On April 10th, D’Evelyn juniors will take the SAT as part of the Colorado State SAT Day. Please accept my best wishes for all juniors on a very successful performance on this important college admissions exam. I am always proud of the work our students do in the classroom and on the myriad of standardized tests that they complete each year. The results D’Evelyn students achieve in all areas are the result of hard work, dedication, and resilience, along with the support of families, teachers, and staff. I look forward to the opportunity to find out just how well the D’Evelyn Class of 2019 performs on this year’s SAT, particularly as a shining reflection of the culmination of their academic efforts.
Additionally, D’Evelyn freshmen and sophomores will take the PSAT on April 10th. With recent shifts in standardized testing policy from the state, the PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 are the official state assessments for 9th and 10th graders across the state. My hope is that this test will provide students helpful foundational information in preparation for future administrations of the SAT. The PSAT data will also provide our school administration and faculty with more useful information about student achievement at D’Evelyn, in a manner that will highlight potential areas where additional support may be needed for students.
Finally, the D’Evelyn junior high students will be completing one subject of their CMAS testing during the day on April 10th (7th graders - Social Studies, 8th graders - Science). I appreciate the efforts of our junior high students to complete this testing on the PSAT/SAT day, as it allows us to minimize the impact to important class time.
Please join me in encouraging your student(s) to submit their best performance on these upcoming tests and in extending our best wishes on great performances for all D’Evelyn students.
Later in the evening on April 10th, the D’Evelyn Accountability Committee will be hosting a guest speaker, Colin Terry, who serves as an Associate Dean of Students at the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Terry is a doctoral candidate, seeking a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology that he will earn this May. He has completed extensive research in student use of technology and technology addiction, and will be presenting his work in the D’Evelyn Auditorium beginning at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 10th.
Cell phone and personal device use, and misuse, are a relatively new challenge facing our schools and students. I look forward to hearing Mr. Terry’s presentation, specifically how the use of smartphones and technology may benefit and hurt student learning experiences. I hope to see a large audience for this presentation. The presentation is free and we encourage parents and students to attend. Further, we welcome guests from other school communities that may be interested in this presentation.
Josh Griffin, Principal