Memo for Grades K-5

Dear Gryphon Families,
We trust and hope that our message has found you all well! While none of us could have imagined the world in which we are currently living, we are so grateful that our school community has risen to the challenge to finish out the school year as best as we possibly could under the circumstances. The TJ community spirit has been uplifting and edifying in a myriad of ways, and we are truly thankful.
As you have probably heard, Governor Cooper announced late last week that schools will continue in remote learning mode for the remainder of the school year. At TJ, this year’s classwork will conclude on Friday, May 15th, and we will use the week after the 15th for students to catch up and review, as necessary. We know that remote learning continues to present its challenges, but we strongly encourage students and families to hang in there! We now have less than three weeks before the end of this trimester, and we want students to gain as much as they possibly can before the end of the year so that they will be positioned for academic success in the new school year!
In conjunction with the governor’s announcement, the State Board of Education also released further directives regarding students’ end-of-year grades, and we share these directives here. The State Board has adopted these policies statewide for all schools, including charters, so these are the directives that we must follow.


Grammar School (Grades K-5)
Students will receive no final grade in grades K-5. Instead of a final grade, teachers will provide year-end feedback for students regarding learning from the full academic school year. Teachers will document individual student strengths and needs from both an academic and social/emotional perspective to ensure an effective transition from the spring 2020 remote learning process to the 2020-21 academic year. In the early stages of distance learning, we were hopeful that the learning packets could be used as an opportunity to improve grades, but state mandates prohibit this from happening with a request for feedback only.. We have had a number of questions about work load and completion of work. We have empowered our teachers to encourage students to complete the work to the best of their ability, given their individual family situations. Please continue to complete work, as we are almost to the finish line.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding retention, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher for recommendations. They will set up call-in meetings when appropriate.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to help!

Go, Gryphons!