Upper Devotion Principal's Blog

  • Interim Progress Reports Available on Parent Portal

    Posted by Monica Crowley at 10/16/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Communication Tools Descibing Student Progress

    First quarter Interim Progress Reports are available for students and parents/guardians on the Parent Portal as of October 12, 2017. (If you have not logged on to the portal-it is necessary to do so in order to view IPR grades and future report cards. Dates of future IPRs and report cards are below.  (Please scroll all the way down)  

    If you have any questions about log in process, contact datateam@psbma.org 

    Please know that there are no grades for art, PE, conservatory and health as they only meet either once or twice a week, and the staff is still getting to know your children.  Grades for these classes will be included on the first quarter report card to be issued on the portal on November 21st.

    Positive Communication: One Tool for Success

    All students want to be successful. We all want our children to develop a love of learning that enables them to discover their strengths and passions as they bolster areas of development.

    In an article called “The Paradox of Pushing our Kids to Succeed,“ Dr. Lynn Margolies suggests: “Our teens are embedded in a culture driven by competition and perfectionism, where by success is defined by status, performance and appearance. These values are transmitted to our children through our emotional state and through what we notice, are impressed with, and praise or discourage them in…

    Pushing teens to be the best is well-intentioned…Ironically, parents’ hyper vigilance about teen’s grades and future success backfires psychologically and academically. When parents are overly invested in performance, kids are less likely to develop their own, more sustainable, motivation.

    Further making the stakes too high engenders fear, leading teens to avert possible failure at all costs. This level of stress propels homework avoidance, compromises executive functions, inhibits curiosity and new challenges and increases lying.”

    Both home and school supports are instrumental in the academic, social and emotional growth of every child. Throughout the year students receive reports that indicate how they are achieving at a given time. These updates are provided to communicate how students are doing in their classes and provide information to help guide discussions that focus on continued success and/or improvements in the future.

    Grades 6-8 Interim Progress Reports/Report Cards:

    Interim progress reports are given half way through each quarter. This is a great time to talk to your child about how he/she feels he/she is doing in each class. If he/she has concerns or questions, contacting the teacher at this point is helpful to discuss the issue and create a plan for improvement.

    In addition to Interim Progress Reports, report cards are given at the end of each quarter to share with parents/guardians how their child performed during the term. It should be used as a tool to self reflect on the past term and make goals for the upcoming term.

    Reviewing IPRs and report cards should be a positive and productive learning experience: 

    1. Discussion, not lecture-Ask your child to share his/her reaction to the report. Ask him/her to reflect on his/her effort in class and on homework to see if he/she can draw a connection between his/her daily input and grades.
    2. Praise your child for behaviors you have seen over the term. Try to highlight a positive behavior even if a particular class has a low grade.
    3. Discuss areas of development by focusing on behaviors and skills needed to make them better. Focus on short-term goals connected to these behaviors and skills. It is important to share that we all have strengths and areas of challenge. Look for positive patterns in one class that can be applied to a more challenging course.
    4. Make it clear that any consequences given directly relate to the goal for improvement. For example, limiting time on computer to increase time spent on homework.
    5. Communicate with your child’s teacher. Ask him/her for suggestions/strategies that will help your child improve. (first name_last name@psbma.org)
    6. Modeling how to work with the teacher is a strong lesson for every student. The hope is that each child will learn over time how to self advocate and get the help the need.

     

    2017-2018 Interim Progress Reports and Report Card Dates for Grades 6-8

    10/12/17-Term 1 IPRs-available to view on Parent Portal

    11/21/17-Term 1 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal

     

    12/19/17- Term 2 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal

    2/6/18- Term 2 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal

     

    3/13/18- Term 3 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal

    4/26/18- Term 3 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal

     

    5/22/17- Term 4 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal

    Term 4 Report Cards-Approximately 3 days after the last day of school- available to view on Parent Portal

     

    Happy listening, talking and guiding,

    Monica

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  • Interim Progress Reports and Report Cards for Grades 6-8

    Posted by Monica Crowley at 10/9/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Communication Tools Descibing Student Progress

    First quarter Interim Progress Reports will be available for students and parents/guardians on the Parent Portal on October 12, 2017. (If you have not logged on to the portal-it is necessary to do so in order to view IPR grades and future report cards. Dates of future IPRs and report cards are below.  (Please scroll all the way down)  

    If you have any questions about log in process, contact datateam@psbma.org 

    Please know that there are no grades for art, PE, conservatory and health as they only meet either once or twice a week, and the staff is still getting to know your children.  Grades for these classes will be included on the first quarter report card to be issued on the portal on November 21st.

    Positive Communication: One Tool for Success

    All students want to be successful. We all want our children to develop a love of learning that enables them to discover their strengths and passions as they bolster areas of development.

    In an article called “The Paradox of Pushing our Kids to Succeed,“ Dr. Lynn Margolies suggests: “Our teens are embedded in a culture driven by competition and perfectionism, where by success is defined by status, performance and appearance. These values are transmitted to our children through our emotional state and through what we notice, are impressed with, and praise or discourage them in…

    Pushing teens to be the best is well-intentioned…Ironically, parents’ hyper vigilance about teen’s grades and future success backfires psychologically and academically. When parents are overly invested in performance, kids are less likely to develop their own, more sustainable, motivation.

    Further making the stakes too high engenders fear, leading teens to avert possible failure at all costs. This level of stress propels homework avoidance, compromises executive functions, inhibits curiosity and new challenges and increases lying.”

    Both home and school supports are instrumental in the academic, social and emotional growth of every child. Throughout the year students receive reports that indicate how they are achieving at a given time. These updates are provided to communicate how students are doing in their classes and provide information to help guide discussions that focus on continued success and/or improvements in the future.

    Grades 6-8 Interim Progress Reports/Report Cards:

    Interim progress reports are given half way through each quarter. This is a great time to talk to your child about how he/she feels he/she is doing in each class. If he/she has concerns or questions, contacting the teacher at this point is helpful to discuss the issue and create a plan for improvement.

    In addition to Interim Progress Reports, report cards are given at the end of each quarter to share with parents/guardians how their child performed during the term. It should be used as a tool to self reflect on the past term and make goals for the upcoming term.

    Reviewing IPRs and report cards should be a positive and productive learning experience: 

    1. Discussion, not lecture-Ask your child to share his/her reaction to the report. Ask him/her to reflect on his/her effort in class and on homework to see if he/she can draw a connection between his/her daily input and grades.
    2. Praise your child for behaviors you have seen over the term. Try to highlight a positive behavior even if a particular class has a low grade.
    3. Discuss areas of development by focusing on behaviors and skills needed to make them better. Focus on short-term goals connected to these behaviors and skills. It is important to share that we all have strengths and areas of challenge. Look for positive patterns in one class that can be applied to a more challenging course.
    4. Make it clear that any consequences given directly relate to the goal for improvement. For example, limiting time on computer to increase time spent on homework.
    5. Communicate with your child’s teacher. Ask him/her for suggestions/strategies that will help your child improve. (first name_last name@psbma.org)
    6. Modeling how to work with the teacher is a strong lesson for every student. The hope is that each child will learn over time how to self advocate and get the help the need.

     

    2017-2018 Interim Progress Reports and Report Card Dates for Grades 6-8

    10/12/17-Term 1 IPRs-available to view on Parent Portal

    11/21/17-Term 1 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal

     

    12/19/17- Term 2 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal

    2/6/18- Term 2 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal

     

    3/13/18- Term 3 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal

    4/26/18- Term 3 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal

     

    5/22/17- Term 4 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal

    Term 4 Report Cards-Approximately 3 days after the last day of school- available to view on Parent Portal

     

    Happy listening, talking and guiding,

    Monica

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  • Buses

    Posted by Monica Crowley at 10/2/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Open House Reminder

    5D/5W- Tuesday, October 3, 2017-8:30-9:30a.m. 

    Dear Upper Devotion Families,

    I write to share that overall the bus experience is going well this year.  We have six buses in the morning and seven in the afternoon that transport almost all of our 340 students.  Considering how many students take the bus and the amount of buses we run each day, I am greatly encouraged by how few problems we have encountered.

    Now there have been some issues.  There are some students who are still figuring out how to behave on the bus.  Some students are playing their music too loud, acting and speaking inappropriately, and not always taking their assigned bus.  As a result, other students feel bothered and put out.  However, more importantly, these behaviors can be a safety hazard for the driver.

    I want the ride to be a positive, peaceful, and social experience for all.  Therefore, I ask your support in speaking with your child about their behaviors while on the bus.  As riding the bus is a privilege, responsibility must follow.  The bus is an extension of the classroom.  Students should speak quietly, use kind words and sit in their seat the whole time.  I need your help in talking to your child about these behaviors.

    In addition, I want to remind families that the late bus only makes five stops.  So please review the stops below and determine which stop your child would get off at if s/he takes the late bus.

    1. Washington @ Park

    2.  Washington @ Beacon

    3.  Centre St

    4.  103 Beals St

    5.  175 Freeman

    Happy and safe riding,

    Monica

     

     

     

     

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