Gilbert Elementary School (GES)  hosted a STAAR Night dinner to educate families with students in third, fourth and fifth grades about the about State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) standardized testing that takes place in these grades. Attendees enjoyed a spaghetti dinner and discussed the purpose of the standardized testing while learning strategies to help the students and their families successfully navigate testing days. Participants walked away with a sense of community support, a greater understanding of the STAAR test and preparation materials for both parents and students.

“I liked that our students received a lot of learning materials and activities to prepare them for the STAAR,” said Lia Grisel Reyes Rocha, parent of a third-grade student at GES who attended the STAAR Night event.

GES Counselor Windy Woodruff was also onsite to talk with families of fifth-grade students about how to best prepare for middle school. At the same time, Breakthrough Central Texas was available to share information with families that will help them prepare for college and beyond. Various community partners were also invited to the STAAR Night to talk with families and students about available academic, community and health-related resources.

“We loved the opportunity to share about our services with the families and community of Gilbert Elementary School,” remarked Samantha Plevney, who works with Integral Care, an organization focused on helping individuals reach their full potential through health and well-being. 

Families with students in non-testing grades received engaging learning activities that would help these students build math and reading skills, setting a stronger foundation for greater success in future grades. 

Father and daughter looking at testing resources on wall Hallway filled with parents Staff serving dinner