Assessment is designed to measure student learning and the effectiveness of classroom teaching. Teachers design and use Assessment tools to set expectations and proficiency levels for students. Assessment helps the teacher ensure that all students are meeting learning goals and standards, provides immediate feedback about classroom learning, and helps a teacher identify which students would benefit from continued practice, re-teaching, or enrichment.
Rating Scale for Progress Reports
The following scale is used for students in all Grades 1-4.
|E = Consistently exceeds expectations The pupil has excelled beyond and mastered the objectives in the subject area, consistently demonstrates initiative, applies knowledge gained to new situations, accepts responsibility for learning, and academically challenges oneself.||P = Progressing toward expectationsThe pupil has mastered the basic objectives in the subject area and with direction and stimulation by the teacher is progressing in initiative and application of knowledge, and beginning to accept responsibility for learning.|
|M = Meets expectationsThe pupil has mastered the objectives in the subject area, shows initiative, application of knowledge, and accepts responsibility for learning.||NM = Does not meet expectations The pupil has not mastered the basic objectives in the subject area.|
Letter Grades, Beginning in Third Grade
In addition to the above rating scale, students in Third Grade and above receive letter grades to rate student performance. The following system is used.
A = Outstanding Achievement. The pupil has excelled beyond and mastered the objectives in the subject area, consistently demonstrates initiative, applies knowledge gained to new situations, accepts responsibility for learning, and academically challenges his/herself.
B = Above Average (High) Achievement. The pupil has mastered most of the objectives in the subject area, shows initiative, application of knowledge, and accepts responsibility for learning.
C = Satisfactory, But Needs Improvement in Achievement. The pupil has mastered the basic objectives in the subject area and with direction and stimulation by the teacher is progressing in initiative and application of knowledge, and beginning to accept responsibility for learning.
D = Below Average (Needs Marked Improvement in) Achievement. The pupil has mastered few of the basic objectives in the subject area.
F = Unsatisfactory Achievement. The pupil has not mastered the basic objectives in the subject area.
At All Saints, we believe that children benefit when given the opportunity to take part in field trips that are aligned with the curriculum. Field trips make the curriculum come alive for our students, and provide students with hands-on authentic experiences allowing them to explore the world around them in a fun and interesting ways. In this guide, you will read about field trips related to each grades curriculum.
In addition to core academic subjects, students also participate in Specials classes, including Music, Physical Education, Health, Technology and Library. In Health, students utilize The Great Body Shop curriculum and learn about The Food Pyramid, Parts of the Body, and the Importance of Exercise, to name a few. In the early Elementary Grades, students are learning to use the basic computer functions. In Third Grade, students begin to use classroom computers for more extensive writing and research. It is appropriate for students to begin to become comfortable with basic computer functions such as mouse skills, and editing features available in Microsoft Word. Students also use PowerPoint and Excel. Students in the Elementary Grades participate in Art Workshop throughout the year, where they are exposed to Art, Music, Drama and Technology classes.
Assemblies, Presentations and Performances
We have a longstanding tradition of Fourth Graders leading our weekly assembly for Grades First through Fourth. This community time focuses on character education, fellowship, and community building, and provides a forum for leadership for the Fourth Grade students. During this time, students recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the School Prayer, have an opportunity to formally greet one another, and listen to important announcements from the Head of School. In building awareness of the community at large and integrating Service Learning activities into this time, the gathering plays an important role in our shared community life.
In addition to the Fourth Grade Assembly program, students in Grades 1-8 delight their families and friends with music and dance performances during the Holiday Program each year, and have the opportunity to participate in a Fall Musical and Spring Drama. Students also have the benefit of enjoying a number of special assemblies to celebrate a number of occasions, including Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Chinese New Year, Diwali, and the like. (Note: these special assemblies change year to year based on availability.
Spirituality and Service
We believe that spiritual instruction and understanding, regardless of faith background, is a critical component of a full and rich educational experience. We believe that spirituality forms an essential part of who we are, who we are becoming, and how we relate to the world. We believe that spirituality ought to foster a sense of unity with and love toward all peoples, cultures and faith traditions so that humankind can find ways of living together in peace, harmony and mutual respect.
Community service is a cornerstone of the Episcopal tradition which creates a sense of responsibility to the people in our community and to the environment in which we live. Students benefit from a sense of usefulness and purpose by putting their own needs aside when helping others. Community service helps to foster a sense of citizenship and active involvement in society and is at the heart of our mission as a school. Students at every grade level participate in variety of service-related projects throughout the year.
Milestone Learning Projects
The Milestone Learning Projects are culminating assignments that provide students with the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom. In these interdisciplinary projects, students are asked to apply learning they have acquired within their classroom to new situations. More information about these important projects can be found in each section of the guide.
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