•  Skyward
    • Parents: 
      • Review your child's work and encourage them to seek help if needed.
      • Please be sure to check Skyward on a regular basis. Click here for link to skyward.
      • Unit Assessments are not sent home...they are kept on file. Your child has the opportunity to review the assessments and schedule a time to ask questions.
    • Students:
      • Show all your work to your parents.
      • Check skyward on a regular basis.
      • It is the responsibility of the student to complete any missed or late assignments which can be turned in late for full credit prior to each quiz.
    • Abbreviations in Skyward:
      • If a student earns a "1" for a graded assignment,  it means that the assignment is missing and the grade will remain a "1" until the assignment is turned in. Full credit can still be earned despite being late.  
      • Check Mark: Assignment was not counted for points (no count) but credit given for completion
      • * : An astrisk means that a grade or check was not posted yet in skyward
      • MISS:  Missing-student has not turned in work. Must do so immediately
      • LATE:  Late-student did turn in work late and credit was given
      • ABS: Absent-student was absent and must turn in work as soon as possible
    Academic letter grades will be determined according to weighted categories:
    • Labs/Activities: 40%
    • Quizzes and Tests: 60%
     Quiz Grading and Rewrites
    • The format of most quizzes and summative tests will be multiple choice and assessments will be administered on the computer. Labs/activities will contain open-ended responses.
    • When content for a unit is completed, there will always be two quizzes given.
      • Quiz A: All students will take. If a student earned a 90% or higher, they do not need to take Quiz B and will do enrichment while the rest of the class takes Quiz B.
      • Quiz B: Students who did not earn a 90% or higher on Quiz A will take Quiz B after they have reviewed the content from the unit and questions from Quiz A.
      • More details to follow in class.
    • Students are able to redo and resubmit most labs/class activities.


    Extra Credit: There are no extra credit assignments. Multiple opportunities throughout the marking period encourage students to self-monitor learning of concepts and improve grades.
    Qualities of Learner (QL) Grade:
    • Coming to class unprepared 3 times or having 3 missing, late, or incomplete assignments during a marking period will result in a Needs Improvement (NI) Quality of a Learner grade (QL).
    • Repeated missed additional assignments will result in the QL grade dropping to Unsatisfactory (U). 
    • Other factors such as effort, attitude, and class participation will also play a role in the QL grade.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to complete any assignments he/she has missed and keep them in his/her science binder or on the computer after showing the teacher.
    • See GVMS Qualities of a Learner rubric for more information.