Clear Creek Amana Middle School

"Home of the Clippers"

The mission of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District is to prepare students to be productive, responsible, community members by providing an environment that inspires quality life-long learning.

Monday, September 19, 2011

September 19, 2011

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Below I have updated several different topics.


Today is the 21st day of school! The teachers and students have been working hard on their learning goals and success criteria. This process requires excellent communication between the teacher and their students. It also requires the teacher to continually assess the students and provide feedback to the students on what they need to improve on. With this new process please be patient with our teachers as they attempt to convert the learning goal and success criteria into a grade on Power School. Traditional grades have been based on a point system where our system now relies more on grading by using a rubric. The other big difference is that we expect our students to not always do great on the first assessment as this is part of the learning and practice process. Instead of teachers always recording the first assessment in Power School many have chosen to keep the grade/data information in a spreadsheet because the process is ongoing and the grade really isn’t final until the unit has been completed. The grade that will really matter is at the end of the learning cycle when hopefully all students will be able to show that they have learned the material at a proficient level or greater. If you have questions about your child’s grades, please contact your child’s teacher(s). The students will be sharing information about their learning goals at the upcoming Personal Learning Plan meetings.

Personal Learning Plans

At our middle school each student has an adviser. Hopefully everyone received a letter from their child that explained who your child’s adviser is this year. If you have not, please contact me. Your child’s adviser will be setting up (or has already) a time to meet with you and your child to review the Personal Learning Plan. Most of these PLP meetings will be scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 (4-8 pm), Wednesday, September 28 (2-4 pm) or Thursday, September 29 (8am -4 pm). If you have any questions about this process, contact me.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

We will have traditional Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, September 29 from 4-8pm. During this time parents can come in and meet all of their child’s teachers and have a conversation about how their child is doing in each of their classes. The 6th grade teachers will meet in the library. The 7th grade teachers will meet in the gym. The 8th grade teachers will meet in the auditorium.

MAP Testing

Our students have been busy completing their fall MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests. All middle school students are tested in both reading and math. At our PLP conferences the results will be shared and goals for the spring will be established. We should be finished up with all fall MAP testing next week.

Extra Food at Lunch

Just another quick reminder that on Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday the cafeteria staff is offering extra items that can be purchased during lunch. When a child makes an extra purchase this cost is deducted from their lunch balance. The extra offerings are healthy choices.

Upcoming Dates of Interest

September 19, (Monday)

Volleyball vs. Mt. Vernon, 7th Grade (Away), 8th Grade (Home), 4:15pm

Cross Country vs. Solon, 7th/8th Grade (Away)

September 20, (Tuesday)

Football vs. Waterloo Columbus, 7th Grade (Home), 8th Grade (Away), 4:15pm (7th grade will have 4:45pm start)

Volleyball vs. Williamsburg, 7th Grade (Home), 8th Grade (Away), 4:15pm

September 23, (Friday)

7th Grade to Kent Park, 8:45am-2:30pm

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