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Letter from Science Teachers

Dear Parent/Guardian(s),

We are ready to begin another great year of science instruction here at Metcalfe County Middle School.  It is an exciting time for me as a teacher to see how much my students can learn and grow.  

Again this year, our 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th-grade science BLOCK classes are taking part in a standards-based grading.  Instead of the traditional numerical grading system, we will focus on alternative forms of mastery level assessment. For example, instead of 90-100=A, 80-89= B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, and below 59=F, students will be receiving a ranking of 1-4 on their reports.   

How this 1-4 ranking breaks down

1--Well below the mastery level

(I have much work to do to master the concept.)

2--Below mastery level

(I don’t have it mastered yet, but I’m working on it.)

3--At mastery level

(I have demonstrated understanding of the content.)  

4--Excellent demonstration of mastery

(I have shown in-depth understanding of the content.)

Any student who falls in the 1 or 2 categories will continue working on that standard until they reach at minimum level 3.  Category movement happens through reteach lessons, small group/individual instruction, and reassessments for the content mastery.    Again, this is for science core classes only. Elective science classes such as forensics, environmental science, and meteorology/geology will be scored as traditional grading practices.  

Students will receive rankings for each standard that they are asked to master.  As we work through the content, students will provide evidence of their understanding through assignments and assessments/projects.  Those pieces of evidence will be used to determine the level of mastery the students have attained.  As students build their knowledge base for the standard, their mastery level will change to reflect their knowledge level.

If you have any questions, please call or email your science teacher below, or you can reach out to any member of our administrative staff. It helps us to better serve our students when we know the questions/concerns that parents have about the process.

Thank you,

Lea Ann Parnell- 6th grade science teacher

Christy Stinson- 7th grade science teacher

Amy Porter- 8th grade science teacher 

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