Welcome to Accelerate Northfield’s May, 2014 Newsletter!
** A Note from Accelerate Northfield**
As the end of the school year rapidly approaches (only 1 more week!), I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you again for all your hard work over this past year to help close the achievement gap in our elementary schools! This year, volunteers have contributed 18,000 volunteer hours and worked with over 1,500 students.
These numbers, as impressive as they are, cannot capture the full difference you have made and the impact you have had over this year as volunteers. I cannot tell you how many times throughout the year teachers and students have spoken highly of you, their volunteers, and expressed their gratitude for all that you do. So, from all of us here at Accelerate and the schools, thank you so much for your dedication to the students in our community.
This will be the last newsletter from me until it is time to get ready for another school year. So, I hope you have a enjoyable and relaxing summer and I’ll see you again in the fall!
Accelerate Northfield VISTA
** Tips and Activity Ideas**
Since the end of the school year is here, we don’t have any advice for you this month, but look to this column in the fall for some great ideas!
** Current Events**
As you probably know, the end of the school year is prime time for standardized tests in the elementary schools. There was a great discussion on Minnesota Public Radio earlier this month about the value and use of standardized tests. Here is a link (http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/02/daily-circuit-friday-roundtable-testing) to the webpage. There are a lot of other great resources on this page here too, so take a look if you are interested in learning more about the standardized testing debate.
**What’s Happening Next?**
June 1. –
Graduation. Congrats graduates!
June 6. – Last day of school. 2 hr early dismissal.
June 7. – SUMMER IS HERE! 🙂
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