Welcome to Minter Creek!
Highly Capable Program Referrals
The district is currently accepting referrals for students to test this spring for qualification into next year's (2015-16) highly capable (gifted) programs. The Cognitive Abilities test, along with academic achievement measures in math and reading, are used to identify students who may benefit from this program. Parent permission is required for testing -- please see referral form for details. Students in 4th grade or above that have already qualified as highly capable do not need to retest. For more information about the highly capable program visit our website.
If you are interested in referring a student for testing this spring, please complete the referral form and turn it in to your child's school no later than January 30th.
Preparing for Inclement Weather and School Closures
To All Staff and Parents:
Soon the fall/winter storm season will be upon us. We have provided information to assist staff and parents with Peninsula School District’s procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school closures. Below you will find guidelines to help you understand how weather decisions are made.
Report Cards Go Home
In your child’s Thursday folder or backpack, you will find the first trimester report card. For nearly all children, it is helpful for you to discuss their report with them. A couple of tips for that conversation:
- Stay calm and matter-of-fact when discussing strong grades and areas of concern.
- When a child has done well, help your child connect that success with his/her hard work, and celebrate the accomplishment.
- When a child is struggling, ask questions to help uncover what is difficult for your child. Do some problem-solving to determine what your child could do to improve. Possible areas that might need support include: organization, completing homework, focusing while at school, asking for help during class.
- Set goals with your child for the next trimester. Let your child indicate one or two areas that he/ she would like to give extra attention – either to maintain a strong area or to strengthen one. Or maybe your child can pick an area and you can pick an area. Keep the focus small.
- Pay close attention to the work habits and citizenship grades. These represent areas that have an affect on all schoolwork and can be worked on both at home and at school.
- Don’t be concerned about areas that are marked ‘N’ for Not Assessed. Some areas have been introduced but haven’t been assessed often enough for the teacher to have a specific grade. Other areas will be taught later in the year. As always, if you have a question about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. Thanks for your partnership.