Grade Categories and Weights
- Students will receive a grade based on scores from tests, quizzes, assignments, and participation.
- Grades are categorized and weighted in PowerSchool according to these percentages:
Tests - 35%
- Multiple-choice, matching, benchmarks, fill-in, essays, research papers, & presentations are announced and often take an entire class period to complete.
Quizzes - 30%
- Fill-in and short answer assessments are sometimes unannounced, open-note, and seldom given longer than twenty-five minutes for a student to complete.
Assignments - 20%
- Cornell Notes, lesson reviews, reflections, study guides, matrixes, maps, charts, illustrations, and other work are usually recorded every five assignments on the Assignment Card.
Participation - 15%
- ClassDojo is used to record work habits that include following written and verbal instructions, participating in discussions, volunteering to read, sharing information, and making effort.
A - Outstanding
B - Very Good
C - Average
D - Below Average
F - Failure
Respect People & Property
Students are expected to make this classroom a learning environment at all times. SLANT (Sit up, Lean forward, Ask and answers questions, Nod your head, and Track the speaker) is an acronym that students are expected to practice in class at all times. Participation is weighted 15% of a student grade and is based on ClassDojo points. Students have pasted in their Journals a ClassDojo Sheet with Parent Sign-up Instructions and Codes. ClassDojo is the best way to contact me if you need a short question answered.
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 is off task will lose a Dojo Point. If multiple problems occur during a class period, a student is sent to a buddy teacher 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.
Participation Dojo Points Scale