Even though learning the content is said to be the most important part of classes, students still feel a nervous anticipation as report cards and parent-teacher conference come closer, no matter the grade.
It seems expectations are different for each student as well, especially for the first semester of the school year. Mohammed Rahman ‘20 explains that he thinks he will do pretty well, but when asked what specific grade he expects to get, he said “an average of around 4s and 5s.”
“I mean, it depends on your definition of ‘great’…For this semester, I just want to pass, really… ” says Jonathan Chen ‘21. “I expected…fives and sixes, but nope! I got hit with threes and fours.”
Students don’t need to be surprised by their grades, as most students in Baccalaureate know. Engrade is a website that several teachers use and is one way students can check their grades daily for any changes in their academics.
“I like to think I keep it real with myself. I’m pretty honest with myself.” says an anonymous student. “Also, most teachers will show you your grades before you get the progress report.”
After BSGE students got their progress reports back, parents attended the first Parent Teacher Conference of the year in November. Many students felt that the Parent Teacher Conference was an important way for their parents to stay up-to-date on their child’s academics. Those whose parents didn’t go found other ways to inform their parents. “My parents couldn’t go because they had no time, but I still keep them pretty involved,” a source informs us. Even for students who felt as if their grades weren’t very good, they still agreed that the Parent Teacher Conference was something their parents should go to regardless.
However, there is still time to improve; after all, we are not even halfway through the school year. “Mr. Anderson gives weekly vocabulary quizzes, so I should do better on those,” Jonathan ‘19 explains. Little things like that can bring a student’s grade up before they know it.
As our anonymous source tells us, “There are going to be a lot more opportunities to fix whatever I did wrong.”