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M-STEP Testing 2017 - Important Testing Dates
O. W. Best parents and students, please be aware that M-STEP state testing begins immediately following spring break. This year, students will be testing in the classrooms with their subject area teachers using the new chromebooks. It is
extremely important that your child attends school and arrives on time the days that he or she is testing. Teachers are working very hard to prepare students for these assessments. If a student is absent during an assessment, some of the required test components are difficult to make up.

Please help our students do their very best on this test by making sure they get a good night sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before testing!!

The 2017 M-STEP Testing Window:

8th Grade:

4/11 & 4/12: Social Studies M-STEP taken during history class

4/13 - 4/21: ELA M-STEP taken during language arts class

4/24 - 5/1: Math M-STEP taken during math class

7th Grade:

5/1 - 5/4: ELA M-STEP taken during language arts class

5/5 - 5/12: Math M-STEP taken during math class

5/15 & 5/16: Science M-STEP taken during science class

6th Grade:

5/1 - 5/8: Math M-STEP taken during math class

5/9 - 5/12: ELA M-STEP taken during language arts class

Letter from Principal 3/24/2017

Half Day

Friday, March 31st, School will dismissed at 11:07

Spring Break
School will be closed April 3rd through April 7th.  School resumes on Monday, April 10th

Late Start Mondays
March 27th, April 10th and 24th.

New Morning Drop off Options
Beginning on Wednesday February 22nd, we will be opening a back entrance to the building, to  ease morning drop off congestion.  Both the main entrance the back entrance will open at 7:30 am.  Students are to proceed directly to the cafeteria.  Breakfast is free for all students.  Please read the attached letter for more information.  Or see this map for a better idea of where entrances are.

6th and 7th Grade Scheduling
Ms. Herd is visiting the 7th grade classes on 3/9, and the 6th grade classes on 3/10 to discuss scheduling for the 2017-18 school year.  Your child should bring home a Course Selection form provided by Ms. Herd that needs to be completed with you.  Course Descriptions and this Course Selection form can also be found on the website under "Academics" and then "Course Selection."  Once completed, Course Selection forms are due in the office no later than 3/17. There are boxes on the main office counter labeled by grade where you child can drop off their completed forms.  Late forms will not be accepted.  

Attention 8th Grade Parents: Educational Development Plans

8th Grade students have been working on their Educational Development Plan (E.D.P.) and other Career related activities with Ms. Herd.  We would like parents to take some time to review their child's E.D.P. along with their Career and Educational Goals that can all be found on www.careercruising.com.  Your child was given a letter to bring home which has an activation code for you to login and create a parent account so you can access this information.  Students will continue to work on their E.D.P. throughout high school so now is a good time to see what plans your child has for their future education and to start having conversations about their future together. 

Counselor Appointments
Ms. Herd and Mrs. Stubbs are available to meet with you regarding any academic, social, or emotional concerns with your child.  It is recommended that you call or email your child's counselor to set up an appointment to see them. Often the counselors have their day scheduled or have other situations that arise during the day and are not available to give you their full attention when you stop in without an appointment.  The counselors want to be sure to devote time to you and your child, so having an appointment scheduled ahead of time will allow them to free up time for you as well as gather any information from teachers to help during your appointment.  Please contact Ms. Herd at (313) 203-3198 or herdkerr@dhsd7.net if you child's last name begins with the letters A-K or contact Mrs. Stubbs at (313) 203-3199  or stubbsan@dhsd7.net  if you child's last name begins with the letters L-Z .  The counselors look forward to working with you and your child throughout the school year.  

O.W.Best Parent Connect Accounts 

 If you need assistance with your Parent Connect Account, please email OW Best Assistant Principal, Claudia Portscheller, at portsccl@dhsd7.net and your pin and password will be emailed to you.

Who do I contact?
O.W. Best is committed to student success. If you have a question or concern about your student, this chart is useful in directing you to the most appropriate person who can assist you with your concern. The teachers, counselors, administrators and support staff are all working together to ensure your student has an outstanding school year.

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