•  Skyward
    • Parents: 
      • Review your child's scores on Skyward and encourage them to seek help if needed.
      • Please be sure to check Skyward on a weekly basis (a daily basis is not necessary). Click here for link to skyward.
      • Many assignments can be redone and/or turned in late for full credit.
      • In the beginning of a marking period, one or two grades will determine overall average. Please be patient and allow more scores to be entered to determine how your child is trending.
    • 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 "0" or "1" for a graded assignment that is worth more than 1 point,  it means that the assignment is missing and the grade will remain a "0" or "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. Checks are good!
      • * : 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 to avoid losing points/credit.
      • 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
    • Tests/Quizzes: 60% of grade
      • When content for a unit is completed, there will always be a choice between a traditional quiz (with a retake option) OR a performance task (no retake option)
      • Traditional Quiz:
        • Quiz A: All students will take. If a student earned an 80% or higher, they do not need to take Quiz B, and will do enrichment while the rest of the class prepares for and takes Quiz B.
        • Quiz B: Students who did not earn an 80% or higher on Quiz A will take Quiz B after they have reviewed the content from the unit and questions from Quiz A.
        • All students have the option to take Quiz B. If a student takes Quiz B, that grade is the grade will be entered into skyward regardless of the grade on Quiz A.
      • Performance Task:
        • The rubric and task will be provided the day before.
        • This task will assess the same content as the Traditional Quiz but will allow the student to demonstrate his/her understanding in a different modaliy
    • Labs/Activities: 40% of Grade
      • Graded homework, class work, projects, notebook checks, and labs.
      • Often, these assignments can redone if needed.
    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.