My AP printed a letter to parents to inform them of the math department's grading policy. He included a bunch of his usual double talk about the way grades are calculated. He mentioned deducting points for homework and lack of class participation. He mentioned nothing about giving kids anything extra for these things.
He has repeated reprimanded us for giving make-up exams to kids who are absent. Many of of sneak around and give them anyways. (One of the reasons I love my trailer is that it is so easy to do this without his knowledge.) Of course kids need a good excuse if they have missed an exam and they can't pull this too often. Yet, in spite of his constant demand that we not give make-ups he has included this paragraph:
Students who are absent on a test day due to a good cause absence should not be punished-all math teachers will either drop one exam grade or give a make-up exam. Make-up exam grades that are far higher or lower than a student's average
will not be counted.
Maybe I am overly sensitive, but that one paragraph seemed kind of punitive to me. It also contradicts everything he has been saying to teachers all along.
We were all supposed to hand parents a copy of this letter at the conferences. I didn't stop by the math office until conferences were over so I never got it to give out. He'll probably have a problem with that if he finds out. Too bad. They should have been available more than five minutes in advance. I know he would have a problem with a teacher leaving things to the last minute.