November 15, 2018
November 16: End of the First Trimester/ Resumption of After School Activity Program.
It is hard to believe that TOMORROW, one third of the “Year of the Wildebeest” will be completed.
This has been a busy, and transformational year, as the American International School of Monrovia continues to focus on consistent school improvement, and the quality of our students’ educational program. This year is our second year of implementing our Jupiter Online Portal, which can be used:
- As a blended learning protocol,
- For Teacher-parent and teacher-student communication,
- Along with an online gradebook,
- For producing trimester report cards.
#1: Report Cards
Please note that we will be providing Trimester 1 report cards by the Jupiter portal. AISM will send an SMS tomorrow afternoon, (approximately at 5:00pm) announcing when they will be available for viewing. Report cards will only be printed and signed at the end of the school year, or when a student is transferring from AISM. At AISM, you need not worry about report cards getting “lost” before reaching home!
Please note that students in EYP – Grade 4, will be receiving a Standards-Based Report Card. (Please note this Information is only for students new to AISM this year. If you are a parent of a returning student, please skip to Number 2.)
The American International School of Monrovia, like many American International Schools, uses a Standards-Based Curriculum and a Standards-Based Report Card. A “standards-based” curriculum is one in which the standards (and more specifically, their benchmarks) are the central focus of teaching and learning. Standards and benchmarks are the learning goals for the students. Unit and lesson plans are developed to ensure students are able to demonstrate their learning, as measured against the benchmarks.
At AISM, subject-specific standards are drawn from the McREL curriculum framework, which is aligned to U.S. Common Core standards. (https://www.aismonrovia.com/aism-written-curriculum/) This alignment allows us to measure our students’ academic progress, by using the MAP assessment (Measure of Academic Progress). The MAP assessment is NOT summative or high stakes; its main purpose is to give our teachers informed feedback to help us make instructional decisions.
At AISM, teachers use many data points, like in-class performance, observation, projects, class work, report cards, and not just the MAP test to guide them. This tool is used by International Schools throughout the world to assist students in their journey of learning.
A standard (or more specifically, a content standard) is a broad statement of what we want our students to know, understand, or be able to do in a subject area. A standard is usually consistent across all grade levels in a subject area. As students progress from one grade level to the next, they develop a deeper understanding of these standards.
A benchmark is a detailed description of a specific learning goal within a standard, expected of students, for a particular grade or course. A benchmark is always stated in terms of student learning, and is measurable.
Assessment and Reporting
Teachers assess students on an ongoing basis. Faculty work together to develop, review and revise common assessments. This approach helps to ensure assessment accuracy, and it provides data from a variety of sources to guide instruction.
Formal, written report cards are sent home three times a year, following the end of each Trimester.
A sample of a standards-based report card used at AISM for ECE III – Grade 4 has been provided.
#2: MAP Assessments
This week, our students have completed our “Measure of Academic Progress” (MAP) assessment. The teaching team and I are already reviewing some early results of your students’ academic progress, to identify both their areas of strength and improvement. This assessment also allows us to make “real time” adjustments during the school year to our academic program to ensure that we are meeting your (and all our) students’ needs.
We anticipate reporting the “results out” both individually, and as a school, early next week.
#3. After School Activity Program & Holiday Performance Practices
There are three weeks to go before our Holiday Performance, which will be held on Friday, December 7th from 2:00 – 3:00, followed by our PTA Holiday Bazaar. The PTA Bazaar will be an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts, and enjoy “seasonal food treats.” However, to help us, as a school, ensure an “AISM Quality Holiday Performance!”, we will be doing some “enhanced practices” along with our After School Activity program over the next few weeks.
Therefore, our ASAP program will begin next Wednesday, allowing us to have whole school rehearsals for this upcoming Monday and Tuesday. Please note that this will be done after school on Monday and Tuesday of next week, in order to identify the areas of the program we need to focus on. All students from EYP to Grade 10 are requested to stay after school from 3:30 -4:30 next Monday and Tuesday.
The After School Activity Program listings will be sent out tomorrow, with the sign up genius going live on Monday at 16:45. Set your Calendars and Alarms to be “ready to sign up” on Monday afternoon. Once again, our performance team thanks you in advance for letting us work with all your students after school on Monday and Tuesday afternoon of next week.
** After School Activity Options for Trimester 2 will be sent home to review with students on Friday, November 16th. Sign Up Genius for Trimester 2 After School Activities will be available at 16:45 on Monday, November 19th.