Just shy of two weeks…wow! Some students have approached me about having a pot luck lunch. I’m giving you the heads-up now as I imagine the cooking duties will fall upon you. I haven’t selected a date yet, but I’m eyeballing the end of next week, or possibly the Tuesday of the last week of school. I’ll relay updates to you via Dojo. We will also take a stroll over to Sadler’s Pond and grab some ice cream en route, likely the Monday after next. This was a reward that was earned back in the fall during the read-a-thon, but when cooler weather prevailed, we never got a chance to cash in on it. I will need at least two chaperones for this walking excursion so please consider joining us. Keep your eyes open for the permission form with the date and time. (I need to figure out other events in the school that won’t conflict with the trip first.)
Bit by bit, students will start bringing home materials from school that are no longer needed. This will alleviate a heavy school bag on the last day of school. What students do with it at that point is entirely up to them (I just don’t like seeing months of work dropped into the classroom recycle bin.)
Report cards are slowing coming together. Last week I explained the nature of grades; this week, it’s about how the grades are determined. Know that the assessment process is multifaceted. You may only see grades on tests, quizzes and rubrics but things like observation, experiments, anecdotal notes, class presentations, participation/discussion, and group work are all a part of the overall grade; things you don’t see because you’re not in the classroom. Typically, all the students are ever interested in is the letter grade and whether they went up or down. This is the wrong way of looking at it. Sadly, we’re too focused on grades rather than the learning journey it takes to get good ones. If students make the most of each learning moment, then the grades will come with it. It’s all about changing one’s mindset. I hope this is useful in preparing you for the final report card, which will be sent home on the last day of school.
Have a great weekend!