Report cards are going home today. Since Grade 4 students will be receiving a letter grade for the first time, I’d like to share some essential information with you. As a reference point, I also recommend that you take a look at your child’s Grade 3 report card and use the following scale if unsure about letter grades:
Exceeds = A
Fully Meets = B (very good performance) or C+ (good performance)
Meets = C
Approaching = C-
If wanting to know more about your child’s progress, I encourage you to focus on the checklist that will appear on page 1. Work habits & Effort are also helpful when trying to understand how your child is doing in school.
1. Work Habits are important. Students who have good work habits will usually do better in school. I say “usually” because there are always exceptions.
2. Social Responsibility is also another important area to consider. The Ministry of Education has created some very useful documents, the “BC Performance Standards”.
Here’s a simplified version of the rubric I used this term. I usually focus on 3 to 4 areas each term.
If you’d like to access the whole document, you can do so by clicking on this link.
3. A report card is a snapshot of your child’s learning at the time I write the report card.
Please note that not all subject areas will have a checklist to accompany the letter grade. I am mandated to use a checklist for French Language Arts, English Language Arts & Mathematics every term but I will use a checklist for Science, Social Studies, Health & Career, PE and Fine Arts (Drama, Visual Arts & Music) only once during the school year.
I also alternate between Science and Social Studies each term and this term, there will be no grade for Social Studies.
These are the comments you will see appearing on page 1.
Science, Fine Arts, PE:
4. School Goals and Support Plan
I’ve spent a great deal of time discussing ways to support your child, at school and at home. Please take the time to review your child’s goals.
Thanks for your ongoing support!