Welcome to Middle School!
The middle school years, 7th and 8th grades, are an exciting and challenging period in a student’s educational career. These are the transitional years between elementary and high school, in which students experience tremendous growth both physically and mentally. Students begin to move from concrete thinking to more abstract thinking. They learn that there’s more to answering questions than just one answer. In fact, there could be multiple answers depending on their point of view and their research. Students learn to support their answers using facts they gather from their research. Students learn to see issues from various sides and to come to their own conclusions based on factual evidence.
Middle school students take on more responsibility for their learning. Keeping note books for each class, studying daily, keeping track of daily and long term assignments are all part of middle school expectations. While this may seem daunting at first, students are ready for these new challenges. Students in this age group are eager for the chance to show what they can do. They are eager to explore new learning opportunities and to excel. As teachers of this age, we are excited to be a part of their educational experience, and to be here to lend guidance as students navigate through middle school.
In DVUSD we use the electronic grade book of Power Schools to share with students and parents the grades that will be reflected on your student’s report card. Gradebooks are updated on a weekly basis and every effort is made to record a minimum of one grade per week for each content area. Grades are not recorded for introductory skills, but are to be an evaluation of academic standards and content mastery. When assignments or scores are missing, a zero is entered until work is turned in. This allows students and parents to identify work that needs to be completed prior to the final assessment for the unit. No single assessment or project can be more than 25% of the total grade. On an assessment for students scoring below 80%, or as requested by students, they have the option to fill out a contract with the teacher that will allow the student to retake the assessment and replace the original grade with no penalty.
Missing or Late Work for 6th-8th Grade
It is our hope that students will not need to be concerned about the Missing/Late Work Policy as our expectation is that all students complete assignments and turn them in on time. However, if the situation arises that work must come in late, the following policy will be used in all 6th through 8th grade classrooms.
When the assignment is missing, there will be a “zero” as a placeholder to assist students with recognizing they are missing work. Students will have until the end of the unit to complete the missing assignments. If the unit is not complete at the end of the quarter, late work will be accepted until one week before the close of grades for the quarter. Late work turned in will not receive any grade penalty, but it may be reflected in the student’s citizenship score. If the assignment is not turned in by the end of the unit or close of grades for a quarter, the placeholder grade of 0 will be adjusted to 49%. (The lowest grade for any complete assignment is 50%.)
In 7th grade we use the following weights for grades in the core content areas:
5% Home Practice
5% Home Practice
Below is the grading scale used on the DVUSD report card.
Academic Subject Grades