Grading Approach & Homework Policy in Kindergarten & 1st Grade
In Kindergarten, students are not given formal letter grades. Instead, students will receive scores that track their progress:
Academic progress: 4 (Exemplary), 3 (Proficient), 2 (Developing), or a 1 (Beginning)
Using and demonstrating social emotional skills: + (Consistently) ✔ (Sometimes), and - (Rarely).
The Board of Education requires letter grades for all students beginning in first grade. At this age, children are still developing at different rates and have varying abilities. We will not be discussing grades with the children in any of the classrooms or showing them their report cards. We strongly recommend that you also don’t discuss grading or the report card with your child.
Your child’s grades will be weighted with the following categories:
Reading: 50% Reading Level, 10% Word Work, 40% Comprehension
Math: 40% Unit Assessments, 30% Journal, 30% Extended Practice
Writing: 80% Published Piece, 20% Productivity
Content: 50% Learning Journal, 50% Collaboration
Report cards will be distributed at the end of each 10-week quarter.
We firmly believe in the importance of play and family time for our young learners. Knowing that time at home is limited, we ask that you spend the family time that you do have engaging in activities such as reading together, having meaningful conversations, and playing. We are confident that the amount of time the children spend on academics during the school day is sufficient, and that they’ll be very well prepared for the following grade by the end of the year. We do not assign homework in Kindergarten or first grade.
In first grade, Everyday Math Homelinks will be sent home regularly throughout the year. Please understand that these are not worksheets for the children to fill out on their own! As the name suggests, they are intended to serve as links from school to home, and as a way to keep you involved with your child’s math learning. These are not required to be completed in any amount of time and do not ever need to be turned in. If your child completes the Homelinks in BASA, we highly recommend that you find time to review them at home and provide extra practice if necessary.
We will learn a new poem and/or song each week. The poems will be a way for us to build community as well as work on various reading skills. The first graders will create poetry journals where they will collect and illustrate all of the poems. We will also send a copy of the poem home in the daily folders each week. We recommend helping your child to create a system (a folder/notebook/binder, etc.) for saving and storing the poems. They are a great way for the kids to work on reading fluency and various other reading skills at home.
We do ask that your child spends time reading every night. This can happen in a variety of ways, including reading independently, reading to you, and, most importantly, being read to by you. All of these types of reading are extremely valuable, so please try to do a variety.