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Falcon Pass News

Pre-K/Kinder enrollment

4/8/20

Dear Voyager Parents,

As we continue to adjust to our circumstances, I want to proactively share with you some detail on student progress reports happening next week for our elementary students. If you have not had the opportunity to watch Dr. Smith’s address to the district on grading, I would encourage you to watch that here.

During this time, when a school system cannot fully accommodate the challenges we face, it is important to reconnect with WHY we learn. It isn’t for a grade, or to make our teachers or parents happy (although feedback on progress is important!), but to move us closer to identifying our strengths, passions and becoming capable citizens in our world. As we work with the limitations we have, know I am very aware that trying to put a score on a piece of paper greatly limits the whole story of the work students are doing, struggles families may be facing and how we are all adjusting to virtual learning.

Here is the breakdown of what our teachers are trying to accomplish to adequately score progress reports next week.

-Students will receive a “P” or “I” in all content areas.

“P” = for completing work and making progress toward learning goals

“I” = for student has not engaged consistently in work for learning goals

This is where teachers need your help.

-Teachers need to have evidence of learning to score each area. This can be work submitted through Seesaw, itsLearning, Remind, emailed pictures of completed work, or emailed pictures from learning packets for their grade level. We are trying to be as flexible as we can in receiving evidence to accommodate the multiple ways we are trying to get learning materials to you.

-Teachers will be reaching out to you if they need evidence to score your child’s progress report.

While we know times are difficult for many, we also know that our job is to accurately capture the learning happening this nine weeks. Progress reports will be posted at the end of next week, so teachers will be reaching out this week to offer support and clarify what they need. If we can be of any assistance to you, please reach out to your teachers, Mrs. Brock or myself. We want to support you in any way we can and help connect you with resources where available.

Respectfully,

Monica Giuffre, principal

Here are some anticipated questions and our best answers:

Q: What if my child receives “I”s on their progress report because they have not completed work?

A: This will let their next year’s teacher know the student will likely need additional support and may be invited to a jump-start intensive learning program prior to the start of the next school year.

Q: What about all of the learning progressions originally planned for the 4th nine weeks?

A: We are not covering all learning progressions at this time, but identifying the most important items to include in teacher’s itsLearning courses. The district curriculum coordinators are already at work adjusting for next year to cover content that is missed into the next grade level.

Q: Will my child be behind because he/she missed content?

A: Students across the state of Texas are all in the same boat so content will have to be adjusted going into next year to make up lost ground. If your child was considered on level at the end of the 3rd 9 weeks, then they will be ready to move on to the next grade level. Our staff will still hold Grade Placement Meetings for students who did not make growth over the first three nine-week periods to consider retention.

Q: What if my circumstances mean I cannot access materials online or have time to get it all done?

A: Do the best you can. Things you can have your child do independently include reading books, Dreambox or Ed Galaxy (both have phone apps). Even if they can’t do it every day, attempt to carve out some time during the week to make learning a priority.

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