We're Going Green!
This year we will be using a mildly different layout for printing our Elementary Report Cards through Skyward, our student data management system. Doing so will reduce the amount of paper used for report card printing, streamline the process of generating report cards in our office, and save the District a considerable amount in printing costs, etc. Unfortunately, due to circumstances both unforeseen and beyond our control, we will not be able to print the Grade and Skill Mark Legend directly on the report card and retain a layout that is both user-friendly and saves resources and money.
To remedy this, our existing Report Card Guide brochure, which explains what each grade and skill mark means, will also be made available along with the Report Cards by your child's teacher at the Parent-Teacher Conference mentioned above. While this slightly increases our paper use and printing costs for the first Report Card distribution, we believe it is vital that parents have all the information necessary to fully understand their child's progress and needs. Your child's teacher will offer you a copy of the brochure to keep and will be happy to discuss the meanings of the skill marks and grades.
You Can Help, Too!
We are confident that our efforts to reduce both resource use and costs will begin to be realized with subsequent grading terms this year and for many years to come. We encourage parents to keep the Report Card Guide in a safe place and refer to it throughout the year as needed. To further assist with our cost- and resource-saving efforts, links to electronic versions of the Report Card Guide and Grade Level Expectations brochures have been added to every elementary school's web site. You can find the links like this:
- Point to (or tap) the Parents menu above and a list of pages will appear
- Select Parent Resources
- Click the appropriate button for the Report Card Guide or Grade Level Expectations
Comments On Reusable Envelopes
Our commenting procedure remains the same this year. Each elementary student's report card will be enclosed in a sturdy and reusable envelope. The report card is yours to keep each term. Printed on each envelope is a space for your child's teacher to include comments and a space for parents/guardians to sign showing that you have read over and discussed your child's grades. Please return this envelope with your signature to school with your child during the week following Report Card distribution so that we may reuse them throughout the year. They are yours to keep or recycle at the end of the school year.
As schools throughout Illinois and many other states migrate toward the Common Core Standards, we may need to make further changes to some of the items on our report card. We'll do our best to keep you informed of these needed changes as we become aware of them. To learn more about the National Common Core State Standards (or "NCCSS"), visit the NCCSS Web site or click on the tab at right to browse through the new expectations.