Stay Calm and Study On…

While we say it every year, it remains true this year as well. It’s hard to believe we are almost in May already! The year has once again flown by and Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT’s) are here once again. At the end of this post you will see the PAT schedule for Woodhaven Middle School students.

Grade 6 and 9 students at Woodhaven Middle School will again be writing their Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) in the upcoming days and weeks. We would like to provide parents with a few suggestions to support our kids through these tests.

  1. Balance – Contrary to popular opinion, these tests DO “count for marks“. With that said, they are only one piece of evidence teachers use to evaluate student learning and achievement. Teachers have been gathering evidence of our kids’ understanding of concepts and skills throughout the year. Encourage your kids to simply do their best.
  2. Rest and Breakfast – In order to help your child do his or her best work, support them by ensuring they get a good night’s sleep before any PAT and that they have a healthy breakfast to start their day.
  3. No need to “cram” – Teachers have been working with our students throughout the year through their lessons and assessments to provide purposeful, deep learning for our kids. It is this learning that has prepared our kids for these exams our kids are ready to show off what they know! Teachers will be reviewing this learning with their students in the upcoming weeks in preparation for the PAT’s. While a little bit of daily review at home is a great strategy, don’t allow your kids to overdo the review! If you are unsure what they can do to prepare or how much review is appropriate just check in with your child’s teacher.

You may be aware that PAT’s provide the school with valuable data to help us inform our teaching and assessment as we move forward. We examine the data purposefully in order to see where we are succeeding with our kids and where we can continue to focus our efforts to improve the learning of our kids. If you would like to learn more about this process keep your eyes posted for our Education Plan School Council meeting in the fall and join us!

If you, or your child has any questions about the PAT’s, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, we are here to help! You are also welcome to access the Parent Guides published by Alberta Education. These are a very comprehensive, but useful resource. You can access the grade 6 Parent Guide with this link  and the grade 9 Parent guide with this link.

PAT Schedule – Woodhaven Middle School June 2018

Grade 6:
Thursday, May 9th – ELA Part A (Writing Test)
Monday, June 10th – ELA  Part B
Thursday, June 13th – Science
Monday, June 17th – Social Studies
Tuesday, June 18th – Math Part A (mental math, no calculator) & Part B
Gr 9
Wednesday, May 8th – ELA Part A (Writing Test)
Friday, June 14: Math Part A (mental math, no calculator)
Tuesday, June 18th: Math Part B
Wednesday, June 19th: Social Studies
Thursday, June 20th: ELA Part B
Monday June 24th: Science

About Shaye Patras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Ecole Meridian Heights School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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