Welcome to The Ridge

Welcome back and to the second semester on “The Ridge.” Traditionally, this time of year marks the beginning of our stretch run toward TCAPs. In addition, we begin our planning for the 2015-16 school year. But in the midst of all this preparation and planning, rest assured that we will also be spending a little time having some fun together both inside the classroom and out.

Our testing preparation begins with the administration of the TCAP Writing Assessment in February. All students will take this assessment online. Our 6th and 7th grade testing window is February 2-6 and our 4th and 5th grade testing window is February 9-13. Although our State has decided to forego the PARCC assessment, these assessments continue to mirror the rigor we saw in previous years. Our students will be expected to read and interpret length passages and respond to prompts citing textual evidence in their writing. In addition to our administration of the Writing Assessment, MRIS has been selected nationally to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This test will be administered to a select group of 4th grade students at our school. If your child was selected, you will be notified in writing through your student’s Friday Folder. For more information on NAEP testing, go to http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/. In 2014, the State of Tennessee was number one in the nation in improvement in our performance on this assessment and once again our state has set the goal to be the fastest improving state.

Planning for next school year will begin with an informational letter going home to parents on February 6th in the Friday Folder. This letter outlines the timeline of events from parent meetings to selecting electives to receiving level recommendations and finally student orientation. All dates and information can also be accessed through our school’s website at www.maryville-schools.org/mris. For those parents transitioning to Maryville Junior High School, we have created a link from our website to their registration information. The link can be found on the MRIS home page under Quick Links. Should you have any questions regarding your student’s transition, please don’t hesitate to call our school office at 980-0590.

As for fun on “The Ridge,” the spring semester is highlighted by several afterschool clubs and activities. From science, to the arts and even athletics, if you haven’t checked out any of these enrichment opportunities, please do. Information can be found on our website and in Blackboard regarding these regularly occurring activities. Intersession programming will also be offered during the 1st three days of spring break. Please be looking for a flyer in your student’s Friday Folder in the coming weeks outlining our Intersession programming and remember to sign up quickly, as many of our most popular offerings fill up fast! Finally, we can’t forget our 4th and 5th grade Movie Night and 6th and 7th grade Spring Fling. Movie Night will take place Friday, March 27th and our Spring Fling is scheduled for Friday, April 17th. Sponsored by our student council, these events offer a wonderful opportunity for our students to connect outside of the classroom. Stay tuned for more details as planning gets underway for these and other exciting events.

As one can see, even though it is cold outside, things are certainly heating up at MRIS. We invite each of you to come and be a part of the FUN! As always, thank you to our parents and community for their continued support of our students, staff and school.

D. Kevin Myers, Principal

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