Dear Families,
Can you believe the second trimester is complete? Your children have grown so much, and in so many ways. Access to all Elementary student report cards became available through Family Access as of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18th 2020. Directions for accessing the report card via Family Access can be found on the Family Access section of the Issaquah School District Web site. We have discontinued the use of paper copies, so please log in to see your child’s grade. I am so proud of all students and hope that you find lots to celebrate!
 
Please notice that when you click on the report card file, you will be prompted to electronically sign to verify that you have viewed the report card. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this step. This helps us to ensure that all student report cards are viewed by parents. Parent/Guardian Reference Guides will help parents navigate the grade level report cards. These documents are also posted on the Elementary Report Cards section of the Issaquah School District Web site. Each report card and Parent/Guardian Reference guide has been translated into Spanish and Chinese (Traditional) and can also be found in the Elementary Report Cards section of the Issaquah School District Web Site.
 
A report card score of “3” means students are exactly where they are supposed to be at this point in the year, and that a “4” is a fantastic goal, but is not something to expect- students must demonstrate a full grade level ahead mastery of a concept in order to earn a “4,” which can be difficult to have enough evidence when our curriculum is aligned with on grade level standards.
 
To ensure that our students meet the high standards in writing, the Issaquah School District has adopted a rigorous writing curriculum called Units of Study. This quarter we focused on How-To writing. Several examples of your child’s how-to writing came home over the quarter with rubrics with which their example pieces were scored and check lists for children to practice at home. Since writing instruction and expectations rise each trimester, you may see a slight drop in scores, or the results of hard work on your child’s part this report card.
 
Reading is based on the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments. One assessment at the beginning of the quarter and one or more in the past two weeks assessed progress over the course of the quarter in reading level and comprehension. We use Making Meaning to see connections to the reading we do in class. Phonics is an ongoing study at Clark. The Fountas and Pinnell phonics curriculum along with Lucy Calkins supplements ensure all children continue to learn phonics each quarter.
 
Deep mastery of mathematical concepts is one of the major goals of Eureka Math, as is building students’ confidence as mathematicians. Grades are based on evidence of learning such as module assessments, exit slips, assignments, problem-solving tasks and direct observations of students demonstrating their proficiency in class. Many of the math concepts are assessed at a deeper level than in the past, in alignment with higher standards. We are excited to see their engagement and their growth, and are proud of how students have been able to thrive with the increased rigor.
 
Finally, with our sudden close to the trimester, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the amazing flexibility, perseverance, and resilience our students have shown. The sudden end to our trimester was surprising, but I have been so fortunate to be able to watch them grow so far this year.
 
New information about what our third trimester will look like will come from Issaquah School District. Until then, I hope your family stays safe and healthy, and that you can find lots to celebrate on this report card!
 
Wishing you all the best,
 
Kari Ramadorai