Episode 18: Navigating M.A.P.

On Episode 18, Amy Van Hoose discusses the NWEA MAP test with 3rd grade SJES teacher, Heather Seger, and 3rd grade SCE teacher Ashley Schrage.  The NWEA MAP test (Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress) is given to students in 2nd through 8th grade to see what students know, help teachers inform instruction, individualize instruction, and monitor growth.  It is unlike standardized tests because it is adaptive, questions get easier and harder in order to pinpoint a child’s proficiency and growth in several categories and subcategories. While this test is very valuable for teachers, it can also be a helpful tool for parents too. 

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Episode 17: IXL, UXL, We All Excel!!!

In episode 17, Amy Van Hoose talks to St. Jacob Elementary Teachers Kelly Jewell and Callie Moore about the IXL program that is used in Triad’s K-8 classrooms.  The great news is that IXL can also be used at home. IXL is a K-12 learning experience that provides comprehensive, standards-aligned content for math and language arts.  Triad provides access for students in grades K-8. IXL has been in the district for several years, but is increasing in popularity with teachers each year as we increase the number of chromebooks in the district.  We are now 1:1 with devices in grades 2-12 and 1st grade has several chromebooks, tablets, and desktops to use in the room. Because IXL can go wherever students go, the learning doesn’t have to stop once they leave the classroom!  You can help keep IXL momentum going at home. Through your child’s account, you can check in on their students’ progress, support their growth, and keep them motivated to use IXL at home.

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Episode 16: Welcome Back

In Episode 16, Mike, Adam, and Amy sit down with District Superintendent, Leigh Lewis, to share the new and exciting things happening in Triad as we begin the 18-19 school year!  Topics discussed include enrollment, curriculum, staff, the Success Center, technology, the 1:1 initiative, Google Certified Educators, Twitter, and current events.

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Episode 15: Take Home Tech (Summer Edition)

In Episode 15, Mike, Adam, and Amy share multiple technology resources that students can tap into during their summer vacation.  Many of these resources are free and allow the learning and exploration to continue into the summer months when inevitably sometime around May 24th, parents will hear the words “I’m bored” for the first time.  Encourage your children to stay engaged in learning while enjoying their time off.  We look forward to seeing them back in August!

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Episode 14: THS Engineering Team Student Showcase

In April 2018, four Triad High School seniors traveled with Career and Technical Education teacher Andy Brendel to Washington D.C. to compete in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge. They built a product that helps a local worker with a disability perform her job with more ease and accuracy. After designing and building their product and producing an entry video, their team was chosen as one of five finalists to present their ideas and results to a panel of professional engineers and industry leaders. They brought home second place and experiences to last a lifetime. In Episode 14, Adam sits down with the four team members to talk about this project.

 


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Episode 13: College Admissions

In Episode 13, district technology coach, Adam Geisen, talks to THS guidance counselors Katie Brendel and Heidi Houchins about the “how-to’s” of college admissions.  Planning for college is not an easy task. Students should prep for college throughout high school, but for rising seniors the timeline seems to go very fast. Applying to college can be stressful, but proper planning can help alleviate some of the pressure on students and their families.  

 


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Episode 12: KinderPrep

Is your child ready for kindergarten? It is often a child’s first experience in an academic setting and sometimes parents wonder whether their children are ready for both the academics and the social interactions in a kindergarten classroom. In Episode 12, Amy Van Hoose and Abby Bradshaw share some ideas about areas parents can work on this summer to help prepare kids for kindergarten.


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Episode 11: Preparing For The PSAT & SAT

Many students begin the college prep process early by taking the PSAT as a freshman and sophomore and then taking the SAT and maybe ACT as a junior. As a parent, many questions may come to mind when you start to look at the test like:

  • What is the PSAT?
  • Do colleges prefer scores from the SAT or ACT?
  • Is one test easier than the other?
  • Should my child take both tests?

In Episode 11, Amy Van Hoose, Katie Brendel, and Heidi Houchins discuss the difference between the two tests and help parents and students understand how colleges use the tests.


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Episode 10: Preparing For PARCC

State testing is required by both state and federal law. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, better known as PARCC is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. PARCC assesses the New Illinois Learning​ Standards and will be administered to grades 3-8 in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Tests are administered so families know how their child is progressing toward college and career readiness and for districts to know if the curriculum they’ve chosen teach their students to the state learning standards is working, or if they should make adjustments. In Episode 10, Amy Van Hoose, Laura Michael, and Keri Roberts explain the tests, how the district uses them, and how you can help make sure your child is ready.

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Episode 9: STEM-ifying Your Home

STEM is an acronym that is heard across the country right now.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%. STEM is important because science, engineering, technology, and math are in every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and possibly pursue a job in a STEM field.  In Episode 9, Amy Van Hoose talks to Sarah Phelps about how STEM is used in Triad classrooms and how you can create your own at-home STEM activities.

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