Students will be required to complete a number of projects, assignments and tasks, which are evaluated on an ongoing basis. These may include presentations, journals, tests, quizzes, dioramas, portfolios, etc. Creativity, problem-solving and working in teams is an important component of learning and student assessment. PowerSchool will be an important tool for students and their families to use regularly to understand learning, and to discuss solutions when assessment results have been lower than student potential. Note that PowerSchool captures some grades but is not exhaustive and cannot reflect the daily learning conversations students have with their teachers and fellow students, which become part of the formative assessment whereby teachers understand learning. Iris will be a software used by students to upload personal learning goals, artefacts and Individualized Program Plan strategies.
Sometimes, students may need to ask for an extension to submit assignments. They are encouraged to ask a teacher before the due date. Asking for extra time after the due date does not reflect a conscientious approach. Teachers will communicate with students about their learning, give them time to complete work, and offer strategies. If, after extensions and support, a student does not submit an assignment and a final deadline has been reached, they will have lost the opportunity to receive credit for learning.
An appeal process is in place when families are concerned about inaccurate assignment marks, report card marks or grade placement. For marks throughout the year, please see the teacher first to resolve any problem. Should further discussions be necessary, a student would book an appointment to meet with the Assistant Principal. At the end of the year, a day is provided for parents to meet with the school to discuss year-end marks or grade placement if necessary.
Semesters and Reporting Periods
There are two school semesters: September to January (Semester I) and February to June (Semester 2). In Grades 7-9 the daily timetable for learning in Term 2 may change based on the complementary classes students have been enrolled in. Students will receive two report cards (at the end of January and the end of June). There will be three Learning Conferences throughout the year – in September (for students with IPPs), November and March. It is highly recommended that both parents and students attend the Learning Conferences together. The CBE has a common K-9 Report Card, using a numeric scale from 1-4:
4 –The student has demonstrated excellent achievement of grade level expectations
3 –The student has demonstrated good achievement of grade level expectations
2 – The student has demonstrated basic achievement of grade level expectations
1 – Not meeting grade level expectations
* Special assessment criteria is used for students that are English Language Learners, or that have an Individualized Program Plan
- Check our calendar page for exact dates when report cards are issued.