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Joseph Kacsandi

Dear Husky Families,

As we start the beginning of the 4th quarter I would like to continue to challenge our students to grow as learners and our parents to help your children on a regular basis.  We know that to be successful in the 21st century a person must be able to learn, unlearn and re-learn.  As parents, we know that after graduation from High School/College the only person responsible for whether this occurs or not is oneself.  Parents and students need to work together on a nightly basis to ensure organization, work completion and a dedication to developing essential characteristics of excellent learners which will lead to your students becoming successful adults.

As many know this year Heritage Middle School will be administering OST’s (Ohio State Test) The new test is produced by AIR (American Intstitute of Research) and replaces the PARCC Assessments from last year.  Students have been and will continue to prepare for the all on-line testing coming up in April.  While the testing dates have been out for a few months, we have recently finalized what the student schedules will be for testing days.  While one grade level is testing a particular subject, the other two grade levels will be on a regular schedule with silent bells.  The start and stop times for school do not change.  This is to prevent all grades from being on the same testing schedule for 8 days whether testing or not.  We request your help by talking with your students about respecting those that are testing by being quiet in the hallways during class changes on those dates.  As a reminder the dates and subjects are as follows and are posted on the Heritage webpage:

  • April 5th,6th, and 7th is ELA grades 8,7,6 respectively
  • April 12th, 13th and 14th is Math grades 8,7,6 respectively
  • April 13th is also Algebra and April 14th is also Geometry
  • April 19th is Science 8th grade, and April 21st is Social Studies 6th grade

Please note that testing begins the week we return from spring break.  I know students deserve some time off and need to rest but take some time, at least once per week, between now and the beginning of testing to go to the Ohio Department of Education webpage and take advantage of the practice testing available for your students.  As always please feel free to contact Heritage with any questions. 

Joseph Kacsandi 



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