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Lockheed-Martin Tutors
 

Free tutors from Lockheed-Martin are available for help with math, science, homework, studying, and test preparation. They are available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the the Counseling Office—Post-Grad Room.


School Store
 

While the school store does not have regular hours this year, products are available for purchase. Just contact Michelle Jeffords or Matt Heckel and they will open the store for shopping.

Here is a list of available products:

  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Yoga pants
  • T-shirts (long and short sleeve)
  • Lanyards
  • Stadium chairs

Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.


 What's New, Important, & Upcoming
Assessment Season is Upon Us!


Colorado tests are changing to accurately measure student mastery of the updated Colorado Academic Standards. The revised standards reflect updated expectations of what students must know and be able to do to be prepared for college and career. Students in the state will take new tests aligned to these revised standards. The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) will be given in English/language arts and math at the high school level.

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has communicated that these new CMAS tests will provide parents with greater insight on students’ progress. CMAS will provide a more accurate understanding of student knowledge because students will be asked to show and apply what they know instead of just picking the right answer from a multiple-choice question.

The new assessments are not an apples-to-apples comparison to old CSAP/TCAP tests, so previous scores cannot be compared with new proficiency levels. CMAS raises the bar and measures students’ progress toward the higher standards they will need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.

Standardized tests inform our school in many ways. Our teachers, for example, review the results from the state tests to adjust their instruction. Students and families will be provided a fuller understanding of their student mastery of grade level expectations from the CMAS. And our school is accredited, in part, based on CMAS results.

You may have heard that the State Board of Education voted in January to grant waivers for school districts that do not want to take a portion of the CMAS tests for English/language arts and mathematics in March. The state Attorney General has reviewed the waiver to determine legality, and no waivers will be granted from state testing.

Starting next Monday, March 2, our school will begin CMAS testing. During the testing window, all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be taking 3 English/Language Arts tests and 2 math tests within their designated content classes. There will be no change in our daily schedule as our regular block classes align with the allotted times for the testing sessions.

If you have question about the CMAS, please contact our school.


Soles4Souls

Dakota Ridge High School is hosting a shoe drive from Monday, March 2nd to Friday, March 13th. The proceeds will be donated to Soles4Souls which is a nonprofit organization that sends these items to less-developed countries. Please bring in new or gently-used shoes to drop off in the main office or by Ms. Sullivan's room B238. Also, cash donations will be collected beginning March 9th through the rest of the drive.


Student Government Elections – Informational Meetings

Elections for the 2015-2016 school year student government are coming up! If you are interested in this class there are informational meetings Monday March 16th after school and Tuesday March 17th before school (7:45) and after school in Mrs. Sullivan's room B-238.