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Student-Led Parent-Teacher conferences are this week! Times are Tuesday, October 25 (3:30pm-7:30pm) OR Thursday, October 27 (1:00pm-7:00pm). For more information, please click here.
Cub Pride Article - October 21, 2016, by Jonathan Apostol, Ed. D, Prinicipal:
For the first time at Monett Middle School, teachers, students, and parents experienced proficiency scales. Proficiency scales are a way to report student progress solely based on content mastery, not on points earned on assignments and tests. The proficiency scale was introduced to students and parents at the beginning of the school year; the teachers have used the scale to help students understand the “target” and provided opportunities for students to demonstrate their mastery. The proficiency scale for academic standards is described below:
Monett Middle School also introduced behavior standards in the areas of Responsible, Respectful, Social, and Learner. Some examples in each area are the following: Responsible - turning in assignments on time; Respectful - respectful to self and others in class; Social - collaborating appropriately during group learning; and Learner - participating appropriately in class activities. The Learner Behavior Standards are described below:
Students received feedback on their standards at the 3-week, 5-week, 7-week, and end-of-quarter progress report. If a student earned less than a 2.0 on either his/her academic or learner behavior standards, his/her homeroom teacher counseled the student on a plan of action to improve the behavior and/or academic standard scores. Students needed to advocate for themselves to work with their teacher to either re-assess on a specific standard or to improve their learner behaviors.
Next week Monett Middle School will host student-led, parent-teacher conferences. Students will be sharing with parents/guardians an area of strength in their classes, an area that they would like to improve, and a goal that the student would like to achieve. Conversations will be led by the student and be based on the standards that the student has experienced since the beginning of the first quarter.
As we progress throughout this school year, our staff will continue to improve on the introduction of proficiency scales, to utilize the scale to design their lessons, and to align the assessments based on the scale. If you have any questions throughout this transition, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to assist you!
Grade Levels: 7th and 8th.
Principal: Jonathan A.C. Apostol Ed.D
Dean of Students: Michael Calhoun
Counselor: Sheila Gravett
710 9th Street
Monett, MO 65708
Office Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Instructional Day: 8:00 am - 3:10 pm.
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Cub Pride - March 18, 2016.
Throughout this school year, our middle school staff has learned about proficiency scales and what it might look like in our building. Each of our professional development days has been utilized to learn more about the steps in establishing essential learning outcomes (the standards that are so important that all students must master before moving to the next grade level), creating the proficiency scale (rubrics that shares the expectations of what is considered grade level and what is not), and crafting a learner behavior rubric (a proficiency scale that communicates the behavior expectations that would be communicated separately from the academic expectations). In essence, proficiency scales at the middle school will help communicate more to students and parents than a single letter grade. Scales help share where the students’ strengths and weaknesses are when compared to the standard they are being assessed.
While some may see this as a major transition in education and are unsure of what this looks like for their student, there are aspects where we experience it in everyday life. Here are a couple of examples:
In each of those situations, we would not accept an overall letter grade from the automotive technician, health care professional, or supervisor. We expect those experts to provide us specific feedback to help better our health, to help improve our job performance, and to help get our cars running. This is where the power of proficiency scales can be a benefit for teachers, students, and parents. For teachers, the scales separate academics from behavior and have honed student performance against a standard. It helps provide immediate intervention for students when they struggle on a specific standard. For students, the scales will provide specific feedback regarding where they are in their learning. This allows for students to set goals towards grade-level proficiency and to celebrate once they reach it. For parents, the scales help provide information on what type of support their student needs. If they are struggling in a couple concepts in math but are strong in the others, then parents have specific information they can work with them at home.
Proficiency scales can provide more detailed information regarding our students academic and behavioral performance. Specific feedback exists in our everyday lives beyond school - with our cars, our health, and our job. Why wouldn’t we want it for our own students in school?
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