Report cards go home on Monday and interviews take place on Thursday. Remember to book your interview online using the instructions sent home a couple of weeks back. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress. It’s at this time that I like to remind parents that grades aren’t more important than learning. (If you’ve read my last few Digests, you already know my opinion about grades.) However, since letter grades seem to be the focus of the report card, remember that these grades are based on your child’s learning of the grade six curriculum. There are new challenges every year: new teacher and teaching style; more demanding curriculum; group dynamics, etc. Students can thrive or struggle from year to year based on how they handle the curriculum. If your child got a B+ in reading last year, but has a B (or lower) in grade six, it doesn’t mean he/she is getting worse at reading, or moving backward; he/she is just more challenged by the material. So, as you pore over the grades on your child’s report, celebrate the successes and talk to your child about his/her strengths and needs for improvement and bring that information to the interview. Please remember to return the envelope and the bottom portion of page 3/4 by Thursday.
Yesterday’s tour of the Harrow OPP detachment was informational. Students got to see how the day-to-day procedures of policing work, and they were wowed by the weapons cache, and the cell block. I’ve included a couple of photos below.
Students are reminded to gather any needed materials for their science project (if applicable) this weekend.