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Teacher Appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize and honor all our outstanding teachers who are the heart and soul of education. Thank you, teachers, for working hard each and every day to elevate our students to become successful in school and beyond. We celebrate you today and every day!

One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from Character.org, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.

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    Elementary Report Cards

    Each year, we provide report cards in January and June. The report card system is designed to provide students, parents, and teachers information on how students are performing as they progress through the curriculum. This information is intended to help you better understand what your child’s report card means. It is important to recognize the difficult time we are in as an educational system. The information on the report card may look different from previous years due to disruptions in learning.

    Grade marks

    You will find an explanation of what each of the grade marks mean at the bottom of the report card. Teachers do not teach all Standards at once, so they place a “/” in the strands that have not yet been taught. Parents will see grades in these slashed areas in the June report card.

    Science

    In 2019-2020, we began our transition to the new Washington State Science and Learning Standards (WSSLS), also known as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With this transition, there is a greater focus on the Science and Engineering Practices: what real scientists and engineers do as a part of their work.  The impact of the coronavirus pandemic gave us an opportunity to test many different aspects of our new curriculum, but we are still working towards our transition to new standards, curriculum materials, and instructional practices in science. As such, this year’s report card will be focusing again on three major practices within the standards: Developing and Using Models, Constructing Explanations/Arguments, and Engaging in Argument with Evidence. Teachers will use a plus (+) on the reporting strands that were taught during the reporting period and a slash (/) for those strands that were not taught.  Teachers will not formally assess these areas but may include comments to report on student learning. 

    Interdisciplinary skills and attributes

    These are items like, “participates in class discussions” and “respects others.”  These skills and attributes come from the LWSD Student Profile and are critical in preparing every student for future success in college and in life.

    Trend grading

    Teachers collect a variety of scores on in-class tests, assignments, and quizzes. Each score is then entered into an electronic grade book (Skyward) which shows trends of growth for each Standard. Trends are calculated using a formula that tracks progress over time. These trends run for the entire school year so we have a precise understanding of how your child is performing on each Standard at all times. At report card time, we take a “snapshot” of how your child is performing.  

    Level "1" and "2" scores

    Scores on the first report card of the year reflect learning on new grade level Standards so parents may see some “1’s” and “2’s” on their child’s report card. A score of “1” reflects that a student is not at standard.  A score of “2” reflects that a student is making progress or “approaching” Standard. It is very important that parents do not equate a “1” or “2” with an “F” on an A-F letter grade scoring scale. 

    Students with special needs are graded, too

    Students involved in a special education or Multilingual (ML) program will still be graded in relationship to the expected standards for the grade level. If the student's primary instruction in a content area is delivered by specialists or directed by the child's IEP, a note will be placed in the grading area stating, "see attached report." Specialists will generate a goal report related to the child's IEP or ML plan.

    If a student is working on an IEP goal within the regular classroom, the teacher may use the "P" letter grade to inform the parent that the child is passing or making progress on IEP goals. If the child is not progressing, the teacher may use the "NP" to indicate that the child is not passing or making progress on their IEP goals.