Frequently Asked Parent Questions
Explain the concept of Mastery. Why does Metro require students to achieve Mastery, and how do students achieve it? Are both Middle School and High School students required to master all classes?
The concept of mastery learning ensures that all students can reach high levels of performance if given the necessary supports and time it takes to reach that measure. Metro’s mark of mastery is 90%. Metro requires mastery to ensure students have a sound understanding of content and are prepared for the next class in a progression. Successful demonstration on mastery assignments and Quality Core End of Course Exams also ensure that high school students are college ready. Having mastery within the high school curriculum is a large component of our entrance agreement with Ohio State.
What is remediation, and what can I as a parent do to ensure that my child successfully completes remediation and achieves mastery?
Remediation is an opportunity to have another exposure to the coursework that still is yet to be mastered. This can be accomplished through reteaching, alternative assignments, projects, conferencing, after school tutoring, etc. Remediation can vary from student to student based on their specific needs. Parents play a vital role in helping students manage their current classwork and their remediation work. If you know your child needs to remediate work, encourage him/her to take advantage of office hours with teachers.
How are parents notified if their child is not on a path toward mastery?
Parents have access to PowerSchool and can check this daily for student performance and missing assignments. Teachers will communicate when remediation work is due. It is likely that students will have to recover assignments during the semester, so alarm should only come when multiple assignments have not been turned in. Teachers and Advisors will also reach out to parents when there are concerns with student performance, to request student participation office hours or to request a meeting.
Under what circumstances can a student complete remediation after the semester ends?
Most students complete work outside of the semester, but how this is accomplished is determined on a case by case basis. Students who are close to mastery are encouraged to work with their teachers and develop a plan to finish out the coursework - either during Jterm, office hours or independent study. Completing a course after the end of the term is not available to students who do not have a firm foundation of the course content. For example – a student who had to recover many assignments multiple times or who did not submit multiple assignments may not be eligible for remediation. Mastery means that there is a level of understanding and independence in completing the assigned work; those students missing a firm foundation in the course content would need to retake the course.
Under what circumstances must a student retake a class in its entirety?
See previous question.
How and when are parents and students notified about remediation options?
Via email, teacher updates, or Schoology
What are PowerSchool and Schoology and how do they work? What do I do if I have forgotten how to access my PowerSchool account?
Powerschool is the general online gradebook. Parents can set up an account to check student grades, attendance and fees due. Schoology is a learning management system; like a virtual classroom that allows teachers to create, manage, and share content/resources with students digitally. Schoology can be used to find class-specific information, including assignments, rubrics and due dates. Both systems have a method of self-service to reset passwords.
What can a parent do to best ensure that their student is keeping up with course assignments, meeting Metro’s academic expectations, and moving forward to achieve mastery? What are parent “best practices”?
Parental engagement is the key to helping your child achieve mastery. There are some simple things that can actually go a long way:
- Daily, ask your child what they worked on in class and what homework they have.
- Provide a homework area for your child.
- Monitor homework progression. Students can “look “ busy for hours only for you to later find out they were surfing the web. Hold them accountable by asking what they are working on and noting where they are navigating online. Give them benchmarks of where they should be at the next check-in time.
- Check Schoology. This should detail the weekly assignments and daily homework.
- Check PowerSchool. This is the online gradebook. Look for assignments that are due or missing and have a conversation with your child.
- Attend conferences and reach out to the Advisor if there are concerns.
What is the best way to communicate with a teacher? What should I do if I do not receive a response from a teacher or if the response doesn’t adequately address my concern?
The best way to communicate with your child’s teacher is via email. If you do not receive a response within 48 hours, then it is appropriate to send another email. If the response does not adequately address your question, then a phone call or a face to face conversation is necessary. You may contact administrators if issues persist.
What is Advisory? What is the role of the Advisor? Does the Advisor act as the student’s guidance counselor? If so, do the student and Advisor have one-on-one appointments to discuss course placement, performance, and progression? If not, who performs that role?
The role of the Advisor is to serve as a 1:1 advocate for each student. Advisors stay with students over multiple years and come to know them quite well. In Advisory, there is some academic and career counseling as well as community/teambuilding opportunities. The Advisor along with the School Counselors and OSU Academic Advisor all work collectively to offer academic and career counseling to students. Advisors and advisees can have scheduled appointments and will typically have regular check-ins during Advisory class throughout the year.
What are Roundtables?
A Roundtable is a presentation given by each student at the end of the semester, which is facilitated through Advisory. It is essentially a performance check-in between the student, parent and Advisor. The student reflects on their performance through the lens of the Metro Habits, reflects/sets SMART goals and details their unique experiences since the previous Roundtable (design challenges, college visits, career shadowing, service learning, etc).
What are Gateways?
A student is eligible for a Gateway when they have met the majority of the high school requirements. Gateways are similar to Roundtables in that they are student led presentations facilitated with the student's Advisor. However, in Gateways, students are defending why they are now ready for the next step in their academic career. When a Gateway is passed, students are ready to enter into Early College Experiences that include their first endeavor with college coursework.
What is a learning center?
Learning Centers are Early College Experiences. Each ECE is focused around a particular area of content/industry- Bodies (Healthcare), Growth (Agriculture), Design (Engineering) and Energy (Economics and Energy Resources). ECE’s serve as a bridge between high school and college coursework.
When do students participate in ECEs?
Once a student has earned the majority of their high school credits and passed their Gateway, they are then eligible to enroll in an ECE. This typically takes place during the junior or senior year.
How many courses comprise a learning center?
ECEs have both high school and college courses. Since ECEs run for the entire year, they can have between 3-5 high school courses and 2 or more college courses for the year.
Do students have the choice of which learning center to take, or are they assigned?
Yes, students have a choice. However, each ECE has particular college courses that are hand picked by Metro Staff and OSU as next steps for our students. Students must meet Ohio State’s requirements for admission to each of the learning centers. For example: college classes associated with Bodies are OSU Biology courses. Students must meet the admission requirements, and have all of the prerequisite courses required (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). A student could satisfy graduation requirements of 3 science courses by taking Energy & Matter, Biology and Chemistry, yet not meet the requirements of the Bodies Early College Experience.
Do all high school students participate in a learning center before transitioning to classes at Ohio State?
What is the dress code?
Metro Middle and High School have a business casual dress code. For guidance on expectations, please see the Dress Code Document.
If your child is beginning employment and a work permit is required, complete both pages of the Application for Minor Work Permit form and return to Metro for processing.
- Student/Applicant Information – to be completed by student and parent. Leave the Superintendent signature section blank.
- Pledge of Employer – to be completed by a representative from the place of employment
- Applicant Information – to be completed by student and parent
- Physician’s Approval – to be completed by your doctor or clinic
Forms may be turned in at the front desk or the Counselor's office. Please allow 1-2 business days from the submission of the application to have your work permit ready for pick-up.