No commentary from me this time--enjoyit all on your own.
The 2nd marking period of this term will end soon. I would like remind everyone of the following:
1. Please use comment 10 if you teach a course which terminates in the Regents exam, particularly if a student is boarder-line passing/failing. If you have seniors in trig, you can give them a grade of 55 and comment 10. This way, you have the flexibility to change the grade to a passing grade once the seniors sit for the Regents exam. Please try to give them a grade of 65 or CR when they sit for the Regents exam.
2. A student should not be given a passing grade in June if he/she has more than 15 absences for the entire term. Therefore, if a student has been absent (not excused absences) from your class more than ten times during the first and second marking period, he or she is to receive a grade no higher than 60. You can always give the student his/her true average at the end if the cutting stops.
3. The difference between 55 and 60 is that a grade of 55 may take the student out of the sequence and a grade of 60 now promotes the student into the next level math class. A grade of 55 puts a student in summer school. In either case, you should use the comment “10” for courses that terminate in the Regents exam. We are doing the programming and you need to decide which grade will make the student work harder.
4. Use your judgment when you intend to give a grade higher than 90 in a regular class or lower than 88 in an honor class. It promotes/removes students from regular to honor and vice versa. I do not want to spend time arguing with a student as to why we are not putting him/her in an honor class even though you give them the honor grade. Students in ME44/R/MG22R will not be promoted into honors.
5. Please make sure you give at least one comment to each student. You must give a comment to any student whose grade is lower than 65. Please take this opportunity to communicate with parents.
6. Please make sure you contact the parents of all the students who failed this past marking period. The best way is for you to make a phone call and log the phone call. If you cannot reach the parents, please send a citizenship report.
7. For courses that terminate in the Regents exam in June - Please make sure the grades you give your students are similar to what they will get on the final exam and Regents exam. You won’t be right all the time, but you should come close to the majority of your students. A student with a grade of 90 or above in the course should do a great deal better than an 84 on the Regents exam.
8. ME22 students who receive a grade of 65 to 70 iff when they pass the Regents exam should be programmed for ME43/ME44. Others should either go to MG21R or MG22. If you feel strongly that a student should go from ME22 to ME43, please start talking and convincing the students now.
9. Students in ME44 who receive grades lower than 55 is an indication that they should be programmed for ME41 next year.
If you can think of anything that I left out, please let me know. Please try to give more realistic grades since we will use your grades as commendations for next term’s math class. Please make sure you check the Regents scores before you recommend a student for an honor class or an elective.