Halfway through each grading period, I print out individual progress reports using the E-class program. On the back of the students' reports, I print a classroom newsletter explaining what we're studying, what homework to expect, graphs and data on overall grades, kudos to students and interesting web sites. I require the students to have it signed and brought back for a grade. Upon return, I put the report in their portfolio. I call the parents of the students that don't return their reports.