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    Dates to Remember:

    • January 4 - 3rd nine weeks begins
    • Week of January 10 - Challenge classes resume for 2nd semester
    • January 17 - MLK Jr. Day - No School
    • Weeks of January 18 and January 24 - ITBS testing for 3rd-5th grade Challenge student
    • January 18- February 17 - NNAT3 testing window for all 2nd graders in the district
    • Week of February 1 - First Challenge testing window opens for kindergarten


    Jan Term

    Challenge students will be introduced to Jr. Great Books during the month of January. We will read some great stories and have deep discussions as we dig into the text of these stories.  Toward the end of January, students will begin a new unit of study on Eminent Scientist!


    Math will continue to be a strong part of our curriculum this month. First and second grade students will continue to work on Number Sense and Codecrackers.  Third through fifth graders will continue to participate in Hands On Equations, a phenomenal algebra program for young students.  This program teaches the basic principles of algebra using manipulatives.  It is one of the most amazing things we have taught in the all our years of teaching. To learn more, visit .



     Testing Information

    Third through fifth grade students will take the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills)  the weeks of January 18th and January 24th.  Third through fifth grade parents were mailed a postcard about this last week. The test will take approximately 40 minutes each week during their regular Challenge time. These results will be used to determine the appropriate educational setting for your child as they continue through school.  You will be contacted with the results.

    All second graders in the district will take the NNAT3 starting mid-January.  Parents will be receiving a letter with more details soon.

    The first window for Kindergarten testing will begin the first week in February.

    Please feel free to contact your child’s Challenge teacher  if you have any questions.





    Challenge Chess

    Challenge students are continuing to learn about Chess. We hope to participate in a chess UIL event near Spring Break, but we will need to continue to monitor the COVID situation and will make a decsion in the spring.



    Please check your child's Challenge folder each week and help them to remember to return it the following week. Items to look for are Weekly Challenge assignments and notes from the teacher. The newsletter is also sent home in the folder. Please remove items that are in the side that says Keep At Home. Sometimes your child may share their Challenge papers with you, but they are left in the folder. It helps us to know that you are receiving communication if the papers are removed.

    If papers are sent in the side that says: Return to School, then please place them back in the folder and return in time for your child's Challenge day.

    Thank YOU!