Dear Parents and Guardians,
Colorado's state assessments are changing to align with the new Colorado Academic Standards. The updated standards and state assessments reflect the critical-thinking, problem solving and effective communication skills that students need to be truly prepared for success after high school in today's world.
With the new standards being more rigorous and focused, our assessments are also adapting to more accurately measure student learning. Transitioning to these challenging new standards requires using next-generation assessments that measure students' knowledge of the new expectations. On Thursday, November 13th, and Friday, November 14th, Smoky Hill High School will join the other five Cherry Creek School District high schools in administering the CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) test in science and social studies to our 12th grade students. Ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students will not attend school on November 13 and November 14.
The testing schedule for Thursday and Friday, November 13th and 14th, is shown below:
7:10 a.m. Seniors report to their assigned testing rooms
11:40 a.m. Dismissal
11:50 a.m. Buses Depart Smoky Hill
Science teachers will inform 12th grade students of their testing room assignments. Additionally, staff will be available on both November 13 and 14 to assist students in locating their testing rooms.
Our teachers continue to design their curriculum and lesson plans to meet the learning experiences outlined in the new Colorado Academic Standards. The data we gather from these assessments will provide critical feedback and play an important role in the development of future curricula.
As parents, you can help us by supporting your students during the time they spend testing. Please encourage your senior to eat well, get plenty of rest and to do their very best on these assessments. If you have any questions regarding the CMAS (science and social studies tests), please contact Assistant Principal Mrs. Jean Griego-Incitti at 720-886-5441.