Friday, October 31, 2008

Go Pandas!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Zimand
Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 9:15 PM
Subject: [PARENTS] Back-to-Back Kickball Champions!
To: parents at

We are pleased to announce the results of the

2008 Sixteenth Street Interscholastic Athletic Conference

Kickball Championship:

JPDS Pandas 5

West Tigers 3

Congratulations to Coach Mandelbaum and the Repeat Champion Pandas!

Well done, Jack. I'm proud of you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

You Rock!

Dude, you are as smart as I think you are. I was very impressed with your "no-study" approach to the test. I guess it works.

But I am sure all of that reading and surfing the Web helped get you ready.

The good thing about this is that it helps ensure that you'll be able to get into whatever school you want to go to after JPDS. You are giving yourself choices and opportunities. Way to go. I'm proud of you.

Your SSAT Scores

Verbal Score       689
(Personal Score Range: 671 - 707, SSAT Percentile 93%)

Math Score         680
(Personal Score Range: 665 - 695, SSAT Percentile 91%)

Reading Score       668
(Personal Score Range: 650 - 686, SSAT Percentile 89%)

Total Score         2037
(Personal Score Range: NA, SSAT Percentile 94%)

What Does My Score Mean, and
Why Do I Have a Personal Score Range?

Your scores are calculated by adding one point for each correct answer, zero
points for each omitted question, and by subtracting one-quarter of one point
for each incorrect answer or question with more than one answer marked.

Independent schools vary in their approach to using test scores in the
application process for admission.  You are welcome to contact the schools of
interest to you to learn how they use the SSAT.

Since no standardized test score can exactly represent a student's ability in a
particular area, we provide a personal score range.  If a student takes
different editions of the SSAT within a short period of time, it's likely that
scores may vary but will nearly always fall within the student's personal score

What Does My SSAT Percentile Mean?

Your SSAT percentile is a score between 1 and 99.  Your score compares your
performance on the test to the performances of the other students of the same
grade and gender who have taken the SSAT within the past three years.  For
example, if seventh-grader Sue Smith received a 65 SSAT percentile, she did as
well as or better than 65% of the other 7th grade girls who took the SSAT in the
past three years.

If you are concerned that your percentiles are lower than you have earned on
other tests, please remember that SSAT test takers are members of a small and
highly competitive group of students who plan to attend some of the world's best
independent schools.  You should not be discouraged by what seems to be a lower
score than you usually attain on standardized testing.  Below is the average
SSAT score received by a student of your grade and gender.

Average Grade: 6 Male

Verbal     612
Math       619
Reading    607


Test Question Breakdown
Number of Questions Right, Wrong, and Omitted


  Questions testing your knowledge of words (synonyms) and
  your ability to relate ideas (analogies).

Synonyms:          Right 24  Wrong 6  Omitted 0
Analogies:         Right 26  Wrong 4  Omitted 0


  Questions testing your knowledge of number properties and
  relationships, basic  computation, elementary concepts of
  equivalencies, geometry, measurement, and interpretation
  of charts/graphs.

Number Concepts
& Operations:      Right 21  Wrong 3  Omitted 0
Algebra, Geometry
& Other Math:      Right 25  Wrong 1  Omitted 0


  Questions regarding the main idea and supporting details
  of a passage or requiring higher order skills, such as
  deriving the meaning of words from context, extracting the
  meaning of a passage, or interpreting an author's logic,
  attitude and tone.

Main Idea:         Right 19  Wrong 2  Omitted 0
Higher Order:      Right 12  Wrong 7  Omitted 0

Predicted Range of Grade 12 SAT Scores
Provided for students in grades 7-10 only.

Using score data from students who took the SSAT and later took the SAT in  12th
grade, we calculate a range within which you will likely score when you take the
SAT as a high school senior.  This range is based on the SAT 1995 recentered
scale and is intended simply to help you focus on your strengths and weaknesses
as you prepare to take the SAT in the future.

SAT - Verbal Predicted Range     NA  - NA
SAT - Math Predicted Range       NA  - NA

This calculation is not validated nor approved by the College Board, which owns
the trademark "SAT."

Estimated National Percentile
Provided for students in grades 5-9 only.

The National Percentile, an estimated rank, compares your score to a
hypothetical pool of all students in your grade level across the U.S.  The
national percentile rank is generally higher than the SSAT percentile rank, as
test-takers are compared with a wide group of students from varying backgrounds,
not just those who have taken the SSAT.

Estimated National Percentile

Verbal     97%
Math       99%
Reading    97%