Grades

Grades & Attendance Synergy StudentVUE

Students should monitor their grades and attendance on the Synergy StudentVUE app.

Progress reports are mailed home after the middle of each quarter. Report cards are mailed home approximately ten days following the end of each grading period. Parents can arrange additional progress reports through their student’s counselor or check online using the ParentVUE app.

Grade Appeals

California Education Code 49066 states:

"When grades are given for any course of instruction taught in a school district, the grade given to each pupil shall be the grade determined by the teacher of the course and the determination of the pupil's grade by the teacher, in the absence of clerical or mechanical mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency, shall be final. "

A teacher shall base a student's grades solely on the quality of the student's academic work and his/her mastery of course content based on district standards. Students shall have the opportunity to demonstrate this mastery through a variety of methods, including, but not limited to, tests, projects, portfolios, and/or class discussion as appropriate. Other elements that are not a direct measure of knowledge and understanding of course content, such as attendance, effort, student conduct, and work habits, shall not be factored into the academic grade but may be reported separately.

Students or parents that have a question about a grade on an assignment/assessment/homework, must set up an appointment with the teacher. You may ask for your counselor to be present during the meeting.

If there is a serious question arising out of the issuance of a grade to a student, it is expected that the teacher, department head, principal, parent/guardian and student have diligently worked to correct the misunderstanding. If the misunderstanding has not been resolved, an official request for the review of the grade may be made directly to the principal.

A grade challenge must occur no later than one semester following the period for which the grade was given. If such request for further review is made, the principal will call upon the Superintendent or designee who will investigate the circumstances. The Superintendent or designee will appoint a committee to review the results of the investigation and to make a recommendation to the Superintendent. All parties involved will recognize the importance of confidentiality.

The Superintendent will make a decision and communicate the decision to the parties involved.

Parent Contact

The Desert Sands Unified School District Governing Board encourages frequent communication to parents/guardians about student progress. The principal and teacher may communicate by means of conferences, class newsletters, mail, telephone, and/or school visits by parents/guardians. Teachers are expected to reply promptly to inquiries from parents/guardians.

Contact with parents is a vital element in ensuring student success. Teachers are expected to initiate regular contact with parents, both to applaud positive student performance and to notify families of potential and developing problems, including poor grades or behavior. Involving parents through regular communication and the development of concrete improvement plans can be very effective in improving student achievement. Parents are a critical partner in education. It is our responsibility to foster and develop this partnership.

Report Card/Progress Report Dates 2018-2019