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Culminating Experiences

Beginning Monday, June 8, the ICSD will transition away from new instruction and will engage all students in common culminating experiences that are intended to bring a sense of closure to the academic year for our school community. These experiences include continued student/teacher connections, closure conversations, end-of-year learning and celebrations, planning for transitions, and grading/assessments. 

The FAQs below provide an overview of the ICSD’s common culminating experiences. Building leaders and teachers will continue to also communicate additional details to students and families. As a reminder, the last day for all students is Tuesday, June 16. 

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Why is the ICSD focusing on culminating experiences?

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For our students’ academic and social-emotional well-being, and for our educators’ and families’ well-being, we must find student-centered, common ways to wind down the 2019-2020 school year in the era of distance learning. The period between June 8 and June 16 will be an opportunity for students to complete work, connect with teachers, and review and celebrate their learning.

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How have the culminating experiences been designed?

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Educators from across the district came together in various working groups to discuss common elements of the end of the school year and develop suggestions for culminating experiences for their colleagues. These suggestions were combined into a single guidance document that is intended to help teachers and building leaders tailor culminating experiences specific to their students’ situations and needs.

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What exactly are the common culminating experiences?

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Beginning June 8, all students will engage in the following culminating experiences:
Continued Connections
Teachers will continue to connect with students at regular intervals through June 16. The amount and frequency of the connections will depend on students’ and educators’ needs.
Closure Conversations
Teachers will engage in individual conversations with students/students and families to reflect on and provide a sense of closure to the year. These conversations can be student-led and may also include counselors or other school-team members. 
End-of-Year Learning
Beginning June 8, students will no longer engage in new material and will instead shift to end-of-year learning, such as final review and projects.
End-of-Year Celebrations
As always, the end of the school year will be a time to celebrate students’ accomplishments with presentations of learning, moving up ceremonies, graduations, and other special activities. 
Planning for Transitions
The period between June 8 and June 16 will also be an opportunity to begin helping students make successful transitions to new grades and/or school levels in the fall. 
Grading
Grading and assessment systems will vary among grade levels and courses (see below).

Q

How will students be graded/assessed at the end of the year?

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Grading and assessment systems will vary among grade levels and courses:
Elementary students will receive comments in June; they will not receive numerical grades.
Middle school students will be graded on a 1-4 rubric for non-credit-bearing classes and have the choice of receiving a numerical grade or pass/fail grade for credit-bearing courses. AIS labs will receive an S+/S/S- grade and Capstone Projects will receive a pass/fail grade.
IHS students have the choice of receiving a numerical grade or pass/fail grade for each course.
LACS students will receive narrative and other evaluations.

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Will special education services be provided through the end of the year?

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Yes. Special education-related services, such as speech, OT, and counseling, will continue through June 16. Special education teacher services will be provided in conjunction with classroom experiences through June 16, as well.