April 30th deadline for student transfers
As we prepare for the redistricting of our elementary schools and make plans to accommodate the explosive growth taking place in Gig Harbor North, new out-of-district transfer requests will be impacted as follows:
- No new out-of-district transfers will be accepted at grades K through 5
- No new out-of-district transfers will be accepted at Harbor Ridge Middle School
Fillable transfer forms and school district transfer policies are available online at www.psd401.net at the Family scroll down menu under the Transfers tab. Completed forms must be returned to the District office via email, post, or drop-off, no later than April 30th. If you have questions, please call Roxann Tallman at 253-530-1007.
Additional Highly Capable Testing Session
Peninsula School District has scheduled an additional testing session this spring for students who missed the January referral date and/or are newly enrolled in our schools and would like their child to test for qualification in our highly capable programs for the 2015-16 school year.
When: The next test session will be held on Saturday, May 16th, 8:45 am - 2:00pm. This time frame includes several testing sessions, small breaks, and a longer lunch break.
Where: Purdy Elementary School
What to expect: Highly Capable testing on May 16th will include two tests: the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) in math and reading (ITBS); both of these tests are required for qualification into our highly capable programs. Breaks in between tests will be provided, along with a lunch break. Students should bring their own lunch, healthy snacks, and water for the day, along with two #2 sharpened pencils.
What's New with State Testing?
STATE TESTING CHANGES
New Learning Standards / New State Tests
Starting this school year, our state’s learning standards are now aligned to the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts. New state standards mean new state tests. Washington, along with 23 other states, has a new state test aligned with the Common Core Standards. These next-generation assessments are called the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA). They are designed to accurately measure student progress toward college-and career-readiness in English language arts and mathematics.