9th Grade Transition Philosophy

Semester One

The transition from middle school to high school is a very exciting time. It opens up unique opportunities for students to discover who they are – making new friends; participating in sports, clubs or other activities and having more academic choices than ever before. We realize, too, that for some students, this can be a difficult transition based on the academic rigors that come with high school. Therefore, we provide all of our ninth graders with second-chance opportunities to achieve academic success. Students in all levels of core classes (English, history, math and science) can take advantage of these opportunities throughout the first semester, a time when the transition is most important. During this time, students are encouraged to learn from mistakes and begin building new habits and strategies to achieve academic success and make the best of this unique four-year experience

 

Topic

Marking Period 1

Marking Period 2

Audience

All Courses

Non-Honors Courses

Honors Courses

Homework

Late homework accepted for full credit if student speaks with teacher and develops a plan to turn in the assignment.  Student must turn in assignment within 5 days unless alternative deadline is worked out with the teacher.

Late homework accepted for full credit if student speaks with teacher and develops a plan to turn in the assignment.  Student must turn in assignment within 5 days unless alternative deadline is worked out with the teacher.

Students are encouraged to speak with their teacher if extenuating circumstances prevented on-time homework completion. 

Assessment Retakes

Retakes allowed on assessments where mastery is being measured.  Logistics of when and where retake to be done at teacher discretion.  

Retakes allowed on assessment where mastery is being measured. Before retake is given, students must demonstrate what they have done independently to prepare for retake (extra help, outline, reflection, graphic organizer, etc).  Acceptable method to be determined by the teacher. Logistics of when and where retake to be done at teacher discretion.  

Students are encouraged to speak with their teacher if extenuating circumstances prevented their ability to properly prepare for an assessment.  

Study Habits 

All teachers will incorporate brief lessons/discussions/ suggestions on good study habits that make a successful high school student.  Homework assignments should encourage the utilization of these habits. 

All teachers will incorporate brief lessons/discussions/ suggestions on good study habits that make a successful high school student.  Homework assignments should encourage the utilization of these habits.

All teachers will incorporate brief lessons/discussions/ suggestions on good study habits that make a successful high school student.  Homework assignments should encourage the utilization of these habits.

Late work: Long-Term Assignments

Long-term assignments should be chunked with individual due dates for components of the assignments.  Individual components should be handled like “homework.” 

Long-term assignments should be chunked with individual due dates for components of the assignments.  Individual components should be handled like “homework.” 

Long-term assignments should be chunked with individual due dates for components of the assignments.  Individual components should be handled like “homework.” 

Mid-Term Exam

 

Last day of assessing new material will be 4 school days prior to exams to allow sufficient time to review, practice and prepare for students’ first experience with mid-term exams. Percentage of exam grade that is weighed into semester 1 grade is flexible up to 20%.  

Last day of assessing new material will be 4 school days prior to exams to allow sufficient time to review, practice and prepare for students’ first experience with mid-term exams. Percentage of exam grade that is weighed into semester 1 grade is flexible up to 20%.