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We provide specialized information for our parents. This information relates to individual students as well as our school as a whole. For this reason, we have password protected this content.

Below we have some other helpful parent content and general information that can help you learn more about what we do.

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Academic Calendar

Below we have provided our current and upcoming academic year calendars. These show holidays, breaks, teacher work days, early release, first and last day of school, and parent conferences days.

As a general note if more than one day is missed due to inclement weather, May 30-Jun 2 will be make-up days.

Download 2017-2018 Academic Calendar

Cloverleaf Academic Calendar 2017-18

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you use grades?

At Cloverleaf, our assessment approach reflects our identity as a student-centered, learning-focused school.  In student-centered classrooms, students take an active role in the assessment process.  In learning-focused assessment methods, assessment serves the purpose of improving learning outcomes for Cloverleaf students.  

Teachers, students, and parents at Cloverleaf work together to monitor progress through portfolios, student-led conferences, and student-driven assessments in lieu of a traditional grading system.  Assessments can also be “formal” or “informal.”  At Cloverleaf, formal assessments include the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, the Handwriting Without Tears Screener, The Traits Writing assessment, our phonics assessment, and the GLoSS math assessment.  Informal assessments can take many forms and occur on an ongoing basis in classrooms.

Do students have homework?

Cloverleaf has chosen to emphasize homework as an opportunity to review key concepts in math and reading, as well as a way to better connect parents and children with content being taught during the school day. Research shows that the link between homework and student achievement is inconclusive, and that homework is not a strategy that works for all children. Furthermore, heavy homework loads have the potential to decrease student motivation and interest and do not necessarily improve achievement or the school-to-home connection. 

In elementary school and middle school, students will engage in a nightly reading log and math practice app. For elementary school, students will have about 20 minutes of required homework, and in middle school, about 30 minutes of required homework. In addition, elementary and middle school students may have short related assignments to prepare for an upcoming unit or lesson, or continue to work on a project begun in the classroom. Cloverleaf hopes that students will not experience homework as a burden, but rather, an opportunity to enjoy math and reading at home and further deepen interest and motivation in academics. If families and students have a specific goal, teachers, families, and students can work together to customize a homework plan for that student.

How can parents be involved at Cloverleaf?

While volunteer hours are not required, we encourage parents to be involved a number of ways.  Assisting in the front office, reading stories to a class and organizing school-wide events are just a few ways to support Cloverleaf.

What is your reading instruction based on?

We use Kendore curriculum which is an Orton-Gillingham based program that emphasizes  a multisensory approach to phonemic awareness.  Sounds are strongly emphasized before visualization so that students are able to combine and deconstruct words confidently.

Do you use technology as part of your instruction?

Yes, elementary students use iPad’s as part of learning about new topics, creating projects and adding information to their online portfolio.  Middle School is 1:1 with Chromebooks to also learn and create as well as complete homework assignments.

Do you accept students throughout the school year?

Yes, we have a rolling admissions which allows students to be accepted throughout the year.  We also take into account class size and class fit when accepting new students.