Mrs. C's Class Blog

  • Closure Extension

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 3/27/2020 5:00:00 PM

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    It's Friday.  It's been a long week of adjustments.  I know you are all tired--some kids are taking care of siblings while their grownups work, some grownups are working around the clock because they are essential, and some grownups are working from home, homeschooling and taking care of babies (like me!). This afternoon, Governor Cuomo announced that schools will be closed for two more weeks until April 15th, and Superintendent Quezada called your families to let them know.  So even though we're all still figuring out how to do this distance learning thing, it seems like we're going to have a long time to get good at it.

    Guys, we can't give up on our work, even though the NYSESLAT (and the rest of the state tests) have been canceled--we still have to continue developing our language learning skills, building our vocabularies and especially reading for at least 20 minutes each day.  For those of you that have done your work, thank you and good job!!  However, many of you have still not logged on to ReadWorks to complete your assignments.  On Monday, I'll be calling your grownups to make sure that you all have access to computers and the internet, and to remind them that you have assignments from me and from your classroom teachers.  If you can't get online each day, I will do my best to get assignments to you another way so that you don't fall behind. 

    Have a fun weekend inside (it's going to rain!) and keep washing those hands!  Miss you all.

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  • Day One is in the Books!

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 3/23/2020 8:30:00 PM

    Distance Learning  

    This was only the first day, so there were some fixes necessary, but I'm excited that our ENL community is now set up on ReadWorks for daily reading and assignments!  I will be adding supplementary lesson materials for the lower grade groups each day, while middle school students will be completing weekly work--it will be paper-based this week, but next Monday we'll begin interactive, online assignments in the upper grades as well.  

    Please, please make sure that you sign in to your class on ReadWorks under your name and complete your assignment if you have not done so already.  New work will be added tomorrow and I don't want anyone to be left behind!  Remember that you can always e-mail me at acredendino@yonkerspublicschools.org with any questions or concerns.  We'll figure this out!!

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  • School Closure and Distance Learning

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 3/20/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Distance Education

    As you know, we will be distance learning for the remainder of the school closure.  All teachers will be posting daily or weekly assignments for students and providing weekly hours of availability to guide your work and answer questions.

    I have created pages for each grade level I work with, where I will post directions, video links, and assignments for each group.  Please check back each day.

    My office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am-11:15 am.  Please e-mail me at acredendino@yonkerspublicschools.org to make an appointment for a phone or video conference.  You may also send questions directly to my e-mail or post them on the Discussion page.

    It is important that classwork continue to be submitted so that the ENL department can progress monitor and ensure that all ELLs remain on track for their grade and proficiency level.  It is also important to remember that Ms. Valdez and I are here to help with any assignments from classroom teachers as well, and that we are happy to help solve any problems with resources or communication that may arise. 

    We will all work together to ensure that distance learning works for our ENL community.  I miss you all and hope you are staying inside and washing your hands.  I look forward to seeing your wonderful work! 💖

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  • Regents Eligibility

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 2/10/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Regents Exam Schedule

    As in years past, I will be acting as Regents Coordinator for the World Languages (Italian), Living Environment and Algebra I exams administered to 8th graders at Cesar Chavez.  In the coming weeks, I will be meeting with the Middle School team to decide on the lists of students who will be taking the exam.  Please note that you must receive a cumulative passing grade in Italian, Math and/or Science in order to take a Regents exam in those subjects this year.  Additionally, you must complete the minimum of 20 lab hours to qualify for the Living Environment Regents.  

    If you plan to sit for one or both exams, please reivew your grades, assignments and lab hours to make sure that you have met the requirments.  I will contact all students who appear on the lists after meeting with teachers, and any discrepancies in eligibility should be addressed between now and May.  

    Taking Regents exams in 8th grade is a great way to get a head start on your high school tasks, so stay focused on your class- and labwork to ensure that you can take advantage of this opportunity!

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  • 2020 Testing Eligibility and Modifications

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 2/7/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Computer-Based Testing

    As we approach the 2020 testing season, please keep in mind that if your ELL was enrolled after April 1st of last school year (2019), he or she is exempt from the NYS ELA CBT.  ELLs who were enrolled prior to that date must take the exam, which as of this year, remains untimed.  

    Other exams that will be administered this spring include the MAPs, NYS Math CBT, 4th Grade Science Exam, the NYSESLAT, and the Regents exams, as well as several state pilot tests.  Please remember that ELL entitlements for testing include:

    • time and a half on exams
    • separate location
    • translator upon request*
    • L1 to English dictionary upon request*

    *Note that these entitlements do not apply to ELA MAPs or the State ELA CBT.

    As always, students should prepare for exams in the coming weeks by completing homework practice, Skills Navigator assignments and any other prep work provided by their teachers, as well as by getting a good night's sleep, eating a healthy breakfast and arriving at school early on the day of each exam.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (914) 376-8969 or acredendino@yonkerspublicschools.org .

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  • 7th & 8th Grade F-ELL Support

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 9/23/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Middle School Schedule

    Due to the large proportion of 7th and 8th grade students who've passed the NYSESLAT or scored a 3 on the NYS ELA Exam 2018 and 2019, we have a significant group of Former ELLs (F-ELLs) at Cesar Chavez this year.  As a result, the ENL Department is implementing a 7th and 8th grade F-ELL support session twice weekly to aid in the transition from ENL students to mainstream students.  F-ELLs will recieve ENL instruction for 90 minutes each week per state guidleines, and the class will be structured as an early intervention program to target foundational literacy skills that may still need development beyond the conclusion of our core ENL curriculum.  I look forward to working with many of you whom I've known since second or third grade, and I can't wait to see you grow even more this year!

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  • Back to School 2019!

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 9/4/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Welcome Back!

    Tomorrow, we begin a whole new school year full of opportunities for learning and making connections!  As you make your final preparations for return, know that our new grades 4-8 ENL teacher, Ms. Valdez, and I are so excited to see you after a fun and restful summer!  Tomorrow, we will be greeting Pre-K and K students at the main entrance, so please come and say hi!  

    NYSESLAT 2019 scores are in--and they are the best I've seen in my five years at Chavez!  We would like to congratulate the EIGHT students from grades 3-8 who earned "Commanding" in May and are now offically FORMER ELLs! The rest of our ENL community has made on average 1 level of progress, with some newcomers skipping a level altogether.  We are all so proud of your hard work and well-deserved achievement!

    As always, the ENL department will begin seeing students in mid-September.  If you have any questions about your ENL status, scores, or programming, please contact me via e-mail or the Cesar E. Chavez office at (914) 376-8969.

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  • World Language Assessment Checkpoint A

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 6/5/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES WLA

    The World Language Assessment Checkpoint A will be administered on Monday, June 24th at 9:15 am in the second floor Cesar Chavez Library.  This exam is new to Yonkers Public Schools and is only offered to students who have consistently performed well in two units of a world language.  It comprises four subtests, including a conversation session with your World Language teacher--in this case, your Italian teacher, Ms. Conti.  If you have not already completed that section of the exam, please see one of us to ensure that it is administered before the 24th.  

    Ms. Conti will not be on site the day of the test, so please be sure to follow all procedures and adequately prepare with her prior to exam day.  As always, use your test preparation strategies and come to school well-rested and on time, having eaten a healthy breakfast.  Good luck!

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  • Regents Exams

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 6/3/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Regents

    The Living Environment and Algebra I Regents will be administered on Tuesday, June 18th and Wedensday, June 19th respectively.  Both exams will begin at 1:15 pm sharp.  As the Regents coordinator, I will be working with administration and the middle school science and math teams to determine final eligibility for testing in the next two weeks.  Please ensure that you attend after school during this time if you have been selected for the science program to supplement your lab hours, as you cannot sit for the Regents unless you've met the 20-hour minimum requirement.  This is an excellent chance to get a head start on your high school graduation requirements--don't miss it!

    As always, remember to practice test preparation strategies, get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and arrive early for the exam.  If you arrive after the cutoff time of 2:00 pm, you will not be seated without a written excuse from an adult approved by administration.  

    Good luck--we're almost there!!

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  • Year End Preparations

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 5/23/2019 9:05:00 AM

    School's Out

    It's hard to believe, but there are only 23 school days (33 days total) left in the 2018-19 year!  School will be out for the summer on June 26th, 2019--a half day for students! As state testing wraps up and instruction winds down, I just want to issue a few ENL reminders to my students and their families:

    • NYSESLAT scores will be available when you return to school in September.  The exams have not been graded yet--they are graded by the district and the scores are sent by the state--so there's no use asking every day if you tested out.  As soon as I know, you'll know!
    • A new workbook entitled "Finish Line for New York ELLs" is being issued to Yonkers Public Schools in the next few days.  If you would like activities to take home over the summer to practice your English skills, please let me know so I can make copies with enough time for the last day.
    • Summer programming and resources for ELLs are available via Yonkers Public Schools and at the Riverfront Library.  Please contact me for more information.
    • YOU STILL NEED TO COME TO SCHOOL FOR THE LAST FEW WEEKS.  Just because testing is over does not mean that we are not taking attendance anymore--and if you're not here, you will miss out on Spring Concert, Field Day, Career Day and lots of fun trips and celebrations!

    Additionally, as many of you know, I am due to give birth to a (very big) beautiful baby girl in July!  I anticipate staying home with her for the month of September, so I will not be here when you return from summer vacation, but I WILL be back October 1st--so be ready, and please treat the sub as nicely and respectfully as you would treat me!  

    Here's to a happy and successful conclusion to the 2018-19 school year!

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