Dear Ordway Families,
Happy 2021! We have all been looking forward to saying goodbye to the old year and hello to the new year and it is finally here. I hope this letter finds you well rested after a peaceful winter break.
First semester ends this month which means that we will have Parent-Teacher Conferences and report cards shared at the elementary level the week of January 21st. Conferences will take place remotely via zoom on Thursday and Friday of that week, Sign up for conferences starting at noon January 11th. Report cards will be shared via Family Access. If you need support with Family Access, please call our office at 842-7637.
The Ordway staff recognizes that the impact of COVID-19 makes this an unusual year when it comes to assessing learning. Our focus is supporting the social emotional needs of students as our first priority. We know that families have been doing their best to engage with remote classwork, connect with teachers, and stay on top of classwork during Continuous Learning 2.0. We also realize that for some families, this first half of the year has been extremely stressful and difficult. In order to address the impact of the pandemic, elementary schools have adjusted first semester learning outcomes, how learning is measured, and how it will be communicated to families.
This year, elementary report cards will be focused on student growth and progress toward the priority content areas of Reading, Writing, and Math. (Science and Social Studies are still a part of classroom learning but integrated with other content areas this year). In each student’s report, parents will see some asterisks used in areas such as specialist classes and other classes where remote learning did not allow for full coverage or assessment that would typically be done during in-person learning. An asterisk may also mean that a standard has been introduced but it is not being evaluated at this time of year. If you have questions about your child’s report card, please reach out to the teacher for clarification since this year’s report will look a little different.
We will be sharing a lot of information over the next couple of weeks about the ‘Return to Learn’ hybrid model that is targeted to begin the week of January 25th for K-1 students and continue to gradually include more grades until all students grades K-12 are learning in-person. Families can continue to see up-to-date information at the District’s Hybrid Model site.
Yours in learning,