Friday, May 24, 2013

McDowell pupils of all grades finish a very busy period

The McDowell Elementary School pupils have been some busy bees recently!

The kindergarteners were able to experience a day in the life of a fire fighter and a police officer recently. The class traveled to visit the fire station and the police station and the children were able to tour the buildings, ask questions and see the equipment used on the job.

Preschoolers, meanwhile, spend a day creating a scrap book of memories of their year of learning. Students and families worked together to create a book that they would be proud to take home. The scrap books not only included pictures but activities that students can continue to work on over the summer months.

Not to be outdone, the fourth- and fifth-grade students completed a state pilot test program. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Test will replace the MEAP in the near future. It is a computerized test and pupils used laptops to practice and pilot the test.

McDowell was selected by the Michigan Department of Education to pilot the program and the children did a great job, according to Principal Lynne Borg.

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