We welcome you to the website of Lake View Primary School, located in beautiful Page, Arizona. Our site's purpose is to provide helpful information to our parents, students, teachers, and community members regarding our school.
Dear Parent and Guardians,
As we move to the close of the first semester of school for the year 2014-2015, we want to dialogue about the students’ report cards. There are several key points I would like to discuss to help you understand the value it has for you as a parent to monitor your child’s journey towards specific grade level standards from year to year.
I want to illustrate a point about why standards are important. The best way I can explain is to use a restaurant as an example. When you go to a restaurant you need to feel confident there are established standards for healthy handling of food, rigorous hand washing, foods stored and cooked at proper temperatures, certified inspectors regularly check the facilities, food preparation is thoughtful and done with care and sometimes with flair. When you pay a visit to the restaurant next door should the standards be different? I hope not, otherwise we could compromise our health, overall experience, and personal safety, and none of us want that for our family or ourselves.
At every grade level, Arizona has developed learning standards, specific learning benchmarks, and competency levels. Students should be able to demonstrate these in reading, writing, and math. Teachers are accountable for knowing these standards and using them to guide their instruction, but more importantly assess each child’s learning and journey as they demonstrate mastery through work samples and teacher observation. My point is that learning standards are about the health and safety of your child as they move through grade levels in our school, another school in our district, or somewhere else in Arizona. Without standards we could not ensure your child gets the same education and body of knowledge in teacher A’s classroom vs. teacher B’s. Learning standards are the health and safety piece that ensures all students receive access to rigorous and attainable learning goals.
Our report card along with the Galileo Assessment information gives you a road map of the standards your child is working on at each grade level. The expectation with standards is that it is a journey not a race. A first grader doesn’t need all A’s to move on to second grade. The way we teach today allows teachers to use this information to meet the student where they are at in their learning and move them along accordingly. We will be working on and developing standards based report cards for the future in order to help you know and understand the connection between the standards, assessments, and the student’s progress throughout their education.
In closing, you and your child are our customers and the reason we are here every day. Please feel free to ask us the hard questions about your child’s learning and how we facilitate your child’s growth as a learner and quality human being, who will be prepared for a fast and ever changing world. Please make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss any concerns.
Lake View Primary School is a positive, safe environment where an enthusiasm for learning is shared by all. The staff is dedicated to educating all students to high levels of academic growth with an emphasis on reading, writing, and math. Through teamwork, the Lake View community is developing children who are socially, emotionally, and academically successful.
Find out how you can help! To volunteer, call our office at 608-4200. We welcome and encourage our parents' involvement in their children's education.