Back to school: Lincoln parents can expect new elementary school report cards

Back to school: Lincoln parents can expect new elementary school report cards

Students learn to find their way around the school by taking part in a scavenger hunt, to find various classrooms and other important parts of their school during Lincoln Middle School's open house Monday. From left are Hunter Guibeau, Solomon Nguyen, and Will Postle. (Valley Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

LINCOLN - With a new school year starting next week in Lincoln, Supt. Georgia Fortunato said parents might notice a few changes regarding report cards at the elementary school level.

Fortunato said a new report card system would be rolled out for students in the elementary schools.

This system would move the schools from quarters to trimesters and grade the elementary students on a scale from 1 to 4 instead of A through D.

Having report cards displayed this way, she said, better reflects the Common Core State Standards taught in the classrooms.

With trimesters, parents will receive their children's report cards on Nov. 26, March 12 and June 12, and progress reports will be sent home on Oct. 7, Jan. 15 and April 16.

Fortunato said along with new report cards, the elementary schools would also see two new math coaches.

These coaches will help teachers focus on math initiatives and assist students in transitioning from elementary school to middle school.

"They will be focusing on areas that need improvements," she said. "The two math coaches are seasoned veteran teachers who have worked in Lincoln and done a great job in math."

She said math is one of the areas the district must improve on, so it would be the "emphasis" this year.

Data teams within the schools will collect test scores and perform formative assessments to give the administrators a "better picture" of what areas students are progressing in or showing weakness.

At the middle school level, students were responsible for completing a summer math assignment.

The goal of the assignment was to assist students in maintaining the math skills needed for this upcoming school year.

It was handed out to parents and students on June 16 and is due by Wednesday, Sept. 3.

"We're looking forward to the school year. As always, I just feel that when the staff knows we value what they do, it makes for a great year," she said. "We have a great staff, both faculty and staff is exemplary and second to none."

Students in grades K through 9 return to school on Monday, Aug. 25, while students in grades 10 through 12 return the following day.

Domenica DaCosta, Alexa Hayden, and Olivia Theroux, all 11, decide which way to go during the scavenger hunt.
During a Back to School open house at Lincoln Middle School Monday evening, Ashley Bourgeois, 13, receives her LMS T-Shirt after completing the scavenger hunt from George Kilsey, 6th- and 7th-grade social studies teacher.
Asst. Principal Barbara Maher speaks with student Richard Africo and new Guidance Counselor Anne-Marie Vannieuwenhuize about the new school year.