Reporting to Parents

posted Oct 11, 2011, 11:31 AM by Unknown user
    I will be meeting with all interested Lower School parents on Wednesday, October 19 at 8:15 a.m. in the Dining Commons to discuss changes we are making in the way we report student progress to parents.

    In our current system, parents receive four report cards a year, which includes a face-to-face conference in November. Although this system has generally been effective, there have been some challenges with it. With comprehensive reports written four times a year, teachers are constantly writing, or thinking about what they're going to write, all the time. For specialists, who have in excess of 100 students, this process is especially taxing. To fill space, they have included more about the curriculum than individual student progress, an issue of concern about which  both they and parents have expressed to me. There is also a greater need to have more than one conference time. No kind of written report can ever take the place of a teacher and parent sitting down and discussing a child's progress. For these reasons, reports to parents will be scheduled as follows:

    November 4:    Parent/Teacher Conference Day with a check-list of skills performances documented by every teacher and given to parents by the child's homeroom teacher. A Plan of Action will be agreed upon by both the parent and teacher, put in writing and acknowledged by both parent and teacher, and serve as the official document that states how improvement can be made in specific areas.  This conference will be known as the Interim First Semester Conference.

    End of January: Comprehensive report cards with grades and narrative comments will be mailed home to parents at the end of the first semester. These grades will become the grades of record and transferred to each child's school transcript.

    March 30: Parent/Teacher Conference with a check-list of spring-appropriate skills performances documented by every teacher and given to parents by the chils' homeroom teacher. A Plan of Action will be agreed upon by both the parent and teacher, put in writing and acknowledged by both parent and teacher, and serve as the official document that states how improvement can be made in specific areas. This conference will also be devoted to discussing summer support and hearing from parents about their needs for the following school year. This conference will be known as the Interim Second Semester Conference. 

    June: Comprehensive report cards with grades and narrative comments will be mailed home to parents at the end of the second semester. These grades will become the grades of record and transferred to each child's school transcript.

    No matter when official school reports are delivered to parents, it is the School's practice to keep parents informed about a child's progress whenever the need arises. This can be an e-mail voicing concern about a poor performance on a test to a phone call expressing joy about a job well done by the child. Parents, too, are encouraged to check-in on the teacher's website on a regular basis to keep up-to-date about what's going on in the classroom.
    
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