Our new-look elementary gradebooks/Parent Portal

If something looks different when you check grades in Parent Portal (aka Infinite Campus), it’s by design. As part of our focus on personalized learning, we modified Parent Portal to match a grading system that measures learning — the concepts a student knows and can apply. Too often in the past, traditional grades were goals to reach in order to stop learning. That’s not productive or a reflection of how people actually learn. Learning is a process — sometimes it comes quickly, sometimes it requires extra review and practice. And a final grade, especially at elementary, should reflect a year’s worth of learning. Here’s what’s different in Parent Portal: Subjects (math, reading, etc.) are organized by Power Standard and learning targets. Each subject has Power Standards and under each Power Standard are learning targets. Students show their teacher they have learned each target and once all targets are learned, we are confident the student can apply that Power Standard.... Continue reading Our new-look elementary gradebooks/Parent Portal

Our New-look Elementary Gradebooks/Parent Portal

If something looks different when you check grades in Parent Portal (aka Infinite Campus), it’s by design. As part of our focus on personalized learning, we modified Parent Portal to match a grading system that measures learning — the concepts a student knows and can apply. Too often in the past, traditional grades were goals to reach in order to stop learning. That’s not productive or a reflection of how people actually learn. Learning is a process — sometimes it comes quickly, sometimes it requires extra review and practice. And a final grade, especially at elementary, should reflect a year’s worth of learning. Here’s what’s different in Parent Portal: • Subjects (math, reading, etc.) are organized by Power Standard and learning targets. Each subject has Power Standards and under each Power Standard are learning targets. Students show their teacher they have learned each target and once all targets are learned, we are confident the student can apply that Power Standard.... Continue reading Our New-look Elementary Gradebooks/Parent Portal

Top 10 Back To School Tips

You did it! The kids are back in school, routines have been established (well mostly) and another begins. Here are ten tips to help your family navigate the transition more smoothly. 1.  Limit after school activities.  Over-scheduling undermines your child’s overall success in school, at home and with friends.  Keep the schedule simple and predictable. 2.  Ensure adequate sleep & nutrition.Most children require 10 hours of sleep nightly.  Healthy meals and snacks (non-processed, fresh foods) fuel optimal school performance. 3.  Create predictable and manageable routines. Routines provide structure, self- control and build time management skills.  Post the schedule on your refrigerator. 4.  Build down-time into your schedule.  Your child needs time to play outside every day.  Outdoor time is good for your child’s brain, body, creativity and reduces stress. 5.  Help your child get organized. Make a daily checklist (do homework, get mom/ dad to sign planner, pack... Continue reading Top 10 Back To School Tips