To our parents and students,
We all recognize that the 2019-2020 school year ended in a most unexpected way. We found ourselves moving quickly to reduce the potential health threat to our students and staff and the shift to online learning required quite an adjustment for our students, parents and our teachers. In a profession that is accustomed to a slow and steady approach to learning, we felt this year, our typical way of evaluating student gains may need further consideration. Working in close partnership with our teachers, we added a step to our normal calculation of final grades. Our goal was to ensure students were buffered against an extreme academic decline because of their 4th quarter grade. This graphic shows the basics of the calculation. Essentially, final grades will be determined using two different calculations. The student will be awarded the higher of the two. In most cases, the difference is small but we believe our students deserve the benefit of this consideration.
FINAL GRADE DETERMINATION
1. TO ENSURE STUDENTS DO NOT INCUR ANY ACADEMIC PENALTY DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURE, FINAL GRADES WILL BE CALCULATED USING 2 DIFFERENT PERCENTAGES. THE CALCULATION THAT RESULTS IN THE HIGHER GRADE WILL BE USED.
2. USING THE TRADITIONAL WEIGHTING FORMULA EACH OF THE QUARTER GRADES WILL BE WEIGHTED AS 25% OF THE FINAL GRADE.
3. 1ST QUARTER GRADE IS WEIGHTED AS 25%
2ND QUARTER GRADE IS WEIGHTED AS 25%
3RD QUARTER GRADE IS WEIGHTED AS 37.5%
4TH QUARTER GRADE IS WEIGHTED AS 12%
4. FINAL GRADE-STUDENTS WILL BE AWARDED THE HIGHER OF THE TWO CALCULATIONS
REPORT CARDS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE BY LATE JUNE.