Rules & Policies

Posted on July 18, 2015

Grading Policy

Students will complete a variety of assignments throughout the year.  Assignments will be graded in three ways:

  1. Teacher Graded – Assignment is handed in and corrected by teacher.  Grade will be taken and comments will be given as needed.
  2. Peer Graded – Assignment will be corrected by another student and submitted to teacher for scoring.  Students will only mark incorrect items with an x, teacher will complete grade calculations.
  3. Self-Check – Students will check own work and make corrections as necessary. Teacher will check only for completion.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure work is accurate.

Grading Scale

Per the Parshall School District grading scale, grades are as follows:

Grade

Percent Scale

Description

A

93-100

Superior

A-

90-92

Superior

B+

88-89

Good

B

83-87

Good

B-

80-82

Good

C+

78-79

Average

C

72-77

Average

C-

70-71

Average

D+

68-69

Poor

D

63-67

Poor

D-

60-62

Poor

F

0-59

Failure

NC

0

No Credit

I

0

Incomplete

Incomplete Work

Any assignments (homework or classwork) that are not finished in a timely manner will receive a grade of “I” (Incomplete). Students who have an “I” on an assignment will need to go to Power Hour after school Monday-Thursday afternoons.  The student will be required to call their parents or guardians to let them know that they will be staying after school until the assignment is completed.

Each day an assignment is late will result in a 5% reduction in points.  For example, an assignment that is handed in two days after its due date will receive a maximum score of 90% (an A-).

Homework

Students will receive homework every Monday-Thursday evening.  The assignments will vary from day-to-day, but typically students have the following assignments:

Spelling – Students will complete a spelling assignment in their Spelling Notebook.  Activities typically take less than 15 minutes.

Reading – Students will be required to read for a minimum of 80 minutes each week and record their times on a reading log.  Parents will be required to initial the reading log.  The reading log will be checked each morning.

Corrections

Students who score under 70% (C-) are required to make corrections to their work.  This will allow me to reteach skills and ensure mastery of concepts taught throughout fourth grade.  Corrections are due by Friday each week.  The grade recorded in the gradebook will be an average of the original score and the corrected score.  For example, a student who scores a 56% on the original assignment and makes corrections and receives a 90% will have the grade 73% ([56% + 90%] / 2 = 73%).

Students who score 89% or lower can choose to make corrections, but are not required to do so.

Attendance

Attendance is required to be successful in fourth grade.  Good attendance means being at school each day and on-time.  Listed below are the Parshall School District Attendance Policies and the North Dakota Century Code Chapters relating to attendance.

Parshall School District Attendance Policies

  1. School is in session from 8:40am until 3:15pm.
  2. To be considered on-time, students must be in their classroom and in their seat by 8:40.
  3. In the event of a late arrival, students must report to the main office and pick up a tardy slip to be turned in to the teacher.
  4. Students who arrive after 10am are considered absent for the morning.
  5. Students who arrive after 1pm are considered absent for the afternoon.
  6. 20 absences put the student in jeopardy of failing the class.
  7. 3 tardies are converted into one absence.
  8. In order for an absence to be counted as excused, a parent or guardian must call the school no later than 10am on the day of the absence.  A written excuse must then be turned in upon return to school.

Relevant North Dakota Century Code Chapters:

15.1-20-01. Compulsory attendance.

  1. Any person having responsibility for a child between the ages of seven and sixteen years shall ensure that the child is in attendance at a public school for the duration of each school year.

15.1-20-02.1. Attendance – Determination – Policies.

1. To be deemed in attendance for purposes of this chapter, a student may not be absent from school without excuse for more than:

  • Three consecutive school days during either the first half or the second half of a school or school district’s calendar;
  • Six half days during either the first half or the second half of a school or school district’s calendar; or
  • Twenty-one class periods.

Retention Policy

Students may be retained for the following reasons:

  • Skills and competencies have not been demonstrated at the present grade level. The student is failing in much of the class work due to the inability to function adequately at an acceptable level of performance.
  • Inability of the student to handle the work in the next grade.
  • Extreme lack of effort from the student in doing their work and handing in assignments.
  • The student has more than 20 unexcused absences. An exception being, the student has a serious health condition that has kept him/her from attending classes. This will only be considered if the school has documentation from the child’s doctor.
  • It serves the best interest of the student. 

Communication

In order to prevent and respond to problems that arise during the school year, the following process will be followed:

  1. Parent will speak with the child and attempt to have child solve the problem, if possible.
  2. Speak with the teacher about the problem and attempt to resolve the problem.
  3. If unable to resolve the issue, the building principal may then be notified.
  4. Superintendent may be notified if the child, teacher, and principal are unable to resolve the issue.
  5. As a last resort, the School Board president may be notified.

In the event than an issue arises, it is critical to follow the chain listed above: starting with child and working up the hierarchy.

Conferences

Each school year, two parent-teacher conferences are scheduled after school hours.  A school calendar is available at the school to verify the dates of these conferences.

In the event that a parent or guardian would like to schedule a conference, the following policies will be enforced:

  • If the conference is expected to last less than 10 minutes and documentation will not be necessary for the meeting, the parent may meet with the teacher before school (Between 8:05-8:40) and after school (3:15-3:40).  Conferences during the school day will not be permitted.
  • If the conference is expected to last more than 10 minutes, or documentation is needed, a minimum of 24 hours will be required prior to the conference.  Contact the classroom teacher to arrange the conference.  Depending on the situation, a building administrator may be asked to attend the conference as well.

Recess and Specials

Per the Parshall School District policy, students will go outside any day that the temperature is above 0ºF. Recesses will be monitored by teachers and paraprofessionals.

Physical Education classes are offered four times per week in fourth grade. Students are required to wear clean tennis shoes/sneakers.  Music classes are offered three times per week as well.  Grades are given for each class and will be reflected on report cards.

Computer Policy

As part of the fourth grade curriculum, students will work on the computers and have access to the internet.

Internet Safety

The teacher will take all precautions to ensure students are on appropriate, school-safe websites.  Parents or guardians release the teacher from liability in the event that the student accesses an unsafe or inappropriate website.

Replacement Policy

Students are taught proper care and handling of devices in the classroom.  In the event that a student breaks a device and renders it inoperable, the parent or guardian of the student is responsible for the cost of repair or replacement (whichever is cheaper, or possible).

Behavior and Consequences

In order to maintain a safe, enjoyable environment for students and faculty, the following rules will be enforced, in addition to rules stated in the Parshall Elementary Student Handbook.

  1. Listen and follow directions.
  2. Raise your hand before speaking or leaving your seat.
  3. Respect others, yourself, and your school.
  4. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

Consequences

In the event a rule is not followed, a consequence related to the infraction will be given.  The severity of consequences increase as long as the behavior does not improve.  The typical scale for misbehavior is as follows:

First Offense: Verbal Warning.

Second Offense: Removal from activity

Third Offense: Removal from classroom for period of no longer than 15 minutes. Student will call home.

Fourth Offense: Removal from classroom and referral to office.

In the event of a more severe incident (one that perhaps endangers others in the classroom), the teacher’s judgement will be used in determining a consequence that is in the best interest of the student and his or her classmates.