First Quarter Letter

First Quarter Letter
Posted on 11/02/2020

Case CLC Families,

This letter and report card marks the end of the first marking period.  As we explained at interims there are not grades for Social Studies or Science; while our teachers are continuing to embed this instruction through Math and Language Arts and in discussions dealing with our International Baccalaureate (IB) program, the district made the decision to not issue these grades during the first quarter.  Another change is you would normally receive an IB Report Card; at this time we are not mailing these, and instead teachers will go over them with families during our conference night in December, but feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher during office hours (2:15-3:15) with questions.  Also, for those students in our earliest grades, their grading scale looks different from a traditional scale, and is listed here:

  • P = Above grade level  

  • S = On grade level

  • N = Below grade level but making some progress

  • H = Below grade level not making progress or making very limited progress

By now, you all have probably heard that Akron Public Schools will continue to use remote instruction until at least Winter Break.  The Board of Education has approved a model that will allow us to start to bring small groups of students into the building for some face-to-face support in December, but at this time we do not know the criteria and/or selection process for those students or what their schedule(s) may look like.  We will continue to communicate with you through weekly all calls and will let you know more about this Remote + model as soon as we can. While we are not in the physical building, we are trying to maintain high standards for our learning, which includes continuing our IB work and building a formal Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program.

For those of you that are not familiar with the IB program at Case, and throughout the Firstone Cluster, the following is a short description. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an approach to teaching and learning that challenges each student to their own independent level of learning.  IB programs are based on best practices from around the world. The PYP teaches under an inquiry-based (exploration) framework in a  transdisciplinary manner (subjects are intertwined) that builds conceptual understanding.  In a PYP classroom, the teacher is not seen as the holder of all knowledge but as the facilitator of learning.  PYP schools work to develop international minded students that live the learner profile.  PYP students strive to be active, compassionate life long learners who take action, both small and large, to make the world a better place.  All PYP students receive Spanish instruction weekly and have access to a gifted specialist. 

For those of you that are not familiar with the purpose of PBIS, we would like to help you understand so that you can support the program at home.  The simplest way to explain PBIS is to say it is teaching students positive behaviors.  We do not expect students to know everything about Math or Language Arts until we teach them and offer them support; PBIS is the process by which we teach and support students as they learn what Case CLC’s behavior expectations are.  While some of our PBIS Essential Agreements are not applicable in a virtual world, some are.  Please to go to the following link to watch us guiding students through a PBIS lesson about virtual learning and their Chromebooks:

Case PBIS Essential Agreement Online/Chromebook - Watch Video 

Thank you,

Mr. Doslak, Principal

Ms. Tome, Dean of Students

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