Parent Letter #1

posted Feb 7, 2011, 7:43 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 6, 2011, 6:10 AM by Felicia Ippolito ]
September 2010

Dear Parents/Guardians,


On behalf of the entire staff I want to welcome you back to the PS 108 School Community.  For those parents who are new to school, we send you a warm welcome and we’re very excited to have you as part of our school family. We’re excited to begin the new school year and look forward to a strong unified partnership.  As we move forward, it’s important to reflect on the successes of last year in order to help guide our focus for this year. 


As you know, students in grades 3-5 are required to take a series of State exams.  The results of these exams provide important information regarding how children are performing academically and how effective the school is in addressing the academic needs of our children.  I am sure you are anxious to see your child’s results.  In the fall, all families will receive individualized reports from the State with their child’s test scores.  This report will help you understand areas where your child needs work and will show you how your child is doing compared to other students.


As stated by Chancellor Klein, this year the State changed the way the tests were graded.  As you may have heard, the State now holds students to a considerably higher bar compared to previous years.  As a result, a score that last year was high enough to earn a rating of 3, or “proficient,” may only have earned a rating of 2, or “basic,” this year.  The tougher grading system resulted in a significant drop in overall ratings across the entire State and here in the City.  We are excited to report that State results from both the ELA and Math exams indicate that PS108Q is well above the City’s average and our students continue to make academic progress.


We will continue to review and reflect on data as a tool to support and guide our instruction.  The entire staff at PS 108 is committed to support your child academically and socially.  It is our objective to ensure they have an individualized instructional plan designed to meet their needs.  Our goal is to ensure each child graduates 108 with the skills and tools necessary to excel in middle and high school and beyond!  I want to extend my personal thanks in advance for all your support.  A school’s success is only possible with the collaboration of parents and teachers.  Your participation in your child’s education is critical to their success. Together we can and will make a difference!




Ms. Biondollilo