Hello and welcome to your 8th grade U.S. History journey with me. I look forward to bringing the human experience to Social Studies. As such, I cannot wait to see each and every student learn how and why this class relates to everything around them every day. Feel free to email me anytime with any questions or perspectives you may have.
Let's have a great year!
Travis JohnsonIn regards to achieving a 7 or 8 (A+) on the rubric for each of the 4 criteria, each summative assessment (test) has clearly defined task descriptions that outline how a student can achieve the highest level. Students are normally achieving around a 3-6 (C, B, B+, A) during this time of the year. This is not to say someone will not achieve a 7 or 8 it just means that students must be able to demonstrate a level of knowledge and understanding that exceeds expectations. Any student who meets the criteria for a 7 or 8 will score a 7 or 8, and the teacher will interpret the criteria at the grade level of the course concerned. The criteria are achievable at all grade levels.In regards to the achieving of a 10 out of 10 (A+)--this is in reference to the "Snapshot" grade found on PowerSchool. This is a weekly updated grade that is determined by the homework, classwork, formative assessment, and summative assessment completed in the course at that time. This grade is a "heads-up" indicator that allows parents and students to understand where the student is in regards to their current level of achievement and what they need to work towards. When looking at this in PowerSchool please disregard the percentages or the letter as PowerSchool defaults to an incorrect representation of the mark. This is why we have placed these conversions into the student agenda and explained these to students in class. Please look at page 7 in the student agenda to see the conversion from a 10 point scale to a letter. The final mark for each quarter will not be an average of scores from the beginning of the year. The final mark is based off of the most consistent, recent, and appropriate level of achievement from all summative assessments