Principal to Parent Newsletter
Wow! Spring has finally arrived after a very rough winter. I thank God every day that Wollner Excavating was able to accomplish the parking lot and get a layer of asphalt down! We had an amazing Together Event in March and it was wonderful to see so many of you there. Thank you to all of those that made that wonderful night possible! In this edition of the Chronicle I will address the following topics in more depth below:
- Early Registration Due Date Change
- Auction Update
- Reading and Writing Update
- (Old From Last Edition) Standards Based Grading- What does an A, B, C or 99%, 83% really tell you about your child's learning?
- Love and Logic- Positive Parenting/Teaching techniques parent meeting.
- Education in Virtue
Reading, Writing and Library Update
After several weeks of consultation and conversations with various agencies such as Cooperative Educational Service Agency(CESA), the Milwaukee Archdiocese and several Catholic schools, we are nearly ready to present a more detailed road map of our library changeover, first referenced in January. Our update on this topic is best explained in the context of our big-picture need for a building-wide reading and writing curriculum re-alignment that has been on going since fall. Due to the magnitude of this exciting topic, we will be issuing a special edition communication dedicated only to it in mid April. Please stay tuned!
Registration Due Date Change
With Standards-Based grading, teachers communicate whether students are currently demonstrating learning at a level 1, 2, 3 and sometimes 4. Students demonstrating learning at level 1 are getting ready to learn concepts and skills. Students demonstrating learning at level 2 are building foundations for mastery of concepts and skills. Students demonstrating learning at level 3 have mastered the concepts and skills and are able to apply them when working independently. Those students who are working at level 4 make new connections and extend their learning beyond a demonstration of mastery.
Standards-Based grades are more flexible and can change to reflect a student’s learning. Standards-Based grades will fluctuate to reflect the progress a student makes in mastering one set of concepts and skills by moving on to new or more complex concepts and skills. Standards-Based grading does communicate up-to-date information about a student’s current level of knowledge. Standards-Based grading does show how a student’s learning has progressed over time. It does not average scores from weeks past, before a student’s learning progressed. It does not penalize a student for not knowing something before it was taught.
If you have questions about Standards-Based grading, please feel free to contact me. I will be sending updates as we go along this year. The staff and I will be learning how some of our practices need to change and how we can best serve the students of Saint Frances Cabrini. I have included several articles about Standards-Based Grading for you to read if you would like more information along with a video on why we are making this change.
Education in Virtue
The part I like best about this process is that it is centered around God and the Saints. Matthew Kelly, a prominent Catholic writer, states that the biggest lie in Christianity is that Holiness is not attainable for ourselves. I think in today's society many of us probably think that is true. How can I remain focused on God and listen to Him, with all the temptation in the world? How can our students attain holiness? These questions I have asked myself often. My hope is that this program will help with this. Keeping the focus on what God wants, rather than I need to be honest because my teacher or parent said so. God wants me to be honest because dishonesty hurts my relationship with Him. Get ready for some awesome and exciting things for next year!