Thank you for your patience and support with our new grading system. I have met with many of you to hear your concerns and to provide guidance. I wanted to give you a little update on where we are in this process.
On Monday, the administration team met with secondary staff to hear what is going well with SBL and to hear concerns that our staff is having. From this meeting, we are forming some committees to tackle some items for improvement. Additionally, the staff was asked to complete a survey about our LMS system, Canvas. In that survey, the staff expressed that they would like to explore adding MasteryConnect to Canvas or explore other LMS systems. A committee will be formed after the break to discuss these options and to begin piloting various systems.
In the meantime, here are some tips on how to view your child’s grades:
- Become an observer of your child on Canvas. This will allow you to view grades, get announcements, and receive emails. Here is a video on how to become an observer.
- When you click on grades, you will see that it says “no grades.” This is because the averaging feature has been turned off. You must click on the course to view your child’s grades.
- A tip shared with me by a parent is to choose one-two subject each night to look at so students can plan what they need to complete and/or redo.
- If a student has a 2, 1, or — (which means missing), they need to work with the teacher to resubmit this assignment.
- Teachers will send out emails through Canvas to parents once assignments have been graded if the student has a 2, 1, or is missing the assignment. You will ONLY receive this email if you observe your child in Canvas.
- Middle School students will do grade checks during study hall and will complete a Google Form listing the assignments that they need to complete or redo.
- It is important to be an observer of your student on canvas so that you are receiving the teacher announcements. Deadlines for resubmission, and requirements, will be communicated on Canvas announcements.
In each unit, the teacher will determine which standard or standards they are assessing and then will provide feedback to students along the way. Teachers will collect assignments and assessments throughout the unit demonstrating knowledge of the standard and enter them into the Canvas grade book. Students should monitor their grade book for feedback and to see their demonstration of knowledge grade.
Please have grace with our teachers while they are learning our new grading systems, as there might be a few hiccups along the way. We ask students to politely email their teachers with grading questions and clarification.