Grading and Such

As we approach mid-trimester and our thoughts are turning to assessing students I wanted to share with families (I have shared with students as well) my grading policy.  Some folks may believe that everyone earns an automatic A in PE because it’s well, PE.  I agree that it shouldn’t be difficult to be wildly successful in PE, however, you have to be an active participant.  I grade exclusively on participation and effort.  You don’t have to have a skill set in any of the games we are playing and learning but you DO HAVE TO participate while giving it your best effort to earn an A.  This grading takes place over the course of the trimester.  Your students may love one unit and fully participate while not ‘liking’ or ‘being good at’ another and remain on the fringe of class hoping to not be noticed.  My long term goal is for your child(ren) to be active! Please discuss with your child(ren) and contact me should you have questions or concerns.  Again, it’s a privilege to teach your student(s) and a blessing to be here at SMM!  Go Irish!

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Mahar Bernadine

My name is Bernadine Mahar, the kids call me Ms. B. I have been in education for many years and have served students and staff in several roles. I have been a Physical Education instructor, a middle school counselor, a Dean of Students, a building principal, a behavior intervention specialist and have worked with children in an outdoor, alternative setting. My undergraduate degree is from Michigan State University. I have a Masters Degree in Psychology from Antioch University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. I love learning and I love children. I live on a small farm on Whidbey Island – yes I take a ferry to work!! My husband Dan is a farmer and an inventor. We have one son, Levi, two dogs, a kitty and chickens. I love reading, walking and cooking. I am honored to be here at St. Mary Magdalen. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Go Irish! Ms. B