Sunday, August 28, 2016

News from Mrs. Graves

Upcoming This Week

Volleyball Parent Meeting, 5:30 p.m.



PTO Meeting, MPR, 5:30 p.m
Open House, 6:00 p.m.

1st Day Paperwork Free Dress

Labor Day Holiday - No School

Middle School Transition with Ms. Clower, 6th gr Parents, 6:30 p.m.

Open House, Thursday, September 1st
Thursday Night teachers will be ready to greet our parents to give an overview of their class and the curriculum for this school year.  Students will bring home a copy of their schedule for parents on Wednesday afternoon for parents to use on Thursday, September 1st. Parents will follow the Charger Day schedule and visit all eight classes.

5:30 p.m. PTO Meeting w/Mrs. Graves, MPR
6:00 - 6:15  1st Period
6:19 - 6:29  2nd Period
6:33 - 6:43  3rd Period
6:47 - 6:57  4th Period
7:01 - 7:11  5th Period
7:15 - 7:25  6th Period
7:29 - 7:39  7th Period
7:43 - 7:53  8th Period

Meet the PTO

Grab an early parking spot before OPEN HOUSE and head into the MPR. Meet some of our PTO Board members and event chairs. Find out more about all our efforts and get involved at POMS.  We need you!

Changes to Grading Policy
On Thursday night you will learn more about our grading policies, but I would like to feature some of the primary tenets here and tell you more about how we got to this point.

Last year our SDMC began a study of grading practices, researching for best practices, studying HISD Board policy on grades and evaluating current policies used at Pin Oak.  We based our discussion around four primary ideas related to grading - timeliness, fairness, accuracy and specificity.  In other words, grades should reflect how well a child has mastered a particular concept, should not be influenced by behaviors rather than mastery of the subject, and students should know relatively quickly how they did.   

As we evaluated our practices, we have made a few changes that you should be aware of as we move into this school year.  The biggest change to our grading policy is an emphasis on grades demonstrating how well a child knows the material.  We are limiting penalties to the grade for behaviors such as turning in work late, using pencil instead of pen, forgetting to write their name, etc.  Behaviors will now be reflected in the conduct grade and work habits, instead of in the numerical grade, thereby making it a truer reflection of mastery. These policies have been agreed upon within each of our departments and will be discussed at Open House. 

The other major change is the expectation that work will be graded within one week of the due date.  Some teachers will return work in class for students to review and turn back in, while others will distribute the work to go home. Teachers who do not send graded work home will have the work available for parents to review at school, and grades will be posted in Gradespeed.  Your child's teacher will discuss the policy during Open House. 

1st Day Paperwork Free Dress
Beginning Tuesday, students will be able to pick up their wristband for Free Dress on Friday in their House Office.  The House Clerk will have a list of all students qualifying for the Free Dress.  Students who turned in their first day paperwork last Tuesday are eligible for the Free Dress.  Free dress guidelines are in the planner.  Please review those with your child before Friday.  Students must have the wristband or they will be required to be in uniform.

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