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A message from Superintendent Mrs. Cherryl Paul

Mrs Cherryl Paul

Dear Families,
 
Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year. We are excited to have this opportunity to work collaboratively with students, teachers, families and community members to guide the direction of Sacaton Elementary School District. We look forward to an exciting year of learning and growing together.  We have been extremely productive this summer preparing for the arrival of our students.  This school year we are beginning our journey reading about and applying Standards-Based Practices. We believe the primary goal of grading is to provide feedback to both students and families about a student’s progress in the learning process.
 
What are Standards-Based Practices?
The purpose of Standards-Based Practices (SBP) is to measure a student’s performance and product against defined grade level expectations. In a Standards-Based reporting system, grades reflect what a student knows and can do, as outlined in the Arizona State Standards. Teachers in Grades K-8 will base report card grades on academic achievement and effort.
 
What is the difference between Standards-Based Practices and traditional grading?
Traditional grading is easy to spot because it typically involves:
  • Simple letter grades
  • Assessments based on teacher-defined criteria
  • A single overall grade per student based on a combination of related and unrelated assessments of skills, knowledge, performance, and conduct over a period
 
Traditional grading results in a very limited measure of a student’s abilities; the A on a child’s report card might thrill parents (families), but this grade does not convey precise information. Standards-Based Practices overcome this problem. The essential qualities of Standards-Based Practices involve:
  • Rubrics with meaningful labels.
  • Assessments based on specific state, district or school-wide standards.
  • Multiple grades per student: one grade for each standard that reflects the student’s achievement related to the standard.
 
How do Standards-Based Practices work?
Traditional grading averages all of the work and other factors that a student has done over a quarter or semester.  This includes the practice of identified skills found in daily homework or the perceived effort a student may have demonstrated. SBP focuses solely on proficiency and removes extraneous factors such as effort, missing practice or attendance. Standards-Based Practices assesses a student’s overall work and their most recent work, so it truly reflects what a student has learned and what they now know.
 
We urge you to become actively involved in your child’s education and a partner to our school. One way to help your child succeed in school is to know the four school-wide rules and procedures so that you can reinforce school expectations. Another way is to become familiar with the standards your child taught. You can accomplish both of these tasks by attending Meet the Teacher Night scheduled for August, 2ndTake these opportunities to meet your child’s teacher, visit the classroom, tour the campus, and meet the principal and other staff members who impact your child’s education.
 
Together we will accomplish more and improve education at Gila River as Sacaton students are ready to Be the Change. YES!
 
Sincerely,
Cherryl Paul 
 
 
Standards-Based Literacy + Math = 
    
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In the event you should need to contact the district for an after hours emergency, such as your child not making it home on the bus, please call us at the following number:
 
480-390-8147 
Sacaton Elementary School District No. 18
92 S. Skill Center Road • Sacaton, AZ 85147
Phone: (520) 562-8600
Fax: (480) 763-4410
Elementary School
Phone: 520.562.8600 x 3001
Fax: 480.763.4430
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Phone: 520.562.8600 x 2001
Fax: 480.763.4420
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