James Hart School Update

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Mid-Term Grades

Can you believe that we are half-way through our 1st Trimester? Mid-Term grades will be mailed home on Friday, October 16th, and are also available through Parent Portal.

Students should be active participants in online learning; being on time to Zoom classes, keeping their camera on during class, and asking and answering questions. Students can also receive help from specific teachers daily during Panther Time and on Fridays. We strongly encourage parents to log into Parent Portal to check grades on a weekly basis with your child.

Friday Schedule

James Hart will start a new Friday schedule starting October 16th. Students will continue to have Advisory from 7:45 am-8:15 am.

The class periods on Fridays will be used for:

  • Office Hours
  • Extra Help
  • Interventions
  • Make-Up Assignments
  • Asynchronous Learning

Students will be informed by their teachers which periods they need to report to on Fridays. Students will be marked absent if they do not show up for a required class period.

STAR Assessment

On Wednesday, October 21st, all students will take the STAR Assessment. Students will take the assessment with their Advisory class.

Why do we take the STAR Assessment?

  • To see what students have already learned—and what they’re ready to learn next.
  • To gauge the effectiveness of instruction, so they can make adjustments when necessary.
  • To identify students who are struggling and may need extra support.
  • To see how students are performing against grade-level standards.

Schedule for October 21st:


8:10am-9:30am-Math STAR Assessment


10:00am-11:20am-ELA STAR Assessment


12:00pm-2:30pm-BCO, Interventions, Asychronous Learning

Parent's/Guardian's role:

  • Encourage your child to take their time and do their best.
  • Make sure students have a quiet space to take the STAR assessment.
  • Please remind your child to keep their camera on during the STAR assessment.
  • We ask that you avoid helping your child answer test questions: encourage them to select the best choice, to ensure we receive accurate results that can be used to support your child’s learning.

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is Monday, October 19th from 2-5 pm at the James Hart Sports Complex. Parents should have received an email for a code to review and purchase student pictures from our September Picture Day.
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  • Monday, October 19, 2020-Picture Retake Day, 2-5pm, James Hart Sports Complex
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020-STAR Testing
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020-6th Grade Harvest Handout, 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Monday, November 2, 2020-Remote Planning Day, No School for Students
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020-Election Day, No School for Students
  • Friday, November 20, 2020-End of 1st Trimester
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All HSD 153 students can now get a free lunch Monday-Friday at the Sports Complex from 11 am until 1 pm. Teachers will take a lunch count daily during Advisory.