Good afternoon Dirksen Community!
I hope everyone enjoys a restful Thanksgiving and will enjoy quality time with your families. On behalf of the Dirksen staff, I would like to thank our entire community for your constant support. The care you show by volunteering for PTA committees, attending school events, and working with your child on homework is truly appreciated by our staff. There is so much to be thankful for each day!
We have successfully completed the first trimester of the 2014/15 school year. I am thrilled to announce it has been a great start to the year. Your child will bring his/her report card home today (Tuesday, Nov. 25th). You will notice the report card is new this year and your child has been assessed on the Illinois Learning Standards. The new standards-based report card provides valuable information for you and your child including:
• Student proficiency of the Essential Learning Outcomes
• Overall academic achievement in each content area
• Social and emotional development
• Student specific comments from classroom teacher(s)
• Both an achievement grade for each content area and a standards mastery grade for grades 4-6
The cover page of the new report card that will be sent home contains an explanation of the grading system and outlines what factors are taken into account when determining student proficiency. Please celebrate your child’s accomplishments on his/her report card. Every child is learning a great deal and we know with your encouragement and support, your child’s learning will continue to soar.
Have a wonderful, long holiday weekend with your families!
Joann Kort and Becky Rodriguez