Report Cards Dates
All report cards will be available on MyCBE / PowerSchool. There are no longer paper copies of report cards sent home.
If you have not yet created your account please follow the directions found on the CBE website at: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/MyCBE-PowerSchool.aspx
At CJP, we have worked diligently across all grades and within teams to ensure our reporting to parents is consistent and calibrated. All in person learners, and those who are in HUB with CJP teachers will see the words below used in all comments. Using consistent vocabulary assists us in clear messaging to parents about student success, areas of growth and next steps.
Not yet/Not yet meeting
When the Report Card Becomes Live
School is really hard work! Report cards are an important resource to reflect on achievement, progress and areas to improve upon. It’s important to make use of this important information before it gets archived for the year.
The mid-year report card is especially helpful as there is still plenty of time to make positive changes before June.
Have an Initial Read:
· Review the report card in full prior to sitting down with your child.
· Read the comments and identify successes, celebrations and opportunities for improvement and next steps.
· Stay big picture – remember every year is different and some will be more challenging than others. This year, as you can imagine, has been filled with many challenges and an understanding that many students have tremendous gaps in their learning. Achievement is not quite where we would typically expect it to be.
Review with Your Child:
· Your child will have a lot of insight into what is in their report card. Ask them what they think about it. If you are able to make discussions about school part of your regular family routine during the year, it will help avoid any surprises during report card time.
· Celebrate their accomplishments and stay positive. If your child’s report card has lower marks, find areas of success and ensure they are recognized and celebrated.
· Avoid comparisons with any friends or family – it’s important to stay focused on what is realistic for your child.
Make a Plan Together:
· After reviewing the report card, write down the areas of strength and one or two areas that have a next step that can be explored at home.
· Prepare a follow-up plan with your son or daughter and think about what activities and goals you can set for the rest of the school year. For example, a realistic goal for home would be to increase the amount of time reading at home, playing a math game before dinner, or writing a response journal entry to a family member once or twice each week.
· Make realistic goals (even if small) and think about strategies to help improve any organizational skills that might need attention.
· Parents are partners in their child’s education. Any consistent support you offer your child will be reflected in their academic achievement.
Should you have any questions please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher.
Assessment thoughts related to the 2021-2022 school year
This year is unique in so many ways. We are finding more and more of our learners are not at the same place in their learning as their same age peers would have been previously. Are we surprised? No. Should you be surprised? I hope not. All of our students lost great learning opportunities as a result of emergency teaching in the spring of 2020. Further causing delays are all of the limitations to instruction we are faced with daily, regardless of if you are in face-to-face learning or in isolation. Teaching and learning is simply not the same as years past. Additional literacy/ math instruction for struggling learners (often referred to as double dosing), homogeneous groupings across classes and grades to target specific learning, even home reading programs, math games, and trips to the learning commons all lost to Covid-19. In the spring we promised all of our families that when we returned to learning in the fall, we would meet every learner where they were at and we would move them forward. We continue to do this, Every, Single. Day. We are not lowering our standards, nor are we deviating from the expectations set out by the Alberta Ministry of Education. There are gaps in the learning of our children. In the days and weeks to come, we will continue to speak to you about your child’s learning. Formal report cards will be shared the first week of February to document your child’s learning.
In the side bar of this page, under resources, you will find the "How is My Child Doing In School" flat sheet outlining what the report card indicators 1, 2, 3 and 4 represent. Likewise, above is the familiar wording CJP teachers use in their report cards to remain consistent across and between grades when we speak of child learning. If you are used to seeing your child with 3s and 4s on their report card, there is an increased chance you should anticipate 2s.
While a 2 is meeting grade level expectations, it is only adequate. A 2 represents that the learner is on the cusp and likely needs additional understanding of regular tasks to stay on pace with grade level expectations. The learner could be in jeopardy of falling below grade level expectations should interventions and learning be ineffective. Below is a list of words you will see used on your child’s report card in February.
We know that all teachers communicated outcomes and assessment throughout the school year through the body of evidence shared via conferences, phone calls, emails, blog messages, work sent home, celebrations of learning, IRIS, etc. This ongoing communication provides information about your child’s learning throughout the school year, the report card is the summative reporting of all the your child’s work throughout the school year. We hope that you will celebrate all that your child has accomplished so far this year.