Dear Parents,

We would like to wish you a blessed, healthy and happy 2018.

As we approach the end of the semester, I would like to take this opportunity to explain “dead week” and final exams.

“Dead week” is the week before finals. It is a time when no new content is taught and all homework relates directly to preparing for the final exams. This may include completing a study guide, completing a study activity for the test (such as making flashcards or mnemonic deceives), or taking practice exams. The students will still have homework, but the assignments will be teacher-directed and focused on helping students get ready for finals.

Final exams are comprehensive tests that are given at the end of each semester. Most final exams last for one hour. However, tests for the higher level classes (such as math, world language and most eighth grade classes) last one hour and fifteen minutes.

Final exams will cover material from several units of study and may include everything taught so far this school year. The final will not cover new material. Everything will have been addressed in class prior to the final through an activity, lesson, assignment, etc. However, the students may not have been tested on the material before the final.

In addition, all students will take a writing assessment during finals week. This assessment will test the student’s real-time ability to structure an essay. The writing assessment is not something a student can directly study for except to review the writing process (starting with brainstorming through developing an outline to writing a rough draft and, finally, to editing).

Each teacher will give the students a study guide at least one week prior to the scheduled exam. Students will need to pay close attention to the study guide. The study guide will help students decide what information will be covered in the exam and in what depth. Each teacher’s final exam will be different, so it is important that students pay attention when the study guide and final exam information are presented in class.

Finals include:

  • In-class presentations (typically in music, art and computer)
  • Short answers (true/false, matching, fill-in the blank, multiple choice, etc.)
  • Essay (well-developed concept supported by both the content/facts and grammatical elements/structure)
  • Diagrams/pictures/mapping (you may need to illustrate a concept)

Many tests have combinations of these styles. The teacher will tell the students what type of final exam will be given in their class.

We will help students prepare for their finals by providing in-class study time as well as study guides. As we move into “dead week,” please know the staff is here to guide students. We want each and every student to be successful and to develop the tools they will need once they move onto high school. By using the class time, completing the study guide, completing related assignments and by joining lunch/after-school study groups, we expect most students to approach their finals with confidence and to see the results of their work in their scores.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Gfroerer
Principal

First Semester Final Exam Schedule – January 2018

Eighth-grade computer and seventh- and eighth-grade music finals will occur during the week of January 11-15.  There will be no seventh-grade study skills final during the first semester.

Tuesday, Jan. 30
  • School begins at 8:45 a.m. (Doors open for a silent study hall starting at 7:25 a.m.)
  • School dismisses at 11:00 a.m. (No study hall, sibling care, or after-school activities except for students enrolled in French or Spanish.)

Time
Grade
Subject

8:45 – 9:45
6th
English

10:00 – 11:00
6th
Writing Assessment

8:45 – 9:45
7th
English

10:00 – 11:00
7th
Writing Assessment

8:45 – 9:45
8th
English

10:00 – 11:00
8th
Writing Assessment

11:15 – 12:30
8th
French and Spanish

     
     
     

Wednesday, Jan. 31
  • School begins at 8:45 a.m. (Doors open for a silent study hall starting at 7:25 a.m.)
  • School dismisses at 11:15 a.m. (No study hall, sibling care, or after-school activities.)

Time
Grade
Subject

8:45 – 9:45
6th
Math

10:00 – 11:15
6th
Social Studies

8:45 – 9:45
 7th
Math

10:00 – 11:15
 7th
Social Studies

8:45 – 9:45
 8th
Math

10:00 – 11:15
 8th
Social Studies

     
     
     

Thursday, Feb. 1
  • School begins at 8:45 a.m. (Doors open for a silent study hall starting at 7:25 a.m.)
  • School dismisses at 11:00 a.m. (No study hall, sibling care, or after-school activities.)

Time
Grade
Subject

8:45 – 9:45
6th
Science

10:00 – 11:00
6th
Religion

8:45 – 9:45
7th
Science

10:00 – 11:00
7th
Religion

8:45 – 9:45
8th
Science

10:15-11:00
8th
Religion