Fairfield Ludlowe High School Students Named 2024 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Congratulations Ludlowe Students Spencer Bradley, Natalie Compare and Campbell Treschuk for being named National Merit Scholarship Corporation Semifinalists! These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue on to the competition for National Merit Scholarships.
Over 1.3 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
NWEA To Replace STAR Assessments
Beginning September 18, students in grades K-9 will be administered the Northwest Evaluation Association assessment (NWEA). The NWEA is replacing the STAR assessment that was historically administered in Fairfield. The NWEA assessment has been linked to Connecticut Core Standards. Students in K-3 will be administered the Acadience Reading assessment in lieu of NWEA (see below story for additional details).
NWEA measures student progress in reading, math and language usage. Over time, a student’s progress may be tracked across multiple years.
The NWEA is a computer adaptive assessment. If a student responds correctly or incorrectly to a question, the proceeding question will adjust to be harder or easier, respectively. This allows a final score to be highly accurate and personalized to the individual student. Schools and teachers receive score reports which allow them to make instructional decisions based on these individual results.
For additional information please visit the FPS assessment page on the website.
Grade K-3 Acadience Reading Assessments
For two weeks beginning September 27, all Grade K-3 students will be administered the Acadience Reading Assessment in place of the formerly administered STAR assessment. This assessment will be administered three times a year in September/October, January/February, and May.
Acadience Reading is a universal screener that measures early literacy skills that students must master in order to become proficient readers beginning in kindergarten.
For more information on Acadience Reading, please visit the assessment page on the FPS website listed under Acadience Reading Assessment.
State Assessment Results Available On Infinite Campus - September 19
Spring 2023 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) assessment results will be available to review on the Infinite Campus Digital Backpack Portal on September 19.
The SBA report for Grades 3-8 will indicate your child’s achievement on the assessment which is aligned to the Connecticut Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.
If your child was enrolled in grades 5, 8, or 11 last year, you will also be able to review NGSS results. The NGSS assessment reports student progress and achievement in science overall, as well as in specific disciplines including life, physical, and earth and space sciences.
Please note, test scores provide one source of evidence about a student’s performance. This information should be included with other assessments and data to draw the most accurate conclusions and inform decision-making.
Please contact your school’s administration with any questions.
Attendance Policy Parent Handbook
Regular uninterrupted attendance at school is essential to successful learning. In addition, Connecticut state law requires that children, ages five through eighteen attend school regularly.
To help answer questions and provide additional information regarding student attendance, the FPS Attendance Team has developed a parent handbook. The handbook, which can be found by clicking here, includes the following references:
+ FPS Board of Education Attendance Policy Quick Reference Guide
+ Frequently Asked Questions
+ FPS Board of Education Attendance Policy 5113
For further information regarding excused and unexcused absence guidelines from the state click here.
We appreciate your continued help in supporting student attendance.
School Dismissal Manager
Beginning October 1, all elementary schools will implement School Dismissal Manager. School Dismissal Manager is an online dismissal management system which allows parents and guardians to update the school regarding the family’s dismissal plans via a smartphone, tablet or PC. Please be on the look-out for further information from your school’s principal on how to sign-up and download the application.
Chromebook Insurance Deadline October 1
Fairfield Public Schools is pleased to offer you a protection plan for your Grade 3-12 child’s Chromebook or laptop. The annual fee is $30 for a Chromebook and $50 for a laptop, and will cover two incidents of damage, including loss. Damage to a Chromebook could be a cracked screen, a keyboard with missing keys, or other issues. Insurance enrollment will end October 1, 2023. For additional information click here.
Important Reminder - ParentSquare
To stay better connected with families and staff, the district is utilizing a new communications tool called ParentSquare. Through ParentSquare, all district, school and classroom messages will be sent to your computer or phone via email, and/or text. This includes emergency messages.
During the transition to ParentSquare, parents and staff will continue to receive information through both Infinite Campus and ParentSquare. Starting October 2, messages to parents will exclusively be sent through ParentSquare.
Infinite Campus will continue to be used for a variety of purposes including report cards, grades and assignments, lunch payments, fees/school store and real-time attendance information.
Families should have received a link to log in to their ParentSquare account from their principal. If you have not received a link, please reach out to your school directly.
Odyssey Of The Mind State-Wide Virtual Information Session
CT Odyssey of the Mind (CTOM) will hold a state-wide information webinar on Wednesday, September 27 at 7pm. The presentation will include an overview of the Odyssey program, insight into how to form a team, and details of CTOM’s support and resources for both new and returning coaches. Teams are formed of up to seven students and a coach, organized under a school, home school, or community group. Click here for information on how to join the meeting. For additional questions, please contact Jennifer Maxon Kennelly.