Wow! Our year has flown by quickly. It's that crazy time of year when the last few days just stream by. We begin with California State testing, course sign-ups for our 8th graders heading off to high school, preparations for promotion ceremony and then end of the year celebrations and awards.
It can be an easy time to forget logging in to your child's Aeries grade reports, but don't let the quick days fool you. Kids have trouble staying on track with so much going on as well- and now it's more important than ever to keep everyone on the same page academically. Final projects, exams, and just maintaining homework with so much excitement going on around can be a real threat to the awesome grades our students showed at the first semester.
8th grade parents with children in the danger zone for end of year participation will receive another update on your child's GPA progress. Special education students already have their modifications considered in their assignments- and in their published grades. All students must meet the 2.0 average requirement to attend the final dance, field trip, and participate in promotion ceremony. It seems that every year, someone is heart broken and angry despite our best attempts to urge students to meet this minimal requirement. Staying on top of the grades, and our new update letters can help you avoid being that family.
Have a concern about what you are seeing in the gradebooks? Contact your child's teacher immediately to discuss what is happening in class and how you can help. We all want our students to succeed.
As 8th graders pick their electives for freshman year- Mr. Chance would like to remind you of the Digital Video class and the exciting things going on there. Mr. Chance is a photojournalist for local news, and a videographer for the Grizzly baseball team. During the day, he is a mild-mannered superhero teacher of our Digital Video and Advanced Digital Video classes, teaching the art of setting up scenes, planning short films, public service announcements, radio voice-overs, and editing techniques. The class meets UC and CSU requirements for fine arts.
Check out some clips of student work this year...