email sent to parents 1-25-17
As I enter your most recent grades- specifically Homework Workbook assignments, I'd like to inform you that although these are daily grades, 4 daily zeros in the grade book affects your grade dramatically. I've explained in class, that on average your grade drops 20 points. I have allowed you time in class as well as extended the deadline for these assignments. I've also offered you the opportunity to gain half credit on these assignments.
On Friday, I will be sending an individual -detailed progress report with students who are not passing as they will be a true reflection of your grade-NOT the school progress report, to be sent out next Wednesday.
Parents, as I know you will have questions about these workbook pages, they were assigned last week on Wednesday and Thursday, to be completed in class while there was a sub for half the period (30 minutes). The other half of the period is when Ms. Youngblood came for direct instruction.. On Friday, I reminded them that the pages would be graded on this Monday, January 23. They were allowed time in class as well as told to take the workbooks home. On Monday, it was clear that many students still had not completed the assignment so I extended the due date until Yesterday.
The pages are 68-75 in the skinny, purple workbook. Please note this example: pg. 68 is reading information with key vocabulary bolded; pg. 69 is about 10 questions over the reading, where students are required to write the vocabulary definitions obtained from pg. 68. So in reality, they are being graded on 4 pages: 69, 71, 73, 75
Students still have the opportunity to turn in the pages for half credit, but they will need to come before school for me to grade them as I can not take more class time to regrade them.
Thank you so much for your attention to this. Students are being encouraged to take responsibility for their missing assignments/homework and/ or projects, as they are transitioning into Middle School. We are moving at a quicker pace, however, the kids have so many new opportunities to learn. They are utilizing Google Classroom on the Chromebooks, they are doing more project based learning, creating videos,uing technology- new and familiar to them, as wells as being encouraged to work more independently on Labs. It's super exciting to see them grow!