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January 15
January 2018 Update

“Building a safe, caring and inclusive school culture means teaching it minute by minute, day by day, integrating it into discipline practices and curriculum, using instructional models that provide practice in social and relationship skills and, most importantly, modelling it.”
– Vicki Mather, Executive Director The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities

Dear Readers,

We are looking forward to some of the most exciting months of school year. The period between Winter and Spring Break is typically a time when many students suddenly grasp ideas and skills that might have had them perplexed just weeks before.

During this time we are also excited to apply increased focus on developing and nurturing our safe, caring, and inclusive school culture. We do this through involving students in thoughtful curriculum based learning experiences that might include things like reading powerful texts, talking about important issues, and reflecting upon who we are and what we stand for.

Another way in which we seek to build relationships during the winter months is through offering a variety of lunch clubs. The purpose of clubs is to provide students with an opportunity to work with different adults, meet new friends, and spend time in activities that they find enjoyable. More information regarding lunch clubs will be shared at the end of January. Clubs will run through February and into the first half of March.

This month, students and parents can also look forward to receiving the first of two official report cards. This report card is considered a formal communication and documentation of a student’s summative achievement at this point in the school year. It provides teachers the opportunity to communicate to parents and students the most significant aspects of student achievement. Report cards are based on outcomes that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do according to the Alberta Programs of Studies. In the Calgary Board of Education, summative assessment indicators are also provided for Citizenship, Character and Personal Development (Results 3, 4 and 5). While the assessment of the results is separate from Academic Success, the way in which they are demonstrated and lived is always through the learning experience.

Instead of receiving one overall grade for a course, students receive indicators showing their achievement of the report card outcomes in a course. On the Kindergarten to Grade 9 report card, students will receive achievement indicators from 1 (Not Meeting) to 4 (Excellent) on each outcome in a course. For Results 3, 4 and 5 a summative scale (EX, EV, EM and SR) is used to indicate a student’s personal approach to learning which has impacted their overall success. Chaparral School Jan. 2018 In the upcoming report cards, teachers will provide narrative comments to augment summative indicators.

The purpose of the comment is to communicate additional information related to achievement, supports, and next steps. Comments in the January report card will be organized around Results 3, 4 and 5 and connected to achievement in specific areas of learning.

As always, we strive to involve parents in all aspects of learning. While no formal interviews are offered in conjunction with the distribution of the January report card, parents are strongly encouraged to connect with teachers as needs arise to address concerns and to seek clarification.

Assessment is an ongoing and integral part of the learning process. While teachers and students are continually focused on assessing learning, the production of summative report cards remains an exercise that requires a great deal of thought and labor. To honor the efforts of teachers and students, it is our hope that parents will review report cards with their children, celebrating achievement, discussing learning, and planning how they can work together for continued growth and improvement.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year,

Chris Buhler (Principal)​


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