Communication

Saints Peter and Paul School uses multiple communication tools to provide timely information to parents. These tools include Teacherweb, Facebook, school website, Bi-monthly newsletter The Crusader Times, constant contact email distribution and text via our MSP system.

“Teacherweb” is a site used by the school principal and teachers for updating daily information for parents. 

  • www.teacherweb.com. Parents may access Saints Peter and Paul School teacher web pages by visiting our Faculty and Staff page of this website. Homework, classroom and school announcements are posted on TeacherWeb daily. We recommend adding your child’s teacher’s sites and Mrs. Egan’s site to your “favorites” list.

Tip: This is the number one way that the school communicates so you want to check this at least every other day. Most teachers have an option to sign up to receive emails every time their site is updated. You want to do this, especially for the Principal’s page!!

Phone messages:
The school uses an instant parent contact system through MSP. Phone messages and texts will be left for snow closings and delays, special announcements, reminders of events such as Home and School meetings, etc. Parents indicate their preferred phone number(s) for this system. Please notify the school office if you need to change or add a phone number to the call list.

The Crusader Times:
The Crusader Times is a newsletter that is emailed to families and friends on the first and third Thursday of each month. The Crusader Times contains pertinent announcements, information and registration forms for many school events.  Parents may be  required to print, sign and return required documents included with The Crusader Times to School.   If families would like to add email addresses to The Crusader Times distribution list, please email the Advancement Office at Advancement@sspeterandpaulrc.org.

Homework Folders from your child’s teacher:
Children in the younger grades will have their own homework folder. (These are provided for some of the younger grades. See the class supply list for details.) Paper-based communication from and to the teachers go in this folder. In the younger grades, the teachers’ use the left side of the folder for papers you are to keep, and the right side for papers to be reviewed, signed and returned. Please refer to your child’s teacher for their specific directions.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Formal conferences are held twice a year. You are also encouraged to call the office at any time to set up an appointment with a teacher should a concern arise. We value the input that you alone can provide. The better communication, the easier it is to best direct your child in his/her educational endeavors. Teachers will not be interrupted during the school day. Conferences (even informal) should never be held in hallways, cafeteria, etc. Parents must report to the office to register and should never go directly to the classroom in order not to disturb the class environment. Parents who wish to observe a class must notify the principal in writing after discussion with the classroom teacher. Observations are limited in time. All appointments must be made in advance. Notes written to the teacher should always be enclosed in an envelope.

Conferences are generally held in October and April during the school year.

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Grading

  • Grades K to 3 receive a letter grade that corresponds to Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Satisfactory or Non-Satisfactory. Grades 4 to 8 receive numeric grades.
  • The site to view your child’s test grades is My Students Progress. This is for 1st through 8th grade.
  •  In the beginning of the school year, each child will receive a paper with information on how to access the on-line grades. You will be given a user ID and Password as well as information regarding the site.
  • The students in grades K to 8 receive report cards 3 times a year – December, March and June.

Grades 1-3: The philosophy of the primary report card is to report the progress of the young child. No numerical values will appear on a report card. The verbal interpretation of the letters are not limited to a numerical equivalent.

Grades 4-8: The report card should be an evaluation of the student’s performance and should show the steps that are necessary for further progress. The upper grade report uses a numerical marking code. Any grade below a 70 is indicated by an “F”. Failure warnings will be issued in sufficient time for a student to improve a failing grade. Infractions for conduct may never be used to deduct points from any academic subject.


Assessment:
An integral part of instruction is the gathering, recording and analysis of data about the student’s progress and achievement. Standardized assessment is administered in Grades K to 8 each year in the Spring.

Linked closely with the English Language Arts Program is the use of a portfolio approach to assessment. This represents a “work in progress” rather than the traditional “mastery of skills” perspective. A Permanent Portfolio will be maintained for each child in Grades K-8. It will contain the minimum archdiocesan required documents. A Working Portfolio will contain a variety of formal and informal assessment tools that reflect the student’s one year growth. Work will be selected from here for the Permanent Portfolio.

 

 

 

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