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This fall every school family was mailed login instruction for our new secure online Student Information System, This year the Diocese of Lansing is begining it's transition to PowerSchool, for all schools within the diocese. PowerSchool will provide parents with access to their students grades, assignments and attendance Please contact the school office if you have questions.
November 4th, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I first want to thank you for your ongoing partnership with us as we work together in educating your child(ren). It is a privilege to be involved in the academic, spiritual, and social formation of the children in our school. On Friday, October 28th, the first marking period ended and I wanted to share with you information about the Diocesan-wide grading scales. The changes made during the summer of 2015 that you will see reflected on the report cards were made to serve several purposes. These include:
During the summer of 2015, a team of principals, Sean Costello, our Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Lansing, and Therese Edwards, the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Diocese of Lansing worked together to focus on the common goals listed above.
On the Grade 4-8 Report Card you will find an update of the grading scale for the Diocese of Lansing. As decided by the Diocesan team listed above, the grading scales in grades 4-8 will be reflected in the following format:
A = 100-92%
B = 91-82%
E = 61% and below
In addition to the adoption of this common grading scale, our Grade 1-8 Common Virtue and Work Habit Scales has remained the same from last year. Again, as decided by the Diocesan team listed above, the scale in all grades will be reflected in the following format:
1 = Does Not Meet Expectations
2 = Approaching Expectations
3= Meets Expectations
4 = Exceeds Expectations
This is the exact scale that was used during the 2015-2016 school year. I would like to remind parents that we are not “grading” virtues. We are reflecting on students’ behavior as we always have, whether a student is exceeding, meeting, approaching, or does not meet expectations. We continue to grade academics from the view point of student knowledge, but work habits and virtues are based on students’ outward display of behavior – not their internalization of what each virtue is and whether they are virtuous in their life.
As always, we as a staff will continue to communicate your child’s progress to you in many ways. The report card is just one helpful tool in this process. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. I hope that you will continue to pray for us and your child(ren) and that we all will continue to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and virtue this academic school year. I wish each of you many blessings.
Yours in Christ,
Meghan K. Loughlin-Krusky, Principal
· 3 slips in one academic quarter for a MINOR infraction = lunch detention with
Mrs. Krusky or Middle School Teacher
· 1 slip in a quarter for a MAJOR infraction = lunch detention with Mrs. Krusky or Middle School Teacher
· Slip must always be signed by Mrs. Krusky and a parent and brought back the next day to the teacher who gave it or a next slip will be issued.
· If a student earns a detention, he/she may not participate in the next upcoming social event (dance, bowling field trip, etc.) and will be forwarded to our Athletic Director.
Continuing problem: If a student receives a 4th slip or commits a very serious infraction, he/she will conference with the middle school staff, Mrs. Krusky, and his/her parent(s).
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School completed an accreditation process with the Michigan Non-public Schools Accrediting Association in April of 2014. The accreditation team that visited St. Thomas Aquinas School looked at several areas of our school programming including our mission, our connection with the local parent and parish community, our academics, our faith integration, and, other factors that determine how well a school is performing. I am pleased to say that our school was given unanimous approval and received full accreditation by the MNSAA. The Accreditation Committee provided us with this report which will help us identify areas to focus of our attention moving forward. With the help of our school’s Parent Education Council, these concerns will be turned into a plan to implement immediately and in the years to come. We are proud to be identified as an accredited Catholic school providing an outstanding education to students in the greater East Lansing area.
Final Report for the Michigan Nonpublic School Accrediting Association