4th MP PAMS Grading Protocol

Good Morning PAMS Families,

In yesterday’s Phantom News, the district’s Continuity of Education Plan that was submitted to the Department of Education was posted. The Grading Protocol for the end of the year is included in the plan. Below, I have posted the Grading Protocol for the Middle School.

• During the 4th marking period, teachers will still assign work as previously communicated, set due dates and record numerical grades in their Canvas gradebooks and in Skyward. These grades will be shared with students and families. Final grades for each course will include a fourth marking period grade.

• A culminating check of understanding for this year will be administered. Teachers will communicate details of their culminating checks, which will occur from May 26-June 2. The culminating checks will occur in Core Content Areas (Math, Language Arts/Literacy, Science, Social Studies, and Grade 8 World Language). Mixed Media Area teachers will assign optional enrichment projects.

All culminating checks be available May 26.These will be completed by the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 26 Language Arts/Literacy
Wednesday, May 27 Math
Thursday, May 28 Science
Monday, June 1 Social Studies
Tuesday, June 2 Grade 8 World Language

From May 26-June 5, the culminating checks will be the only assigned new work. Students may use this time to catch up on missing assignments. All missing work must be turned in by midnight on Friday, June 5. Assignments beyond a 2-week deadline will be assigned a 10% late penalty. After June 2nd, enrichment activities and make-up assignments will be posted for all students until June 5th.

• If a student’s fourth marking period grade is higher than or equal to a prior marking period grade, the student will receive that grade.
o For example,
 Marking Period 1: 90%
 Marking Period 2: 80%
 Marking Period 3: 70%
 Marking Period 4 Earned: 80% (this grade is kept)

• If a student’s fourth marking period grade is lower than the lowest prior marking period grade, we will adjust their fourth marking period grade to lowest prior marking period grade. This adjustment will be contingent on the student completing their final assessment. We understand that students should be motivated to continue to achieve in the fourth marking period, but we also understand that it would be unfair to punish a year’s worth of work in one marking period given the circumstances.
o For example,
 Marking Period 1: 90%
 Marking Period 2: 80%
 Marking Period 3: 70%
 Marking Period 4 Earned: 60% (adjusted to a 70%, after completing the Final Assessment)

Please note:
• The learning check schedule is a guide to follow. Learning checks will be available from May 26 – June 2. Learning checks must be completed for the student to be eligible to receive a grade adjustment for the 4th marking period.
• The period from May 26 – June 5 may also be used for students to make-up work. Any work past a two week deadline will be assigned a 10% penalty.
• During the Period from May 26 – June 2, Zoom sessions will be to ask questions about the learning checks or past assignments. Teachers will continue to follow their established Zoom schedules.
• From June 2-5, teachers will be doing enrichment activities with their students specific to their course content.
• From June 8-10, teachers will be engaging students in whole school activities that we typically do at the end of the year.
• On June 10, students will be able to view the Top 12 Acts from our Talent Show. It is a tradition to end the year with this assembly.

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