• Grading Policy

    In my classroom students will earn three seperate grades (Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies).  On average each subject will receive 1-2 grades per week.  Below will be a break down of the types of grades and how much they are worth.

     

    Reading

    Daily Grades = 55% (7-18 grades per nine weeks)

    Major Grades = 40% (2-4 grades per nine weeks)

    Homework = 5%

     

    Language Arts

    Daily Grades = 50% (7-18 grades per nine weeks)

    Major Grades = 40% (2-4 grades per nine weeks)

    Homework = 5%

    Spelling = 5%

    Social Studies

    Daily Grades = 55% (7-18 grades per nine weeks)

    Major Grades = 40% (2-4 grades per nine weeks)

    Homework = 5%

     

    Policies

    Homework:  I do not believe it is very beneficial to overload students with homework.  The only homework I intend to send home is studying for the spelling test.  This will be a homework grade once per week and they will have a set list of tasks to complete for their words each week.  The spelling test itself will go under the spelling grade.  If there is a project or something else very important that we could not fit into class they may occasionally have homework.  If your child is bringing work home from my class it is because they either like to take their time or made the decision not to use their time wisely in class.  Any work that is not completed in class becomes homework.

    Reading:  All three of my subjects are heavily influenced by reading.  Rather than assigning homework I ask that you encourage your child to read every night.  They can read anything they want as long as they are reading.  We will be reading and writing every day in class.  In addition, it is a school initiative that every day students will have 20 minutes to read at the end of the day.  Reading is extremely important to your child's success.  Please encourage them to read as much as possible.  Please allow them to visit the library or purchase books they are interested in.  Each week every student will visit the library.  I also have a very large student library in my room that they may read.   

     

    Major Grades/Projects:  Each nine weeks it has been my usual policy to issue one traditional test and one project.  Since we are in ELA, sometimes the project will be a paper instead.  These tests/projects will combine Reading, Writing and Social studies so they will not have 3 seperate tests and three seperate projects.  Each test or project will have a component of each subject.  A rubric will be provided for any projects with clear indications of which parts will effect which subjects.  As an example, They may have a research (reading) project about the Declaration of Independence (Social studies), and then they will have to write (writing) an essay about the topic they researched.  This method should prevent them from bringing home massive amounts of projects which puts an unnecessary burdon on the parents.  

     

    Late work:  As per the district guidelines, students will have three days after the due date to turn in an assignment for less credit.  After three days the assignment will remain a 0.  If a student has not turned in an assignment I will always call parents and notify them of the 0 on the second day so that you may get them to finish the assignment and turn it in.  I recommend staying on top of home access and checking regularly if you are worried about your students' grades. 


    Absent Work:  If a student is absent they are responsible for making up missing work within two days of the absence in order to receive full credit.  I will do my best to remind students but it is ultimately their responsibility to make sure they get the missing work.

    Failing assignments:  If a student completes an assignment but fails it, they will have the opportunity to retake or replace the grade within three days of receiving the grade.  Retakes should take place during tutorials after school.