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STAAR featured in annual showcase
COLDSPRING -- Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District will shine bright Thursday when STAAR, the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, is featured at COCISD’s annual showcase, In the Spotlight. Starting at 6 p.m. at Coldspring- Oakhurst High School, the purpose of In the Spotlight is to bring all District programs and services under one roof. The event also offers educational breakout sessions promoting student success in school and in daily living. Childcare for students in pre-kindergarten through the second grade is available free of charge. The evening kicks off with a presentation on STAAR, the new State standardized test replacing the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). COCISD assistant superintendent, Dr. Bill Chapman, will give guests a preview of the structure and content of STAAR. Afterward, guests may choose from an assortment of breakout sessions. For guests of students in grades pre-K through five, there is at least one session targeted to each grade level. Among the options are: Kalendar Konnection – demonstrations on using a calendar to enhance reading and math skills of pre-K and kindergarten students; A Day in the Life of a Second Grader – a review of different learning centers used in the second grade as well as ideas to implement at home; and Is it Write or Right? - featuring information regarding the 4th grade STAAR Writing test. For guests of students in grades 6-12, sessions cover curriculum information in math, language arts, and science. School counselors will present “The Bridge from Junior High to College and/or Career”. Among services showcased will be the Smiles Dental Program, which offers dental care during school hours to all COCISD students. Tammy Moore, R.N., director of District health services, will be available to discuss the service. The evening ends at 8 p.m. with a drawing for Wal-Mart gift cards donated by Peoples State Bank and The Bank of San Jacinto County. Recipients must be present to win. As a special incentive, a “100” pass will be given to all students with parents or guests in attendance. For secondary students, the pass will replace one daily grade in each class. For primary students, the pass will replace one daily grade.