Class 5B Policies

Class 5B Assessment Info

Class 5B Assessment and Communication Policies

Mr. Chris Bartsch


Assessment Strategies:

Student assessment will occur daily and will take the form of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative Assessment

The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments:

  • help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work
  • help faculty recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately

Formative assessments are generally low stakes, which means that they have low or no point value. Examples of formative assessments include asking students to:

  • draw a concept web in class to represent their understanding of a topic
  • submit one or two sentences identifying the main point of a lecture
  • turn in a research proposal for early feedback
  • daily homework and journal assignments

Summative Assessment

The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark.

Summative assessments are often high stakes, which means that they have a high point value. Examples of summative assessments include:

  • a midterm exam
  • a final project
  • a paper
  • a presentation

Information from summative assessments can be used formatively when students or faculty use it to guide their efforts and activities in subsequent courses.

Cited from: The Eberly Center: Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation(09/15/2015)

Communicating Student Learning (CSL)

As a school, we are piloting the new report card or CSL, therefore, students will be assessed on a 1 to 5 scale. A copy of this scale is attached at the end.  If you have any questions regarding this new assessment scale, please contact me at the school.


    • Report cards will only be published online this year. No paper copies sent home with students.  To access your child’s report card, you will need to either log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal, or create your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.  Both can be found at:  PowerSchoolParent Portal.  If you require assistance with the PowerSchool Parent Portal, please feel free to contact the school office @780-992-1272.  If you do not access to a computer, please contact the homeroom teacher to receive a paper copy of the report card.  Report cards will be published at the following dates and times:


How Much Homework and Unfinished Homework:

I very rarely just assign homework.  Homework is usually just unfinished class assignments. I will usually assign work and we will work on it in class. However, all students work at different rates, so therefore their homework will also vary. I try to only assign a maximum of 15-30 minutes a night for most students.  If your child has more than this on a daily basis, please don’t hesitate in contacting me to discuss the cause for this and possible solutions. I also list the number of classes spent on the assignment (30 mins/class) and if most students finished during class time.

After three “homework strikes” which are recorded on the James Mowat Student Conduct program a report with a description of the missed work will be sent home and will require the parent’s signature.  If your child has missed a major assignment, however, a note will be sent home immediately. If necessary, I will also call or e-mail to schedule a meeting whereby we can create a working plan to remedy the situation.  Missed homework will be completed at recess time until it is complete. A zero can be awarded if after a parent/guardian is advised of the missing assignment, the work is still not completed in a reasonable time frame.

Six Homework Success Strategies Checklist:



1.   Record all of the homework from the homework page throughout the day. (student)


2.   Take home all of the material you need for your homework assignments and your math and LA books every night even if you have finished your homework in them – you can double check and review.  (student)


3.   Check your homework in your agenda against the class e-mail. (parents and student)


4.   Complete your homework and review for quizzes. (student)


5.   Check completed work off the agenda and e-mail. (parents and student)


6.   Pack knapsack and ensure all materials go back into it at night before bed.  Make sure to keep the knapsack in the same place every day so it won’t be forgotten: for example, the same coat hook at the backdoor, etc. (parents and student)


Homework Hints….


  • If you’re stuck…. Skip it and come back later.
  • If you are not able to finish your homework, rather than not finish large sections, do the odd numbers. #1 a,c,e #2 a,c,e…
  • Have a set time to do homework that is the same every day and try to do it in a quiet place with few distractions.
  • Do a little bit of homework and review (including basic facts) every night so it doesn’t build up.


Behaviour Issues:

Behavior issues will be recorded in the James Mowat Student Conduct program. A conduct report with a description of the inappropriate behaviour will be sent home with the student’s signature, my signature, and will require the parent’s signature as well.  I then will often follow up with an e-mail or a phone call if necessary.  Behaviour that continues to be inappropriate will be dealt with on a case by case basis and may involve both the parents and administration.

What is my Child going to learn this Year?

A lot, I hope…. Attached to this note is a copy of Grade 5 at a Glance published by Alberta Education which can also be found on their web site.

I am a very eclectic teacher, which means I may be changing up my plans as the year proceeds.  I can guarantee a lot of daily writing, basic facts practice, novel studies, experiments, group work, and inquiry based projects. However, I try to spice things up based on the student’s interests, ability levels, and resources available. For example, I am planning at least three novel units, but I am not deciding on the next novel until we finish our current novel, Plan B is Total Panic. I want to first assess how it went, the reading and writing levels of the students, and if they like this format. My next novel unit will probably be three different novels levelled for each student’s reading level with a Literature Circle format (a type of group novel response with individual assignments), rather than the standard question and answer one. 


I will be posting the homework and assignments on the James Mowat website under my e-teacher page daily. On this site is my e-mail address:            

This is the easiest way to contact me as I check my e-mail daily. I can also be contacted by telephone at: 780.992.1272. If needed, I am available almost every day by appointment for a personal meeting at the school.

Additionally all major assignments and quizzes will be sent home to be signed so you are aware of your child’s progress. If you have any questions about the assessment being signed, you can always e-mail me and/or give me a call to go over it.




 Chris Bartsch





Achievement Level

At this time the learner is:


  • Exceeding learning expectations
  • Applying concepts in novel or uniquelearning situations
  • Independently using skills and strategies


  • Meeting learning expectations
  • Applying concepts in new learning situations
  • With minimal support, using skills and strategies


  • Meeting learning expectations
  • Applying concepts in familiar learning situations
  • With reasonable support, using skills and strategies

Below Expectations


  • Approaching learning expectations
  • Applying concepts when rehearsed and highly structured.
  • With high levels of support, using skills and strategies


  • Below learning expectations
  • Having difficulty applying concepts even when rehearsed and highly structured.
  • Despite high levels of support, is having difficulty using skills and strategies




Unable to Assess

  • Personalized comment to explain the student couldn’t be assessed (ISP, vacation, illness, other circumstance, key assessments incomplete or missing)