Welcome to our homepage. It is our hope that you will find the information provided useful and informative. If you have concerns that you wish to discuss with me, please feel free to contact the office at (320) 573-2174 and I will set a time and date to communicate with you. Gery Arndt, Superintendent
Testing Tips for the MCAs
The state tests are high stakes tests, which are used to determine whether or not Upsala Area Schools makes AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress).
Each student must pass the 10th grade Reading GRAD, and 11th grade Math GRAD in order to graduate from a Minnesota public high school. UAS staff members have been working hard to prepare students for these upcoming tests. Please take a moment to talk to your child(ren) about the importance of these tests.
Check out the MN Department of Education’s family /student assessment resource page, which provides access to general information about Minnesota assessments, item samplers for students, and learning resources linked to your student test results. http://www.mnstateassessments.org/user_students.html
Reassure your child. Tell your child that the test will be used to evaluate how well a school or school district is educating its students. It's important for kids to have a sense of the broader context.
Put the test in perspective. Explain that test scores are looked at along with many other pieces of information in determining your child's achievement level. Her/his grades and progress over time, for example, are also very important.
Before the test:
• Please make sure they get a good night’s sleep
• Please make sure they have a good, but not heavy breakfast
• Have your child dress comfortably in layers, so that s/he can take clothes off or put them on, depending on the temperature of the room.
Snowday Makeup & TEXT Alerts
Due to the inclement weather and closing of school on January 28, February 21, March 7 and 18 Upsala Area Schools will be in session on April 17 (Early out day), May 27, 28 and 29. With the exception of April 17, these are designated make-up days as determined by the 2013-2014-school calendar adopted by the Upsala School Board.
Please remember to check for announcements of schedule changes if the weather is forecasted to be extreme. To receive text message alerts, please subscribe to our Remind 101 account by sending a text message to (763) 333-2278 with the message “@upsa”. If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact me at (320) 573-2176.