Grading Standards and Policies Students will be graded on projects, essays, classwork, homework, tests, quizzes, participation and oral presentation. The bulk of the grade will be based on projects, essays, tests/quizzes, participation and presentations (70-80% of grade). Classwork and homework are given approximately 20-30% of the remaining grade. Rubrics will be used for all projects and essays, and grades will be weighted depending on the importance and length of the activity.
PLEASE NOTE....CHECK ON YOUR GRADE OFTEN. At the end of the semester, when a grade shows "close" to the next grade (for example an 89.7%), it will not be "rounded up" to the next highest grade. (For example, an 89.7% will stay as a "B".) There are no exceptions. THANK YOU!
All items that will count for a grade will be listed on-line via Schoology. Students will also write "for credit" assignments in their Daily Planners. Students will receive these when school starts.
All Work Must Be Turned In On Due Date Late Work (work that is not turned in on the due date) will not be accepted. This policy applies to all 7th grade Environmental Studies Magnet Content Classes. Students are encouraged to learn to meet deadlines. "Make-up" work is not given in this class unless one has an excused absence (see below). Keep in mind that when assignments are turned in, "zero" points for an assignment drastically reduces one grade. In the beginning of a semester, not submitting one assignment easily turns a grade into an "F." Make sure ALL assignments are turned in ON-TIME. Each semester, students will receive one "Pass" to turn in an assignment one day late without penalty -- it's best to save this pass for the occasional "emergency."
When one is absent and misses a TEST, QUIZ or an IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT (for points), one has up to 2 days (maximum) after they have returned, to make-up what was missed. It is one's responsibility to come to Ms. Munoz to make up work. If one does not make up the work within the 2 days, the grade for that test/assignment will be a permanent zero, and cannot be made up. Please see Ms Munoz at lunch (you can bring your lunch with you) to make up assignments.
Absences It is imperative that students attend school every day, although Ms Munoz understands when emergencies and sick days occur, students need to miss school. Students must make up work for all missed days. If possible, students should contact a friend and ask what was completed in class, or contact Ms. Munoz via email to give assignment directions/prompts/etc. When one returns, he/she needs to see Ms. Munoz at an appropriate time (lunch, break or after school) to discuss missed work. If one misses two or more days, the student should contact Ms. Munoz via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> to work out a plan for make-up work.
Materials Students should have these materials every day throughout the entire year.
~ Independent Reading Book -- replace when completed ~1 Clean Binder in working order shared with Science Teacher (1-1.5 inches thick) NOTE: This one binder is only used for English and Science. ~5 Dividers (Tabs) To be shared for English and Science classes only ~Pens (blue or black AND red pen) Pencil Optional ~1 red pen ~ Highlighter pens ~LOTS of clean, lined paper (placed in back of binder) Replace this throughout the year. (VERY IMPORTANT!) Spiral notebooks are not used in English Class. ~NOTE: Students will use Chromebooks in class and will place most work in Digital/Tech Notebooks (on Google Sites). Students will also create a Digital/Tech Portfolio. Various paper handouts and responses for English will be placed in the binder.