February 13, 2015
Your child’s second quarter grades are now posted in your PowerSchool account. Please click on the blue number grade to see all of the graded work leading up to the quarterly average. At the bottom of the page is your overall G.P.A. If you have an average of 90 – 94.9, you made the Honor Roll. If you have over a 95, you are on the High Honor Roll. This can been seen by clicking on the Honor Roll tab on the left of your screen.
If you have questions or concerns about grades or comments, please contact your child’s team leader.
Grade 5 – Mrs. Gallello - firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 6 – Mrs. Brothers – email@example.com
Grade 7 – Mrs. VanDevelde – firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 8 – Mrs. Lutz – email@example.com
Encores – Ms. Kraus – firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to work diligently with our students integrating the Common Core Standards. As the actual testing dates are soon approaching in April, we are administering Interim Assessments for all students in grades 5 – 8.
The Interim Assessments are designed to mirror the actual New York State exams in terms of content. Each grade level selected their own grade level appropriate assessment that aligns with the Common Core. There is one for Math and one for English Language Arts. This assessment will allow our students to experience the stamina needed for testing. It will also allow them to understand the importance of pacing and employing the strategies they need to be successful in an efficient fashion. More importantly, the assessment will give us the information we need to adjust instruction to meet the learning needs of each student.
Our teachers will then review all of the student assessments as a grade level. The assessment will not be graded. Teachers will be looking to identify areas that have shown growth as well as pinpoint areas that could use extra support. The assessments will then be reviewed in class with student participation in order to deepen their understanding of the concepts covered. The process and strategies needed to answer the questions correctly will be addressed and discussed. Thus, the Interim Assessments are an important component of the teaching-learning process, informing our next steps in instruction so that students are able to tackle the higher standards.
Once the tests have been corrected they will be sent home for your review. We ask that you go over the tests with your student. Please ask them questions. Allow them the opportunity to explain how they arrived at their responses. We then ask that you sign the assessment and return it to school. This will allow us to know that you have seen the level of work and the effort your student is exhibiting to date.
The testing dates are Friday, February 13 for ELA and Wednesday, February 25 for Math.
Overall, this should be a positive learning experience for students and staff alike.
Please note for our 8th Grade parents that we have a High School Parent meeting on March 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School PAC.
We look forward to partnering with you as our students learn and grow.
Edward J. Hallisey