Dear Upham Community,

I hope that you are well and things are running as smoothly at home as they are running at Upham. The students are working through their routines and procedures and I see many smiles throughout the day.

Mrs. Habib (Spanish/FLES teacher) started her classes this week and our Spanish/FLES program is moving forward nicely.

Throughout last year a committee of teachers and administrators worked on developing a new standards-based report card. I wanted to share some of the work they have completed. Understand that the new report card is a much-needed change in assessing your children. Additionally, it is important to understand that we will be making adjustments as we move forward with the document.

What is a Standards-Based Report Card?

The purpose of a report card is to clearly and objectively communicate how a child is doing in school. A standards-based report card (SBRC) tells specifically how a child is performing based on grade-level standards listed and indicates what areas may need additional attention. All teachers at a grade level measure student learning against a consistent set of academic criteria.

What is the goal of the Standards-Based Report Card?

Clearly communicate student progress and performance toward Massachusetts grade-level standards and expectations to both students and families.

Where do the standards come from?

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has grade-level standards in all subject areas. WPS’ curriculum aligns to these standards. Details about these state standards can be found at

How will the students be assessed?

There are Performance Indicators (listed below) that represent a student’s progress on the report card.


Students are assessed using the end-of-year grade-level standards.


M = Meeting the standard consistently and independently.  

P = Progressing towards meeting the standard. 

B = Beginning to progress towards meeting the standard. 

N = Not yet demonstrating progress towards meeting the standard. 

* = An asterisk indicates that this standard has not been assessed during this particular term. Some units of study are taught at different times during the school year. 

How can I learn more about the Standards-Based Report Card?

PreK-5 Standards-Based Report Card Sessions

October 15th  6:30 pm – Introduction to PreK- 5 SBRC  Wellesley Middle School Auditorium

October 17th  9:00am – Introduction to PreK-5 SBRC Wellesley Community Center


Important Dates

Wednesday, September 18- BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT  (Grades 3-4-5 6:00-6:30, Grades K-1-2 6:45-7:15, Principal’s Greeting 6:30-6:45)

Tuesday, September 24- HHU Swing Space Meeting (6:30-7:30 Upham Gym)


Thank you for your continued support. It is a difference-maker!

Dare to Dream,

Mr. Dees





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