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ISTEP+ Kickoff event held for Muessel Primary Center students

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Students at Muessel Primary Center gathered for the ISTEP+ Kickoff on Friday afternoon.  Third and fourth grade students will be taking the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus exam in the coming weeks.  

The assembly was used to remind students of good test taking habits that included checking answers after finishing their test and getting a good night of sleep. The Clay High School pep band was in attendance performing for the students and faculty.  

There have been a number of snow days this winter that could potentially affect the students and their readiness for the exams. Muessel Primary Center Principal Mike Budzinski believes that will not be an issue.  

"The days off were a kink in our schedule," Budzinski said. "I trust our students will do there best, our staff will do their best and that's all I can ask for." 

There were technical issues with students taking the assessment last year. The exam consists of a written portion and an online part and that saw connection issues. The South Bend school district was one of the areas affected by this. Fourth grade teacher at Muessel Primary Center is confident that won't e a problem this time around after a successful practice run. "We filled our computer lab with 30 kids, the whole state does that, and put everybody on the system at one time to make sure it will run," she said. 

The online portion will be taken in April. The ISTEP+ Kickoff event has become a tradition as the school holds it annually.

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