Grading Policies

Absent students should check the teachers’ google classrooms and blogs to see what was missed.

If a student is absent, this work must be made up unless the teacher excuses them from a task and it will not be counted against a student if the work is not required to be made up.

Redo Policy

  • Redos are not an unlimited option.  A student has the opportunity to redo an assignment/assessment once.  It is important that before attempting a redo, you are very clear about what needs to be redone and how it needs to be redone.  Meeting with the teacher first is highly recommended and in some cases, required.
  • While our primary goal as teachers at STEM is for students to succeed – and we recognize that sometimes students need extra time or a second chance for that learning success to occur – the above policies may need to be individualized if we see patterns developing.  If a student is using the above policies to consistently fall behind, not come to class prepared, or form habits that will not benefit the student moving forward, a teacher may choose to put individual policies in place for a student, in order to help with his/her academic success and best interests.  These decisions would be discussed with the student and the parent(s)

 

 

Dishonesty Policy

Plagiarism is taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own.  It can be done by directly copying something from another student, copying it directly from a book resource, or taking it word for word from an internet source.  It is considered plagiarizing if the student does not give credit to the source by directly citing the source or by not mentioning the source of the information in his/her writing/project.  Paraphrasing sources and trying to pass the information off as your own original work is also considered plagiarizing.

Cheating is acting dishonestly or unfairly in order to get ahead or to get an advantage on a test, on homework, or in a game.  Looking at another student’s paper for “help” is cheating.  Taking another person’s paper to “check” if you are doing it correctly is cheating.  “Working together” with another student on an assignment that results in identical work is cheating.  Cheating can be verified after the fact by a teacher based on the these definitions.

Consequences for plagiarizing and cheating:  There is no place for plagiarizing or cheating at STEM Middle School.  If a student is caught in either act, it will result in a zero on that assignment.  A student may resubmit his/her own work/retake within a set number of days set forth by the teacher, but only for 50% total grade.  This includes any formative or summative assignment: homework, essays, projects, and/or tests.

NOTE: Sharing Google documents with another student is only acceptable when both students have completed an essay and it is ready for a peer edit or if it is part of an assignment that the teacher gives (i.e. creating a shared Google Doc with your group to take collaborative notes).  Students should not share documents to give others “ideas”.

 

Homework Statement:

Homework IS:

  • a practice of skills
  • a reflection on classwork objectives
  • an extension of concepts taught in class
  • front loading of background knowledge and vocabulary (the flipped classroom)
  • formative (20%)
  • to inform the teacher about what students do and do not know.

Homework is NOT:

  • new or untaught material
  • graded for right or wrong answers
  • meant to take hours to complete
  • a punishment
  • an assessment

 

Homework Rubric:

4 This is for homework of the highest quality.  You have not just copied the answer  

   down, but you have explained the answers in your own words and given

Examples.  For math, corrections have been made.

3 This is for homework that is complete and on the right track, but the answers look

like they have just been copied and/or you have not explained your answer.  I

can not tell what your thinking is.  For math, no corrections have been made.

2 This is for homework that is partially incomplete or done incorrectly.

0 This is for homework that is ungradable.

Homework receiving a 2 or lower needs to be redone and returned for credit.

 

Late/Missing Homework Assignments:

Our goal at STEM is to provide meaningful opportunities for learning to occur that meet the needs of each and every student. As educators, we are aware that each student works at their own pace and has different needs outside of school as a result of family situations and extracurricular activities.

 

At STEM we are always trying to raise the bar and prepare our students for high school as well as real life.  With that in mind we created a homework policy that well help our students better be prepared for their future careers.

 

The STEM late work policy for the year is as follows:

Classwork and/or homework is expected to be turned in by the due date on a consistent basis.

If this is not possible, late work will be accepted, but only up until the Monday following the assignment deadline. That means that if an assignment is due during the week, students have all week through the weekend to complete their missing work, if necessary.

 

Teachers will not accept late assignments for points after Mondays at 2:15pm.

 

 

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