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Discussing report cards with your child, especially in the age of standards based report cards, can be challenging. The reporting system we use is very different from the grades we all received when we were students and understanding what it all means, in the context of how your child is doing, can be tough.
When you receive the report card you will see numbers next to standards. The numbers on the report card are as follows
4.Demonstrating mastery of the standard
3. Demonstrating significant progress toward the standard
2. Demonstrating some progress
1. Demonstrating minimal progress
The numbers indicate the progress your child is making towards meeting the grade level standard. The standards listed throughout the report card list what we want your child to know and be able to do by the end of the year.
Not all standards will be “graded” on this report card because we have not yet taught all the standards. While there may be instances where your child is Demonstrating Mastery of a particular standard, students are not expected to be receiving 4’s at this point because those standards are what we expect for students by the end of the year.
The scores that students receive for each standard does not reflect how hard your child is working. The scores reflect what your child is able to do in relation to that expectation. To find out how hard your child is working, and if they are completing work, you should refer to the section of the report card titled Successful Social and Learner Behaviors. This section lets you know how your child is doing in a more traditional sense, meaning effort, work completion etc. It is possible for a student to struggle with their Learner Behaviors yet still Demonstrate Mastery of a Standard. It is also possible for a student to struggle with a standard and do great with the Learner Behaviors. The Learning Behaviors section is an incredibly important area because that really reflects how hard your child has been working!
Should you have any questions at all about the report card or your child’s progress in school please do not hesitate to contact us!
It’s time to have your voice be heard! Please take a moment to complete our annual School Improvement Survey. We want to hear from you! We will also be hosting another contest this year. The grade that has the highest percentage of parents respond will receive extra recess and all students in that grade will be entered in a contest to play an important role in this year’s LipDub! You can access our survey on our website by clicking the link below. We will also be emailing the survey out in it's entirety soon.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide us with feedback!
It's MCAS Time!
It’s that time of year again! All students in grades 3-5 will be taking MCAS over the next few weeks. Please see our testing schedule below. Today we had our annual rally to get our kids ready for MCAS and we had a blast. We had JiJi visit and we had Ilza the Amazing Basketball Player visit. Ilza talked to the kids about the importance of hard work and the fact that you can accomplish great things if you pt your mind to it. Her message was perfectly timed and all the kids had a blast!
For those kids who might be anxious about the test, please ensure that them that they are well prepared and they will be ok! Our kids have been working very hard all year and we are confident that they are ready to go and they will do great. Most students will encounter questions they don’t know the answers too, it’s ok, just encourage them to do their best and don’t stress out!
Kids are not graded based on their results. We use the results to analyze what is working and what is not in our instruction. We have made solid steady gains each year as a school on MCAS and we are more confident this year than ever.
On MCAS days please make sure your kids are present and be sure they get a good night sleep and eat a healthy breakfast on testing days.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!
Grade 3– April 4 & 11
Grade 4– April 3 & 10
Grade 5– April 2 & 9
Grade 3– May 2 & 9
Grade 4– May 1 & 8
Grade 5–April 30 & May 7
Grade 5 – May 14 & 16
My name is Haley Soule and I am in 8th grade at the Nichols Middle School. I have been chosen as the Project 351 Ambassador for Middleboro this year.
Project 351 is a youth service nonprofit organization that develops a rising generation of “community-first” leaders. Founded by Governor Deval Patrick in 2011 and now convened by Governor Charlie Baker, Project 351 fosters unity and strengthens the ethic of service through the engagement and enrichment of an 8th grade Ambassador from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.
I am in the middle of something called Spring Service which is a clothing drive to collect donations for Cradles to Crayons. Please check out the flyer I am posting for what I can and cannot accept as donations.
Please help me make a difference in the lives of the children served by Cradles to Crayons by donating! If you have any questions, please post them below and my mom will get you an answer.