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School District 5
Home of the Falcons
Fernie Secondary School
Communicating Student Learning

October 16, 2018

Dear parent(s) and/or guardian(s),

British Columbia has a redesigned curriculum, which means that we are also redesigning how we assess and report on student progress. The goal of communicating student progress is to ensure that families are well informed about their children's progress. As a result, we are working to support new practices for communicating about student learning.

This year Southeast Kootenay School District #5 we are participating as a pilot site for the Ministry of Education's draft K-9 Student Reporting Policy. Research has shown that good communication between the home and the school is key to student success. Communication should provide up-to-date information about student progress and involve the student, the teacher, and the parent(s) /guardian(s) in meaningful dialogue throughout the school year.

At our school, the communication about student progress will be provided through a variety of forms:

  • learning conferences (parent/teacher/student meetings)
  • quarterly reports
  • student reflection and self-assessment of the Core Competencies
  • summary of progress (end of year)

Some teachers are also using digital portfolios as a platform for teaching, learning and communication and may send you information about how to view your child's progress through the school district's web portal.  We hope that providing you with timely, flexible information about student progress this year will help ensure that you will be well informed about your child's learning.

We recognize that as parent(s)/guardian(s) who may have more than one child at our school, you may receive feedback on your children in more than one way. This is because both the draft Student Reporting Policy pilot and the current reporting legislation are being supported by the Ministry of Education and the school district.

We value your feedback as we continue to develop better ways to communicate student learning. Therefore, we are inviting you to a meeting on Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00 pm in our school's library to provide further information. We hope to see you there!

If you have questions, please contact us. Thank you for supporting your child's learning and growth.


Linda Christenson                                Erin Hay

Principal                                                Vice Principal