For the Week of Oct 16, 2023
Working together; succeeding together.
Over the next few weeks, we will be showcasing different parts of Edsby for our families. Edsby is about as complex as Facebook to operate and navigate within, so if you can do Facebook or Instagram, you can do Edsby. We will journey together to ensure that you are as up-to-date as possible on the progress of your child and the goings on at PPCS.
Episode 4: Gradebook
One of the biggest changes for educators, since I began my career, is the transparency of the gradebook. When I started teaching the gradebook was a closely guarded secret. 4 times a year, teachers would release a grade, often without much explanation. Early in my career, I started using an electronic gradebook which allowed me to print a breakdown of the students' grades by assignment. This caused quite a stir when I put it into te student report cards, giving students and families a clearer picture of how they were doing. I remember my principal commenting that I maybe shouldn't do that as not every teacher was comfortable sharing their gradebook. Although it was a bit unconventional at the time, it was still quite antiquated as the students and families only got a glimpse of the gradebook at report card time - an autopsy of sorts, coming at the end, with little ability to effect change.
Edsby, and Students Achieve before it, has allowed parents and students unobstructed access to the gradebook in real-time. No longer is it an autopsy, but rather a dipstick, where students and families can monitor progress and work together with the teacher to effect real change on the students' progress.
When you go into Edsby, scroll down the left-hand side to see each of your child's classes. Then select the mortarboard hat (my work) to see their grades. If you see the typical red notification circle with a number in it, that means that the teacher has entered an assessment that you have not yet viewed. You will also receive a notification (the bell icon) when a teacher enters a new assessment. Once you click the hat, you can see how they did and if the teacher has included any comments.
Although the staff at PPCS are vigilant in terms of contacting parents when a concern arises, it is critical that parents keep themselves up to date on their child's progress. Early interventions for concerns provide the best possibility of success for all students.
Edsby allows you to check on your child's current progress in their classes. Check our family handbook (link below) for a key to the completion codes that you will see in Edsby.
If you are having trouble accessing Edsby for any reason, contact the school and we will do our best to problem-solve with you.
Bear Bites is Back!
Due to increases in grocery prices, we will have to increase the cost of our meals to $5.00 from $4.00, we thank you in advance for your understanding.
We will once again be running the punch card program but will be setting up a dollar-for-dollar card. You can load any amount (up to $100) that you want on a punch card. Anyone who has leftover punch cards will be notified and the value will be transferred to a new punch card. We also hope to have a digital portal set up where parents can check on how much money they have left on their child's card. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.
Seen Around PPCS
DB and KS switching to a grinding wheel.
GH lays down a bead with the mig welder.
KS cutting some angle iron to make a bracket for the Go Kart holder.
Grade 1s and 2s Visit the Nursing Home
Next Staff vs. Student is
Grade 9 Volleyball In Wadena
Senior Girls Volleyball in Wynyard
Volunteers and Athletes of the Month
Volunteer of the month.
Mrs Patchin gets the nod this month for holding down the fort in the canteen on Friday night. She often helps out by picking up supplies and serving food throughout our athletic events and her help is surely appreciated. Thank you for all you do for Bears Athletics.
Athlete of the month
Harley Holinaty has made a smooth transition to the high school sporting end. She has demonstrated a solid base of volleyball skills and an effort level that shows she is a gamer. She will be one to keep an eye on as she gains experience.
Athlete of the month
Marty Salmond has been ripping serves and making some good decisions while setting for her team. Marty appears very positive on the court and seems like she is having a lot of fun while playing which is the goal we have for all of our athletes. Great job in September Marty.
Check Your Punch Card Balance
Once you click the link below and find your child's account number, you will see a number to the left of their account number (i.e. 17). That number will not change, so you only have to remember that number going forward.
We hope that this will help our families.