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Christopher T. Lester
Superintendent

Hamilton Local School District
775 Rathmell Road
Columbus, OH 43207
Main Office: 614-491-8044
A Message From the Desk of
Superintendent Christopher T. Lester

Updated Testing Schedules & Tips
As we prepared to begin required state testing this past week, Mother Nature had different plans. As always, we placed the safety of our students and employees above anything else when deciding to close school every day last week due to different weather factors. The Ohio Department of Education annually provides us a window to administer the assessments/tests, and we worked to modify those schedules after each day our district was closed.

On Friday, February 20, ODE released information stating that they would provide districts with additional dates to administer Mathematics and Language Arts testing as long as the closures occurred within the testing window. This is the case for Hamilton Local, and we have worked to reschedule dates to fully comply with state requirements.

Below you will notice the updated assessment schedules for the coming weeks and are requesting the support of parents and guardians in helping us reach our goal of 100% student attendance during these dates and the remainder of the school year. Student attendance is critical to success in the classroom and that is no different during scheduled assessment/testing dates as well.

Hamilton Elementary School
Wednesday, February 25 -- 3rd Grade Math
Thursday, February 26 -- 3rd Grade Math

Hamilton Intermediate School
Tuesday, February 24 -- English/Language Arts - Unit 1
Wednesday, February 25 -- English/Language Arts - Unit 2
Thursday, February 26 -- English/Language Arts - Unit 3
Friday, February 27 -- Math - Unit 1
Monday, March 2 -- Math - Unit 2
Tuesday, March 3 -- Soc. Studies/Science

Hamilton Middle School
Tuesday, February 24 -- Math
Wednesday, February 25 -- Math
Thursday, February 26 -- English/Language Arts
Friday, February 27 -- English/Language Arts
Monday, March 2 -- English/Language Arts
Tuesday, March 3 -- Science

Hamilton Township High School
Monday, February 23 -- 9th Grade English
Tuesday, February 24 -- 9th Grade English
Wednesday, February 25 -- 9th Grade English
Thursday, February 26 -- 9th Grade ONLY Algebra & Geometry
Friday, February 27 -- 9th Grade ONLY Algebra & Geometry
Thursday, March 5 -- Am. Hist. & Gov. / Phys. Science
Week of March 16-20 -- Ohio Graduation Tests (OGTs)

Here are a few tips from the U.S. Department of Education on how parents and guardians can help their children succeed in school and on assessments/tests.

Parents and guardians have a great impact on student success by helping to create an environment of achievement at home by displaying the following behaviors:

  • Encourage your child and provide praise for the things that he or she does well.
  • Meet with teachers and ask for test preparation activities that you and your child can do at home.
  • Make sure that your child attends school regularly.
  • Provide a quiet place for studying at home and make sure your child is well rested on school days.
  • Provide books & magazines for your child to read.
  • Help your child avoid test anxiety.
Parents and guardians can also help reduce test anxiety by encouraging their child to do the following:
  • Plan ahead by studying for the test well in advance to avoid "cramming" the night before.
  • Get a good night's sleep before the day of the test.
  • On the day of the test, read all directions carefully before beginning work.
  • Look quickly at the entire test to see what types of questions are on it. This tactic will help determine how much time to spend on each part of the test.
  • Skip difficult questions and go on.  If there is time at the end of the test, return to them and try again.
Please be safe if you are out and about this weekend as more snow is forecast for the area. We are looking forward to having all of our students back in school next week, and wish every one of them good luck on their tests.

Sincerely,

Christopher T. Lester, Superintendent
Hamilton Local School District
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