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Last Day of School is now Tuesday, June 9

Bellaire Public Schools had to cancel classes a total of 9 days this year - one due to loss of electrical power during the first week of school and 8 due to weather related issues.  The State allows a total of six (6) days off for these reasons so we will be making up the three additional days by adding to the end of our original school calendar.  Graduation remains on Friday, June 5 but the two half-days have been moved into the next week on Monday and Tuesday.  Originally, Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 4 were both half-days with exams at the high school.  Those days are now full days - as is Friday, June 5.  Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9 will now be half-days of instruction for all students (exams at the high school).  The official last day of instruction is now Tuesday, June 9.

 
New Statewide Student Assessment Begins

This year the Michigan Department of Education will be transitioning to new statewide assessments beginning this month.  These new assessments, called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) are being taken in place of the MEAP tests that everyone has been taking for over 20 years.  The M-STEP is an online assessment that will measure current student knowledge.  The M-STEP will assess student learning on Michigan's standards in math, English language arts (ELA), science and social studies.  The following is a list of what is being assessed at each grade level:

3rd Grade: Math, ELA

4th Grade: Math, ELA, Science

5th Grade: Math, ELA, Social Studies

6th Grade: Math, ELA

7th Grade: Math, ELA, Science

8th Grade: Math, ELA, Social Studies

11th Grade: Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies

These new online assessments involve much more critical-thinking and will take several hours over several days to complete.  Some require a classwide "Performance Task" prior to the actual test; others require a "Classroom Activity" prior to their online portion of a particular test.  The window for schools to implement these new assessments begins April 13 and extends to early June but each grade level is given a 3-week window to complete their version of the assessments.  

 
Press Release: Open Enrollment for 2014-15

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From: Bellaire Public Schools Board of Education

The priority at Bellaire Public Schools has always been to provide a quality education for our students.  One component that truly aids in that goal is having a low student-to-teacher ratio as we believe that class size is a critical part of our children’s education.  Therefore, during the 2014-15 school year, the only new open enrollment/school of choice requests that will be considered will be for students entering the following grades 1, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact any of your School Board members.

“The mission of Bellaire Public Schools is to provide an environment which develops self-sufficient and productive citizens to adapt to a challenging and changing world.”