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State Assessments
State assessments are intended to give students and parents individual feedback on his/her individual progress in achieving state standards.  These assessments will be administered online and will include multiple choice and multiple mark questions.  The performance tasks in math and writing will allow students to demonstrate math knowledge, reading for information, and writing skills.  Below is a schedule for assessments this year for students in grades 3-5:
      
March 10-11:  Multi-disciplinary Performance Task (Gr. 3-5
March 12:  Math Performance Task (Gr. 3-5)

March 31:  Science (Gr. 4)
April 1-3:  ELA State Assessment (Gr. 3-5)
April 14-16:  Math State Assessment (Gr.3-5)

 
During daily classroom instruction, teachers have been working diligently to help your child learn and apply concepts in reading and math.  The ultimate goal is for students to make connections and apply knowledge to everyday life skills.  We know that our Griffith students will do very well on these assessments. 
 
2015 Distinguished Classroom Teacher
The Wichita Public Schools is proud to announce the 2015 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award recipients in their respective categories. The recipients were surprised in their classrooms on Thursday, February 27 by BOE members, district leadership and members of the selection committee. The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards program honors outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education in the Wichita Public Schools.


Andrea Belsan, 4th grade teacher at Griffith Elementary – New Teacher, Elementary category.
 





Students said they like her as a teacher because she is the nicest teacher they know, she’s fun and gives them the skills they need to go onto the next grade.
Attendance Procedures
Attendance is a critical part of your child’s education.  Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves.  Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important.  Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

Students that are not in school from 9:00 A.M. to 4:10 P.M. will have their attendance record marked as follows:
  • Students arriving after 9:00 and before 10:30 will be marked TARDY. 
  • Students arriving to school between 10:30 to the start of the school’s lunch or at the end of the school lunch to 2:30 will be marked as a ½ day absence for the morning or afternoon.
  • Students leaving school after 2:30 will be marked as EARLY OUT.
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Cell Phones
Cell Phones at School
 
 
We discourage students from bringing cell phones to school.  If it is necessary that they are brought to school, students MUST them turned off during the school hours and to be given to the classroom teacher to lock away during the school day.  According to the Paw Print Handbook, “If cell phones are used during school hours, they will be kept by the school staff until a parent meeting is scheduled along with a consequence for academic interruption.” 
2015-2016 Parent-Teacher Calendar
2015-2016 Parent-Teacher calendar approved
The Board of Education approved the 2015-2016 Parent-Teacher school calendar during its January 26 meeting. The first day of school for all students is August 18, with orientation for sixth- and ninth-grade on August 17. Enrollment will be July 30 – 31, and August 3 – 4. The calendar also reflects the district-wide winter shutdown in December and the four-day work weeks in June and July.
 
Some key dates on the 2015-2016 calendar include:
  • Enrollment: July 30 – 31, August 3 – 4
  • Orientation for new teachers: August 6 – 7
  • Inservice for all teachers: August 10 – 17
  • Orientation for sixth- and ninth-grade students: August 17
  • First day of school: August 18
  • Fall recess: November 26 – 27
  • Student Winter Recess: December 23 – January 4; Administrative Winter Recess December 24 – January 1
  • Spring recess: March 14 – 18
  • Last day of school: May 24
Click here for a pdf version of the 2015-2016 calendar.
 
New on the 2015-16 calendar are three designated possible weather makeup days at the end of May. The Kansas State Department of Education has required that school districts designate days on the calendar for possible weather makeup days if a district needs to take them.

The calendar may change at the discretion of the Board of Education and/or district administration.
Last Updated: 1/27/15
School Finder

School Finder helps parents
locate the right school

 














A new program on the district’s Web site can assist parents and school staff to find the correct neighborhood school. School Finder,
www.schoolfinder.usd259.org, can look up any address within the district boundaries and find the school assignment by grade level. Parents can also find the distance between the residence and the school and if the student qualifies for bus transportation. The site shows a map to help parents develop a safe walking route if the student does not qualify for a bus.  

Schools can also use the program to answer parents’ questions about which school their child should attend and if they qualify for a bus. The data is pulled from the district’s scheduling program that develops bus routes. 

“It’s an easy to use tool to help our families and our schools,” said Fabian Armendariz, Transportation Director.  

A link to School Finder is under the “Parents” section of the Wichita Public Schools’ Web site.  

Pure magnet schools are not listed in School Finder because they do not have a neighborhood address. For additional questions, contact Student Records and Enrollment Services at 973-4498.

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