District implements new report cards for elementary students

On January 29 or 30, Snohomish elementary schools will be sending home new report cards. These documents were designed with the input of dozens of Snohomish teachers and community input from many Snohomish parents. The scoring/grading system represents a change in how we provide this information. This report card will reflect the new Washington State core academic standards.

 

It is important that you review your child’s grades with the following lenses:

  • Students receive a “3” if they are meeting the high expectations we have for student achievement. A “3” is indicative of successful mastery of grade level expectations.
  • A “2” is an indicator that the student is approaching grade level expectations. It indicates an area that we are working on.
  • A “1” indicates that a student does not have an adequate understanding of a skill, or skill area, and is in need of additional support, time and instruction.
  • A “4” indicates that a student is successfully and consistently working at standards a grade level above their current level. It is not a score earned by extra credit, or having high scores on grade level assignments. “4s” are very unusual marks on a standards based report card. 
  • An NA means that content in that area was not addressed during that semester and will be covered the next semester.

Please resist the urge to equate any of the grades on the report card with letter grades. They do not correlate with a standards-based system. The grades on the report cards communicate progress in relation to state standards. Students who are not meeting standard in a given area are receiving services and support to help them progress toward their goals.

 

All of our students are growing and learning. We deeply appreciate and understand that they grow at differing rates. The report card is just one more way that we try to keep you informed of your child’s progress.

 

We anticipate that you will find them to be a positive change in our reporting system. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lori Pierce at lori.pierce@sno.wednet.edu.

District offers new eBook service

Did you or someone in your family receive a new tablet or mobile device this holiday season? Or, would you like to have a book at your fingertips 24/7? Let us help you get started! The Snohomish School District's new eBook service allows students to digitally checkout books anytime - anywhere.

Join us the evening of Tuesday, January 27, or Thursday, January 29, to get started using OverDrive, Snohomish School District's eBook service. We will show you which free app you will need, how to access the digital library and walk you through downloading a book. Families will walk out the door - ready to read on their mobile device.

 

To learn more and register for one of the evening events, please click here.

Middle school honors and 4/5/6 highly capable program information

4/5/6 Elementary Highly Capable Program

If your student will be in the 4th through 6th grade next year and you are interested in your student participating in the 4/5/6 Elementary Highly Capable Program, the following dates and information are very important. Application packets for the 4/5/6 program are available at all elementary schools, online and at the district office. You may also download an application packet by clicking here. The completed application packet is due Friday, February 6, 2015 and can be turned in at your local school or the Snohomish School District office.

 

A Parent Information Night was held on Thursday, January 8 at the district's Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish). If you have questions please contact Linda Varner, Highly Capable Specialist, at linda.varner@sno.wednet.edu or (360) 563-7296. Additional information can also be found by clicking here.

Middle school honors

If your student will be in the 7th or 8th grade next year and wants to participate in the middle school honors classes, there will be an important parent meeting regarding the application process and classes. The meeting was held on Thursday, January 22 at the district's Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish). If you missed that meeting, please click here to review the presentation. Students currently enrolled in the 4/5/6 Highly Capable Program and 7th graders already enrolled in honors classes do not need to go through the application process per state law and may register for middle school honors classes during spring registration.

 

Application packets for students applying for the middle school honors classes are available at all schools, online and the Snohomish School District office. You may also download an application packet by clicking here. Completed application packets are due Friday, February 6, 2015 and can be turned in at your local school or the Snohomish School District office.

 

If you have questions please contact Linda Varner, Highly Capable Specialist, at linda.varner@sno.wednet.edu or (360) 563-7296 or Julie Francois at (360) 563-7296. Additional information can also be found by clicking here.

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Our Mission: The Snohomish School District, in its commitment to excellence, places the success of each student at the center of all decisions and actions. Partnerships and strong academic programs ensure competent, responsible, lifelong learners.

 

The  Snohomish School District #201 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. 

 

Special thanks to Snohomish community member Todd Elvig for providing the photos in the banner above.