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Report Cards are coming TODAY! If you don't receive one please let us know!
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!
We can't wait for next week because it's STEM Week! This our second year celebrating STEM the week before the holiday break and our kids have been really looking forward to it because it was so much fun last year. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to come in and help out.
This year we have visitors from a variety of fields, all focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We will have Jay Mankita from Playful Engineers back. Jay will be letting the kids build their own Rube Goldberg Machines! Rich Oakley from Borobots (also our school committee!) will be here as well as students from Middleboro High School, Our Sisters School in New Bedford and sooo much more!
In addition to all the visitors, the kids will be participating in design challenges in their classes. From Army Man Launchers, Mystery Bags to Paper Plate Roller Coasters, our kids will be challenged to collaborate and design solutions to some very challenging tasks.
Next week is going to be a blast and we are confident the kids are going to love it…..again! Please ask your child about the week.
SAVE THE DATE!
Hello parents!! You should have received your students Artsonia Parent Code to activate your account. Every student has scanned artwork from their awesome Art Teacher Mrs. Donovan. Their artwork from class will make great gifts for the holidays! You can even add fans to their account (other family members like your spouse, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles, etc) in case they want to purchase your students artwork in a gift form. But, if you’d rather surprise them for the holidays, then you can add them later. Mrs. Donovan will be adding all their work from art class into Artsonia throughout the year so that you can keep them in digital form!
Enter your Parent Code from your flyer by clicking the following link to activate your students account:
If you do not have your parent code, then you can message Ria Mackenzie through Facebook with your students name and she will get back to you within 12 hours. You may also contact Mrs. Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance.
Artsonia has a pretty quick turnaround and offers great deals at different times of the year. Customer service is excellent and will deliver right to your door! Right now they have this deal until December 16th:
Please consider looking through the Artsonia Giftshop and ordering for the Holidays. This is a PTA fundraiser which helps raise money to programs at HBB including supporting the arts!!