Holley Elementary School will debut new report cards

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 17 October 2017 at 9:36 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Holley Central Pre-K teacher Amie Callen, left, received the Soaring to New Heights Award from Elementary School Principal Karri Schiavone during the Board of Education meeting Monday evening.

HOLLEY – The elementary school will soon unveil new student report cards with a 4-point scale that indicate how students are progressing towards meeting standards.

“There will be no more A’s, B’s or C’s,” Eelementary School Principal Karri Schiavone told the Board of Education on Monday.

The new report cards will, “measure students’ mastery of learning standards, we want them to master standards,” she said.

Schiavone provided board members with a draft of the new report cards elementary students will be receiving this school year.

“You are the first to see this,” Schiavone told the BOE. “It is a totally different way of reporting to parents.”

Schiavone said the school has been working for three years to develop a report card that is standards based.

Report cards will indicate when students have met district and state standards. “You can’t put a percentage on that,” Schiavone said.

Holley Central Board of Education members were honored during Monday’s regular meeting for their service to the district.  School Board Recognition Week is October 23-27.  Each board member received a travel mug filled with candy. The mugs have a district logo on one side and a note of thanks on the other side for the time and dedication members give to students, staff and the Holley community.

She explained report cards will also show an assessment of students’ learning behaviors such as participating in school discussions and demonstrating behaviors good students have.

Schiavone said the school will plan a parent information night for primary and intermediate grades before the First Quarter report cards are sent home.

“We want clarity for parents,” she said.

In other action at the board meeting:

• Pre-K teacher Amie Callen received the Soaring to New Heights Award. Schiavone said Callen had applied for and received a $500 scholarship to obtain books for her classroom library.

“I know the time and energy she puts into her classroom,” Schiavone said of Callen, who was nominated for the award to recognize the extra effort she makes to provide learning supplies for her students.

• Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES district superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci reported to board members regarding the services BOCES is currently providing to the district.

During her report, she commended Holley graduate Steven Klatt, whose team from Braised in the South, recently won the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race.”

The 31-year old Klatt studied culinary arts at BOCES and was a student of chef Kevin Bedard.

“It’s a wonderful accomplishment,” Antonacci said. “Congratulations to all of you.”

Antonacci said Klatt’s success is evidence of what students can accomplish after graduation, and that students of BOCES programs find meaningful employment. “It’s a tribute to the culinary program,” Antonacci said.

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