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Communication

Communication

Teacher/Parent/School Communication:

Valley View believes in on-going communication between the teacher and the parent in order to best meet the needs of our students. Parents will receive the following formal communications from teachers:

1. Formal Report Card every trimester
2. Mid-Trimester Progress Reports for students who are not meeting grade level standards.
3. Formal conference at the end of the first trimester.
4. Conferences by request throughout the year.
5. Telephone/email contact with or from parents.
6. Student Success Team conferences when appropriate.

Please phone your child’s teacher or the principal if you have concerns. We want to work together to promote your child’s progress.

Report Cards:

With the adoption of the new state and district standards came the need for a new reporting system that could offer information that relates to those standards. The purpose of the new report card is to provide parents, students, and teachers information about progress toward meeting the standards. Research has shown that when there are specific targets (standards), learning can become more focused and thus increase. With this information parents are able to provide greater support to their child and the school.

How well a student is meeting the standards is measured in levels from 1 to 4. A ‘1’ indicates that a student is currently performing below the standards expected at his or her grade level. A ‘2’ indicates that a student is progressing toward meeting the standards. A ‘3’ indicates that he or she is consistently meeting the standards, and a ‘4’ indicates that a student exceeds the standards and may be working above grade level.

If a particular standard has not yet been assessed during either the first or second reporting period, then a student will receive a dot, indicating there is not sufficient data to report. A 1, 2, 3, or 4 does not equate to an A, B, C, etc. The numbers simply state where the child is in relation to meeting the rigorous standards of the grade level.

Academic Interventions:

When a student experiences difficulty in meeting standards and benchmarks within a curricular area he/she may be deemed “at risk” of meeting grade level standards. In a partnership between school and home, the school staff will develop an intervention plan designed to give support and aid to the student. These intervention strategies may include specific in-class assistance, specialist support, possible extra-curricula opportunities as well as at-home support. Parent/teacher cooperation and communication is essential in meeting the needs of our students.

Progress Reports:

Progress reports will be sent home midway between each report card period. The report will be used to indicate unsatisfactory progress and to alert parents to any problems their child might be having with any subject area, personal conduct, or work habits. They are designed to be quick and easy communicators between teachers and parents. Students displaying continual problems will receive a progress report every two weeks.

Progress reports are meant to save time, not create more work for anyone concerned. Maximum results can be obtained when parents cooperate fully. Progress reports will arrive home on announced dates published in the school newsletter and are to be returned signed within three days. Kindergarten and 1st grade parent conferences will be in November and March; progress reports will be given at that time.

Retention Policy:

If the school or the parents consider the possibility of retention in a grade for another year, notification of the proposed retention and the reasons why will be given according to the district retention policy. Prior to the final decision, a meeting will be held with the parents, teachers, and administrators. It is extremely important that any concerns be communicated very early in the school year so that remediation can be pursued and the student’s progress monitored.

Homework:

Purpose: The purpose of homework is to reinforce skills, teach good study habits, and facilitate home-school communication. Homework is an assignment to be completed by the student. It is expected that the student will expend the same effort on homework assignments as on class work. Research finds that time spent doing homework directly affects a child’s achievement. By doing assigned homework, children will increase skills and do better in school. When requesting homework after an absence, please give the teacher 24 hours notice, if you would like to pick up the homework in the office. Many teachers have their homework assignments written on their whiteboard or posted in their window on a daily basis. After an absence, the teachers usually allow extra time for students to complete daily assignments so it is not necessary to pick up assignments if the child will be returning to school after a short absence. Please check with your child’s teacher for specific procedures for their classroom. If homework is requested, we will assume that it will be picked up and completed. Independent Study Contracts for planned absences of five (5) days or more must be requested 2 weeks prior to the student’s last day of school.
 

Frequency:

The amount of homework varies among teachers, as does the amount of time required by each students to complete the homework. In kindergarten and first grade, homework may be assigned daily, weekly or monthly. In the second through fifth grade, homework is usually four days a week. Homework may be assigned on the weekend. Homework assignments may be short-term or long term. When a student has more than one teacher, the student’s teachers will make an effort to coordinate assignments. Assignments are not so lengthy as to infringe on family life and normal social development.
 

Wednesday Envelope:

Each Wednesday your child(ren) will bring home a manila envelope with school announcements. Teachers may use the Wednesday envelope for class newsletters, classroom announcements and/or assignments. Please sign the envelope and return to school the next day. Our goal is to improve communication by sending home information the same day each week. So look for the Wednesday Envelope. Valley View’s School Newsletter, “Valley View Voice”, is sent home electronically to those who have signed up for that or in your child’s Wednesday envelope. The Voice is printed on a weekly basis with up-to date information and will be sent home either electronically or in your child’s Weekly Envelope. School Telephone:
The school telephone is for emergency use only. Student may not phone home for homework projects, instruments or lunches. Please make all after school arrangements (transportation, Brownies, Cub Scouts, visits with friends, etc.) before your child arrives at school. A teacher or parent written request is necessary for student phone use.
 
School/Parent Communication:
Regular communication about school activities, parent clubs, etc., is in the Kiddogram or in the School Calendar here at our web site. The Kiddogram will be distributed to your student at school weekly. Please read the Kiddogram with your child. Parents are also encouraged to attend School Site Council (SSC) and Parent Faculty Club (PFC) meetings. Dates and times of PFC and SSC meetings will be sent home with students during the first month of school. E-Connection
Pleasanton Unified School District offers Pleasanton families an easy new way to stay connected with what's happening in their local public schools. School and district information will be sent to "subscribers" weekly (or more often, in times of crisis).