Sacred Heart School students in Grades Two through Eight participate in the standardized testing program of the Archdiocese of Boston. The Terra Nova Standardized test is used. First Grade students are tested in the spring for reading readiness and reading progress. The Gates - McGinitie Standardized Reading test is used.
Report cards are issued three times during the school year, December, March, and June. The June report card will be given to the students the last week of school.
Progress reports will be issued to the parent/guardian three times a year. The report will include information on the student's academic achievements, attitudes, behavior, and attendance. These reports are signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the teacher. They will be kept on file for the school year.
Since the report card in and of itself is inadequate to fully measure a child's progress, and because we recognize the importance of a parent knowing what and how the child is learning, as well as the child's relationship to others in the class, arrangements will be made for individual parent‑teacher conferences when it is necessary.
Homework is assigned to help the student become more self-reliant, to work independently, and to improve skills and concepts taught in the classroom. Homework may include long-range assignments at different grade levels. The amount of time which different students in the same grade spend doing homework will vary.
Long‑range projects may be given individual and creative effort. These should be worked on each day during the homework time allotment and be completed by the due date.
Each student should spend at least fifteen to thirty minutes each day reading for enjoyment. Reading is a skill and needs to be practiced. Parent/guardian, babysitter, older brother/sister should read to younger children each day. This fosters good reading habits and helps the student become a competent reader.
It is important that parent and teachers work together to help the student reach her/his potential. If you do not feel that your child is achieving to the best of her/his ability, please make an appointment with the teacher as soon as possible.
The History Channel (www.historychannel.com) to see historic video clips of historic events and listen to speeches by historic figures. The site has a world timeline and a fun “what happened on your birthday” feature.
National Geographic for Kids (www.nationalgeographic.com/homework) for geography articles, photos and maps. Discover the secrets of Tutankhamen; explore Africa, Alaska and Antarctica; and find places across the globe or across the street with the map machine.
The Magic Schoolbus (www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/), or the Mad Scientist Network (www.madsci.org) for biology and science.
AplusMath (www.AplusMath.com) offers homework help at the elementary level plus flashcards, games and worksheets.
Ask Dr. Math (www.mathforum.org) for help with middle-school math.
Kid Friendly Almanac Infoplease.com, which offers almanacs, an atlas, an encyclopedia, a dictionary, a thesaurus and white
pages, all on one site.
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