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Understanding Your Child’s MAP Results

From Dr. Young:

During the first nine weeks of the school year we conduct annual testing to help determine your child’s current academic standing. The test we utilize for our universal screening of all students is the Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). This assessment is nationally normed and provides us with a national percentile rank for each student. This information is used, along with additional assessments and classroom observations, to place students in appropriate groups for personalized learning time (PLT). PLT provides each student with individualized instruction and interventions designed to meet their academic needs. For help interpreting your child’s results, please consult this reference guide or contact your child’s teachers. The MAP assessment will be provided again in November and February to track student progress and make any necessary changes to PLT placement.

Welcome, Dr. Young!

Dr. Russell Young has been selected as the new principal at West End. Most recently, Dr. Young was an assistant principal at Hunters Lane High School, heading up the school’s Academy of International Baccalaureate. A former middle school science teacher, he has degrees in biology and educational leadership. Follow Dr. Young on Twitter @DrRJYoung.

UPDATE: West End families are invited to come meet Dr. Young on Thursday, July 13, at 6PM in the library.

New Principal Survey

With Dr. Hammond moving into a new role as Executive Director of School Support & Improvement with MNPS on July 1, West End will have a new principal for the 2017-18 school year. As part of the process for identifying the best candidate for this position, the district is conducting a survey to identify the principal leadership skills that are most important to the West End community. Whether you are a parent, student, teacher, alumnus, or interested community member, please make sure your voice is heard by clicking here to take the survey.

Oakley Christian Memorial Fund Established to Benefit West End Students

On October 18, 2016, the Board of Directors of the West End High School Alumni
Association passed a resolution establishing the Oakley Christian Memorial Fund to benefit current students at West End Middle School. Cecil Oakley Christian, Jr. attended Eakin Elementary, Cavert Junior High, and West End High School, graduating in 1954. After getting a degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, he returned to West, serving as a junior high teacher and assistant coach from 1959 to 1960. Oakley was in the electrical contracting business, C. O Christian & Sons, Inc., for over fifty years before his death on September 24, 2016.

Any monies raised by the Fund will be distributed by agreement between the Board of the Association and the adult members of the Christian family. Already, more than $2,000 has been raised to purchase audio-visual equipment for the school’s multimedia production program. The goal is to raise $5,000 by June 2017 so the equipment can be installed for the 2017-2018 school year.

To learn more about the Oakley Christian Memorial Fund or to make a donation, please click here.