Highcroft Herald

October 12, 2015

Quote of the Week

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~ James Allen

Thank You!

Whether stated as grazie, merci, takk, tanan, shukran or todah, Aaron and I thank you for the hard work and dedication you put into making conferences a success for our community and each day a wonderful learning experience for students!
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The "Why" Behind the New Progress Report

The following was shared with parents in the Hotline. Please include it in your newsletter and/or other parent communications.



In just over five weeks, your child's progress report will be available. The new progress report is focused on descriptive feedback-telling the story of each child's learning. It is clearer, streamlining the number of reporting standards parents see from as many as 21 items in a single content area to three. It's also more accessible, as it is available to our families online and via mobile devices.


Years of work have led to this point. Through Project Parkway in 2010, those crafting Parkway's strategic plan wrote the following action step: "Research and implement improved grading practices that provide feedback that clearly communicates student performance related to course goals, standards, and Mission-related outcomes." Both before and since that time, individual teachers and some CLT's have been "implementing" improved grading practices; the new elementary progress report is our first step toward doing so collectively.


We know students can learn without grades, but not without feedback. Over and over again, research and anecdotal classroom evidence confirm this: it is powerful when students know where they are going, where they are right now, and what steps to take to get from here to there. The new progress report allows for such detailed level of informative insight.


In learning about the power of feedback and the challenges inherent in our traditional grading, a team of teachers and principals came together several years ago and crafted Parkway's current Beliefs and Principles document (which can be found here). Throughout the development of the elementary progress report, this document served as the foundation of the team's work.


While the change in moving from a letters-based feedback system to a descriptive, comment-based system may be challenging, we recognize the potential power in doing so for our learners. When carefully developed and focused on feedback, the process of grading can support, not just report, learning. Our new elementary progress reports aim to do just that.

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Calendar

Monday, October 12

  • No School

Tuesday, October 13

  • Staff Meeting - SPARK Room - 7:45am-8:45am
  • Student Flu Shot Clinic - CRA - 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Boy Scouts Visit During Lunch - 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Dr. Terrance Roberts, one of the "Little Rock Nine" - Central High School - 6:15pm-7:45pm

Wednesday, October 14

  • Intervention Team Meeting - CRA - 8:00am-8:45am
  • Admin/Counselors Meeting - 9:30am
  • 4th Grade Field Trip - St. Charles - 9:15am-1:30pm
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip - Rockwoods Reservation - 10:00am-12:00pm
  • PSO Meeting - TOL- 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • McPherson Out of the Building - Principals' Meeting - All Day

Thursday, October 15

  • Choir Rehearsal - 8:00am-8:45am - Music Room
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip - Magic House - 10:00am-1:30pm
  • Earthquake Drill - Great Shakeout - 2:55pm
  • Fire Drill - Following Earthquake Drill
  • PAMEE Meeting - ISC - 6:00pm-7:30pm

Friday, October 16

  • Spector - Marita Hollander - AM
  • Meinershagen - Gary Singer - PM
  • Muckerman - Terri Hausmann - All Day
  • Swanger - Nancy Buchanan - All Day
Highcroft Ridge Elementary Progress Reports