Grades Secondary (6-12)


    Minimum Number of Grades

    For each report card period, the minimum number of grades to be used in calculating the average for each core subject and/or course is as follows:

     Grades 6-12: A minimum of 8 daily grades weighing 60% and 2 major grades weighing 40% per subject per six weeks will be recorded. With 4 of the daily grades and 1 major grade being completed and recorded prior to progress reports issued. 

     Progress Reports and Report Cards

    At three week intervals, progress reports will be issued. 

    At the end of each grading period, parents will be notified of their child’s grades by means of a report card.

    Viewing Grades Online: Parents may view their child’s grades online through Acender, the parent portal. Directions and access are on the district’s website under the Parents tab.


    Reteaching should be an integral part of instruction in all grades and in all subjects whenever the teacher determines that the mastery of the TEKS has not been accomplished. At the secondary level, teachers will provide a reasonable opportunity to reassess mastery of TEKS when a student fails to master the content and receives a failing grade (below 70%) on an assessment. The reassessment must occur prior to the next test and within the same six weeks. The maximum grade a student can make on a reassessment is a 70. Only one reassessment may be taken per failing assessment grade.

     Daily Assignments/Homework

    Homework may be assigned on a regular basis.  Homework should be used primarily to extend and practice concepts and skills learned in class.

    Failed daily assignments and homework (below 70%) can be corrected for a maximum grade of a 70, within 2 instructional days of the grade being posted in the gradebook, unless the teacher agrees on an extension based on extenuating circumstances. Students will have one opportunity to correct the failing assignment or complete an alternative assignment. This does not apply to late work.

    Make-up Work

    Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. In the event of absences, students will be given one day for each day missed due to an excused absence in order to turn in the make-up work.

     Late Work

    Upon the due date of the assignment, if not completed the student has one instructional day to turn in the assignment for a maximum grade of a 70.

    **All work not completed on time will subjected to our new ZAP lunch detention until the work is complete.

      Accelerated Reading Guidelines:

    All students are required to do independent novel reading and take an Accelerated Reading (AR) test over their novel. Each student is required to read 2 novels per six weeks. Students that read novels over 250 pages can read 1 book per six weeks (novel at teacher discretion). Students will be given 20 minutes daily to read during WIN period and are encouraged to read outside the classroom. Students' grades will be an average of the tests that are taken of the two books. If a student only reads 1 book, students will receive that grade for the six weeks. If a students fails to read both books, the first book and a zero will be averaged for the final grade.

    * Any student who has not tested on a book by the 3 week marking period will receive a zero in the gradebook.  This zero will be replaced once the student has tested.  This just ensures there are no unexpected zero's entered at the end of the six weeks that might significantly lower your students final grade.

     Academic Dishonesty

    A student found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade penalties on assignments or tests and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an examination. The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from students.

     Again, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!  I am here to help!

     Mrs. Courtney