Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Gordan

    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: 

    Before Testing: 

    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. 

    During Testing: 

    1. Help younger students login using the test session name and password provided by their teacher (Spanish version here). 

    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

    (Translation of this letter here


    James A. Gordon, III




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  • RPS Direct Update - December 2 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Don't forget to tune in at 6 pm tonight on the RPS Facebook page for our Civic Voices Town Hall about retaining, developing, and recruiting male teachers of color. Please note that RPS Live! will return next Wednesday at 7 pm. Switching gears, we're looking for volunteers to help distribute Winter Break meal packs from Tuesday, December 15, through Thursday, December 17. If you can help, please sign up here. Thank you! Finally, in case you missed them, check out these two articles about our 2020 REB Winners and the Richmond Alternative School Turkey Giveaway. Thanks to Kenya Hunter from the RTD for covering these stories!

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  • RPS Direct Update - December 2, 2020

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that one staff member and five students have tested positive for COVID-19: Huguenot High School – 2 students (not physically present this academic year) J.B. Fisher Elementary School – 1 staff member (last there on 11-20) J.H. Blackwell Elementary School – 1 student (not physically present this academic year) J.L. Francis Elementary School – 2 students (both were at a distribution event on 11-18) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (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.

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