Pierce Principal Updates - October 7, 2018


Upcoming Dates

Football Game: October 10 (Hilbert - away)

Volleyball Games: October 8 (Garden City (8th grade only - away) and October 10 (Riverside -  away)

Progress Reports: Week of October 15

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  Thursday, October 18 - Information will be sent home this week including details for signing up for your conferences.

Progress Reports have been delayed until next week.  In our transition to a new grading scale, we encountered some challenges with the electronic grade book.  Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation.

Flu Shots

Flu shots are now available at the Health Center! Health Center hours of operation are 8-4, Monday through Friday.  Call for an appointment at 313-242-0570, or walk-ins are welcome with a parent or guardian present. Vaccinate today and help keep your children healthy this flu season."

Michelle Dalton, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Beaumont Child & Adolescent Health Center- Pierce

25605 Orangelawn

Redford, MI 48239

Clinic: 313.242.0570

Fax: 313.242.0568

Chromebook Program -6th grade rollout will begin soon, as the new Chromebooks have arrived and are being set up now.  Students who have paid their tech fee will be able to take their chromebook home on the distribution day.  The $40 tech fee can be turned into Donna Ablett by cash or money order. You can also pay online using PaySchools.

4-Point Grading Scale

As we begin the school year, we are excited to share a positive change in our grading practices.  Our goal in making this shift centers around knowing the importance of grades in providing critical feedback to students and families.  We understand that grades should reflect what students have learned and communicate to them the areas in which they need to improve in order to master specific contents and ideas.

The entire Pierce faculty has adopted (a 4 point grading scale) the grading scale and rubric shown below.  This adoption provides equity and uniformity for our students and families and encourages students to focus on how well they understand and can accurately apply presented concepts, rather than on how many points they have earned.  

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about this new grading scale.  We look forward to working through this process together and providing the most accurate information regarding your child's academic achievement.


Pierce Grading Scale 18/19



4 Point Score




Independent and consistent

Student has mastered the standard to the degree that she/he can apply the skill/knowledge to a new situation independently or student can perform competently without help repeatedly.



Independent, not consistent

Meets performance standard with sufficient evidence of learning. Student can perform independently at times, although not consistently.



Progressing towards performance standard with some evidence of learning. Student has NOT independently demonstrated proficiency of the standard but does show partial understanding that suggests progress. Performance is inconsistent, and some misconceptions still exist.



Limited evidence of learning the performance standard.



No evidence of learning.



Social Media / Screen Time Tips

How to Limit Screen Time Without Conflict

We asked parents and educators what they were struggling with most when it comes to digital safety and an overwhelming number told us that it's difficult to set screen time limits with their students. It's important to help students build healthy screen time habits, but for many parents and educators that's easier said than done.

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So, we asked 5 experts to share their best tips parents can use to limit screen time. In this post, learn how you can create a daily routine for your family, how to encourage your students to earn screen time, how to model positive behaviors, how to take a social media break, and more.

1. Build a daily routine for your family

Elizabeth Malson, President of Amslee Institute

Parents have a lot to manage and it's easy for kids to get several hours of screen time a day. Depending on the age of the child, it may be challenging to switch from screens to activities. Don't underestimate the power of a bored child, without a screen children usually find something to do, especially if they have a bin of toys, a set of legos, books, bikes, and other age appropriate activities. It may take a few weeks for the child to realize they need to find something else to do with their time. Reducing screen time can help children develop life skills, like how to self-regulate their use of media and have more time to advance academically.

To develop personal responsibility, accountability, and the importance of helping family members, introduce children to household management chores and teach them cooking, how to fold laundry, and cleaning. If the children are too young, instead of screen time, have them work on puzzles, builds lego sets using an instruction book, read out loud, complete supplemental workbook pages in an education binder, spell words, make up a song, or turn on the music and dance. When dinner, dishes, and other chores are done, go on a neighborhood walk or bike ride each night. During this time, talk about space, the stars, the forest, and stop to look at bugs and collect rocks. Following these steps can help build learning into your daily routine.

2. Challenge your student to take a one-week vacation/detox from social media

Josh Ochs, Founder of SmartSocial

Teach students that social media can (and should) be utilized as a tool for good but that it is important to take breaks from time to time. Challenge your student to consider deleting their Instagram and/or Snapchat from their phone for one week (and take a social media detox/vacation). Before taking their "low tech vacation," students can announce to their friends that they are focusing on school and that they can be reached by text directly. Then, help your student delete their Snapchat, Instagram, and any other time consuming apps from their phone for one week.

If your student doesn't want to delete their apps, consider having them unfollow 100 people on Snapchat and/or Instagram. This will free them up to only follow people they are close with (and has been shown to reduce social media anxiety).

3. Kids should earn time on the internet instead of it just being given to them

Brittany Jean-Louis, LPC, A Freeman's Place Counseling

Part of earning screen time is through creating a behavior modification system in which kids are required to do something (do chores, have a good behavior day at school, complete homework, etc.) to earn something (sleeping over a friend's house, playing video games, getting on the internet, etc.). The behavior modification can be a chart created by parents and kids together. The chart can include at least 3 target behaviors (for example, complete wake up routine, attend school with no behavioral issues, come home and complete a chore, etc.). When those target behaviors are met the kid can earn screen time. Creating the target behaviors and even the amount of screen time that can be earned should be discussed as a family; kids will feel apart of this process which increases self-esteem and cooperation with something they have collaborated on. Parents should also use strength based language in discussing limits. For instance instead of saying "too much screen time is bad" a parent can say "we know how important it is for a kid your age to have access to the internet but we want to ensure that you are well rounded as a person. Therefore, we want to see you doing homework first and foremost, participating in an extracurricular activities and then having screen time.


4. Set hours and schedule social media blackout days to limit screen time

Justin Lavelle, Chief Communications Officer for BeenVerified

Not setting limits on technology usage is a big mistake. Many parents believe if kids are participating in age appropriate technology everything is fine. Studies show that some kids may have a propensity to become tech addicts. Kids who partake in too much tech time tend to be anxious, have a hard time making and keeping friends, and can develop low self-esteem. It is essential to set hours and schedule blackout days to keep kids involved in real life activities and relationships.


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