May 29, 2020
End of year grading for Middle and High School students
Dear Parents / Guardians,
I want to begin by thanking you for the help and support you are providing your child during the district’s transition to online instruction and student learning. I appreciate your patience as we continue to adjust our expectations in response to the governor’s executive orders for school closure.
I also want to emphasize the importance of your child’s continued participation in this online learning. Though I would be the first to state that online learning is not like being in class with your teacher, it is the means by which we are sharing content with students. Whether you see what is being offered as too little, too much, or just right, I strongly encourage you to make certain your child is logging in for their class meets and completing the assignments. Learning, even under remote conditions, is critically important to your child’s development….academically, socially, and mentally.
We are working together and across the region to provide engaging work for students at all grade levels while we also strive to recognize and meet the individual needs of our learners. Your partnership in helping us achieve this goal is critical to your child’s continued school success.
We miss our students and teachers and look forward to our return to ‘regular school.’ Meanwhile, we thank you for your commitment and assistance in your child’s learning.
Susan M. Swartz, Superintendent
Quarter 3 Grading for MS and HS at Scotia-Glenville
The current extended school closure (beginning March 16th) as a result of the global pandemic has caused a need for a significant adjustment to our grading system for Quarter 3 (and beyond).
This message is intended to communicate the adjustments Scotia Glenville has made for all secondary students (MS & HS) with regard to Quarter 3 grades and report cards. More information will be forthcoming regarding Quarter 4 and Final GPAs/transcripts.
There are a variety of reasons behind the changes in our Quarter 3 adjustments which include the following:
- Loss of the daily class/school environment which affords teacher-supervised time for academic assistance through study halls, lunch periods, after-school tutoring, etc.
- Loss of 2 weeks (initial closure period) of new academic material
- Equity issues relating to availability of computing devices and internet access which are still being resolved
- Significant adjustment to a remote learning environment for students, families, and faculty
- Many families in our community as well as faculty and staff are dealing with unprecedented loss of income, food insecurity, daycare challenges, and health related issues
Scoring and Conversion*
All Quarter 3 report card scores will be converted into letter values. These will be based on all scores currently in the PowerSchool gradebook for Quarter 3 up to March 13. This may include back work submitted and reapplied to the grade (except exams which cannot be made up in the current environment). Missed labs and exams from Quarter 3 should be marked “–” or left blank in the teacher gradebook. Quarter 3 marks of INC will be revisited for adjustment by the end of the school year.
- INC = Students who did not pass
- P = Passing
- PH = Passing with honors
- PHH = Passing with high honors
Make-Up for Quarter 3
- Quarter 3 closed as scheduled on April 9th.
- Students receiving an INC at the close of Quarter 3 will be contacted about the opportunities available to them for recovery in the applicable courses.
*Quarter 3 letter designations on report cards do not impact a student’s GPA in any way.
Elementary grading and feedback
For the length of the school closure there will be no formal grading at the elementary level. Therefore, during this time that we are away from school, we will provide students with feedback on their work, not grades:
- Teachers will use varied forms of assignments to measure and document evidence of student learning with multiple opportunities for revision, resubmission and remedial supports.
- Feedback will be provided to students on assignments. The assignments will be recorded using the following:
- Completed – A student has demonstrated learning of a compressed curriculum based on what the teacher taught and assigned.
- Not Yet Completed – A student who has not completed an assignment or work completed does not yet demonstrate learning of the compressed curriculum. Students will be given the opportunity to redo and resubmit work to demonstrate learning.
- Due Dates – There will be due dates posted in Google Classroom for assignments. However, all work can be submitted throughout the school closure period. The due date is the date when the teacher will begin to share feedback with students.
We ask that you continue to support your child by participating in all activities to the best of your ability.
Please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher and principal around the needs of your child. We will do the best we can to support you and your child.
Wishing you all good health,
Susan M Swartz