Dear Parents and Guardians of Eighth Grade Students,
As the end of the school year approaches, we want to give the 8th graders the opportunity to reflect on their growth as learners. We believe that grades and MCAS scores are not the only ways we can assess how each student has grown and changed. Therefore, we have the Edward Devotion School 8th Grade Portfolio. The purpose of the 8th Grade Portfolio is to give the 8th graders the opportunity to reflect on their own work in order to honestly evaluate their strengths and challenges as learners and to share their accomplishments with their families, their peers and their teachers. We want to end the year listening to what each student has to say.
The 8th Grade Portfolio is a four-step process. The four steps are: Collection, Selection, Reflective Letter and Presentation. The first step of the process, Collection, began at the beginning of the school year. Teachers are keeping active files of student work. They have been collecting and keeping students’ work over the course of the year. The second step, Selection, involves students selecting one piece of work from multiple areas of learning.
The third step of the process is writing the Reflective Letter. The students will write a reflection that shows their understanding of themselves as learners. An outline will be provided that shows how they will organize their writing. The goal of the reflection is to explain who they are as learners, including their strengths, interests, and goals. The final step of the process is Presentation. Students will present their work to a panel of peers, teachers and member(s) of their family. This twenty-minute presentation will be a time for students to show what they know about themselves as learners and to share some of their work from 8th grade.
We are really excited about the 8th Grade Portfolio, and we know it will be a stimulating and positive experience for the students. In order to make it completely successful, we need your support. Your 8th grader will be inviting you to attend the presentation. The 20- minute presentation will take place on Friday, June 15th. Please save the date. As the day draws closer, we will let you know the exact time of your child’s presentation so that you can plan accordingly.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you in June.