October 5, 2020,
Greeting OGBES Teddy Bears,
During the week of October 12, 2020, your child will take a MAP*Growth Test remotely from NWEA on their RPS chrmebook or other non-RPS device. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to individualize classroom lessons and set personal learning goals for students. For this reason, it is critical that students complete the test independenently so that teachers will have the best picture of their current needs.
Note that RPS issued tablets will not support the assessment. Students will be able to use either their RPS issued chromebooks or other available personal laptop or computer. Students who do not have access to a supported device will test at a later date. Because your child will be taking the assessment remotely, we ask that you take the following steps:
1. Students can use any of the following device for the assessment: RPS issued chromebook or Personal laptop or other supported devices
2. Navigate to https://check.nwea.org/ on your child's device to diagnose any technical issues that need to be resolved and use the Chromebook Troubleshooting Guide (Spanish verison here) or Device Setup Guide to troubleshoot any issues and review student directions. Let your child's teacher know if the device did not pass the readiness check.
3. Ensure that he/she/they has access to all testing accommodations outlined in their IEP and or LIEP plan.
4. Work with your child to develop a plan to minimize distractions during testing.
5. Notify your child's teacher for assistance with any of these steps.
2. Please do not help the student answer unfamiliar questions (ALL students will get half of the questions wrong--and that's OK--it is how the test "finds out" what a students knows/remembers.) This is NOT a high-stakes test--it is simply a tool to help teachers personalize instruction. If a student is stuck, just tell them to give it their best guess and move on.
Even in these very challenging times, we are truly excited to focus on your child's individual growth and achievement. We sincerely appreciate your partnership and believe that the information we gain through these assessmnets is worth the effort and will help us maximize student learning this year. For more information about MAP Growth, please review this brief video explaining the assessment, The Parent Toolkit and The Family Guide (pdf), available in Spanish here.
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James A. Gordon, III
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RPS Registration and Enrollment ( for new students, PreK or Kindergarten)
RPS Civic Voices Town Hall - Please join us on our Facebook page at 6pm Wednesday, December 2nd for our next RPS Civic Voices Town Hall! The event will be moderated by our very own Mr. Rodney Robinson and will feature RPS educators, community leaders, and advocates engaging in a discussion about recruiting and investing in male teachers of color.
Winter Break Meal Packs - RPS School Nutrition Services will be providing 5-Day Meal Packs including breakfast and lunch items before RPS closes for Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st! There will be no meal distribution during Winter Break. Click here to pre-order your Meal Pack by November 30th!
Open Enrollment and School Applications - The school application window for open enrollment, specialty schools, and regional governor’s schools is now open! Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM. To learn more about the application process, and to get started, visit the RPS Enroll Portal.
Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, Well, I said "flood" my inbox with shout outs – and flood you did! Thank you for sharing more than 100 beautiful messages of appreciation for our teachers, administrators, support staff, partners, families, and students. (I encourage you to read all the way to the end, as the last one is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.) I can't express how much these words of support, encouragement, and gratitude mean to the recipients. On behalf of RPS, thank you to everyone who wrote in! Before I sign off for the holiday break, I also want to express my profound gratitude to our principals, teachers, and support staff. Since March 13, you have delivered more than 2 million meals, purchased and distributed over 20,000 Chromebooks, facilitated more than 30,000 community circles, and literally reinvented what it means to be a teacher – all with boundless love for our students and families. In short, you have demonstrated that RPS is capable of doing truly extraordinary things. This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for you. With the deepest appreciation, Jason
Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that three staff members and two students have tested positive for COVID-19. The staff are from the Belt Boulevard Transportation Office (last there on 11-23), Armstrong High School (last there on 11-17), and the Academic Office in City Hall (last there in October). The student cases are from Ginter Park Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson High School (neither has been on campus this year). We encourage everyone to monitor their symptoms and reach out to their primary care provider if they have any concerns. They can also contact the Richmond City Health District’s COVID-19 hotline at (804) 205-3501. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to work in close collaboration with RCHD to ensure the well-being of the entire RPS community. If you have any questions, as always, please don't hesitate to contact me. Best, Jason