17 Mar

Message from Kathy Christoph

Folks,

This evening, you will have access to your child’s interim comments report for the spring semester. These comments summarize months of hard work and productivity, and I hope your child feels accomplished with his/her progress. You may access the comments through the D-E website. Please see the instructions listed at the end on how to access this report.

This is the fifth of seven formal Middle School communiques to you designed to provide information about your child as a learner and a student.

  • Fall Interim Comments served as the first opportunity for the MS teachers to share their observations about your child. Those comments painted a picture of your child as a learner in the classrooms and were the basis of conversation between your child and his/her HB advisor on November 10th. These were shared with you on November 11th.
  • Fall Interim grades were shared in HomeBase with your child and released to you on November 21st. Your child, in conjunction with his/her advisor, developed a Plan of Action for the remainder of the year.
  • The December Parent-Teacher Conference provided a formal opportunity for you and your child’s teachers to share observations, data, strengths and strategies.
  • First semester grade reports were shared with your child on January 19th and with you on January 20th. It served as an objective chronicle of your child’s progress from September 2016 through January 2017.
  • Spring interim grades will be shared with your child on Thursday, April 6th in the morning, and with you in the evening.
  • In June, you will receive a grade report that will provide information about your child’s progress in the spring. It serves as a summary of your child’s progress for the 2016-2017 school year.

In addition to these formal communiques with you, your child will have a formal one-on-one conversation with his/her HomeBase advisor about the D-E SaL (Student as Learner) traits. This conversation will occur in May.

The Middle School teachers have taken great care in writing your child’s comments. The comments are written with your child as the intended audience. As you read your child’s comments, I urge you to think along several concurrent lines. First, look for overall strengths and challenges. Secondly, look for academic growth and performance. And third, look for mention of the Student as Learner traits. You should find evidence of at least one in every comment. Engage your child in a conversation about his/her perspective. Help your child set reasonable goals and develop an action plan. There is much to be gained in this process, and it will reinforce the reflection your child does here at school with his/her HomeBase advisor. Working together, we can help our children learn the skills of self-reflection, mid-point adjusting, and goal setting.

We are truly enjoying the children’s enthusiasm and their love of learning. We look forward to their continued progress this year!

In the “slider” photos above you will several photos of our students performing memorable spoken word and poetry at the Middle School Coffeehouse held earlier today.

Finally, I have been asked to pass along a reminder from the D-E Parents’ Association and Affinity Groups of their “Film, Food & Fun” event on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:00 PM in Hajjar Auditorium.  “Film, Food & Fun” will include short films that explore global diversity; delicious refreshments representative of various global cuisine, and time well spent together, “as a community of learners”.  To learn more and RSVP online click here.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Spring Break and look forward to seeing you in April.

Hug your child, and Go Bulldogs!

Sincerely,
Kathy Christoph, MS Principal

Instructions to Access Your Child’s Comments Report 

By following the directions below, you will find your way to both the grades and comments for all classes.

  • Go to the MyD-E area of the Dwight-Englewood School website by visiting www.d-e.org and clicking on My DE at the top-right of the page.
  • Log-in to MyD-E using your assigned password or the password you established for yourself. If you need help with your password, please call Computer Services at 201-227-3177.
  • Click on your child’s name near the top of the page.
  • Click on Progress (if not already selected), then click on the current grade for your child immediately below that.
  • After selecting the grade, click on the Report Cards link in the Performance area.

You will see a link for Middle School Semester 2 Comment Form. When you click on the link, a pdf that contains your child’s progress information will open in a new window. This file can be saved to your computer or printed directly from the screen. These reports will remain viewable while your child is enrolled in the school.