Sunday Howl 1.10.21 with Newsletter Volume 9

Term 6 Registration

Credit analysis sheets for grades 8-12 will be released to students on Monday. Please have your student use their latest credit analysis to help register for Term 6 classes by January 20th.


Newsletter - Volume 9 here


Grades for last term have been finalized and recorded

The most recent grades can be seen on the PowerSchool website (not the app). Here’s how:

  1. Log onto https://exploreacademy.powerschool.com/

  2. Click Grade History on the left side menu

Questions about grades should be directed to the teacher.

Troubles with PowerSchool? Email Newell Ramsey at ramsey@exploreacademy.org


Interim / IMSSA Testing

We will be having interim testing in January for all 6, 7 , and 8th graders. This testing is to provide data on progress based on the testing done in October.

  • 8th graders: Testing will be on January 11, 12, and 13. All 8th graders will report to their non-lunch flex times (periods 1, 2, 6, and 7) for testing.

  • Make up days will be January 14th and 15th.

iMSSA ELA and Math Testing Results

The state has started releasing the interim assessment scores for the ELA and math scores for grades 6-8. The iMSSA is designed to measure student progress across the year, measuring achievement levels at the beginning of the year (BOY) around Sept/Oct, middle of the year (MOY) around Dec/Jan, and end of the year (EOY) in May. This data and assessment corresponds to the required state ELA and math test, NM-MSSA, given to 6-8 grades each March/April. So, in total, we can see four aligned growth points every school year in addition to our exit exams each quarter.

Results from October are live now, and January results should be available in early February. You will need your child(ren)'s state ID (SSID) to access the portal. Your child(ren) may know their ID, or you can access it in PowerSchool or contact our IT staff for help.

Parent Flyer

Portal Link

Help and Support Page


Please keep in mind that this assessment is meant as a snapshot of achievement and that we will use the October scores as well as the January scores to measure growth and work on plans for students who are in need of support in one or more areas. Concerns about test scores can be directed to the testing coordinator anytime.



Lunch Ordering:

Beginning the week of January 1, the lunch link will open on Sundays and close on Wednesdays of each week, with pickup on Friday.


Click here for the School lunch link: https://forms.gle/Kmxttpk15Dye5edGA

The National School Lunch Program is being extended into the fall for all public schools. This means that school lunches are free at this time. Check the Howl each week for the link that provides the weekly lunch menu. These menus are posted a week in advance.

  1. Place your order by Wednesday of each week for the following week using this link: https://forms.gle/Kmxttpk15Dye5edGA

  2. Pick up weekly lunch order on Friday’s at the Explore Academy Masthead location.

If you live too far from Explore we are told that APS and RRPS are also offering seamless meals as long as your child is between 1 and 18 years of age. Parents/guardians can contact the school closest to them. Click here for the School lunch link: https://forms.gle/Kmxttpk15Dye5edGA


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