September 28, 2014
Dear ISA Families,
Dozens of ISA students, teachers, and parents began their day very early yesterday morning at the Freshman Garage Sale volunteering their time to support the fundraising effort for the upcoming Heifer travel experience. In a little more than seven weeks, our freshmen students will depart for Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas to experience life in a developing country. Our partnership with Heifer International is more than a decade old, and it is through our community’s commitment to every student at ISA, both their own and others, that these learning experiences continue. We would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked Friday afternoon organizing items and Saturday morning at the garage sale along with all who donated items for the sale. Thanks to your generosity, over $2,400 was raised!
The Heifer travel experience remains one of several experiences that students continually identify as a seminal moment in their development as a globally competent student. Our definition for global competence, developed and refined through work with our partner organization International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), includes four domains: the ability to Investigate the World, Recognize Perspectives, Communicate Ideas, and Take Action. On Tuesday, we will welcome twenty-five new ISSN leaders from across the United States who are visiting ISA to better understand how we teach global competence through our daily classroom instruction and project-based learning. Considered the flagship school in the ISSN, we often host network events for administrators, teachers, and students and we look forward to continued partnership and collaboration among network members.
As the fifth week of school comes to close, we know that parents may be checking the NEISD Parent Portal more frequently. Students’ most up to date grades can be found by looking on the parent portal. Based on parent feedback, we have created a school-wide system to record grades to better help you and your students understand the grades and assignments in the parent portal. When you look at an assignment, please be sure to note the due date. Teachers enter assignments at least 24 hours before they are due; however, sometimes a week or more in advance to help students plan and to communicate to families. If the due date has not passed, you will see a BLANK in the column where the grade would usually be displayed. Twenty-four hours after the due date, one of five possible symbols will be displayed. Our goal is to communicate whether or not assignments have been submitted. Here are the symbols:
Numerical Grade= Submitted
The assignment was turned in and it has already been graded.
BLANK(24 hours after due date)= Submitted
The assignment was turned in; however, it has not been graded yet. Please be sure to make sure that 24 hours have passed since the due date. Because many ISA assignments are not easy to grade multiple choice items, teachers may need a several days to grade and give feedback to students on their projects and papers. If you have questions about an assignment grade that is not posted, you may email the teacher at any time.
The assignment was not turned in. The assignment can still be turned in with a late penalty assessed; however, the student has a limited time number of days to submit the work before the MSG turns to a zero. This means the student was in class but did not turn in his/her assignment. The MSG will be removed when a student submits the work, and it has been graded. When an MSG is entered into Gradespeed, it averages as a “zero” in the student’s grade until the assignment is submitted.
The assignment was not turned in because the student was absent from school. The assignment can still be turned for full credit; however, the student does have a limited number of days to submit the work before the 1 turns to a zero. When an “1” is entered into Gradespeed it averages as a “1” in the student’s grade until the assignment is submitted.
The assignment was not turned in, and it can no longer be turned in for credit.
Finally, sophomore ISA teacher Mrs. Ashley Taplin, formerly Ashley Davis, asked me to share that her email has changed. Her new email address is: email@example.com, and we have made the change on our webpage.
Have a great week!