Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

October 30, 2014 - Happy Halloween!!

Conferences today and tomorrow- And then the CARNIVAL!

I hope you are enjoying the extra time with your children today. Our teachers are here already meeting with some of you. We hope all of you will make it to your appointment. If you have forgotten what time your appointment is or if you are running late, please give us a call at 260-1345. Mrs. Mills has the master list in the office.

Report cards should be in parents' hands by now. If you have any questions about the report card, please talk to your child's teacher during the conferences. Our 4th-6th grade teachers have converted to standard based reporting just as the K-3 teachers have been doing. This may seem a little strange because most of you, if you are like me, grew up with the "A, B, C, D, F" reporting system. There is no such thing as an easy conversion chart to convert the new report card to the old one because the new one is very detailed and standard specific. It no longer summarizes all that was learned into one "letter." It does chart the journey your child is taking toward learning all of the standards assigned to their grade level. You will have more information, but you may not have that old "flash of understanding" as to how your child is performing. You will need to read all the way through the document and also understand that the standards are not taught all at once.

As you probably already know, our teachers are over achievers and did double duty for this report card. The 4-6th teachers filled out both reports cards - The new standards-based, and the old summary. They did it with one purpose, to help parents make the conversion to the new system. I have asked them to limit this double work to just this one time, (they snuck this one past me and did the double duty without telling me). Next quarter, and for the foreseeable future, they will be using only the standards-based report card. I have pasted their explanation letter to this newsletter for you to reference. It is hard to convince teachers not to work so hard, so I hope you will support them by learning about the new system.

Thank you and I hope to see you at the conferences and the carnival.


Doug Hayman

The new 4th, 5th, and 6th grade report card. (Same as the old K-3 report card)

Parents of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students,

Starting this year, the intermediate grades have a new report card. It will resemble the primary report card that you received in years past, based entirely on Alaska State Standards. Your child will no longer receive A’s, B’s, and C’s in all subject areas. Reading, Language Arts, and Math grades will now be reported using the scale below.

4. I exceed all skills within the standard by demonstrating more complex understanding
3. I demonstrate all skills within the standard
2. I demonstrate some skills within the standard
1. With help, I can demonstrate some skills within the standard
0. Even with help, I cannot demonstrate skills within the standard

Science, Health, and Social Studies information will be reflected based on a summary of the material covered.

Perhaps the greatest difference will be seen when logging on to PowerSchool. No longer will you see the volume of assignments that have been visible in the past. At this point, when checking PowerSchool, students and parents will see assignments that reflect a measure of a child’s ability to meet certain Alaska State Standards in Reading, Language Arts, and Math. We realize that this type of change may be difficult, and you may have questions while we make this transition. Please feel free to come to the Intermediate Teachers with any concerns you may have.

Prizes for the Carnival Raffle

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