Richardson Elementary School




    Dear Parent(s)/Guardians:

This is just a reminder that a week after we return from spring break, students in the 5th grade will begin taking the 2019 MSTEP, The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress. The teachers have conducted thorough reviews, and the students are well prepared for this standardized test which will be comprised of Math, English and Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science for 5th grade.   

Students will begin testing on Monday, April 8th. Here are the dates that the 5th graders are scheduled to test: April 8th, April 9th, April 10th, April 11th, April 15th, April 16th, April 17th, and April 18th. Students will be given 2 days to complete each test.  However, students have as much time as they need to to finish the test, so more time will be provided, as needed.  All of these tests will begin at 9:00am and students will be testing all morning long until lunch.  It is very important that your student is at school during these testing dates. If a student is absent on any of these testing dates, then they will have to make up the test that they missed.

As a parent, there are a number of ways that you can support your child before and after taking the M-STEP.  Here are a few suggestions that you may find helpful:

  • *Give your child a chance to practice the tools and the types of questions that they may see on this computerized test.Here’s a helpful link you have access to on the Internet:
  • *Help your child in areas that are difficult for him/her.Focus your practice on your child's weaknesses rather than their strengths so that they don’t get bored with the exercises.

    On Test Day:

  • *Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
  • *Make sure your child is prepared (the M-STEP is not a paper/pencil test, but it’s probably a good idea that he/she has these items along with a book to read during down times).
  • *Remain positive (tell your child to relax and do the best they can. That’s all we will ever ask of them).
  • *All we ask is that our students take their time and try their best on this important test.Please help to calm any fears that your child may have about this test as we just want them to show what they know.

Have a wonderful Spring Break.  We certainly do not want kids to be bogged down with studying over the break, and rest assured we will not be placing any unreasonable demands on them when they begin testing.  We want our students to be relaxed and put in their best effort on this test.  Breaks and snacks will be available to students to help them get through these tests.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


Tami Pichla, Principal
Rebecca Brooks, Assistant Principal


RES End of the Day Pick-Up Procedures

Parents/guardians should pick up their students in the Commons on the River Road side of the building. Parents may enter the building through the marked doors beginning at 2:55pm (this is when the doors will be unlocked). There is room for you to park in the small circle and in the large parking lot across from the River Road building.  Personal identification will be checked before a student is released from the pick up room.  ID will be checked until the staff in the pickup room are familiar with the person picking up the students.

Thank you very much for your cooperation as we change this process. This process will only affect the student in grades K-6. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Pichla at 739-9173. 



P.O. Box 694

Oscoda, MI 48750


Tami Pichla, Principal

Rebecca Brooks, Assistant Principal

Sarah Curley, Secretary

Penny Eberline, Secretary

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