What should my child know and be able to do in 2nd/3rd grade?
In 2015-16, Highland began the process of using a report card that lists the specific skills a student should be able to do at these grade levels. We call the Standards-Based Report Cards. Our report card looks similar at both grade levels and is divided into sections, math, reading, writing, AIMSWeb scores, successful student skills, and specials participation.
The math, reading, and writing components are described in detail on each grade level's page found here. Please note, these are not all the skills students will work on during their time as a 2nd or 3rd grader, but are considered those most essential to student success. While we are still working on expanding the options found on these pages, you can find a description of the individual skills, as well as some possible learning opportunities for students still working on those skills.
AIMSWeb is a screening test we give 3 times a year to make sure students are on track. You will see your child's score as well as the score that is expected at that grade level at that time of the year. The tests include:
Successful Student Skills:
Both 2nd and 3rd grade students have the same set of successful student skills. Sometimes you hear these sills referred to as "soft skills," "life skills, or "employability skills." Overall, we know these things are important if a student wants to be successful in school both this year and in the years to come. We feel this section is one of the most important things you will see on this report card. Because of this importance, this is what you will see on progress reports in the middle of each quarter. That means, we will report this information to you, the parent, EIGHT (8) times throughout the year. This is the section we desperately need parents to partner with the school to help a child build. They include:
- Show effort.
- Display a positive attitude.
- Follow school and class rules.
- Use time effectively.
- Show respect to others and property.
- Follow directions and use good listening skills.
- Complete assignments on time.
- Turn in homework.
- Work neatly.
Our special classes include: physical education, music, library, character education, and computers. These teachers report how well students are showing effort and participating positively in those classes. PE is once a day. The others are scheduled throughout the week. Our librarian also teaches character education, so those specials are grouped together on the report card. If you have questions about any of these classes or their reports, those teacher's emails are included on the report card.