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Band Information for 2019-20 School Year at Gateway 6th Grade Center
Dear Future Grizzly Parent/Guardian,
The days and weeks of this school year are flying by. Before you know it, your child will be leaving
elementary school and beginning the next exciting journey at the Gateway 6th Grade Center. The 6th Grade
Center brings many new experiences and opportunities for your child. I want to take a moment to tell you
about one of those opportunities and personally invite you to join one of North Kansas City School’s premiere
Both the Staley and Oak Park Band programs have developed a Tradition of Excellence. The bands are allinclusive,
comprehensive and offer a multitude of performance opportunities. As a member of the Staley and
Oak Park Band program, your student will have access to unlimited opportunities for success.
While our list of accomplishments is impressive, I believe the family atmosphere and close personal ties,
which develop between everyone in the program, is what makes our program one of the largest and most
successful student organizations in the district. As a sixth grader in the Gateway Band, you and your child
have the opportunity to join our Band family.
Beginning band is offered as a class every-other-day in your child’s 6th grade schedule. This every-other-day
routine, along with practice at home, provides each student with a solid foundation for success. Each year
more than 300 students, most with no previous experience in playing an instrument, join our program
district-wide. It is a journey designed to last through the high school years. Whether it is the High School
Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, or any of our percussion, brass, woodwind
ensembles, there is a place for every student.
In the next few weeks, the instrumental music staff will be visiting your child’s school. During our visit, we
will meet with every student interested in band. We will discuss your child’s interests and have them try
various instruments to determine which is best for them. Each student we meet will be sent home with the
results of our instrument placement scores for the core mouthpieces of the Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, and
With the large number of students, we have each year in beginning band, we divide the beginning band class
into multiple sections for instruction. As a result, all entering 6th grade band students need to go through this
process now. Waiting until next fall might mean that your child will not be able to play the instrument they
want because that class is full.
Gateway Band Timeline:
January I will travel to the feeder elementary schools to test each student on mouthpieces
January 28 Instrument testing at Gateway 5:30-7:00pm for students absent when I was at their school, or wanting to play
February The Gateway counselors will deliver enrollment forms for next year’s Encore choices
June 1 I will send out information with ways to obtain an instrument
August 28 Instrument rental night at Gateway
Again, we hope you accept our invitation to join the Band Family. Together we will experience many
milestones and continue to write the story of our high school’s outstanding band programs. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
Jeremy Faust, Ed Spec
Linden West News
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North Kansas City Families,
The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments evaluate students’ progress toward the Missouri Learning Standards. Grade-Level Assessments provide important information that contributes to decisions concerning individual students, groups of students, and educational programs. Assessments are given in the subject areas of Communication Arts (grades 3-8), Mathematics (grades 3-8) and Science (grades 5 and 8).
A policy statement, adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education, designated the purposes of the Missouri Assessment Program as:
- Improving students’ acquisition of important knowledge, skills and competencies;
- Monitoring the performance of Missouri’s education system;
- Empowering students and their families to improve their educational prospects; and
- Supporting the teaching and learning process.
The effectiveness of an assessment program depends on the wise choice of assessment methods, appropriate administration procedures and accurate interpretation of results.
The Grade-Level Assessments include multiple types of questions or items:
- Selected Response (also known as multiple choice) items are composed of a question followed by a series of possible responses. Students must select the correct response or responses.
- Constructed Response or Short Text items require students to supply an appropriate response rather than making a selection from a list of choices.
- Performance Tasks/Events allow students to work through more complicated items using real-world scenarios.
- Technology Enhanced items make use of technology in the presentation of the item, the ways in which students respond, or both. For example, students might listen to a story and then drag and drop labels into a diagram, or click on specific parts of a text to provide a response.
Your child’s Individual Student Report (ISR), includes an Achievement Level, which will describe his or her performance as Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, or Advanced. The report will also include a short description of the knowledge and skills that are typically demonstrated by students in each Achievement Level.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) publishes a Guide to Interpreting Results (GIR) that provides additional details about the content of the Individual Student Reports. The GIR is available on the DESE website at: https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/asmt-gl-gir-spring-2018.pdf
Message from Central Office:
In the Spring of 2018, the Missouri Department of Education administered new assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Additionally, the department of Education created new cut scores for each level of performance. As with years past, these levels of performance include Advanced, Proficient, Basic and Below Basic. With the establishment of the new cut scores for each level of performance, you may see some variation in how your child performed as compared to the Spring of 2017. For, example, you may notice your child scored Proficient in Math in 2017 and Basic in 2018. This difference may likely be a result of the change in cut scores and not a change in your child’s understanding of the grade level standards. If you would like more information regarding the assessment or your student’s scores, please plan to attend the “Understanding MAP Scores” Parent Meeting on January 9th at 5:30 in the library at Linden West Elementary.
Proud Principal of Linden West ES