SAGE testing begins this week on Monday, May 4th and will continue throughout the month of May for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Our students and teachers have worked hard preparing for this end of year testing, and the students are ready! However, there are always a few basic practices that help make testing easier for students, such as:
- Be sure to get plenty of sleep!
- Eat a healthy, filling breakfast and plan for a nutritious lunch
- Take time to play outside after school or get other exercise - this can be a great stress reliever!
- Plan to take your time, do your best and work hard!
Lights, camera, action! Is your child interested in film? We are inviting all parents of children who are interested in creating a submission for the school and district film festival to participate in a brief informational meeting. This meeting is intended for parents of children who are not already part of film club and whose children have a desire to produce a film on their own at home. We will be going over the requirements for film submissions, the categories available for submitting films and the deadline for all submissions. We will also provide online resources for editing projects and viewing examples of completed student projects.
Revised and Updated
Report Cards go home tomorrow -- for information about your child's new I-CANyons Report Card, please view this short VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ9ZNFdjo4o&list=UUIZeTb00iwI_nwNJ0ViWpNg
Based on feedback from parents and teachers, the I-CANyons Student Reports have been revised and updated for the 2014-15 school year. The updated I-CANyons Student Reports will be issued for the first time the week of Nov. 17-21, 2014.
What's new on the Student Reports
The updated I-CANyons Student Reports will give parents of elementary school students a progress report for Term 1 and Term 2, and an End-of-Year Summary issued after Term 3 to reflect students' mastery of standards.
Term 1 and Term 2: How Your Student Is Progressing
The three indicators in Term 1 and Term 2 to report an elementary school student's understanding and progress toward mastery of the content are as follows:
- 3: On Track at this Time - Student is on track to master this standard by the end of the school year.
- 2: Progressing - Student is making progress toward meeting the standard at this time; sometimes demonstrating skills needed to meet standards, at other times showing a lack of understanding or ability to apply the concept or skills.
- 1: Insufficient Progress - Student is showing risk of not mastering the standard by the end of the year and is receiving intervention support.
Term 3: How Your Student Did
An End-of-Year Summary is provided following the close of Term 3 at the end of the school year. It will contain three indicators that reflect mastery of the standards:
- 3M: Mastered – Student has mastered this standard.
- 2NYM: Not Yet Mastered – Student has mastered some but not all of the skills necessary to consistently apply this standard to future learning.
- 1NYM: Not Yet Mastered – Student will require on-going intervention to master this standard.
Why Replace Traditional Report Cards?
In the past, student grades have included subjective factors like attendance, effort, and attitude. In the I-Canyons Student Reports, student mastery and work habits are reported separately in order to give a more accurate report of student progress. The updated I-Canyons Student Reports reflect a student's current understanding of the content, as well as a student’s progress toward understanding the content.
Unlike letter grades, the I-CANyons Student Reports do not average lower scores that may have been earned in the beginning of the semester. This format is designed to give parents a clear understanding of what students have learned as a result of their experience in school. It also gives parents and teachers the tools they need to identify precisely where each individual child needs help.
The I-Canyons Student Reports show student progress toward mastery of learning standards. They were crafted by Canyons District educators over two years' time and used in 92 classrooms in six CSD schools in 2012-2013 before their debut in the 2013-2014 school year.
The reports, updated for 2014-2015, will give parents specific information about their child's understanding of the content, now in a more informative, user-friendly format. They also give teachers and parents tools to help students succeed.
The I-Canyons Student Reports contain separate reports of the following:
- A child's mastery of academic standards in language arts and math;
- A child's learning skills that support academic success; and
- A child's growth over time on grade-level benchmarks in language arts and math.
Grading for Learning
Learn about grading & reporting from an international expert: Ken O’Connor, author of two best-selling books, "How to Grade for Learning, K-12" and "A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades."