Psst … in case you haven’t heard, those pesky progress reports are out.

It’s awful easy to miss them this year, though. This semester marks the first time parents are being directed to go online to check kids’ grades on Skyward instead of having a paper copy sent home.

If all goes well, the days of HHS students taking home – or sometimes not taking home – printed progress reports to parents may be a thing of the past.

“I like it,” Principal Bob Cotter told The Ville News this week. “What we were getting as a printout didn't look good anyway, so we weren't satisfied with it.”

Cotter notified parents of the switch via the HHS website, School Messenger, the HHS Facebook page and through Twitter.

“The more we can push parents” online, the better, he said.

Guidance counselor Bobbie Caine thinks the new way encourages parents to be more involved.

“Parents can access it at any time instead of waiting on a kid to bring home a piece of paper,” Caine said. “Some kids don’t bring home their papers, while others may not see their parents as much due to busy schedules.”

Assistant Principal Ray Henson is another supporter.

“I think it’s a really good idea because people will have access to it,” Henson said.  “A lot of times (kids or parents) will say, ‘Well, we didn’t get the progress report,’ or some students would not want their parents to see the grades.”

Henson suspects the change will become permanent.

“I’m not a decision-maker, but as long as there is no overly negative feedback, we will keep it,” he predicted.

No word yet whether it would extend to report cards.

Not everyone is a fan of the new method. Math teacher Lesley Fisher worries that some parents won’t get around to going online to check grades.

“Lots of kids may think ‘YES! Now I won't get into trouble because my parents won’t look,'” said Fisher, who has insight not only as a teacher but also as a parent with children in school.

“I do like the fact that we aren't wasting paper, but I am concerned that some parents won’t go on there and check,” she continued. “I think it is going to be surprising to some parents when they receive a report card but never received a progress report.”

 Students are also a little wary of the change, saying they don’t like being blindsided if they have less-than-stellar grades.

“I prefer the paper because then you can prepare for what’s going to happen,” remarked freshman Gavin McLeod.

Fellow freshman Drake Dyer added, “If we get the progress report online, we never know when it will pop up. It’s better if we have a piece of paper – not a random (online) report.”

Story by Corrine Mitchener and Zachary Pearson


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