It is really hard to believe that midquarter is here already. It seems like just yesterday we were reviewing expectations at the beginning of the year.
Grades have been updated. There aren't a lot of grades in the computer as of yet because we have been working on skill building in a variety of areas: 7th grade has been working with argumentation and Scholarly Academic Conflict (SAC) to help them identify important clues, establish warrants (rules), and develop an acceptable conclusion based on information gathered; 8th grade is covering research writing; and Communications is focusing on understanding the basics of communication and speech giving with a focus on impromptu speeches right now.
Communication with parents and students has been unbelievable so far this year! I have been impressed with the level of maturity students have shown when it comes to asking questions and notifying me when they may be struggling with an issue. This makes the entire process so much easier and lowers frustration so students don't feel left behind if they don't grasp a concept immediately. All my students seem to understand that this is not a sign of failure, but of needing to approach the learning a bit differently to meet individual needs.
And parents/guardians, I appreciate the feedback and questions on your end. As a parent myself I understand that sometimes the meaning of an assignment or a lesson gets lost in translation. Your students do their very best to repeat exactly what needs to be done, but with so much information coming at them all day, it is understandable that things get a little mixed up from time to time. Please feel free to continue messaging me via email or Remind and I will answer your questions as quickly as possible.
I know that I am a bit behind on updating the monthly calendar pages on the site, but I will work on that this week so everything is up-to-date.
Thanks for all you do!!!