ACADEMIC GRADING at HOLMES

HONOR ROLL/GRADE POINT AVERAGE

The Holmes Honor Roll recognizes outstanding academic achievement.  Honor Roll students must earn a grade point average/honor roll average of 3.333 for a marking period.  The honor roll average is determined by dividing the number of honor points earned by the number of classes.  Grade points/honor points are not rounded.  This score is particularly important to high school counselors and college admissions officers.  Students who earn the privilege of being on the Honor Roll will be recognized after each marking period.  If an 8th grade student is honored for each of the first three marking periods, he/she will also be honored at Awards Night.

 

                          Letter Grade                                               Honor Points

                                    A………………………………………...4.000

                                    A-………………………………………..3.667

                                    B+……………………………………….3.333

                                    B………………………………………...3.000

                                    B-………………………………………..2.667

                                    C+……………………………………….2.333

                                    C………………………………………...2.000

                                    C-………………………………………..1.667

                                    D+……………………………………….1.333

                                    D………………………………………...1.000

                                    D-………………………………………..0.667

                                    E………………………………………...0.000

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year.  Conferences are “arena” style and are located in the gymnasiums and cafeteria.  The goal of these 3 minute conferences is to communicate ways to assist students in becoming self-confident, cooperative learners who are skilled in problem solving.  Discussions on helping students to be successful will be the focus.  Individual parent conferences with teachers may be arranged as needed throughout the school year by contacting the teacher or counselor.

 

PROGRESS REPORTS

At approximately the midpoint of each of the four marking periods, a computer-generated Interim Progress Report will be available for all students.  Although the vast majority of these reports will show positive progress, some of them will indicate areas where a student needs to improve.  In the latter case, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact individual teachers and/or the counselor.  These Interim Progress Reports allow time for students who may be failing a given class to improve their grade.

 

REPORT CARDS

The purpose of report cards is to let your parents know how you are getting along in school.  Two marks are given.  One is a letter to tell the quality of your work.

            A – represents excellence

            B – represents above average

            C – represents average

            D – represents the lowest quality of work for which a passing grade is given

            E – represents failure for that marking period

            I –  represents incomplete work (You have 10 days to complete whatever work

                  is missing and have the grade changed.  If it is not changed in that time

                  frame, it will become an ”E”)

 

Citizenship and remarks are important.  They reflect your school progress.  When the time comes to decide whether to promote or retain you, teachers consider your progress.  If it is good, you will probably be able to do satisfactory work in the next grade.  If it is poor, you will probably have trouble.

            1 – Almost always contributes to a positive classroom atmosphere; almost

            always demonstrates courtesy and respect; almost always comes to class  

            prepared.

            2 – Regularly contributes to a positive classroom atmosphere; regularly

            demonstrates courtesy and respect; regularly comes to class prepared.

            3 – Sometimes contributes to a positive classroom atmosphere; sometimes

            demonstrates courtesy and respect; sometimes comes to class prepared.

            4 – Often contributes to a negative classroom atmosphere; often is discourteous

            and disrespectful; often is unprepared to class.

            5 – Almost always contributes to a negative classroom atmosphere; almost

            always is discourteous and disrespectful, almost always is unprepared for class.

 

*If you are failing two classes at the end of the year, you are eligible for retention (To repeat the grade).

 

GRADING ASSIGNMENTS DURING SUSPENSION

Students placed on suspension will have the responsibility to make up any graded assignments.  Any assignments turned in to the teacher upon return from a suspension will be graded with the potential for full credit.  The teacher’s policy for late work will be in effect.  There will be no grade penalty assignment for a behavioral suspension.

 

WORK MAKE-UP POLICY

Upon returning from an absence, students are to request all assignments missed.  These assignments are due the next class period except in the case of consecutive absences.  Time allowed for making up these assignments from extended absences will correlate with the number of classes missed.  A student is allowed one day to make-up assignments per day(s) missed.  However, previously assigned work with stated due dates is due immediately upon the student’s return.  Students who return to school and receive make-up work and then are absent again are expected to submit all previous work upon return to school.

 

ZANGLE

Parents have access to all teachers’ Gradebooks via the Parent Connection.  You may contact your child’s counselor if you need assistance with a password.  Students are encouraged and expected to monitor their own progress by viewing their grades online via Student Connection.