August 21, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to a new and exciting school year. We at Windy Hill Middle School are very excited about all the learning that will take place this school year as we prepare students for high school, college and careers. As most of you are probably aware, there is a new curriculum referred to as the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, formerly the Common Core. If you wish to read more on these standards, information can be found at www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/ccss/. The name is new, but the standards remain the same, with an emphasis on rigor, development of skills, integration of knowledge among subjects and experiential learning.
Along with a new curriculum comes a new statewide assessment which was piloted with some of our students last year in seventh grade math, and is expected to be implemented state wide this year. This assessment will replace the MSA or Maryland State Assessment, with the exception of eighth grade science, where students will still take the MSA. This new assessment referred to as PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, will assess student knowledge in English Language Arts and Math. More information can be found at www.parcconline.org/ or at www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/parcc/.
Change is a part of the world in which we live, but as always, we at WHMS are working hard to provide your child with a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment.
Best Wishes for a Successful and Rewarding School Year,
Windy Hill Middle School
Leading the Charge to Excellence!