Dear Nativity Parents and Students,

First, let me say I hope you and your family are safe and healthy as you read this letter. The teachers, administrative staff, and Parish staff want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the changes we have made in our lives over the last few weeks. I am extremely appreciative of our students, parents, teachers, and staff for their positivity, flexibility, and support during our online learning process. It has become evident that in order to continue to educate our students in a compassionate manner, we take into consideration the variety of difficulties that our families and teachers have been enduring during this time.

After consultation with our teachers, parents, teachers/administrators from our cluster schools, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we are implementing new grading procedures for the remainder of the school year. These changes are necessary as a result of our students, teachers, and families being placed in circumstances beyond their control. Many of our students need, “face to face” interaction with their teachers and classmates to promote their growth as learners.

These changes to the grading procedures start from now until the end of the school year. The teachers will begin this process on Monday, April 20. The new system of grading is not reflected in the Interim reports that went out today for students in grades 4 through 8. Interims include the four weeks that classes were held in school before the shutdown. The final grades for the year will take into account all the changes to grading that are listed below.

Grading Procedures for Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade:

  1. Teachers will continue grading under the 1,2,3 standards-based report card
  2. The students will not be issued a “1” on the third-trimester report card.
  3. The teacher will be utilizing more comments as a formative tool to assess the students.

Grading Procedures for Third Grade:

  1. Teachers will continue grading under the system of O, S, N  of grading for report cards.
  2. Report cards will be entered as normal, but no N’s for the third trimester.
  3. The use of; exceeds expectations, satisfactory and unsatisfactory will be used for many assignments.
  4. The teacher will be utilizing more comments as a formative tool to assess the students.

Grading Procedures for Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades:

  1. Teachers will be utilizing a system of exceeds expectations, satisfactory, and unsatisfactory for assignments during the remainder of the third trimester.
  2. Grades will be entered on the report card for the third trimester using the following scale:

    Assignments for the Third Trimester Report Card Grades for Third Trimester
    85-100 Exceeds Expectations A+ to B
    77-84   Satisfactory B-  to C-
    70-76   Unsatisfactory D+ to D
  3. Teachers will not be issuing F’s for the third trimester, D is the lowest grade the student will receive on the report card for the third trimester.
  4. Students with a D-  will have the grade rounded up to a “D” on the report card for the third trimester. Note: This is for D- only
  5. The teacher will be utilizing more comments as a formative tool to assess the students on assignments and the report card.
  6. Report Card grades will be entered as normal for the school year.

Important Note: Under this amended system of grading, turning in assignments can actually improve a student’s yearly average, as well as help them grow academically by completing the work.

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s teacher or Mr. Arbogast. Nativity School is working toward transitioning to Online Learning Grading as a means to minimize the already existing stress for our students, parents, and teachers.

We are continuing to post updates about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus in the Update Center on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates you can also contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org if you have any questions about our response to the coronavirus.

Peace and good health,

Mr. Arbogast
Principal