Dear students and parent,
You will notice some changes beginning with the 2010-2011 first quarter report cards. First, you will see comments such as “Complex Thinker: Proficient” or “Skilled Info. Processor: Nearly Proficient” and wonder where they came from and what they mean. These comments reflect the school’s Learning Expectations. These are six qualities that we as an entire school expect students to possess before they graduate. As a faculty and as a school, our goal is for your son or daughter to be proficient as:
• A Complex Thinker;
• A Collaborative Worker;
• A Skilled Information Processor;
• A Self-directed Learner;
• An Effective Communicator; and
• A Responsible Citizen.
As a faculty we created a rubric or rating grid to determine the degree to which a student is meeting the expectations. This scale is:
• Substantially Below Proficient
• Nearly Proficient
• Proficient with Distinction.
While these comments do not affect the grade for the class or GPA, they do serve as an opportunity for teachers to communicate to you and your child how well they are meeting this particular expectation. Teachers are using the rubrics on individual assignments and also as general criteria to assess how students are doing. I encourage you as a parent to speak both with your child and your child’s teacher about these rubrics.
Greg Schillinger, Teaching Principal