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Litchfield ElEmEntary PrinciPal’s rEPort NAME: Cherie Kluender SCHOOL: Litchfield Public Schools CLASS: K-12 School Counselor SCHOOL PHONE: (308)-446-2244 Ext. 423 Email: April Elementary Principal Report Cherie Kluender April 11, 2016 April marks another year of the Nebraska State Assessment testing for the Litchfield Public Schools and all public schools in Nebraska. As in the past, these state tests will be given to all students in grades 3-8 and 11. The test schedule for this year is: April 5, 6, 7 NeSA Reading and Math for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grade students April 12, 13 NeSA Science 5th grade students April 14 NeSA Math for 7th, 8th, 11th grade students April 20 NeSA Reading and Science for 7th, 8th, 11th grade students The teachers have been working very hard to prepare the student/s for these assessments. We had our End of Third Quarter Awards Assembly. Where we discussed the Character Counts Traits. Awards given out where; a. 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester Perfect Attendance b. 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester Honor Rolls c. Accelerated Reader Awards d. Character In Action Awards e. Highest Scores on Winter MAPS in Reading, Math and Science f. Most Improved Winter MAPS Scores Ms. Heyden, Mrs. Russell and myself attended the APL Training at the ESU April 22-24. APL says IF YOU WANT IT, TEACH IT! Teachers and parents should not assume that their students know how to complete often routine tasks, because they often do not. RETRAINING IS PRACTICE! Brainstorm the behaviors and teach the expectation. Teachers need to know what they want the students to do. We learned to model for the students what is expected and then make sure they understand. Practice the behavior. It is important that students can hear, see, and feel what behaviors are expected. It is important that feedback is given, insuring that students understand. Reinforce the behavior. Tell them when they are right. Students need to know when things are going right. We learned to make certain that students are giving recognition for good work, as this will likely increase the desired behavior. 11