|Thanksgiving Break Reminder:|
BRUSD will have an Early Release Schedule on Wednesday, November 25:
Early Release Schedule
K-3 (1:00 PM)
4-8 (12:00 PM)
9-12 (12:45 PM)
The District will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday, November 26-27
BRES Winter Wonderland Talent Show-Dec. 1-6:30 PM BRHS Auditorium
AZMerit Important Information
Last year AZMERIT replaced the AIMS assessment. Results have produced significantly lower scores than those to which schools are accustom. Lower scores were reported statewide for a number of reasons: First, student performance expectations have increased significantly and the AZMERIT content is considerably more challenging. The AZMERIT format also differs from that of the AIMS assessment. Students must not only answer the test questions correctly, but must also provide rationale supporting their responses. The AIMS assessment lacked this requirement. It’s important to note that results which previously satisfied AIMS benchmarks, now reflect substandard performance. Again, the bar measuring student performance has been raised considerably. Please note such results are not a true reflection of the effectiveness of our teachers’ efforts. The AZMERIT scores will not be used to evaluate teacher performance. The State Superintendent of Instruction has embargoed the District’s scores until November 30, 2015. However, I am authorized to share that some grade levels performed well above the State average, while others scored slightly lower. The results were mixed.
Secondly, not only is the new assessment more demanding, the scores obtained cannot be compared to past AIMS results (although the media may suggest otherwise). In truth, equating the results of these assessments amounts to an apples and oranges comparison, as it were. Attempting to correlate this year’s AZMERIT results to prior AIMS performance is like comparing last year’s basketball and soccer scores—two very different sports with differing ways of keeping score. Year over year results of the two assessments cannot be accurately compared. However, scores do provide a baseline from which to work.
In short, the AZMERIT scores will be used to establish a new starting point in measuring our academic progress. When necessary, instruction and curriculum will be adjusted to ensure proper alignment with the Standards. Moreover, a critical element of the District’s response will be to increase accessibility to technology (computers) for our students. I am working to ensure the technology required to meet this expectation is provided. This effort calls for a substantial financial investment. Therefore, I will be working closely with the Governing Board to do everything possible to make this happen. Please visit Mesa Public School’s website for informative videos concerning the AZMERIT conversation.
Lastly, if used properly, meaningful assessment provides valuable directional feedback. While we may not agree with the current tool used to assess progress, most agree student performance must be measured. I sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication our teachers invest in the lives of our students. They are among the very best the state has to offer! Working together, we will ensure that everyone has the tools and support required to reach their individual potential. Thank you for your consideration.
Michael L. Wright
Superintendent of Schools
Blue Ridge Unified School District #32
Blue Ridge District October Newsletter-The Buzz
BRUSD Governing Board Approves 2015-2016 Calendar
Click HERE to view the 2015-16 Blue Ridge School District Calendar
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Digital Compass is a free, online educational game that addresses the key issues that kids face in the digital world – cyberbullying, privacy and security, creative credit and copyright, information literacy, Internet safety, digital footprint and reputation, self-image and identity, relationships and communication – and gives students the freedom to explore how their digital interactions may impact their real-life relationships and future opportunities.
In the 21st Century, it is essential for people to be aware of the rights and responsibilities that are related to digital citizenship. The lessons in Digital Compass have been developed from Common Sense Education’s K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, and are valuable tools for parents, teachers, and students to improved digital safety and awareness.
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Food Service Provider-Help Wanted
Southwest Foodservice Excellence, the Food Services provider who serves the Blue Ridge Unified School District, is looking for Part-Time Cafeteria Help
Please contact Stephanie Joyner at 928-368-6126 x 160 for an application
This position is NOT a Blue Ridge Unified School District position, the employee would be contracted by and for Southwest Foodservice Excellence.
BRUSD AFR 2014-2015
BRUSD Adopted 2016 Budget
In accordance with A.R.S. §15-905(A)(2), districts that maintain a Web site must provide a link on their Web site to ADE’s Web site where the district’s proposed budget can be viewed
Proposed Budget Link:
schoolfinance/Forms/Budgets/ ProposedBudget/ EntitySelection.aspx
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