Personal Assessments are Important

personal-assesments-rgBy Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

I hope you were able to take advantage of conference time last week to connect with your child’s teacher(s) about their progress. From all reports, conferences went well and were very productive. Likewise, I hope you’ve been able to go over your child’s progress report in detail, too. We strive to provide you with meaningful, individualized feedback on your child’s academic progress at all levels. Whether that takes a narrative form in Lower School, or a combination of narrative feedback and grades/behavior and effort marks in Middle School, the goal is the same – to make sure you have a personalized assessment on your child’s progress in every subject area. In Middle School, we hope you will sit down with your child and share the reports with them. Our advisors have been doing just that in advisory this week and offering up whatever each child needs; strategies for improvement or perhaps just a pat on the back for a job well done! Our reports are timed to come just prior to Parent-Teacher Conferences so immediate communication can occur between parents and teachers.

On a more “fun” note, it’s also been the usual “Halloween Fever” around here this past week with our annual Middle School Halloween Dance (and always popular costume contest!), Preschool and Lower School Halloween parades, and a Halloween Buddy Day on Monday! I’m sure Marcy Jackson will load the photo gallery with plenty of great pictures from all these fun events, so be on the lookout.

I also wanted you to know about an exciting new endeavor Middle School Language Arts teacher, Julie Mushkin, is providing for our kids! From Julie:

St. Francis is thrilled to participate in an amazing worldwide writing event for budding authors known as the National Novel Writing Month Young Writers Program. Almost two dozen SFS Middle School students will write a novel of approximately 60-100 pages between November 1st at 12:01 a.m. and November 30th at 11:59 p.m. This is a tremendous undertaking. Over 300,000 writers around the world have participated in this challenge, and both educators and students report that the process improves self-confidence, creative writing skills, overall writing ability, discipline, and time management. Ultimately, this challenge gives students the life-changing opportunity to produce an original piece of literature in one month and see that work published.

This is, of course, a lot of work on Julie’s part so she is to be applauded for providing such a worthwhile and meaningful project for our more serious writers.

I hope you’ve seen your Anne Frank and Me SFS Drama Project fall play invite and I hope to see many of you at one of our four upcoming shows, beginning tonight! Tell your friends, too!