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Parent Communication May 8, 2020
I hope you have had a great week! This email has many important updates.
We will host another Parent Get Together zoom on Tuesday, May 12th at 5:00. Please click the link below to access the details on this parent event. Take this great opportunity to connect with me, other BPS parents, and our school counselors.
End of Year Testing- The General Assembly voted to waive all end-of-year testing for this school year. They also waived all Read to Achieve requirements for 3rd grade. Next year, all 4th-grade students will take a state reading test (similar to an EOG) that will be used ONLY to provide data for the teachers. This test will be given during the first 10 days of the 2020-2021 school year.
School calendar- The BPS Board of Directors will be meeting next Tuesday at 5:30 to discuss the school calendar for the remainder of the year. The school calendar for 2020-2021 will be discussed at the May 21st board meeting. The General Assembly has put some new requirements on schools for the school calendar for next year, but as a charter school, we have more flexibility with our calendar compared to traditional school districts. The board will be reviewing the new requirements and considering potential small changes to the school calendar for next year.
Grading- Below are links to two documents that give some clarifying information on how grades will be handled this year. For grades K-5 there will be no grades given. Teachers will provide the end of the year feedback on all students that will be provided to parents and will go in the students' file. In grades 6-8, students will receive a P for passing if their cumulative grade was a 60% or higher at the end of quarter 3. If a student was failing a class at the end of quarter 3 then they will receive a W for withdrawal which simply means that they did not master all of the content for that class. Mr. Kadir and Mrs. Baucom will be in direct contact with these students and parents next week with additional information. Teachers will provide end of the year feedback on all students that will be provided to parents and will go in the students file. In grades 9-11, students who were passing their classes at the end of quarter 3 will have the option to select a P for pass or they can take their numeric grade. Students who were failing at the end pf quarter 3 will receive communication from Mrs. Little regarding their options so they can complete the course and receive credit for the class. For all high school year-long courses, the first-semester grade will count towards all of the students GPAs. If a student taking a high school course takes the P for the 2nd semester, they will receive credit for the course but their 2nd-semester grade will not count towards their GPA. If they take their numeric grade then they will receive the credit and their grade will count towards their GPA. Please review the link below for additional details regarding grading. All parents of students in grades 6-11 should check their child's F1 grades in PowerSchool as soon as possible to review their child's status for all their classes.
Student Instruction- May 15th will be the last day of instruction of any new content for grades K-8 and May 22nd will be the last day of instruction of any new content for grades 9-11 (and 8th-grade high school courses). Teachers will use the last couple weeks of school for review, to continue online programs, to complete online assessments for students, student projects, field day activities, house day activities, and other end of the year activities for their students. You will receive additional communication from the principals regarding the specifics of what to expect those last two weeks of school.
We appreciate your continued support during this time! It is hard to believe that the year is almost over! We hope to see all our students one last time at the end of the year when we do technology and curriculum drop off on campus. We will let you know the details once the Governor has moved us into phase two of the reopening.
Head of School