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Hickory Point Happenings August 23, 2019

Hickory Point Happenings 

In this edition:

  • The first week in school

  • STAR testing-Second grade parents  

  • PTA information

  • Twitter

  • Parent/school communications

  • Important dates

Week in review

Dear Hickory Point Families,

We opened up the school on Wednesday with 386 students. We had a wonderful week filled with fun and learning. Our theme this year is “Time to Shine.” Learning is a journey and you will notice your child learning and growing through engaging experiences throughout the school year. We are honored to serve you and support your child’s development. When we close up in June, each child will shine brightly full of new skills, friends, and memories. It’s time to shine Bulldogs!


The Hickory Point Staff 

STAR Testing

Dear Second Grade Parents,

STAR testing will be administered beginning September 4. Star assessments by Renaissance Learning are a series of tests that measure a student’s general knowledge in reading and mathematics. The tests are computer-adaptive. Computer-adaptive tests (CATs) continually adjust the difficulty of each child’s test by choosing each test question based on the child’s previous response. If the child answers a question correctly, the difficulty level of the next item is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is decreased. CATs save testing time and spare students the frustration of answering items that are too difficult or easy. Students typically complete the assessments in 20 to 30 minutes.

The assessments will be administered to students in grades 2-8 (except students in algebra and geometry will not take the math assessments). Students will take the assessments in the fall, winter, and spring.

STAR Reading

STAR Reading is an assessment of reading comprehension and skills for independent readers through grade 12. The assessment tracks development in five domains:

  • Word Knowledge and Skills

  • Comprehension Strategies and Constructing Meaning

  • Analyzing Literary Text

  • Understanding the Author’s Craft

  • Analyzing Argument and Evaluating Text


STAR Math is an assessment of math achievement for students in grades 2–12. The assessment tracks development in four domains:

  • Numbers and Operations

  • Algebra

  • Geometry and Measurement

  • Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability

Score Reports to Parents

Score reports will be sent home to parents at the end of the school year and will contain scores from the fall, winter, and spring test administrations.

Curriculum Night (Final posting)

Hickory Point Curriculum Night

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

6:30 P.M. 

This evening is an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and learn about your child’s educational experience at Hickory Point. 


Hickory Point Curriculum Night Schedule

6:30 – 7:00 PM

Kindergarten: Parents may join Mrs. Deely, Mrs. Buchanan, the PTA, and specials area teachers in the gym for a general session.

Grades 1 & 2: Parents should report to their child’s classroom. 

7:05 – 7:35 

Kindergarten: Parents should report to their child’s classroom. 

Grades 1 & 2: Parents may join Mrs. Deely, Mrs. Buchanan, the PTA and specials area teachers in the gym for a general session. 

Hickory Point PTA

The PTA will have a variety of information available throughout the evening near Door H. 

Here is the blog for our Parent Teacher Association. Please bookmark the PTA blog so you can stay informed. 


Hickory Point is on Twitter @hickorypoint27. Please follow us to see pictures and videos of all of the great things happening at Hickory Point. Check us out on Twitter. 

Parent/School communications

We value the strong home-school partnership that we have in District 27. Next to high-quality instruction in the classroom, our partnership stands as one of the most significant factors in a child’s education. We want to ensure that we have an open and highly collaborative relationship with all our parents and that our communication is strong. In addition, we want to address any concerns you may have over the course of the year in a positive, constructive, and reasoned manner. Please reference our practice by clicking here and taking a moment to read this document.

Important dates:

Monday, August 26- Hot lunch begins

Tuesday, August 27- Curriculum Night 6:30 pm

Monday, September 2 - No School - Labor Day

Friday. September 6 - PTA Welcome Back Family Night 6:00-7:30 pm on the playground