Monday, September 28, 2015

Stride Alabama e-News: Sept 2015

Let's Get Motivated, Alabama!

Welcome to a new year of learning excitement with Stride AcademyWe look forward to assisting you to grow students' skills (having as much fun as possible along the way, of course!). 
In our first monthly issue of Stride Alabama e-News for 2015-16, we want to welcome 53 NEW ALABAMA SCHOOLS to the Stride program this year!  Take a look at which of your neighboring schools are now using Stride. Why not challenge them to a friendly school vs. school competition to see who can answer the most questions in Stride? 
Highlights Around Alabama
Alabama schools are wasting no time getting pumped up about Stride!  Across the state, students are already answering a remarkable number of questions, while competing in Stride contests! Meanwhile, teachers and staff are busy strategizing how Stride can be a game-changer in their classrooms this year.  
This student at Constantine Elementary in Anniston is using the Scratchpad feature to help her keep count while answering a mathematics problem in Stride. Nice work!
Duck Springs Elementary (Attalla) Principal Margaret Nance and teachers pictured below during Stride orientation are on board for an excellent year!
Have a picture or story to share? Email Amy Frith.
Who's Number One in AL?
Every month, we will recognize the leading Alabama school in average questions answered per student in the Stride program. Get into the game early in the school year! The school with the most questions answered per student at the end of the 2015-16 academic year will receive a trophy and bragging rights! 
Your Leader for September* 2015 is:  Munford Middle School 
  • 461 students are actively using Stride.
  • Together, they've answered 177,328 Stride questions.
  • That's 461 questions answered per student, on average! WOW!
Congratulations, Munford Middle, and keep up the good work!A.H. Watwood Elementary is close behind in second place, with 356 active students who have answered 153,904 total Stride questions. That's 356 questions per student on average. Well done! Who will take first place in the month of October?
*According to usage data as of 9/21/15.
Welcome, New Stride AL Schools!
Childersburg Middle (Childersburg)
Addison Elementary (Addison)
Addision High (Addison)
Ariton School (Ariton)
B.B. Comer Elementary (Sylacauga)
Brantley Elementary (Selma)
Carver Elementary & Arts (Montgomery)
Central Middle (Rockford)
Charles A. Brown Elementary (Birmingham)
Charles R. Drew Middle (Lincoln)
Cherokee High (Cherokee)
Childersburg Elementary (Childersburg)
Childersburg High (Childersburg)
Chisholm Elementary (Montgomery)
Colbert County High (Leighton)
Colbert Heights High (Tuscumbia)
Coosa Valley Elementary (Cropwell)
Duran North Jr. High (Pell City)
Epic Schools (Birmingham)
Fayetteville Elementary (Sylacauga)
Florence Middle (Florence)
Gardendale Elementary (Gardendale)
Georgiana School (Georgiana)
Huffman Academy (Birmingham)
Huffman Middle (Birmingham)
Iola Roberts Elementary (Pell City)
Irondale Middle (Irondale)
Jonesboro Elementary (Bessemer)
L.M. Smith Middle (Birmingham)
Leinkauf Elementary (Mobile)
Lincoln High (Lincoln)
Martha Gaskins Elementary (Birmingham)
McKenzie High School (McKenzie)
Memorial Park Elementary (Jasper)
Moore's Mill Intermediate (New Market)
Morningside Intermediate (Mobile)
Mulkey Elementary (Geneva)
Munford Middle (Munford)
Munford High (Munford)
New Hope Elementary (New Hope)
Pell City High (Pell City)
Prattville Elementary (Prattville)
Prattville Intermediate (Prattville)
Sand Rock School (Sand Rock)
Southside High (Selma)
T.R. Simmons Elementary (Jasper)
Vaughn Road Elementary (Montgomery)
Walker High (Jasper)
West Jasper Elementary (Jasper)
Windham Elementary (Daleville)
Winfield Elementary (Winfield)
Winfield Intermediate (Winfield)
W.J. Christian (Birmingham)
Be a #MonumentalAchiever.When you engage in the Stride program -- whether you're a teacher, student, administrator or parent -- you take on a new "super" identity. You become what we call a"Monumental Achiever"!
As you set academic goals for the year and conquer them one by one, we look forward to recognizing the Monumental Achievers in your school -- whether you are new to Stride or a veteran.
Be sure to connect with us on social media to follow our fearless leader Captain Captivator and the #MonumentalAchiever movement! Click on the icons below  to jump to our social media sites.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Progress Monitoring Ending October 9

Form 1 of the Progress Monitoring Assessment is available now to your students in grades K-8 in Math and Reading, and grades 3-8 in Science. The PMA provides four parallel assessments throughout the school year, helping to periodically diagnose students' skill gaps, provide differentiated intervention, continuously monitor progress and modify classroom instruction accordingly. Most students have probably competed their PMA.
Here is a list of the PMA windows for this school year:
  • Form 1: 09/01/15 - 10/9/15 
  • Form 2: 11/2/15 - 12/5/15
  • Form 3: 1/11/16 - 02/5/16
  • Form 4: 2/17/16 - 4/1/16
Upon your students' completion of each PMA:
  • Stride automatically assigns differentiated online curriculum and intervention to remediate specific skills as needed. 
  • Customized Printable Lesson is automatically generated for each student performing below mastery with printable skills practice worksheets targeting areas of weakness.
  • Real-time data reporting is available in easy to understand, visual progress reports at the class, school and district levels. The PMA reports show percentage of students performing below, at or above mastery or proficiency, and map improvement from one assessment to the next. Reports include detail on specific skills and standards mastered or not mastered by individual students. Visit the Reports tab in the Admin and Teacher Control panels to access these reports. 

Implementation trainings are a success across the state! 

After receiving training on Stride, teachers at Ohatchee Elementary School in Ohatchee, AL successfully began using the program in their classrooms that same day! 
Second graders are already having fun logging on to Stride and look forward to using the program at home on their laptops and tablets.

Stride prepares students for ACT Aspire! 

"The high level of critical thinking questions found in Stride pushed my students to get ready for the Aspire!"
- Jane Hayes, 4th grade teacher at Nathaniel H. Stephens Elementary School in Alexander City

Alabama Contest Corner

Recognizing Stride "Jean"iuses, White Plains Elementary in Anniston, AL posts the top three high scores for each grade in Stride weekly outside the computer lab for all to see. 

Munford Elementary School in Munford, AL hosted a Stride Summer Contest recognizing the boy and girl student from each grade with the most star points. The winners received pizza with the Principal! .
Want your school to be featured in next month's e-newsletter?
Contact: Cate Powell
Customer Experience Specialist

Monday, September 21, 2015

CAUTION, iOS Users: DO NOT Upgrade to iOS 9.0 at this time.

Just received this information...

CAUTION, iOS Users: DO NOT Upgrade to iOS 9.0 at this time.

Our technology team has discovered that upgrading to iOS 9.0 on iPad at this time may result in a loss of audio events within certain Stride games.
To ensure complete compatibility with Stride Academy on iPad, please refrain from upgrading to iOS 9.0 for the time being. Our team is working diligently to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We will advise all Stride users when you may safely upgrade to iOS 9.0.
Please note that currently, Stride Academy is 100% compatible with iOS version 8.4.1 and earlier. If you have already upgraded to iOS 9, you can downgrade to iOS 8 by following these instructions.
You may lose audio for certain Stride Academy games on your iPad if you upgrade to iOS 9.0 at this time. Please wait for notification from us when it is safe to upgrade your device.

Be sure to share this important alert with students and parents accessing Stride Academy on their iPads from home. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.


The Stride Academy Team