Spanish III

Growing in Language Participation

Grading Policy

Grade Minimums:

Students enrolled in classes in upper level Spanish 3 and 4 courses will not have a minimum amount of grades per marking period.  While students will be given ample opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content, it is difficult to set a minimum number of grades because Spanish 3 and 4 require processing of material from levels 1 and 2, plus new material.  I will move at a pace that suits the needs of my students.  I am mindful of grade reporting periods, but I will not compromise the learning process in order to record grades that are not a true reflection of student ability.

Grading Schedule:

I will make every effort to follow the schedule below, but please understand this isn’t always possible. I reserve the right to take time to assess student performance fairly:

  • Daily Assignments: graded and entered into Skyward within 2 days-unless the due date is Friday
  • Assessments/Projects:  graded and entered into Skyward no later than 5 days after due date; unless the due date falls on Friday

(Students who turn in work after an absence or who turn in late work may have a delay of 2 additional days)

Late Work:

Teachers in the Spanish Department may CHOOSE to accept late work.  Accepting late work is not a mandatory campus policy, and will be judged on an individual basis.  If late work is accepted, I will grade for proficiency.  Students will receive behavioral consequences rather than academic consequences.

  • 1-2 days late–parent/coach contact plus a detention
  • 3-5 days late-parent/coach contact plus office referral

Retesting Policy:

Students may choose to retake a test (not a project or nine weeks test) for full credit.  The retest cannot hurt the student.  In other words, no grade lower than the original will be entered into Skyward.  Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a retest:

  • The retest must take place within 5 days of the original assessment
  • Students must attend at least one tutorial session with the teacher, or complete at least 2 remedial assignments covering the content.
  • If a student chooses the remedial option, the assignments must show 80% mastery
  • All missed homework assignments must be completed and turned in on time 
  • Students must communicate their desire to retest and schedule the retest in advance–Retests will not be given without being scheduled in advance

A retest grade that is higher than the original test grade will earn replacement in Skyward in place of the original assessment only.  A nine weeks test may be given at the teacher’s discretion.  Giving a nine weeks test for replacement is not a mandatory campus policy–If a nine weeks test is given, it may replace the lowest test grade in Skyward;  A nine weeks test may not replace a project grade

 

Class Structure:

Daily Assignments—40%

Tests/Projects–60%

Class participation is vital to helping students be successful on assignments and tests.

Students will complete all assignments.  Taking a zero in my class is unacceptable; therefore, students will be required to stay after school or given detention or Saturday school if needed to complete work.

Students will be given ample opportunities to demonstrate their mastery of each skill set.  It is important to note that all students do not learn at the same pace.  My teaching philosophy is to tutor or reteach material in order to help students master that content.  My goal is to help students see progress throughout the year with their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

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