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Grading Policies

  • Grades are categorized and weighted according to these percentages:



Multiple-choice, matching, benchmarks, fill-in, essays, research papers, & presentations are announced and often take an entire class period to complete.



Fill-in and short answer assessments are sometimes unannounced, open-note, and seldom given longer than twenty minutes for a student to complete.



Cornell Notes, lesson reviews, reflections, study guides, matrixes, maps, charts, illustrations, and other work are usually recorded every five assignments on the Assignment Card.



Positive work habits include following written and verbal instructions, participating in a discussion, volunteering to read, sharing information, and making outstanding effort are recorded daily on a spreadsheet.
  • All grades are recorded in PowerSchool and based on this grading scale:

Grade Percentage

Letter Grade


A - Outstanding


B - Very Good


C - Average


D - Below Average


F - Failure

Expectations and Participation Grade

  1. Respect People & Property

  2. Follow Instructions

  3. Eat Outside

Students are expected to make this classroom a learning environment at all times. SLANT (Sit upLean forwardAsk and answers questionsNod your head, and Track the speaker) is an acronym that students are expected to practice in class at all times. It for Participation is weighted 15% of a student grade and is based on ClassDojo points. Both Parents and Students can access ClassDojo by accepting the email invitation from me. If I do not have your email address, please send it to me and you will then receive an invitation. 

All students can earn or lose Dojo Points each day of class. Points are earned when a student follows posted and verbal instructions, volunteers to read, answers questions, shares information about a topic, makes outstanding effort on an assignment, and exhibits other positive work habits. A student will lose one Dojo Point whenever classroom expectations are not followed and valuable learning time is wasted. Use of the bathroom or a water break will also lose Dojo Points. Students may not leave class to use the bathroom or get water during the first and last ten minutes of a period. Students should remain in their seats throughout the period and need to wait until dismissal to throw away trash or use the sink. I strongly encourage students to keep a water bottle with them at all times.

Students are expected to line up outside of class and wait for the teacher to greet them at the door. They will enter class quietly, get out posted materials, leave their bags in the back of room, and immediately sit in their assigned seat. Any student who misbehaves will receive a negative Dojo Point and a verbal warning, but if multiple problems occur, the child is sent to a buddy room.

Students who do not follow all Participation Rules will lose Dojo Points, which can result in a low participation grade if done on a frequent basis. A student who continues to lose daily participation points will receive additional consequences that include behavior reflections, seat changes, referrals to an administrator, and parent conferences. Defiance and other severe problems are grounds for the immediate removal of a student from class.

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