Parent/Guardians: Help your kids get ready to the M-Step test!
Beginning in April and ending in May, students in grades 3-5 will be taking a new state assessment. The MichiganStudent Test of Education Progress (M-STEP) will replace the 44-year-old MEAP test. The test is based on the Core State Standards, a set of expectations of what your kids should know to be ready college and careers. English Language Arts (including Reading, Writing and Listening) and Mathematics will be assessed in grades 3-5, Science in grade 4, and Social Studies in grade 5.
What can you do: Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep the day before the exam and has a nutritious breakfast on test days. Please have them attend all our special test days, too.
Here is a website that may be helpful to provide additional information about the M-STEP.
The Department of Education website for general information.
McDowell Elementary serves 316 students in grades K-5th. We are centrally located inside the city of Taylor. We have 11 general education classrooms, 2 special education self-contained classrooms, 2 learning resource rooms, an in house reading specialist, library, gym, and music room. All of our teaching staff is highly qualified. Our other staff includes a speech and language teacher, bilingual teacher consultant through Wayne RESA, a special education social worker and a special education psychologist. We are fortunate to have support services from a secretary, academic teaching assistant, school nurse, library parapro, cooks, maintenance and several lay personnel. Here at McDowell we work together to make the school a safe, and welcoming learning community for all.
News & Announcements
May 1st, Friday - 3rd grade music program, 10 am students - 1:30 pm parents
May 5th, Tuesday - Voting at McDowell, Cinco de Mayo, 6th grade counselor comes to talk to our 5th grade students at 9 am and 4th grade Math MSTEP Day 1
May 6th, Wednesday - 4th Grade Math MSTEP Day 2
May 7th, Thursday - 4th Grade Science MSTEP
May 8th, Friday - MSTEP make up
May 13th, Wednesday - 5th Grade Health Education
May 15th, Friday - 1st Grade Music Program 10 am students, 1:30 pm families
May 19th, Tuesday - 3rd Grade ELA MSTEP Day 1
May 20th, Wednesday - 3rd Grade ELA MSTEP Day 2, 4th Grade Orchestra Concert Wayne County Community College
May 20th, Wednesday & May 21st, Thursday - All Books Due back to the Library for the end of the year
May 21st, Thursday - 2nd Grade Music Program 10 am students, 1:30 pm families and MSTEP 3rd grade make up
May 22nd & 25th, Friday & Monday - No School - Holiday break
May 26th, Tuesday - MSTEP 3rd grade make up
May 27th, Wednesday - 3rd Grade MSTEP Math day 1
May 28th, Thursday - 3rd Grade MSTEP Math day 2