**All Bellevue schools will be closed Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23.**
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**All Bellevue schools will be closed Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23.**
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First Quarter ends Thursday

  • Progress grades posted in Synergy by Nov 18 (these grades are NOT posted to transcripts)
  • Here’s your chance to see how it’s going & set goals so semester grades meet expectations.

We use quarter grades as a mid-semester check-in with students and families. These progress reports give students and families a chance to identify problems and make adjustments in time to meet expectations when the semester ends Friday, Jan 26.

 

Consider these steps:

  • Even if grades ARE ALL you expected, help your student set a goal to work on a skill that will make them even stronger;
  • Check Synergy for this information on your student:
    • Absences and tardy arrivals. Minutes Matter at the beginning of class. This is when teachers make announcements and explain the day’s work. If your student misses this, they won’t be able to keep up while they are trying to figure out what they missed.
    • Missing assignments.
      • Help your student understand when the assignment is missing.
        • They don’t understand the material.
        • They missed important instructions.
        • They are afraid to fail. (Help them understand that there is no failure. Learning and growth is what matters. Focus on setting goals and getting better, and the grades will follow.
        • They need better organization. Many of our students struggle with this because, in truth, their brains are not yet fully formed. Help them with habits that give them structure until their ability to make the judgments needed for more complex organization strategies.
    • Grades
      • Wait to focus on grades until you use the above ideas to identify a strategy for steady improvement.
      • Ensure that your student stays for Tutorial in at least one class each day. Even if they do not talk to their teacher, their efforts to understand the assignment and make additional nots ASAP after class will greatly improve later success with assignments. Also, working with other students to understand difficult material improves learning and retention.
  • Strategies to help improve grades over 2nd Quarter
    • Pick one small skill or subject to focus on over several weeks. Then assess progress. If they need more time, take it. If they feel they can add another small goal, set one.
    • Use OneNote. Each class has a OneNote digital notebook that contains detailed information on both the assignment and the lessons behind the assignment. You can access OneNote with your student. If your students starts with what they do remember and understand from lessons, and then goes over the material in OneNote, their brain will dig deeper for the knowledge they gained in class and allow your student to use that understanding on their assignment.
    • Make sure that your student does just STOP when an assignment gets difficult. That Productive Struggle is another strategy to help your student’s brain retain the content in a way that is quickly retrieved upon later demand. Help them lean into the struggle.
    • Also help your student do everything in the assignments that they do understand AND make notes about what they need to ask to complete the rest. This allows focused questions in class and a gradual building of the knowledge for growth over the semester.
    • Help your student remember that ACTIVE LEARNING is what helps them remember material for later retrieval. Assignments are part of this active engagement with the concepts from class.

 

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.