Catherine A. Dwyer

Elementary School

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    Dear Dwyer Family,

    Our building is gearing up for a great second half to the year!  In grades 3-5 our students are beginning preparation for the PARCC Assessment.  This year, there will be some changes I would like to make you aware of as it will have a positive effect on the students and the building as a whole. 

    PARCC – April 16-24

    • Make sure you child is well rested; remember testing will be throughout the day so ensure they have a snack.
    • If you would like to bring your own headphones this is acceptable this year. No wireless headphones can be used.
    • Please be on time to school, if your child misses the beginning of the test with his/her class they will have to take a make-up or take it with another class.

    WIDA – Assessment for English Language Learners (ACCESS) April 9-13

    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELLs). It is given annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.
    • An online assessment will be given. For more information regarding a specific state’s guidelines, please visit theWIDA member states' pages.
    • The Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs assessments will not change from previous years and remain paper-based.
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

    Assessments aside, there are many fun activities still coming our way!  I am very excited to continue our fabulous relationship with our PTA to offer our students a whole child experience at Dwyer!  So what’s coming up?

    • Primary Music Show – a demonstration of our student’s achievements in music. A colorful event!
    • Project Jump – is a school wide activity run by our PE Department! Students jump and dance to great music while getting in shape for the summer!  It’s jumptastic!
    • The Spring Arts Festival – An artistic display of music and art displayed throughout the building. It is museum-like!
    • Field Day – A full day of athletic activities that is themed based. This is run by our PE Department.  Even though you are grown up, you should never stop having fun!  Come volunteer or watch, but join us!
    • Awards Day – Where we celebrate our accomplishments throughout the year with friends and family!
    • ELL Family Night – Thursday, June 7th for all ELL families from 7-8:30pm

    These are just a few of the academic and fun activities coming our family’s way in the second half of the year!  So don’t sit back and relax….get involved!



    The Dwyer Family Goal is to engage and inspire our students to become independent thinkers equipped with 21st Century skills and a respect for all.