WORTHINGTON HILLS CONNECT
September 25, 2015
We had our first WHE Connect assembly this afternoon! We meet together as a school community once each month, usually on the last Friday. At the WHE Connect assemblies we sing the school song, celebrate the accomplishments of our students, and share what is happening in the school. One or two grades share what they are learning, and all of the students who earned a Hawkeye Award during the month are honored.
This year we are lucky to have two student bands here to perform during our assemblies. Under Oakview played at our Back to School assembly, and Neon Hills played this afternoon. The WHE Connect assemblies are always a good time to remember that "We are Worthington Hills!"
Immunization Clinic to be held at McCord Middle School!
Columbus Public Health is sponsoring an immunization clinic at McCord Middle School next from 3:00-6:15 p.m. This clinic is open to all Worthington Residents. If you have a child who is need of any immunizations, this is a perfect opportunity.
Attention 6 grade parents: If your child has turned 10, they are eligible to receive the Tdap vaccine that is REQUIRED by the Ohio Department of Health to start 7th gr. This is a great chance to get a head start and get the required vaccine at a clinic close to home.
Any current kindergarten student who may be missing immunizations, any students new to Ohio who are missing immunizations, or 7th grade student who is not up to date with the required Tdap, are encouraged to visit this clinic.
Please provide a copy of the updated immunization record to your school nurse after receiving any vaccines.
Author Visit Book Sale: Dr. John Becker
This coming , is the last day to turn in book order forms. Our author will present the students with their books on , which is the day of his visit. Check or cash is accepted. Checks should be made out to the author, Dr. John Becker, and cash must be exact. Please email Mrs. Steele mailto:lsteele@
One Leg at a Time Merchandise
Don't forget to order soon!!!
Every other http://onelegatatime.org/. Now through shipping is FREE! Enter the coupon codeworthingtonfreeshipping. Make sure you include your home school and merchandise will be delivered within 2-3 weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Steele at 614-450-4700 or mailto:
It's time for the Warrior Run!
Event Start and End Time:
Where: Granby Elementary School, 1490 Hard Rd. Columbus, OH
This event is FREE to all students, staff, and families of Worthington City Schools! Visit our website at www.
New This Year: Due the rapid growth of this event, we have made some changes to keep our event free and with a focus on our elementary students.
Important changes to note this year are:
Participation is limited to the first 1,000 who register, so don't wait! If you have any questions, please contact me at mailto:chenderson@wscloud.
from Mr. Henderson
WHES' NEW Spirit Wear clothing is available to order online: http://www.whes.
as well as to supplement school technology & materials purchases.
Does your child LOVE the arts? It's time for the Reflections Arts Program again!
If your child would like to participate in the National PTA's Reflections Program, themed: "Let Your Imagination Fly", he/she can choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a photograph, or create a piece of visual art at home and describe how his/her interpretation of the theme.
Submission packets are available in the front office, from the related arts teachers and online at: http://www.ohiopta.org/
Mrs. Steele, Ms. Koontz, and Mrs. Johansen are available to help with your child's questions and technical issues, but the project is to be worked on by the child at home.
RACE FOR TURF 5K!!
The Turf Committee of the Wolves, Inc. athletic booster club is organizing a 5k run/walk event starting at Worthington Hills Elementary on http://greenswell.com/, at , to benefit the new field turf project. Register at
Another way to help the cause is by shopping at Road Runner during the month of September. They are donating 10% of sales which are purchased by anyone affiliated with Worthington Kilbourne. Just mention that you are with the Worthington Kilbourne Race for Turf 5k!
Thanks for your help!
As you know, Ohio is switching this school year from PARCC (Pearson) math and English language arts tests to Ohio-specific tests developed by Ohio educators with the American Institutes for Research. However, Ohio will still be receiving student tests results from last year’s Pearson tests along with Ohio’s science and social studies assessments.
On Sept. 15, the State Board of Education approved performance-level cut score recommendations and projected state-level results for Ohio’s State Tests in math and English language arts (from Pearson) and science and social studies (from AIR).
The board took this action in accordance with state law requiring approval as part of the transition to new assessments. However, neither Pearson nor AIR is releasing district or building-level results for these tests. The test vendors will make this information available later this fall. See a projected schedule below.
Both AIR and Pearson have worked with educators, content experts and psychometricians to recommend the most appropriate performance levels for the 2014-2015 state tests. Both vendors assembled panels to review actual test questions, and these panels included Ohio educators and experts. After reviewing the test questions, the AIR and Pearson panels recommended scores based on what students should know or be able to do at each performance level. Vendors then compiled the information and determined how many students reached each performance level. This is the information department staff will share with the State Board next week.
After State Board approval, the test vendors will apply these performance levels to the raw test scores of Ohio students to produce district and building results, along with parent reports.
Please note that the data the State Board will be reviewing will include only the results for online tests. Ohio schools administered about 64 percent of Ohio’s 2014-2015 state tests online. A sampling of results from paper-based tests shows that performance should not vary greatly from the online versions.
These preliminary state test results are the first that are based on tests that fully measure student performance under Ohio’s Learning Standards, which aim to ensure that students in every tested grade are on track to succeed in college and careers. Consequently, while the percentage of students scoring proficient or higher may be lower than the rates on Ohio’s previous tests, this does not mean that the performance of our students or schools has declined. Instead, Ohio’s Learning Standards have raised expectations of the knowledge and skills students should acquire in each grade to be truly college and career ready.
While no single test can give a complete picture of achievement, Ohio’s year-end tests, combined with student grades and teacher reports, give us important information about student progress that can improve our future instructional strategies and testing.
Ohio will receive results for the current year’s state tests sooner than it has received last year’s results. As part of Ohio’s transition away from PARCC math and English language arts tests, Ohio lawmakers have established new deadlines for when vendors must provide test results to districts and buildings. The vendor for all of Ohio’s 2015-2016 tests, AIR, will return tests results by June 30.
Ohio educators will be setting the performance levels for the new AIR mathematics and English language arts tests that are to be given this December. The State Board will review and conditionally approve these proposed performance levels in January 2016 and is expected to give final approval in spring 2016.
Oct. 5 – Districts receive an electronic data file with individual student results for high schoolPARCC math and English language arts tests.
Oct. 12 – Districts receive an electronic data file with individual student results for AIR science and social studies tests.
Oct. 26 – Districts receive an electronic data file with individual students’ scores for grades 3-8math and English language arts tests.
Early November – Building and district summary reports available.
Nov. 3‒20 – PARCC Parent Score Reports for high school students arrive at district offices for distribution.
Nov. 2‒30 – AIR Parent Score Reports for science and social studies arrive at districts for distribution.
Nov. 30‒Jan. 9 – Parent Score Reports for grades 3-8 math and English language arts tests arrive at district offices for distribution.
At its September 2015 meeting, the State Board of Education reviewed the necessary percent of students scoring proficient or higher on each state test for the Indicators Met measure on the 2015 Ohio School Report Card.
The board decided to maintain the 80 percent for tests established before the 2014-2015 school year. These tests include the Ohio Achievement Assessment in third grade reading and the Ohio Graduation Tests for students who took them as 10th-graders in the 2014-2015 school year. The board also maintained 85 percent for students who were in 11th grade during the 2014-2015 school year and took one or more OGTs.
Acknowledging that 2014-2015 was the first year of new tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, the State Board’s decision is to use the state percentage of students scoring proficient or higher for each new test.
Below are the percentages for the 2015 Ohio School Report Card:
INDICATOR MET %
|Grade 3 English language arts||80%||OAA|
|Grade 3 math||65%||PARCC|
|Grade 4 English language arts||69%||PARCC|
|Grade 4 math||64%||PARCC|
|Grade 4 social studies||70%||AIR|
|Grade 5 English language arts||66%||PARCC|
|Grade 5 math||68%||PARCC|
|Grade 5 science||62%||AIR|
|Grade 6 English language arts||68%||PARCC|
|Grade 6 math||67%||PARCC|
|Grade 6 social studies||56%||AIR|
|Grade 7 English language arts||68%||PARCC|
|Grade 7 math||67%||PARCC|
|Grade 8 English language arts||68%||PARCC|
|Grade 8 math||51%||PARCC|
|Grade 8 science||60%||AIR|
|Grade 10 English||80%||OGT|
|Grade 10 writing||80%||OGT|
|Grade 10 math||80%||OGT|
|Grade 10 science||80%||OGT|
|Grade 10 social studies||80%||OGT|
|Grade 11 English||85%||OGT|
|Grade 11 writing||85%||OGT|
|Grade 11 math||85%||OGT|
|Grade 11 science||85%||OGT|
|Grade 11 social studies||85%||OGT|
|Algebra I end-of-course exam||64%||PARCC|
|American history end-of-course exam||71%||AIR|
|American government end-of-course exam||67%||AIR|
|English I end-of-course exam||73%||PARCC|
|English II end-of-course exam||76%||PARCC|
|Geometry end-of-course exam||80%||PARCC|
|Integrated math I end-of-course exam||60%||PARCC|
|Integrated math II end-of-course exam||80%||PARCC|
There will be a total of 10 A-F grades for 2014-2015. The 10 measures are under five components that will receive grades.
MEASURES – 10 A-F GRADES
|Gap Closing||Annual Measurable Objectives|
|Lowest 20% in Achievement|
|Students with Disabilities|
|Graduation Rate||Four-year Graduation Rate|
|Five-year Graduation Rate|
|K-3 Literacy||K-3 Literacy Improvement|
|Prepared for Success||Report only, no A-F grades|
Here is the A-F grade scale for the Indicators Met measure.
PERCENT ACHIEVING THE INDICATORS MET MEASURE
Typically, the department issues the Ohio School Report Card in late August or early September for the previous school year. This is a one-time delay in communicating results due to the transition to new state tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Ohio will resume its typical release schedule with the 2016 Ohio School Report Card for the 2015-2016 school year.
Recent changes in Ohio school law extend the time districts and schools have before they are accountable for all measures on the Ohio School Report Card. There will not be an overall grade for a district or school until 2018.
A state provision called safe harbor gives schools, teachers and students more time to adjust to the new state tests. In most cases, there no longer will be consequences tied to the results of the state tests given in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. Additionally, teachers and principals will not use value-added ratings from state tests for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years as part of their evaluations or when making decisions regarding dismissal, retention, tenure or compensation unless they choose to use the data.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Author John Beecher - family event 6:30-7:30 p.m.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM PTA Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Spooktacular Story Hour Family Event
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Donuts with Dads