Interim Progress Reports and Report Cards

Interim Progress Reports and Report Cards in Grades 6th-8th

Listening and Learning

“We have the opportunity many times a day, everyday, to be the one who listens to others, curious rather than certain.” (“Willing to Be Disturbed” by Margaret J. Wheatley)

6th-8th grade is a period of enormous growth and change. It is a time when students become more independent and learn the life-long skills of self-advocacy and self-reflection. 

Although students are often prompted to self-assess and reflect in their classes, it is also important that they have conversations at home about their learning and growth. Interim Progress Reports (IPRs) and Report Cards (RCs) are given out 4 times a year and are the perfect opportunity to have a conversation with your child. Students can share how they are doing with their families and make a plan for how to continue what they have been doing or change their habits to show growth in areas that are currently challenging for them.

Below are some helpful ways to get the conversation started. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance. Best, Laura Horst, Vice Principal (laura_horst@brookline.k12.ma.us)

Some Possible Conversation Starters 

  1. Ask your child to tell you about the IPR or RC from his/her perspective.
  2. If your child is hesitant to share details, you can ask some of the following questions:
    1. What class do you feel most confident about and why?
    2. What class is your favorite and why?
    3. When are you most engaged in school and how does that engagement help you learn?
    4. In which class do you feel you could use more support from your peers or your teacher?
    5. How can you apply what is working in one class to some of your other classes?
    6. Encourage your child to talk to his/her teacher regularly about their work in a particular class. 

How You Can Support Your Child’s Growth

  1. Highlight positive trends you have noticed at home (i.e. not watching TV or texting until all homework is finished each night).
  2. Share a story of your own growth from your schooling or professional life that connects to your child’s current experience.
  3. Offer to help your child set up a after school schedule that balances homework, relaxation, extracurricular activities, family time, and sleep.
  4. Help your child to set shorter term goals for the next part of the term. To encourage self-advocacy and independence, have your child check in with their teachers about the goals, as appropriate.
  5. If you have questions or concerns, you can always contact your child’s teacher directly. 

Important Dates: 2014-2015 IPRs and Report Cards for Grades 6th-8th

Term 1:

  • IPRs sent home with students on 10/10/14
  • RCs sent home with students on 11/14/14

Term 2:

  • IPRs sent home with students on 12/19/14
  • RCs sent home with students on 1/30/15

Term 3:

  • IPRs sent home with students on 3/6/2015
  • RCs sent home with students on 4/10/2015

Term 4:

  • IPRs sent home with students on 5/15/2015
  • RCs mailed home on 6/18/2015 (last day of school if no snow days)

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