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Book Fair, Dance, and Report Cards-November 19, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                

Students certainly enjoyed the dance and the Book Fair last week.  Thanks to Robyn Fuenmayor for organizing the Book Fair and to all the volunteers who helped with set up, running the fair and clean up.  Thanks to Kate Kristiansen for organizing the dance and to all who helped with set up and clean up.  Our students certainly enjoyed the experiences!

Over the past two weeks, I’ve shared information about the MATH, BEHAVIORS, and WRITING sections of the report card.  This week I’ll share information about other content areas.  Last week, I shared that changes in the law requires school districts to:
1.     Provide parents with a report indicating their student’s achievement measured against state standards at the student’s grade level
2.     Base grades solely on the student’s academic performance and cannot be influenced by student behavior.

The areas listed below will be revised in upcoming years to be more specific about grade level expectations (similar to the writing and math sections described in earlier newsletters).  Like the other sections of the report card you’ve read about in previous newsletters, these areas are also scored on end of year targets.  Unlike math or writing  (skills that develop over a year), some of the units in the content area listed below are taught entirely during one trimester so a teacher may not have assessed the area at all or may have taught and assessed the whole unit.

Old Report Card
New Report Card
Speaking (Includes:  Ideas and Content, Organization, Language and Delivery)
§  Effort
§  Performance

Social Studies
§  Effort
§  Performance

§  Effort
§  Performance

§  Effort
§  Performance

Physical Education
§  Content Skills, Concepts, Behaviors, Physical Skills
§  Fitness Concepts
§  Social Behaviors

§  Effort
§  Performance

Visual Arts
§  Performance

Speaking (Includes:  Ideas and Content, Organization, Language, Delivery)
§  Performance

Social Studies (Includes:  Content Knowledge, Concepts and Skills)
§  Performance

Science (Includes:  Content Knowledge, Concepts and Skills)
§  Performance

Music Academic Targets (Includes:  Content Knowledge, Concepts and Skills)
§  Performance

Physical Education Academic Learning Targets (Includes:  Content Knowledge, Concepts and Skills)
§  Physical Skills
§  Social Skills

Health Academic Learning Targets (Includes:  Content Knowledge, Concepts and Skills)
§  Performance

Visual Arts Academic Learning Targets (Includes:  Concepts and skills)

Performance Key:
N/A=Not applicable at this time
**  Modified Curriculum/Assessment

Some teachers considered end of year expectations.  Other teachers considered end of trimester expectations.
Academic Key:
4=Highly proficient
2=Nearly Proficient
N/A=Not Assessed this trimester
**  Modified Curriculum/Assessment

All teachers will use the academic key to show proficiency on end of year targets.

Trimester Progress Key
This is the area to pay close attention to since it shows if your child is making the progress we would expect in order to meet end of year targets.
+  significant

Next week I’ll describe the READING section of the report card.   I’ll also include information about the tool we use to assess reading called the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA).    A link to the video that describes the whole report card is below

Thanks for sharing your children with us!


Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.

THANK YOU-We are so lucky to have an active and involved community willing to do special things for our kids.  When we work together, our kids benefit.
§  Thanks to Generations Foursquare Church for doing a leaf clean up for our school over the weekend.  We are lucky to have our community partners doing special things for our school.

Wish List-These are things or jobs that make a difference to our kids, teachers or school. Send in items or let Mrs. CB know if you can volunteer.
       Swiffer duster refills for small handled dusters will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations to the office.
       Donations of Bistro Height tables (Tables this height provide students with an opportunity to stand and work. 
       Donations of headphone extenders can be put to good use in the computer lab.

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