DATES: April 1 (7th Writing, 8th Math), April 2 (7th Writing, 8th Reading), April 22 (6th Math, 7th Math, 8th Social Studies), April 23 (6th Reading, 7th Reading, 8th Science), April 24 (8th Social Studies), May 5 (Algebra/Geometry)
Make sure your child gets a good night's rest and eats a healthy breakfast.
The students have been working hard, and I'm sure we'll see outstanding results on STAAR day.
Please free to send a healthy snack from home. Grapes (boost energy), apple slices, pretzels, water, peppermints, etc. If your child brings a noisy food (chips), please transfer the food in to a Ziploc bag. These create less noise and will be less distracting.
In the past, TAKS was not timed. However, with STAAR, the students must complete in four hours. We are not allowed to stop the test for snack break, but kids are allowed to eat while testing. Also, time does not stop if students take a restroom break. We have advised the kids about the new rules, but we appreciate your reminding them as well.
7th and 8th Grade students will eat lunch in their testing rooms on both testing days. Please prepare a sack lunch for them. Students who do not bring a lunch from home will need to purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria upon arrival at school upon arriving at school. All students will have a sack lunch in their possession (from home or the cafeteria) before testing begins.
Please don't schedule doctor or dentist appointments on these days, as your child will not be allowed to come back and finish the test. Also, please make sure your child leaves his/her cell phone at home on STAAR days. Thanks so much for your help.
Scott Johnson Middle School
McKinney Independent School District
3400 Community Avenue
McKinney, Texas 75071