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Academic Information

Parent Conferences

Parent conferences are scheduled in November at the end of the First Trimester.  Teachers share the students’ report card that includes rubric scores for the California Common Core Standards (CCCS).  Other important diagnostic information will also be shared with you, such as running record levels and writing prompt assessments.  This is a very important time to meet with your child’s teacher regarding their progress.

 

Progress Reports

Progress reports are sent out in the middle of each trimester for grades K-5.  See calendar and monthly newsletters for dates of issue.

 

Report Cards

Report cards are issued three times a year, at the end of each trimester.  The purpose of the report card is to inform students and parents of the degree and level of work being done in each content area.  For this reason, it is important that you notice the Key or “Explanation of Marks,” on the report card.  Parents who have questions or concerns regarding their child’s progress should contact the teacher.  Parent-Teacher conferences can be arranged when necessary.  See the monthly newsletters or Teacher-webs for dates of issue.

 

Homework

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Each individual teacher will inform parents and students of his/her policy regarding the establishment of homework programs.  Is it very important that students learn to study independently at home, and that they practice skills which are being taught and/or reinforced in the classroom.  Further in-depth homework expectations for each classroom will be discussed during Back to School Night.

 

Life-Skills

A good school experience, which prepares students for life, encompasses more than just the traditional academic subjects.  For this reason, Almond Grove School embarks on a richer course of study.  We will continue to provide a strong background in the basics, a wide variety of activities for our students, and the opportunity to continue to experience success through students’ strengths which will give them confidence to tackle areas of weakness.  Lifelong guidelines include being trustworthy, truthful, using active listening, and refraining from put-downs.

Note: Lifeskills are skills, which all people need to learn in order to be successful in life.  In all classes, students are given the opportunity to learn what lifeskills entail.  Age appropriate activities are provided so that students may make connections in order to develop an understanding of how lifeskills look, feel, and fit within real-life situations.  Our success will be measured by how students apply these skills outside the classroom, as well as during class time.

  • Caring: being considerate of other and their feelings
  • Common Sense: making wise decisions and using good judgment
  • Cooperation: working together
  • Courage: to act according to one’s set of beliefs
  • Curiosity: a desire to learn and know about all things
  • Effort: working hard and being willing to do one’s personal best
  • Flexibility: willing to change plans when necessary
  • Friendship: knowing how to make and keep a good friend
  • Initiative: taking the first step
  • Integrity: to be honest
  • Organization: to be able to plan in an orderly way
  • Patience: taking time to do something
  • Perseverance: finishing what you begin
  • Problem Solving: finding out what you know and using it
  • Responsibility: being dependable and trustworthy
  • Sense of Humor: to laugh and be playful without hurting others
  • Respect: to have high regard, esteem

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