• NAEP Informational Letter



    Grades 4 and 8 – Mathematics and reading assessments


    December 12, 2018

    Dear Parent or Guardian:


    Gladys Wood will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 14, 2019. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.


    Your child will take an assessment in mathematics or reading. In addition to subject-area questions, NAEP survey questionnaires are voluntarily completed by students. The questionnaires provide valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. As part of the 2019 National Indian Education Study, American Indian and Alaska Native students may receive additional questions tailored to their educational experiences and their opportunities to learn about their culture and traditions. More information about NAEP survey questionnaires is available at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents under the section “What Questions Are on the Test?”


    The assessment takes about 120 minutes for most students, including transition time and directions.



    The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

    • Your child’s grades will not be affected.
    • Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.
    • While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by January31, 2019


    There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do his or her best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf. Contact Cindy Hemry at 742-6760 or at hemry_cindy@asdk12.org if you have any questions.


    We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Gladys Wood’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.





    Cindy Hemry



    National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is authorized to conduct NAEP by the National Assessment of Educational Progress Authorization Act (20 U.S.C. §9622) and to collect students’ education records from education agencies or institutions for the purposes of evaluating federally supported education programs under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 34 CFR §§ 99.31(a)(3)(iii) and 99.35). All of the information provided by participants may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151). By law, every NCES employee as well as every NCES agent, such as contractors and NAEP coordinators, has taken an oath and is subject to a jail term of up to 5 years, a fine of $250,000, or both if he or she willfully discloses ANY identifiable information about participants. Electronic submission of participant’s information will be monitored for viruses, malware, and other threats by Federal employees and contractors in accordance with the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015. The collected information will be combined across respondents to produce statistical reports.

  • Happy November, Gladys Wood Families!


    I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying our first weeks of ‘winter’! It really is amazing to me each year how quickly the first half of the school year goes, and we are well on our way to the holiday break!


    Speaking of which, I hope that we will be seeing many of you Friday at our Turkey Bingo!  The PTO is working hard to gather prizes, turkeys and more to ensure that fun is had by all.  The doors open at 5:30 and our awesome 6th graders will be selling some yummy food if you want to have dinner here. I am very much looking forward to this fun event. 


    Please remember that safety is our #1 concern when it comes to drop off and pick-up before and after school.  Please do NOT drop off your child in the loop unless you are up against the curb as your child(ren) may not be seen and could potentially be injured.  I know that we are all in a hurry in the mornings, but please be aware of our safety rules in the parking lot. We do have brochures in the office if you are unclear. In addition, please remember that parents are to park in the front lot only. The side lot is for staff members. As the winter progresses, there are less and less spots for staff use.  Thank you so much for observing these procedures.


    Has a staff member gone out of his/her way for you or your child? We have staff shout outs in the office that you can fill out to share your gratitude for that person.  Please take the time to come in and write one when you have a moment.  We are blessed with wonderful, caring people working for you and your children.  A kind word of gratitude goes a long way!


    Speaking of gratitude, I want to share mine with all of you this Thanksgiving season.  Every day, I feel amazingly blessed to come in and work with this amazing staff, your awesome children, and you, the supportive families.  Thank you so much for all that you do to support our school in every way.  We are all a family here at Gladys Wood, and I feel that sense of pride and caring every day.


    Enjoy your holiday next week. Take time to share your gratitude with others, and I hope that you have a restful long weekend!



Principal's Corner


    The relationship between parents and teachers is vital to student’s learning.  At parent-teacher conferences coming up Wednesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 25th, you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher one-on-one. 


    Please sign up for your  Parent/Teacher conference(s) using the Conference Scheduler.


    Conferences are a time when important people in your child’s life can talk about how they are doing in school.  It’s a chance for you to ask questions about the class or your child’s progress. It is also a time for you and the teacher to work together as a team to discuss ways you both can help your son or daughter. 


    Here are eight questions you might ask your child’s teacher:

    1. What will you cover in this grade or subject this year?
    2. What are your expectations for homework?
    3. Has my child missed any assignments?
    4. How are my child's work habits?
    5. Does my child read at the level you would expect for this grade?
    6. Is my child able to do the math you would expect for this grade?
    7. Is my child in different groups for different subjects?
    8. Does my child get along well with other students?

    “You gain the perspective of a trained professional who spends an enormous amount of time with your child”, says Grace Marie Rozea, New York State region director for the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

    Parent-teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home-school communication and family involvement and one of the best ways to ensure that your child’s school experience is successful. Together, with your child’s teacher, you can help your child have a great school year. 




    The Gladys Wood front office is open from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. The school day begins at 9:00 am for all students. Please do not drop students off before 8:40 am, as there is no adult supervision prior to that time. All students are dismissed at 3:30 pm. If walking home, remind your child to go directly home to check in with you. The playground is closed until 4:00 pm. Children must be picked up no later than 3:45 pm.



    The weather is getting cooler and it is time to start our preparation for winter’s arrival.  As you begin to winterize your home, car and garden to handle the winter weather, don’t forget to dig out those winter clothes for your child to wear on their way to and from school, during recess, and on field trips.  Students head outside for recess in sprinkles, snow, sun, or cold weather above -10 degrees fahrenheit, please ensure they come to school prepared for outdoor conditions.

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