Welcome to The Ridge

It’s that time of year once again. TCAP’s are just around the corner. MRIS students will be testing during the week of April 27th. Students and teachers have been working hard to cover those last few standards to ensure that all of our students are well prepared.
As a reminder, TCAP test results will once again account for 15% of your student’s second semester average in language arts, math, and science. There will not be a social studies TCAP test this school year. Our students will be participating in a social studies field test in May. However, there is not student accountability to this test. During TCAP week, we hope that you will make every effort to have your child here each day. At home, you may be asking what you can do to help your student succeed come test time. Here are a few suggestions that will help make certain that your child has a positive experience during the week of testing.
 Get plenty of rest – Getting to bed early will allow your student to be well rested and ready to face the challenges of the TCAP test. Research shows that the intermediate age student may require up to 10 hours of sleep each night to be well rested.
 Feed their fire – Start their day with a healthy breakfast. If you are in a rush, remember that our Rainforest Café serves breakfast each morning beginning at 7:00a.m.
 Arrive on time – Getting to school late can cause undo stress. Remember our school day starts promptly at 7:40 a.m. Also, we won’t be able to admit a child to class once testing has begun.
 Keep it positive – All our students have worked extremely hard to prepare for TCAP’s. Encourage them and let them know that they can and will do a great job on the test. Believing in one’s ability can make all the difference.

After completion of testing, we will be sprinting to the finish of our third year on “The Ridge.” Learning doesn’t end after the test and many of our most exciting units of instruction occur after state testing is complete. In addition, we will have several special
events for students and families. To stay informed of the events and activities that your student will be participating in, check out the Important Dates Section of the Insider. In addition, our online calendar can help keep you abreast of all that is going on at MRIS.

In closing, the faculty and staff would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer break. We appreciate the support of all of our families. For those moving on, best of luck as you transition to Maryville Junior High and we look forward to seeing everyone else back here in the Fall to begin another great year on “The Ridge!”
D. Kevin Myers, Principal

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