March 3, 2015 
From the Desk of Matt Hornbeck  
PARCC Begins
The first year of the Maryland’s new assessment in grades 3-8 called the Partnership for Accountability and Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) is scheduled to begin this WEDNESDAY.  Unlike the old MSA, the PARCC is administered two times; the first time in March and the second time in May.  The March administration includes more open-ended written responses that require more time to grade and the May administration includes more multiple-choice questions.  The multiple choice questions ask students to select an answer and then the next question asks them to select how or why they know their answer to the previous question is correct.  Our students are  ready.  Parents can help by making sure students are relaxed, rested and have a good breakfast on test days.  Testing will take place as follows:

Date                                       Grade Subject

March 10, 11, 12               3, 6 English Language Arts 
March 9, 10, 11, 12, 13      4  Math and English                                                         Language Arts
March 16, 17                      5 Math
March 18, 19, 20                5 English Language Arts
March 16, 17                      8 Math
March 18, 19, 20                8 English Language Arts
March 23 and 24                7 Math
March 25, 26, 27                7 English Language Arts

Grades 3, 4, 7 and 8 will start testing at 8:30 am

Grades 5 and 6 will start testing at 11:30 am

Please e-mail our testing coordinator Nora Hogan at with any questions.  Remember that breakfast is free to all students starting at 7:40 am.  Students MUST be on time for the start of school by 8 am and present every day to do their best.