Dear Westville School District School Community,
It’s hard to believe be we are almost half-way through the first quarter of the new school year. We understand this school year has been a difficult challenge for students, parents, and our teachers. We appreciate the patience, hard work, and effort that everyone has demonstrated as we continue to figure out the best way to serve students given the disruptions of COVID-19.
Halfway through the nine-week grading period is the time when schools normally issue progress reports. Our administrative team and teachers are well aware of the challenges associated with using a digital curriculum and we are continuing to work on solutions that address these challenges. The stress of the students, parents, and teachers has been tested greatly in the first few weeks of school. Each day we have been committed to learn more and get better at teaching and learning under these current circumstances. Teachers have adjusted course pacing, tweaked the content students are learning, and we have had many discussions about the best ways to keep parents informed about student performance and grades.
To help keep parents informed on student performance the district is going to use the same system we have used in the past for students and parents to get updates on student grades. Each week teachers will update the Teacherease grading system the district has always used for student grades. Beginning Wednesday September 23 teachers will update Teacherease on student grades that will be used for progress reports, report cards, and transcripts. The grades inside the student’s digital curriculum will be used to help inform the student’s grade, but the “official” grade will come from Teacherease (not the digital curriculum). Parents should use the grades in the digital curriculum to monitor how much students have done each week and on each activity, but go to Teacherease for the cumulative grade for each subject/class. Teachers will update Teacherease by Wednesday of each week so parents will always have a place to go to see an accurate reflection of the quality and quantity of work their student is doing for their classes.
As mentioned, we appreciate your patience as our schools have continued to adapt to teaching with a digital curriculum. We all understand how difficult these new changes have been for everyone. It is extremely difficult to provide consistency amid temporary school closures, mandated isolations, and constant disruptions. An online digital curriculum is by no means a perfect solution, but it is a solution that is extremely adaptable and flexible to the environment in which our students and teachers have been placed.
Teachers are working hard each day to help each student succeed. With a better understanding about how to reflect the quantity and quality of work students are doing in Teacherease, we are confident the students who have been working hard will see the appropriate result for their efforts. Additionally, we know some students have not been engaging in their studies as they should. Now is the time to get started and get back on track. Teachers are available each day to assist during office hours, email, call, and/or video chat.
To find out more about how to access the Teacherease grading system click the link to instructions on how to access grades.
Thank you for your support of Westville Schools,
Seth Miller, Ph.D.
Westville School District #2