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Assignments, tests, projects, classroom activities, and other instructional activities shall be designed so that the student’s performance indicates the level of mastery of the designated District objectives. The student’s mastery level shall be a major factor in determining the grade for a subject or course.
Students who receive a grade of 70 or better for a six weeks grading period or semester in a course of study or subject shall be credited with mastering the essential knowledge and skills taught in that time frame.
Our handbook defines cheating as an attempt on the part of a student to copy another student’s work - homework, classwork, test answers etc. - as one’s own. It also includes observing another student’s paper for the purpose of getting information, and passing on or accepting information through comments, notes or electronic devices. Plagiarism is also considered as cheating.
Our handbook also states that the following disciplinary procedure will be carried out if a student is guilty of cheating:
a. A record of the offense will be filed in the student’s permanent folder
with any evidence of cheating.
b. The student will be informed that this is being done, and that it could
jeopardize his or her chances of receiving scholastic honors. It could also
hinder that student from receiving a good recommendation later in life.
c. The teacher will notify the student’s parents of the offense, and inform them
that an appropriate disciplinary action is to follow.
c. The student will lose credit for the assignment and receive a 0 for the grade
on the assignment.
Recording of failing grades
The District may not require a classroom teacher to assign a minimum grade for an assignment without regard to the student’s quality of work. Although this is not required please be mindful that students who are given a grade lower than 50 for a 6 weeks have very little chance of passing for the semester.
Types of grades
All grades will be classified into one of two categories-major or daily grades.
* Examples of daily grades include but are not limited to:
Homework, daily work, quizzes/pop tests, worksheets, notebook organization/completion, and accelerated reader tests.
* Examples of major grades include but are not limited to:
Tests (weekly, chapter, unit, six week), labs, research papers, compositions, book reports, special projects, accelerated reader tests, and notebook content.
Homework, if given, will count 10% of the daily grade average.
Six week average
In determining a six week average there should be a minimum of the following:
* 6 daily grades
* 3 major grades
Elective/PE classes should have a minimum of at least six grades per marking period.
The following formulas will be used in determining the six week average:
* Grade 6 Major grades 50% of average
Daily grades 50% of average
* Grades 7-8 Major grades 60% of average
Daily grades 40% of average
Any assignment not submitted upon the teacher’s request will be considered late work. A grade of 70 will be the highest grade allowed on late work. The student will have up to three days to submit the late work to the teacher. This penalty does not apply to students who are absent from school. Late work acceptance for credit does not apply to dual enrollment courses.
A teacher may allow students a reasonable opportunity to redo assignments or retake tests on which the student received a failing grade. A grade of 70 will be the highest grade allowed in a retake opportunity.
The end of the school day on the last day of the six weeks is considered the end of the grading period. No make-up work, missing work, or extra-credit work will be accepted beyond this day unless absences occurred and the make-up time allowed is still in effect. The “extended time” modification does not extend beyond the end of the grading period.
State law provides that a test or course grade issued by a teacher cannot be changed unless the Board determines that the grade was arbitrary, erroneous, or not consistent with the District’s grading policy. The Board’s decision is not subject to appeal. See policies at FNG local.
In determining a semester average, the following will be used:
* The average of the three six weeks will count 80% of the semester average.
* The semester exam, if given, will count 20% of the semester average.
* Projects, if given in place of a semester exam, will count as 20% of the semester average.
* If no exam is given, the average of the three six weeks will determine the semester average.
Grades will be reported to parents as numerical scores. The letter grade equivalent to the numerical scores are as follows:
* 90-100 = A
* 80-89 = B
* 75-79 = C
* 70-74 = D
* 69-below = F
Make Up / Late Work
Students are expected to make up work missed while they were absent. They will be given full credit for work done that satisfies the conditions of the district policy for make-up work. ON THE DAY THE STUDENT RETURNS TO SCHOOL, THE STUDENT MUST CONTACT TEACHERS CONCERNING ARRANGEMENTS FOR MAKING UP WORK. A zero will be given for work that has been required by the teacher and has not met the guidelines for make-up work.
Students should expect to do more paperwork than those who were in attendance because it is necessary to make up for classroom experiences missed. Teachers are willing to help students make up as much work as possible.
Parents of secondary students may request homework through the front office provided the student will be out or has been out three days. Parents must request homework one day prior to the time they wish to pick up the work. All work missed will receive one day of make-up time for each absence.
1 day absence day following return to school
2 days absence 2 days after return to school
3 days absence 3 days after return to school
4 days absence 4 days after return to school
5 days absence 5 days after return to school
Students absent more than five (5) days must make arrangements with their teachers for making up the work missed within one week (5 school days) after their return to school. Extra days for makeup are not allotted for absences when short or long term assignments have been given a pre-determined due date. If students are absent on a pre-determined due date, the material is due the day the student returns to school.
If a student is suspended, the student will be given an opportunity to make up the work that is missed. The student needs to satisfactorily complete the assignments for the period of suspension within a reasonable time and in accordance with district make-up policies.
Any assignment not submitted upon the teacher's request will be considered late work. Late assignments that will be assigned a major grade will be accepted with a penalty of 15 points each calendar day the work is late up to a maximum of two days. Work more than two calendar days late will receive a zero. Late work that will be assigned a daily grade will not be accepted for credit. No late work will be accepted after the end of a grading period. Late work turned in due to an unexcused absence will result in a 30 point deduction on the assignment.
The following guidelines apply to those students who miss classes because of extracurricular activities:
1. Students who are on campus on the day of an extracurricular activity must turn in all assignments prior to leaving campus for that activity in order to receive full credit. For example, if a student has an assignment due fourth period and this student leaves for a basketball game at the end of second, the fourth period assignment must be given to the teacher prior to leaving. Failure to do this will result in the assignment being counted as late work.
2. Students who leave for an activity before 8:00 a.m. should make every effort to turn in that day's assignments. If assignments are not turned in on this day, then the work will be counted late unless an Administrator allows an exception.
3. If a student misses school more than one consecutive day for an extracurricular activity, the regular make-up work policy applies.