This afternoon you will receive your child’s first standards based report card. This report card is designed to show you where your child is performing in relation to the Massachusetts’ end-of-year standards. Please note that because the standards listed on the report card are the end-of-year standards, it is most likely that your child is progressing towards those standards, which is great news!
This report card was also designed to let students know how they are doing against the standards. As this report card contains a great deal of information, I want to recommend some tips when sharing what is contained in this report card with your child. A good place to begin would be the comment section. In the comment section, every teacher has noted something your child is currently doing well, and a goal or two for your child to work on for the remainder of the year. You will also see the teacher’s pledge to help your child reach that goal. You may decide that is enough to share. If you choose to share anything else, I would select one academic or social/emotional goal in which your child is progressing and one area where they could set a goal. Once the goal is decided, remind your child that effort towards that goal is what will get them there. Knowing that we believe in our children’s ability to grow and learn is one of the most important messages we can share with them.
It is so important that we remember that our Hunnewell students are at the beginning of what we hope is a lifelong commitment to and enjoyment of learning. Our pride in their effort is so important. Having them feel pride in their accomplishments is critical.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.