Remember, you have a test today!
Students who are absent MUST schedule a time to come before or after school to make-up the test.
If a student earns below a 70, they can schedule a time before or after school to do a retake.
The retake will NOT be the same test, but will assess the same skills.
Students have 5 days after the test date to do a retake.
Today, students were suppose to turn in their interactive notebook with their complete GREEK/LATIN ROOT WORD homework for the past three weeks. Some students turned their notebook with completed work, others turned it in with no work completed, while others simply didn't turn anything in at all. I know most of you did in fact complete your homework, but simply did not turn in your notebook.
Students who did not complete/turn in their notebook with the three Greek/Latin root words complete received a ZERO/Missing in the gradebook.
This has significantly hurt some of your grades. Please turn in your completed work as soon as possible!
The last day to turn in your homework for credit is Monday, October 29th! After Monday, your grade for the assignment will not change.
Message from the Principal
As I wrote in one of our earlier newsletters this year, we have switched our grading policy to reflect 70% of a student’s grade as Formative Assessments which are classwork, homework, and some quizzes. 30% of the grade comes from summative assessments, which are major assessments and some quizzes. This a flip from last year which was 70% summative and 30% formative. Teachers felt that the process of learning (formative) should weigh more than one or two assessments (summatives).
I also wanted to let you know that during the first quarter, teachers did not give grades lower than a 50%. As you know, a failing grade ranges from 0 to 69, and if a student gets a really low grade, let’s say from 0 to 30, it can bring their overall grade down to a point that is unrecoverable. We did this during the first quarter to help our students, especially our 6th grade students, understand middle school grading and to make sure they were not at a point at the end of quarter 1 that they could not get a yearly passing average.
With that being said, from this quarter on, the grade the student makes will be entered into the final grade and not replaced with a 50%.
Students will know this, and we ask parents to remind them that whether they make a 30% or 42% on an assignment it will remain that grade. Teachers do give students chances to complete missing assignments and to retake assessments once remediation is completed. Students must follow the teacher’s guidelines for these since each teacher has different requirements for remediation.
Again, the best thing you can do is to monitor your child’s grades and to make sure they are turning their work in on time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
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Students are continuing to practice skills that will be on the test on Monday!
Be sure to complete all Nearpods by Friday evening, If you need further study tools, scroll down and watch the YouTube videos and Power Points!
REMEMBER: Language Arts is a SKILLS based class. In order to improve on skills, you have to practice.
Practice, Practice, PRACTICE. :)
I had the pleasure with speaking with a lot of parents this week about grades, behavior, and attendance. As we move into next week, remember that YOU are in control of you. It is important to write in your agenda each day, check your agenda when you get home, and get your homework done AND turned in on time.
Here are some helpfu tips to get you organized and ready for the rest of the 2nd 9 weeks!
As we are entering in the new 9 weeks, please make sure your child has all necessary school supplies. In class, students use glue sticks/tape to put things in their interactive notebooks. My classroom supply is dwindling VERY quickly. In just a weeks time, 10 glue sticks were gone through. With your help, I want to make sure every child has what they need to learn and succeed in my classroom!
You can purchase these items in bulk on Amazon!
Any classroom donations will be greatly appreciated!
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