Principal's Message


Raymond Grogan
Principal - Freeport Middle

Freeport Middle School is always looking to improve our instruction. Just like you would not want to go to a doctor that has not stayed up to date with modern best practices, we want to make sure our students are getting the best instruction possible.

What we are working on this year:

  • Having multiple assessments on a standard so all assessments can go home

  • Clear pathway to a 3.5 or 4 on assessments, with instruction to have some kids reach that level

  • Improved progress report for parents and students, to better see achievement levels

  • Piloting in 2 classes, grading that is on the .1 interval, instead of .5. (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 instead

    of 3.0, 3.5)

  • More projects and hands-on activities to assess learning

  • More opportunities for students to analyze information and apply their learning to situations

  • Paper progress reports for trimester 2 will go home on Monday 

If you have questions about your child’s assessments or grades please talk to them or contact their teacher directly. During trimester 2 there will be an opportunity for all students to reach a 3.5 or 4 on summative assessments. Please take the time to ask your child to show you their assessments. Some of their assessments are online and they can show via Google classroom.

On the progress report you will see two overall grades for each class. Content grade is completely based on summative assessments (tests/projects). Habits of Work (HOW) focuses more on student skills. Homework and classwork participation will get graded in preparedness, determination, and engagement. Integrity and respect are HOW that can be graded, but are topics we discuss with them on and grade occasionally.

On Monday we are going to switch the time of day we have band, chorus and study hall (BCS) for 7th and 8th grade students. The 7th and 8th grade BCS will be at the end of the day. We are also adding unified arts teachers into the grade level BCS groups. Many students will have new a BCS teacher on Monday. Students were emailed of the time change for BCS yesterday, and will find out if they have a new group on Monday.

Please feel free to contact us whenever you have questions about your child’s grades or performance. We are always looking for feedback and ways to improve our practices. 

A few reminders: 

Student drop off is 7:30-7:40am.  Students need to be in their Period 1 class by 7:40am.  Being at school and ready to begin work on time is very important.  Students arriving late miss morning announcements, disrupt the learning environment and often miss critical lesson instruction.  We appreciate your effort in making sure your son or daughter is at school on time.  The school day ends at 2:10pm.  Pick up should be by 2:15pm unless they have a planned after-school activity.  

If your student will be out please contact the office at 865.6051

WInter has come, it is cold outside, please make sure students are wearing pants and jackets to school.  We go outside for recess if it is above 10 degrees.

Please make sure your child's name is on all personal items such as backpacks, lunch bags, hats and jackets.  If something is lost, have your child check the lost and found, lockers, trophy room and classrooms.  

 

Ray Grogan

Principal




2/9/2018


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