a child can do. There are many other things that might influence a test score. For example, a child can be affected by the way he/she feels that day, physically and/or mentally.
- Follow normal routines. Interruptions of normal routines may affect your child's performance.
- Don't forget eyeglasses or hearing aids. If your child wears an assistive device, such as glasses or hearing aids, be sure he/she remembers to bring it and wear it during all testing sessions.
- Plan ahead for medical appointments. Avoid scheduling doctor's or dentist's appointments during testing times.
On April 29 and April 30 from 8 AM to 1 PM parents can register their child for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Your child must be 4 by September 1, 2014. Their birthday should fall between September 2, 2009 and September 1, 2010. Parents need to bring the following items when they register their child(ren): Child's birth certificate, child's Social Security card, child's immunization records, parent's ID, 2 proofs of residence.
100% Parent/Student Compacts
Congratulations to Oak Knoll for collecting 100% of the Parent/Student Compacts! Way to go Oak Knoll faculty, parents, and students.
Pennies for Patients
Student Council kicks off their annual Pennies for Patients drive. Students collect spare change that is donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please save your spare change to help save lives. The two classes that raise the most money will be treated to a pizza party (1st place) and a popcorn party (2nd place).
2014 - 2015 Spring Registration
If your child is already enrolled in Fulton County Schools, your child will bring a survey home on April 22. Please complete the form and return it to school immediately.
If your child is not presently enrolled in Fulton County Schools, please enroll at your local elementary school.
Fulton County students continue to score above the national average in grades three, five, and eight on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). In grade 3 scores remained stable for Total Reading, Social Studies, and Science and dropped in Total Math and Total Language. Scores have remained stable in grades five and eight across the subject areas over last year.
Oak Knoll's 3rd grade students made gains in every subject and 13 percentile point gains in Social Studies.
Oak Knoll Elementary School is a Uniform School.
All students are strongly encouraged to wear the school uniform. Students may wear navy, black, or khaki bottoms and blue, white, or yellow golf or button-up the front shirts.
Oak Knoll Emergency Procedures: Oak Knoll has processes and procedures in place in the event of different kinds of emergency situations. Some situations such as a bomb threat, gas leak or chemical spill call for an off-site evacuation. In the event that the school has to be evacuated off-site, parents will be contacted by staff regarding the evacuation, and specific location for pick-up at a designated reunification site. This is one reason that it is of the utmost importance that you send updated contact information to the school to ensure that the staff is able to reach you immediately. The transportation department will also be contacted regarding the site change. Buses will be rerouted to the reunification site to collect students who normally ride the bus and transport them home.