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Elementary School Information

We know that education is a team process and that schools and parents must work closely to provide our students with the best possible educational environment. Together we can give every student the chance to make the most of their educational experience.

A Message From Our Principal

State testing occupies much of the month of April for grades 3-5. Below we have posted the testing schedule and a few helpful hints. I liked the advice the website offered below as we looked to find a balance. 

Testing begins on April 3 and goes through April 27. There are three English Language Arts (ELA) tests along with four math tests in grades 3-5. Fourth grade has been selected this year to take the three Social Studies (SS) tests and 5th will again take three Science (SCI) tests the week of April 18-20. We will be warming up our minds and bodies with some “PARCC dancing” led by our PE department before most tests from 8:00-8:20.

Please take a moment to review the testing schedule below.


April Testing Schedule


The night before the PARCC assessment be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep. Sleep is a key factor in student success and many teachers report that students who do not get a good night’s sleep perform lower on standardized tests.

Also, be sure your child eats a healthy breakfast that is filling. Whole grains and fruits are great foods that will keep your child full and provide him/her with the energy he/she needs to take the PARCC assessment. By providing your child with a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast, you will be doing your best at ensuring your child is working at full capacity.

Staying calm on test day will help your child stay calm as well. If your child tends to experience anxiety at the thought of testing, show him/her some relaxation techniques that can help calm him/her before the PARCC assessment.

While the PARCC assessments are important, they are not the only way to gauge a child’s success. No standardized test or grading system is perfect. All assessments have limitations, and the PARCC is no different.

Remind yourself and your student that testing is just one part of their education. You can find this information on the Lumos Learning website.

Mike Mazurana

Mike Mazurana, Principal

Elementary News
Interested in Sports?

The Junior Bulldogs works with local organizations and recreation departments to organize youth sports where University School students can play together on the same teams. This will allow kids to play with their classmates from kindergarten through high school. Our goal is to make it easy for parents to register their young athlete for a Junior Bulldog team. Junior Bulldogs will use the funds raised by their program to fund the Junior Bulldogs organization's activities and purchase equipment for Junior Bulldogs’ athletes to use. 

Check the Junior Bulldogs' website for sports registration details. You can also contact us by e-mail.

Elementary Music Concerts

Please join us for our elementary music concerts. The schedule is as follows:

  • 1st Grade - Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Grade - Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
  • 5th Grade - Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.

All concerts will take place in the auditorium.