I think you will find this web site very useful during the year. I invite you
to explore it. Notice the homework pages (“Homework” link and the “Worksheets pdf”
link), I update the pages everyday(that I assign something). One trick to keep in mind is
that you will need to refresh the page every time you go to it or your computer will read
the page in the cache and make it look like it was never updated.
When your child is out you may see what was assigned that day in class (homework,
Metade and/or upcoming tests). I upload a copy of the worksheets in the "Worksheet pdf"
section. Worksheets that can be printed at home or to save ink students can just write
on white lines note paper. Metades require the book but students have 3-5 days to
complete them. If you're picking up material you’ll just need the book… the rest is online.
*The e-mail link is a great way to communicate with me. But unfortunately the link
sends e-mails to my spam folder, to avoid this just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not hesitate to e-mail me with questions or concerns, about my class or things
going on in school. I'll do my best to get back to you quickly.
I created this web site and I use the parent portal not because I'm required to do it but
because I feel it is a great way to provide parents with information they need. With over
120 students in my classes I use these devices to help with communication. I believe that
parental support is vital
~ Please check the Parent portal regularly. Don’t just look at the averages… click to see
the assignments. This is how it is broken up;
• cw/hw - This is how I check classwork and homework. These assignments can be
group or partner activities in class, do nows (opening activities that check for
understanding of main ideas that should be in the notebook which they can use to
complete, regular simple homework assignments, or similar things.
Grading for cw/hw is that after four assignments they average to a quiz grade -
√w = check weak or check warning, not quite a check minus but needs more energy… two
check w’s in a group of 4 assignments = one check minus.
√+ = check plus is 3 bonus points for extra effort
√++ = check plus plus is 6 bonus points for extra effort
• Quiz - These are just standard quizzes
• Metade - These tend to be book section assignments. Students must read the section
and answer the questions fully, showing evidence that they read the section. Answers are
not graded for correctness, they just need to prove they read it and answer in complete
sentences and thoughts.
Grading is based on a 1-10, 10 being perfect. Two metades equal a quiz grade. So if a
student gets an 8/10 on one and then 9/10 on the next they receive an 85 quiz grade.
• Tests - Tests are given infrequently and tend to be big. Students receive study guides
at the start of every unit. The best way to study however is to study the class notes. Test
are the equivalent of 2 quiz grades.
I'm looking forward to working with you as together we prepare you child for High School
this school year.
Mr. T Kelly