3rd – 8th Grade

The time is flying, as students and staff delve into the 2018-2019 school year. We have several great things happening, highlighted for you here!

  • Fall MAP testing will occur the week of September 18th. Teachers will be pulling students in small groups to do their testing throughout the week. When students are not testing they will have their regularly scheduled classes, minimizing disruption! As always, parent support in ensuring your child has a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and most importantly, attend school, is critical to student success.
  • Friday folders have been created and are being sent home weekly. These folders are a one-stop location for parents to find student work, permission forms, and other critical information (such as picture day flyers)! Please make sure you take time to look through this information weekly, and sign your child’s folder.
  • Students do have homework planners this year! This is where daily homework information will be noted. Similar to last year, students will earn a behavior number for each class throughout the day, noted in their planner. This number quickly summarizes your child’s ability to attend, cooperate and complete work in his/her classes. We use the following four-point scale:
    • 4 = Your child worked above and beyond expectations!
    • 3 = Your child performed as desired, meeting our PRIDE expectations.
    • 2 = Your child did okay, he/she had some minor behavior challenges in class.
    • 1 = Your child had significant behavior challenges for that class.
  • Our eighth-grade students have a unique opportunity this year to participate in an outdoor experience. Students will hike and camp from October 4th-6th with designated CSDB staff. Kathy Emter, Megan McKenna, Max Wilding and Joseph Ryan will accompany students on this trip. We are super excited about this opportunity!
  • Please note this year we are restructuring our fall parent-teacher conferences. During fall conferences, parents will have a chance to participate in various activities, designed to enhance the school-home collaboration. Parents will be able to meet with their child’s advocate, briefly, focusing on setting goals for this school year.


As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Kristen A. Huddleston
Principal, 3rd-8th grades, School for the Deaf


Important Information and Reminders

  • August 13 – Registration Day
  • August 14 – First day of school!
  • September 1-4 – Labor Day weekend – No School
  • September 15 – Staff Professional Development – No School
  • September 25 – Picture Day

On the Horizon:

  • Early September – student testing NWEA and DRA-2 (specific dates TBD)
  • October 9 – Columbus Day – No School
  • October 20 – End of First Quarter
  • October 26 & 27 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (times TBD)




Pictures of MS Students discussing vairous math concepts

In the School for the Deaf middle school math classes, students are encouraged to discuss how to apply math concepts to the real-world.  This focus helps them to understand how beneficial math is to their everyday lives.  Visual math strategies are always provided to students, helping them grasp difficult math concepts quickly.  At the end of first quarter, students will demonstrate all they have learned by participating in an experiential learning project.