Principal's Newsletter December 15

posted Dec 17, 2017, 6:05 PM by Susan Pound   [ updated Dec 17, 2017, 6:06 PM ]

Principal’s Message:

Thoughts about Grading and Assessment:

An enthusiastic group of teachers attended a conference recently that was a great opportunity for new and continued learning regarding grading practices and assessment. Philosophically, we need our grading systems to do the following:

  • Communicate achievement

  • Provide information

  • Select & identify

  • Provide incentives

  • Evaluate effectiveness of programs

Much of the emerging conversation about aligning practice among teachers and schools has to do with conflicting ideas about what grades should reflect, and what purpose they serve. As educators, we need to ensure that our systems of grading are:

  • Accurate

  • Consistent

  • Meaningful

  • Supportive or learning

From this premise, we need to examine our traditional A-F practices and agree on practices that focus on student learning and growth. As Jordan teachers move forward and grow with their own professional practice, they will be trying different assessment systems, rubrics and scales which they believe may better reach the goal of accurate achievement reporting. I encourage you to check in with your teachers if you have any questions, or would like to hear about recent changes!

Spring Semester Newsletter Changes:

Starting in January, I will be sending out a Jordan newsletter monthly, instead of bi-monthly. I will also be changing the format to a more organized template, and plan to include more department updates and program information. If you have anything specific you’d like to see in this newsletter, please let me know - I’d be happy to consider it! Email me at


School Culture & Climate

JORDAN CHALLENGE DAYS: January 18 & February 27, 2018

    We need a few more parent volunteers to help make our Challenge Days a success!  The shifts are from 7:40 am – 3:15 pm. Please email Assistant Principal, Magdalena Fittoria, at to volunteer.

    Please note that parents of students participating in Challenge Day CAN help on the day of the event - the facilitators will just make sure they are in a small group not with their own child.

    For more information about Challenge Day, see the SLIDE-SHOW presented to students and visit the organization’s website:

In Other News…

From the Attendance Office…

  • With the holidays quickly approaching, please be sure to notify the attendance office if your child will be out of school.  It is important that our records accurately reflect your student’s attendance.  Contact our attendance office at

Lost and Found

  • Please browse through our Lost and found items, located near the library entrance.  Items that remain will be gathered and donated on 12/21 at noon.

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To bring our fall semester to a close, I wanted to thank all of our Jordan community members (parents, guardians, students, teachers & staff, as well as district personnel and other community members) for supporting our many transitions this semester. I acknowledge that getting to know and work with a new principal requires a learning curve, and everyone has been gracious and patient with me this year. Thank you for helping me get settled into the Jordan community! And here’s to looking forward to Spring semester! Happy Holidays, one and all.