Seton Middle School Progress Reports
There are numerous ways for Seton parents to stay informed regarding their children's academic progress.
Edline is a convenient way for parents and students to stay current online. Once their account is activated and Seton has posted information, parents can use Edline to check their children's latest grades, monitor late assignments and receive email alerts when new grades are posted. Grades are updated on Edline weekly.
Students can verify daily assignments, view rubrics for projects and see what homework has not been turned in.
Please note that Seton's administration strongly urges parents to use Edline as a tool to monitor overall trends in students' grades, not as a way to micromanage a student's daily grades.
All Seton teachers use the same grading scale. Letter grades are distributed on the scale as follows:
|A||95 - 100||C||82 - 79|
|A-||94 - 93||C-||78 - 77|
|B+||92 - 91||D+||76 - 75|
|B||90 - 87||D||74 - 72|
|B-||86 - 85||D-||71 - 70|
|C+||84 - 83||F||Below 70|
P - Making sufficient progress for student's ability, but is working below grade level.
I - Incomplete
With the philosophy that students learn best when they are fully engaged in their education, Seton has instituted student-directed student/parent/teacher conferences. Each student and his or her STAR advisor spend significant time preparing for conferences, with the student evaluating his or her own strengths and challenges, setting goals and developing a plan of action to address any concerns. At conference time and under the direction of his or her teacher, the student is expected to lead the meeting, and to share observations and goals with his or her parents. This strategy has been highly successful in helping students to take ownership in the educational process.
Student-led conferences occur at the mid-quarter point of the first nine-week grading period and are mandatory for parents and students. A traditional student-parent-teacher conference is held in the third-quarter of the school year. A conference can be arranged at any other time during the year.
NWEA MAP Testing
Seton piloted Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) testing for TCCES. The computer-based examinations are administered semi-annually to accomplish the following: a) to give students and their parents an opportunity to see how students perform in comparison with other students in the nation; b) to assist teachers in individualizing their instruction; c) to help identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in the curriculum; and d) to help students develop a realistic self-concept in terms of their achievement, aptitude and interests. Further explanation of MAP testing is available at the founding organization's website.
A measurement of each student's reading level (called his or her lexile score) is acquired from MAP results. An explanation of how this determination is made and how to use the information can be found at the Parent Toolkit.
Report cards are sent home via the bi-weekly envelope at the end of each 9-week period.
The Honor Roll is a special recognition for academic achievement. It is based on the total grade point average of all assignments/tests for the preceding quarter and is posted four times a year. Eligibility for the honor roll is determined as follows:
A Honor Roll - A grade point average of 3.67 (A-) or better.
B Honor Roll - A grade point average of 2.67 (B-) to 3.66 (B+).
Quality points for grades are figured as follows:
A student with a grade below C- in any subject is not eligible for either Honor Roll.
Of course, nothing can replace one-on-one communication, and all Seton families are encouraged to contact their student's teacher with any concerns or questions. You may phone the school at 727.0279 and leave a message for the teacher to return your call, or email him or her (see the Seton staff directory for email addresses).