Grading
As per the Jefferson Parish School System, formal assessments constitute 80% of a student’s overall report card grade (Major Assessments – 50% and Minor Assessments – 30%) and participation assignments make up the remaining 20%. If a student doesn’t turn in an assignment, he/she will receive a zero. NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

English Language Arts Assessments
ELA assessment grades will be based on the following:
  • We will be reading one novel per nine week period. Students will be assessed on the content of the novel along with various comprehension and literary skills that are taught throughout the nine week period.
  • Skill assessments will be separated into Multiple Choice and Constructed Response formats.
  • If an assessment is considered a Summative Assessment, which determines if a student has met the standard that was taught and is given once learning is complete , it will be listed as a Major Assessment.
  • If an assessment is considered a Formative Assessment, which is given throughout the teaching/learning process, it will be listed as a Minor Assessment.
  • Writing assignments may be a considered a Major Assessment or Minor Assessment, based on the length and complexity of the assignment.
  • Wordly Wise Quiz– Students will complete one lesson each week from their Wordly Wise Vocabulary book. A quiz will be given to assess the students’ understanding of the specific vocabulary words from that particular lesson.


English Language Arts Participation
ELA participation grades will be based on the following:
  • KidBiz – Students will be required to read TWO (2) KidBiz articles each week. For the most part, the articles that the students read will be chosen by me. Students must read the articles and complete the activity that follows. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR READING AN ARTICLE, STUDENTS MUST SCORE 75% OR BETTER ON THE ACTIVITY, ON THE FIRST TRY. If a student doesn’t complete the activity at a 75% or better, they must read another article and score accordingly in order to receive credit.
  • Homework - Students will have an assigned homework folder. Worksheets and other homework documents should remain in this folder. If a worksheet is not provided, homework is to be completed on loose leaf or another piece of loose paper. Homework SHOULD NOT be completed in subject notebooks unless directed. These are for classwork only. In order to receive credit, homework must have the student’s name, number, date and subject labeled, as it is a good practice to be consistent with writing these on all documents. If a student does not turn in his/her homework, he/she will receive a zero. No late papers will be accepted. Missing homework assignments will be notated on the colored communication sheet that goes home with the Wednesday Green Communication folder. A cumulative homework grade will be given at the end of each nine week period. This grade will be an average based on the number of homework assignments completed and the number of homework assignments assigned.
  • Daily Reading Comprehension – Students will complete a reading comprehension practice sheet every morning. They will be required to read a piece of grade appropriate text and answer questions pertaining to the text. These sheets will also be collected AND graded at the end of every week.
  • Spelling Quiz – Students will be given a list of spelling words each week. These words will also be listed on my wiki. Although there will be multiple opportunities for a student to practice their words in class and for homework, it is the student’s responsibility to put in some extra study time if necessary.
  • Daily Oral Language - Students will designate one of their folders as a “Daily Oral Language” folder. Each day students will be given sentences and paragraphs they must proofread and edit. This will be completed on loose leaf paper, kept in the Daily Oral Language folder and collected at the end of the week for a participation grade.
Math Assessments
Math assessment grades will be based on the following:
Math assessments will consist predominantly of constructed response questions with an occasional multiple choice question. Unless otherwise noted, all constructed response questions will be worth 4 points: 1 point for having the correct answer, 1 point for showing work, 1 point for labeling work, and 1 point for giving the answer in a complete sentence. This is crucial for gauging a student’s conceptual understanding of a skill, as well as getting them prepared for standardized testing.
  • If an assessment is considered a Summative Assessment, which determines if a student has met the standard that was taught and is given once learning is complete , it will be listed as a Major Assessment.
  • If an assessment is considered a Formative Assessment, which is given throughout the teaching/learning process, it will be listed as a Minor Assessment.
  • Pop Quiz – Pop Quizzes will be given weekly and without notice to assess student understanding of a particular skill.

Math Participation
Math participation grades will be based on the following:
  • Speed Drill – Students will be given weekly timed tests on their basic facts, beginning with multiplication, division, and mixed skills. It is imperative that students study their facts at every opportunity.
  • Homework - Students will have an assigned homework folder. Worksheets and other homework documents should remain in this folder. If a worksheet is not provided, homework is to be completed on loose leaf or another piece of loose paper. Homework SHOULD NOT be completed in subject notebooks unless directed. These are for classwork only. In order to receive credit, homework must have the student’s name, number, date and subject labeled, as it is a good practice to be consistent with writing these on all documents. If a student doesn’t turn in his/her homework, he/she will receive a zero. No late papers will be accepted. Missing homework assignments will be notated on the yellow communication sheet that goes home with the Wednesday Green Communication folder. A cumulative homework grade will be given at the end of each nine week period. This grade will be an average based on the number of homework assignments completed and the number of homework assignments assigned.
  • First in Math – Students are required to earn a specified number of “stickers” every quarter. The sticker counts will be checked at the end of each nine week period and given as a separate participation grade. Once the licenses for First in Math have been received, usernames and passwords will be given out, along with the sticker requirements for each quarter.