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Monday, December 2, 2013

Report Card and Food Drive-December 3, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

I hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. After we picked up my daughter in Corvallis, she started reading Collins’ Catching Fire to us as we drove to Bend.  We’ve always enjoyed books in the car and having her read to us was a special treat.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t read any of this series so by the time we got to my mom’s house I was hooked and had to read all three in the trilogy.  My family also enjoyed time together, food and football. 

Last week I was in classrooms as students learned about the national holiday or discussed family traditions.  It was interesting to learn about what students were looking forward to.  In addition to the holiday, we had one Budget Reduction Day and a Teacher Workday so it seemed like an extra long weekend. 

Teachers spent the day Monday working on report cards.  As you’ve read in prior newsletters, the report card has changed this year.  In addition to the new format, teachers also had to learn a new system for entering grades and the time entry process itself went a bit more slowly than we had expected.  I have been so impressed by the patience and understanding shown by all through the change. 

Teaching is a complex task and the assessment of each child’s learning, as well as recording and reporting each individual’s progress, only make it tougher.  Our teachers are incredible professionals, doing critical and difficult work, and producing amazing results.  I want to recognize their efforts and publically thank them, something not done often enough.  I encourage you to make time to thank them as well.

Next Monday will be another Budget Reduction Day.  Report cards are scheduled to go home Tuesday.  When you get your child’s report card, be sure to:
§  Look at the supporting documents included with the report card
§  Remember that scores are based on progress toward end of year targets so don’t be surprised if you see 1s or 2s.
§  Pay close attention to the Trimester Progress Key since it shows if your child is making the progress we would expect in order to meet end of year targets.
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§  Ask your child’s teacher if you have questions.
§  Use the information to identify strengths, goals and areas of emphasis. 

This report provides you information on your child's progress in each of the Academic and Behavior Learning Targets.  We encourage you to become familiar with these targets and the rubric or scoring guides used to evaluate student progress by viewing all on the district web site.  Once there, follow these steps:
         1. Select the Parents & Students tab along the top
         2. Select the Standards-Based Learning tab on the left-hand side
         3. Select the Learning Targets tab on the left-hand side
         4. Select "Browse Academic Learning Targets"
You can also simply go to: 

In addition, please log into ParentVUE, also under the Parent & Student tab or at between December 13th and the 20th to take an online survey and provide feedback on our report card format.

The work students do in class and at home daily likely provide you with much information about strengths and weaknesses as well so continue to have your child share their daily work and be sure to ask them about each day.  . As you know, often when we ask our kids how their day went, we only hear “Fine.” When we ask what they learned, they say, “Nothing.” The trick is to ask a question that requires your child to reflect and give an answer that has meaning. Try some of these:
• Tell me about the best part of your day.
• What was the most challenging thing you did today?
• Did any of your classmates do something funny today?
• What made you smile today?
• Tell me about what you read in class.
• Who did you play with today? What did you play?
• What is the biggest difference between this year and last year?
• Rate your day on a scale from 1 to 10 and tell me why.
• What was one learning target in your class today?
• What did you do that was kind (respectful, or responsible) today?
• What do you want me to know about your day?
Often times a well worded question can get the ball rolling to a great conversation.  You might also allow your child to ask you questions too. Be prepared to listen. The greatest gift we can give our kids is meaningful attention. Playing a game or sharing a cup of hot chocolate provide the best quality time and allow for great learning opportunities-not just for our children, but us as parents too.


Throughout the year our students participate in a variety of service projects.  For the next two weeks, students are invited to bring in nonperishable food items for the Elks Food Drive.  These items will go to families in need in our local community. 

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School every day.  Thank you 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 all of the families who provided items for the feast in Ms. Burnett’s and Ms. Yokom’s class last week.  The important life skill of preparing food coupled with the rich language experiences made it a very special day for students and staff alike!
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.
       Donations for our teachers’ projects on
       Volunteers to help with our Canfield (Senior Citizen) Lunch Buddies on the last Thursday of every month from 11:15-12:15 as they have lunch with our second and third graders. 

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