Grades 6-8 Interim Progress Reports and Report Cards
Posted by Monica Crowley on 10/11/2018 7:00:00 PM
Dear Lawrence 6-8 Families,
First quarter Interim Progress Reports were published for students and parents/guardians on the Parent Portal on October 11, 2018. (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please know that there are no IPR grades for the first quarter 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 15th.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Communicate with your child’s teacher. Ask him/her for suggestions/strategies that will help your child improve. (first name_last email@example.com)
- 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
10/11/18-Term 1 IPRs-available to view on Parent Portal
11/15/18-Term 1 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal
12/21/18- Term 2 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal
2/7/19- Term 2 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal
3/14/19- Term 3 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal
4/25/19- Term 3 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal
5/23/18- 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, Maisha and Peter