Parents, you may have noticed over that past couple of days some new marks for your child in Progress Book. In middle school, we focused on a variety of areas of student growth (academic, social, emotional, and appropriate behavior). To this end, CMS has fully implemented a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program. For a brief overview of what PBIS is click here.
When students struggle in an academic area we teach them. When students struggle with their behavior we want to take the same approach. We want to teach students what the behavior expectations are, monitor it, and provide feedback as to how they are meeting the expectations.
With that said, CMS has implemented an additional report card this year that will provide behavior feedback to both students and parents. It is important to know that the behavior report card is feedback regarding student behavior only and has no impact on the academic portion of a students GPA or high school credit. At the end of each quarter students will receive an academic report card and a behavior report card.
With the exception of the first quarter of this year, Students will be rated three times during each grading period in the three different behavior areas. The first quarter however students will only be rated twice. The three behavior area that students will be rated on are as follows:
- Problem solving/critical thinking
The ratings in each of the three areas range from 1-3:
- 1- Beginner
- 2- Developing
- 3- Proficient
In most cases students will fall into the “Developing” area because at this age they are still learning and developing good habits. So, please do not let the rating of a 2 or “Developing” serve as a major concern. Obviously, if you have a question regarding a behavior mark please reach out to your child’s teacher.
To see the building wide Behavior Report Card Rubric click here
The middle school staff feels that the behavior report card provides one more opportunity to communicate with families about the growth and development of their child.