A MESSAGE TO STUDENTS
During the school year you will be asked to work both individually and as part of a group. Many of you will perform well and find the work enjoyable and rewarding. Some of you will find the work extremely frustrating and difficult. Regardless of your situation you must try to do your very best, always conducting yourself as students.
Your individual strengths and weaknesses are not as important as your steady progress as students and as citizens. Your character is just as important to me as your grades. Still, here are some suggestions for improving your academic and organizational abilities:
- Bring necessary materials to school every day. Bring your own pencils, papers, pens, rulers, etc; do not ask other students to give or lend you materials.
- Don't disrupt the class; it's wasteful behavior.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep.
- Ask questions when you don't understand something.
- Learn at least one thing every day.
A MESSAGE TO PARENTS
During the school year some of you might ask how you might assist your child in the performance of his or her classwork. You may experience frustration with your capacity to understand the material.However, don't let this deter you from insisting that your child establish and maintain effective study habits. You must be firm and disciplined regarding the time your child spends on academics. If you show interest in your child's academic progress, it is more likely that school work will be completed.
- Ask your child about his or her day. Insist on details. Look at notes and homework. Ask your child to tell you what he or she has learned. If your child consistently communicates nothing about the school day, you should take that as a signal to talk with the teacher(s). STAY INVOLVED at any level you can manage.
- Make sure you have a quality English language dictionary at home. Nothing is more important to academic, professional, and social success than literacy.
- Set aside a time and quiet place for study. Turn off the television and radio. Make sure there are no disruptions.
- Make sure your child gets at least 8 hours of sleep.
- Make sure your child has all necessary materials. Check backpacks nightly. Remove unnecessary items.
EVALUATION and GRADING
Grades will be based on points from the following (possibly weighted) categories:
Total points will be translated into a percentage and letter grade based on the grading scale below:
100% - 90% = A
89% - 80% = B
79% - 70% = C
69% - 60% = D
59% - 50% = F