Housatonic End-of-Year Grading Information from HVRHS (Ian Strever) Reply

End-of-Year Grading Information from HVRHS (Ian Strever)

Good morning, parents,

During PLP today, teachers will be reviewing end-of-the-year information about how grades of NYP will be handled if they are not resolved before June 21. Students will be receiving a paper copy of this document (attached below), as well as a form to help them outline the work they may need to do by the end of the year. This document was the work of our school’s Leadership Team, which has been meeting since the end of February to address some of the questions and feedback about our grading policy, especially the issue of deadlines. Please read this document carefully, as there are important implications for students. On May 29, we will be holding a Parent-Community Partnership Meeting to discuss several topics, including grading practices. If you have questions or feedback, please share them with us, and we will include them in our discussion that night, which will begin at 6 PM in Room 133.

With the end of year fast approaching it is important to take note of the following
procedures regarding grades of NYP:
● At the end of the school day on June 21st, all course grades of NYP will become final,with a value of 0 on a 4 point scale. A grade of NYP in any quarter will make the final grade in the class an NYP. No credit will be awarded for any course with an NYP.
● In order to give students an additional opportunity to demonstrate proficiency on
assessments, several days between now and the end of the year will be devoted to
providing reteaching and reassessment, operating as a “Super Flex” day.
● In some cases, the particular skill or standard measured on an assessment may have
been demonstrated on another assessment, possibly in a different course. In this
case, it is the student’s responsibility to work with their teacher to identify the skills or content standards addressed on the assignment in question, and what proficiency on that standard looks like. The student may then present other assessments to the teacher, and the teacher may​ accept these as substitutes. Students who believe this applies to them should submit the NYP Appeal Form to their classroom teacher for
consideration.
● A student with a grade of NYP has three choices at the end of the school year:
1) Accept the grade of NYP for the course, with no credit earned for the course
(NYP will remain on the student transcript).
2) Participate in the HVRHS summer school.
3) Retake the course in a subsequent school year.
● The HVRHS summer school will take place over a ten-day period. Summer school is
an option only for students with an NYP in English, Health/PE, Math, Science and
Social Studies. A fee will be charged. The fee will be waived to students who can
demonstrate extenuating circumstances or financial hardship. Transportation to/from
Summer School is the responsibility of the student. Prior to enrolling in the summer
school, students will complete a contract with their teacher outlining what must be
achieved in order for the grade to be changed from NYP. The summer school will be
overseen by a certified teacher. Summer school credits from other schools will not be
accepted unless warranted by special circumstances, at the discretion of
administration.
● Please note: This plan is for this year only; the Leadership Team will continue to study our grading policy and make recommendations when appropriate

Filming going on now at Housatonic seniors 1

As of right now, today at this hour a private film maker is filming senior students at H.V.R.H.S. WITHOUT permission from parents. I re-state it is a PRIVATE film maker contracted by either CABE or H.V.R.H.S. filming senior students for a movie. Parents have NOT given this PRIVATE company permission to film and include their sons and daughters in this film. CALL the superintendents office and say you do NOT want your student in the film as you did not give permission to film and include your students in the film. STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!

Official suggests Falls Village hire its own superintendent 1

Full story avaiable at  http://rep-am.com

pamvogel

BY RUTH EPSTEIN

REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

FALLS VILLAGE — Board of Finance member Louis G. Timolat is asking for transparency when it comes to the town’s share of paying the Region 1 superintendent. During a board meeting Monday, he said he would like a cost breakdown put on an information sheet for the budget town meeting next Tuesday.

Timolat floated the idea of the town looking at the concept of hiring its own parttime superintendent. He said he has heard of examples of systems the size of Falls Village paying between $20,000 and $24,000 for such a parttime position.

“We wouldn’t have the bureaucratic nightmare and we’d have someone to fight for us,” Timolat said. “We’d still be a part of Region 1, entitled to all its offerings.”

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The students in Region One don’t get a re-do. Their education process should not be a “work in process” as it has been described. There should not be flaws and unforeseen difficulties. Had a well thought out plan existed, the chaos we are all experiencing would not exist.
Here is an excerpt from the Board Chairman’s letter to the editor on April 25th.
“Will all of the flaws in the implementation of the new practices be fixed immediately? Probably not. Changes of this magnitude are only made with a few revisions and adaptations for previously unforeseen circumstances.” Really? And that’s OK???? It shouldn’t be.
Sign the petition today – ask for the system to be removed. Take the time to create a proper plan, gain support from the teachers and the parents – and create a system that best teaches our kids. The kids deserve a real education.
Here is the link to the petition. https://www.change.org/p/pam-vogel-pam-vogel-remove-the-new-grading-policy