As many of our parents know, Woodhaven Middle School will be issuing our report cards this Friday, December 1st. With this in mind, there is much to share and discuss.
Report Cards Available on Powerschool
First, a reminder that report cards will be available through your child’s Powerschool account again this year. If you need any help setting up your account or accessing the report card, please call one of our awesome secretaries (Mrs. Golinowski, Mrs. Anderson or Mrs. Farris) who will step you through the process. If you require a hard copy of the report card, you simply need to call the office to let us know and we will be happy to send one home with your child.
Revisions to the report card for 2017-18
Parkland School Division No. 70 has been listening to feedback from parents, students and teachers and has made some revisions to the report card that you will see coming home. In this video Superintendent Tim Monds discusses much of our journey thus far.
While you will see several changes to the report card this year, I would like to bring a few to your attention. You can also find a great summary of the revisions to the report card on the PSD website with this link.
Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CSR)
You will notice that the revised report card no longer has a section dedicated to CSR. Rest assured that staff continue to support the development of our students not only as learners but as people as well. Our work through Health Days at Woodhaven Middle School, our “Connects” projects and guest speakers such as Wade Sorochan who spoke on the topic of Social Media and it’s impact on our relationships are just a few of the ways we continue this important work.
Students are the artists, scientists, thinkers, innovators and leaders of the future. They will be tasked with solving the problems of today, while imagining and creating a new tomorrow. Competencies are critical for equipping students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they will need to successfully navigate their personal journeys in learning, living and working. (Ministerial Order on Student Learning #001/2013)
I can’t really say it any better than that!
- CRITICAL THINKING
- PROBLEM SOLVING
- MANAGING INFORMATION
- CULTURAL AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
- CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
- PERSONAL GROWTH AND WELL-BEING
You will find brief comments on your child’s progress on the competencies listed above within our report card. More information about the competencies can be learned with the “Competencies: Frequently Asked Questions” .
Grade Level of Achievement
You will see, within each subject area, an indication of the grade level your child is currently achieving at. Based on the level of understanding your child has demonstrated of the learning outcomes and skills to this point, teachers will determine whether your child is either “At” or “Below” grade level at this point in the school year.
How is my child doing? A clear answer
You will see a much more clear explanation on the Achievement Indicators within the report card as the wording has been changed as shown below.
BEG (Beginning) – Achievement is not yet at what is expected for the grade level
APP (Approaching Proficiency) – Achievement is close but not yet at what is expected for the grade level
PRF (Proficient) – Achievement at what is expected for the grade level
EXM (Exemplary) – Achievement extends beyond what is expected for the grade level
U Unable to assess – outcomes not taught, insufficient evidence to assess
In addition to the achievement indicators being provided for the various skills within each subject, teachers will be clearly indicating if a student is currently performing AT, or BELOW their grade level of instruction at that point of the year.
Report Card Comments
On the revised report card, you will find the comments to be shorter, and they will no longer be exclusively on the last page. You will find comments embedded throughout the report card, with the corresponding subject.
Our aim with these comments is to provide you just a quick snapshot of your child’s learning. Please feel free to email, call or set up a meeting with your teacher to review your child’s progress. We are always happy to get together with you and your child to discuss progress.
So Many Ways to Communicate Learning
While the report card remains an important piece of the reporting puzzle, please know that at Woodhaven Middle School we work hard to communicate about your child’s learning throughout the year.
You may be receiving emails, phone calls, or blog posts discussing the learning happening in your child’s classroom. Our recent Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews provided a great opportunity to discuss the progress of our kids. While we look forward to the chance to connect with you during these scheduled interview times, please do not hesitate to call us anytime to arrange a meeting to discuss your child’s learning progress at any point within the school year.
You can find more information about the revised report cards on the PSD website, or by calling me at the school. I welcome your questions.
Until next time…
Mr. S. Patras
Principal, Woodhaven Middle School