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5/17/21 Monday Message from Dr. Hart-Olivis

Good evening Hillandale Families,

This is Principal Hart-Olivis with this week’s Monday Message.

Do you have a student who is getting ready for kindergarten next year? Don’t forget that students who turn five years old on or before August 31 of this school year are eligible to join The Hillandale Family as kindergarteners, and we’d love to start planning to welcome them to school in person in the fall. As we plan to close out this school year and start off next year under more-normal circumstances than we have seen since the fall of 2019, we hope you’ll join us and stay tuned during the summer as we look for ways to help our students and families learn more about school for next year. Please visit the district website or this link (https://www.dpsnc.net/domain/105) for more information about heading to kindergarten, and as always, if you’re ready to register and avoid the rush, you can begin the process with Ms. Debbie Wilson, our data manager at Hillandale, at debbie_wilson@dpsnc.net. If you want to know more about Hillandale and how students learn in The Hillandale Family, please also be on the lookout for the updated video message with Hillandale educators, students, and parents sharing their experiences at our incredible school.

Families of third-grade students, as we close the year, several third-grade parents have been asking about the Read-to-Achieve (RtA) law for students. Students who do not demonstrate proficiency on the End-of-Grade reading test, the RtA Alternate assessment, and do not have a “Good Cause Exemption” which reflects that the student has shown proficiency in some other format or would be exempt from needing to show such proficiency by law will be invited to summer camp to have additional opportunities to satisfy the law. This law dictates that students will have the opportunity to take the RtA assessment and the i-Ready reading probe again. At the end of the summer, students who have not satisfied the requirements in the Read-to-Achieve law will have a “reading retained” label added to their record in PowerSchool. If you received a letter from the school that your child’s achievement is below proficiency, it’s a wonderful opportunity to have your child registered for Operation Summer Learning in DPS to work toward strengthening skills and unfinished learning from this year.

Families of students in grades 3-5, all classes are working on review to show what we know on the upcoming EOGs. Some of our students will be taking this assessment as early as this week, and we need your help to cheer our students on from home and to encourage them to do their best while reviewing as well as once test time comes. You may hear from some of our educators around the school who are assisting students in reviewing to do their best on the test.

Stay up to date about what’s happening at Hillandale on our school website, hillandale.dpsnc.net and on Twitter and Instagram @HillandalePOWER.

As always, thank you for your support, your partnership, and most of all, thank you for being part of The Hillandale Family.

Have an excellent week!