REPORT CARDS AND PROGRESS REPORTS
Report Cards go home every six weeks and Progress Reports are generated halfway through each grading period. A passing grade is 70 and above. An acceptable conduct grade is “S” (Satisfactory) or “E” (Excellent). Students and parents have five opportunities (3 progress reports and 2 interim report cards) to identify and address any problem before semester grades. Parents: If a student does not bring his/her Report Card or Progress Report home, call the school. Many times, students are anxious about their grades and simply do not want to share them with their parent.
Pershing Middle School has standard categories for all core, foreign language, and elective courses (except Fine Arts and PE). Each category is assigned a weight and minimum number of grades so that no one assignment counts more than 20% of a student’s overall grade. A minimum of 2 grades will be assigned each week. Teachers will post grades on a weekly basis.
Definition of categories:
- Classwork/Quizzes is an activity or task that allows a teacher and a student to identify what students already know, or have learned, as well as areas for intervention and remediation. Class work can include an activity or task that a student performs or works at repeatedly for the purpose of improving or achieving proficiency. Participation is not an adequate form of assessment so no grades will be given for participation only (except Fine Arts and PE). Major projects are not considered classwork. Weight = 60%
- Homework is any type of independent practice or assignment which will likely be completed outside of the classroom. Major projects are not considered a homework grade. Weight = 10%
- Tests/Performance Assessments/Projects (at least two per cycle) are assessments based on the District’s standards-based curriculum that measure the skills and knowledge that a student has mastered. Specifically, performance assessments are assessments based on observation and judgment of the quality of a skill or product. Performance assessments are products, performances, and projects (e.g. essay artwork, visual representations, models, multimedia, oral presentations/recitations, lab experiences, live/ recorded performances). Weight = 30%
Students may correct homework as a learning opportunity but will not replace the original grade. Points may be deducted for not showing work on any given assignment. Teachers may assign an academic detention for students who consistently fail to complete homework/classwork assignments.
Students who have absences will be given 1 day or until the next time the class meets (upon receipt of missing assignments) for every day of absences to turn in their missing assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to request the missing assignment from the teacher.
Late work is any classwork assignment that was not completed during the class period. Classwork is due on the day it is assigned and will be collected by the teacher.
Teachers must provide students an opportunity for reassessment for major tests/performance assessments/projects when the grade received on an assessment is below a 70. Teachers will reassess students on the same skill; however, a different variation of the assessment may be given at the teacher’s discretion. All reassessments must be completed within one week from the time the assessment is returned to the student. A student’s grade in the gradebook for any reassessment will be an average of the original and new grade.
Incomplete Six Week Averages
A teacher may give a grade of “Incomplete” for a grading cycle to any student who does not complete assignments or assessments due to absences or other extenuating circumstances. The grade of “Incomplete” must be resolved by the end of the next grading cycle immediately following the grading cycle in which the incomplete was first given.
Midterms and Final Exams (High School Credit Courses only)
In all high school credit courses the final exam will count for 25% of the student’s final grade. Students may not retake a final exam in order to receive a higher score.
Academic dishonesty or academic misconduct is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:
Cheating includes the following:
- Obtaining work or information from someone else.
- Using unauthorized notes, or study aids, or information from another student or student’s paper on an examination.
- Communicating answers with another person during an exam.
- Altering graded work after it has been returned, and then submitting the work for re-grading.
- Allowing another person to do one’s work.
Plagiarism is representing someone else’s ideas, words, statements, or other work as one’s own without proper acknowledgment or citation. Examples of plagiarism include:
- Copying word for word, using specific phrase or terms from a source or reference, whether oral, printed, or on the internet, without proper attribution.
- Paraphrasing (using another person’s written words or ideas) as if they were one’s own thought.
If you are caught cheating or plagiarizing, you will be assigned a grade of zero for the assignment.