Student-Parent Handbook with Grading Policy

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Welcome to a new school year at I.S. 204.  Our vision is to create a student centered and friendly environment in which students embody our school’s core values of leadership, honesty, perseverance and a growth mindset to help promote student achievement and college and career readiness.


Mission Statement



 Core Values

Honesty    “Honesty is the act of telling the truth and doing actions that are considered moral. Honesty impacts me as a student as it is an important value that reflects on your academic success. Honesty is shown in the school and in my actions as students hand in work on time or respect others as well as help peers. Even though these actions are simple, they display the student’s sense of honesty as they remain true to their role in the school.” - R.I.


Perseverance   To have a growth mindset means to be open to possibility. If you aren’t doing well, you can make yourself do well. Thinking positive is a big must. This will encourage students to try hard and keep learning, even if it is a subject they don’t particularly like or usually do well in. “ - D.D.


Leadership   “Leadership is having the ability to guide or to lead others, helping students with classwork, homework, group projects, projects and helping the teachers. We have to pay attention in the class because, if we don't pay attention in class, then we will be never be able to guide or lead others and it will impact us all.  To lead others, we have to be knowledgeable, which makes us leaders.” - S.M.


Growth Mindset    “Having a growth mindset means to believe that you can develop the skills you have now in order to succeed in life and, if you don’t believe in that, you can fall into bad cases where you may always believe in failure.” - B.T.


Grading Policy 2017-2018

Students receive report cards four times a year.  The final report card in June also includes final grades for each subject.  The final grade encompasses the student’ quarterly grades. Students’ grades are evaluative and descriptive tools that help our school communicate what a student has learned.  In addition to teacher feedback on assignments, grades provide a gauge to a student’s individual progression and understanding of a subject.  Grades are determined in a consistent, equitable, and transparent manner and serve to:

·         Show a student’s grasp of content and skills in a subject at a specific point in time.  Students and parents are encouraged to view grades on a real time basis by logging into their individual PupilPath account. 

·         Disclose areas of improvement and subjects in which students need additional support.  Students with cumulative grades below proficiency have several support opportunities available to them. 

·         Inform teachers’ curricular, instructional, and organizational decisions.  Teachers garner the information required to determine grades and Identify which students need more assistance, differentiated learning opportunities and provide feedback to students with next steps that are vital to improvement.  

·         Indicate whether a student passed or failed a particular course or subject at the end of a term/Marking Period.

·         Contribute to decisions about students’ programming choices and post-secondary options and influence promotion decisions, high school and possibly the college admissions process.

Grading Policy 2017-2018



Daily homework assignments, short and long term projects, independent reading assignments, and other relevant tasks


Questioning & Discussion/Participation


Completion of standards based work produced in class, Do Now assignments, entrance tickets, exit tickets, daily assignments in class, and unit pre-assessments), Question and Discussion rubric will be utilized in class by the classroom teacher to assess via observation student performance on question and discussion skills and content.  The rubric will be utilized in all classrooms.




Unit post-assessments, teacher created exams/quizzes, monthly tasks, lab reports, periodic assessments, mid-terms, finals, essays and projects


Alignment of rubric scores to Percentage scores

Level Score

Percentage Score















It is important to note that a proficiency level of 3 on grade exams is considered to be on grade level.  As a result, to align with the expectations of CCLS, students are considering failing if their subject average is below a 65 or a 75 for accelerated classes.  All subjects, including elective classes should be taken seriously as they all have instructional merit.  All classes are weighted accordingly on student report cards.  

Make-up Work Policy


Homework and assignments have definitive due dates.  All homework and assignments are expected to be returned on time; exceptions will only be mad with a note from a parent containing a valid excuse – illness or family emergency.  Assignments can be tracked on PupilPath.  Absolutely no make-up work will be accepted after the marking period has ended.


Student Led Conferences


Parent Teacher Conferences will be held by appointment in the form of Student-Led Conferences. Each presentation will lasts approximately 15 minutes and will have a teacher present to facilitate. Students work collaboratively to prepare for the conferences with their teachers. During the conference, the student will present his/her portfolio of work. The conference is a time to allow students to reflect upon their success, as well as to determine what areas they need to work on based on feedback from his/her teachers. This will also provide parents with a more in depth understanding a child’s strengths and areas for improvement in every subject.

Student Promotion


OWH adheres to the New York City Department of Education Chancellor’s Regulation A-501 Promotion Policy in order to determine promotion for every child.  A holistic academic approach is used to measure if your child has made sufficient progress towards meeting the Common Core Standards and if he/she is sufficiently prepared for the next grade.  The criteria below will be used in making a determination:


·         Classroom portfolios which include; samples of student writing, projects, various assignments

·         Course grades

·         Various assessments: unit-assessments, formative assessment data, state test scores,

·         Attendance records

School Uniforms

The Oliver Wendell Holmes School is proud that our schools student council designed the school uniform. Every student is required to wear a school uniform Monday through Friday. The school uniform includes the I.S. 204 polo shirt along with khaki or black slacks. 

Below is the pricing for the I.S. 204 uniform:

· Individual short sleeve green polo or short sleeve white dress polo/special occasion uniform shirt $9.00

· Individual long sleeve blue polo or long sleeve white dress polo/special occasion uniform shirt $13.00

· Individual short sleeve green physical education t-shirt $6.00

(Please note, this t-shirt may only be worn on the days your child has physical education class.)

· Individual long sleeve green or blue crew neck sweatshirt $15.00

· Individual long sleeve green or blue zipper jacket $35.00


#1 - 4 short sleeve green polo uniform and 1green physical education t-shirt is $50

#2 - 3 short sleeve green polo uniforms, 2 long sleeve blue polo uniforms, and 1 physical education t-shirt is $56

Supply List

·         6 Marble Notebooks

·         8 Folders

·         Pencil box 

·         Pencils (not mechanical)

·         Pens

·         Erasers

·         Sharpener

·         Highlighter

·         Post its

·         Glue stick(s)

·         USB

·         Loose leaf Paper

·         Spanish/English dictionary for Dual Language

·         Student planner

·         Graph paper


Honor Code


 The purpose of this Honor Code is to communicate the meaning and importance of academic integrity to all members of the school community and to articulate and support the interest of the community in maintaining the highest standards of conduct in student learning. IS 204 embodies a spirit of mutual trust and intellectual honesty that is central to the very nature of learning, and represents the highest possible expression of shared values among the members of the school community. The core values underlying and reflected in the Honor Code are: 

Academic honesty is demonstrated by students when the ideas and the writing of others are properly cited; students submit their own work for tests and assignments without unauthorized assistance; students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others; and students report their research or accomplishments accurately

Respect for others and the learning process to demonstrate academic honesty

 Trust in others to act with academic honesty as a positive community-building force in the school

Responsibility is recognized by all to demonstrate their best effort to prepare and complete academic tasks

  Fairness and equity are demonstrated so that every student can experience an academic environment that is free from the injustices caused by any form of intellectual dishonesty

Integrity of all members of the school community as demonstrated by a commitment to academic honesty and support of our quest for authentic learning.

This Honor Code summarizes the Honor Policy, which defines the expected standards of conduct in academic affairs.


Breakfast is served in the cafeteria every morning from 7:15-7:45 AM.  Please be on time for school.  School STARTS at 8:00 AM and all students should be in the building before start time. 


Important Information for I.S. 204 Students


      Punctuality is important for your academic success, so be on time for school every day


      Please wear your uniforms every day


      All students need a pass from their teacher to leave the room, including attending an appointment, going to the office or using the restrooms


      Please be prepared for school every day with the supplies, books and assignments needed to be productive and successful


      Be aware of your academic progress in all classes-check your PupilPath account regularly


      Please walk to every class quietly and quickly.  Use appropriate staircases when traveling throughout the building, including going to and from the cafeteria and the gym.


     Respect teachers and classmates and the rights of others to learn, participate and work.


Dear Parents and Students of I.S. 204,


The Department of Education has modified their cell phone regulations empowering each school community to devise its own student cell phone policy.  In consultation with our I.S. 204 School Leadership Team and in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-413, our school’s cell phone policy went into effect March 2015.   The cell phone policy is as follows:

Student cell phones and other portable electronic devices may not be taken out, turned on, or used in school from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM unless otherwise indicated by a school official.

The above policy was created with the expectation of maintaining a positive school culture and climate that provides students with a supportive environment in which to grow both socially and academically.


Students who do not adhere to our school’s policy, Chancellor’s Regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“IAUSP”) will be subject to disciplinary actions in accordance with the DOE’s Discipline Code. Cell phones and/or other electronic devices used in violation of school policy will be subject to confiscation by school staff.  Confiscated devices will be returned to parents/guardians between the hours of 7:45AM and 8:30 AM.


Should you have questions regarding the I.S. 204 Cell Phone Policy, please contact our Parent Coordinator at 718-937-1463.



Faye J. Erstejn-Kōtzer


IS 204

The Holmes School




Academic Honors at I.S.204

Honor Roll- 85% and above in all subjects


Principal’s Honor Roll- 90% and above in all subjects


ARISTA Junior Honor Society-

Students must maintain an 85% and above in all classes throughout the school year


Additional Awards



Perfect Attendance

Most Improved

Clubs, Sports and After School Activities




-Flag Football


-Track and Field 

-Fitness Club


-City Year


-Literacy Club

-Museum of the Moving Image


* When attending after school activities, please do not leave the school at dismissal.  Report directly to your activity or assigned meeting place.


IS 204 Social Media Contract


Student’s Name _____________________________   Grade _________  School Year _______


Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, personal texting and others, are powerful tools of communication that have significant impact on your personal reputation, as well as the reputation of IS 204. Your parent/guardian and yourself must read and sign this contract acknowledging the student’s responsibility to use social media responsibly as a member of IS 204. Please use the following guidelines when posting on social media sites.

     Always be authentic. Be honest about your identity. If you post personally or as a student of IS 204, make sure you are aware of the standards of conduct as you share your personal views about yourself, other students, school personnel or the school.

     Never pretend to be someone else when you post personally or as a student of IS 204. Tracking tools enable supposedly anonymous posts to be traced back to the authors. Always be honest about yourself and views without providing personal information that could be used against you.

     Think twice before posting. Privacy does not exist in the world of social media. Consider what could happen if a post becomes widely known and how that may reflect on your reputation, the reputation of your family and your friends, the reputation of another student and the reputation of your school. Moreover, the information you place online could jeopardize your future when applying to high school, college or even applying for a job as a student or young adult.

     Be respectful and thoughtful. As a student of IS 204, be mindful of the school’s commitment to showing respect and dignity for all people and to the civil and thoughtful discussion of opposing ideas. Treat others the way you would like them to treat you while posting on social media sites.

     Know the rules. Follow a code of ethics. Become familiar with the terms of service and policies of the social media sites and networks in which you participate and the appropriate code of ethics required for responsible online communications.

     Always remember that cyberbullying is the willful and repeated bullying or harassment of another person or persons through the medium of social media, which includes electronic text. Students who engage in cyberbullying on social media sites, including electronic text, may be disciplined by IS 204 administrators as needed or the matters may be handled by the 114th precinct as cyber bullying is illegal.



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