Grading System

Sacred Heart Elementary

Grading System

Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary is accredited by the state of Mississippi.  Therefore, Sacred Heart has adopted and implemented the Common Core State Standards.  The curriculum we chose to implement meet the Common Core Standards and are closely monitored and designed not to interfere with our religious beliefs and teachings, allowing us to educate all children with an effective foundation for life. 

Preschool and Kindergarten Evaluations:

Students in Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary Preschool and Kindergarten classes are evaluated informally by observations and formally by verbal, written and kensthetic performances.  Each student is evaluated the first two weeks of school, and the curriculum is adjusted to meet each individual child’s needs.  The teacher will evaluate the student from a list of objectives and determine if the student has mastered the objective, working on mastering the objective or if the objective has not been introduced at this time. 

 

Elementary Evaluations

Students in first through sixth grades are evaluated on their work at the school.  Some evaluations will be formal with a test and others may be informal with observations, project presentations, or class work.  Grades are posted in an electronic grade book, Power School (a data based software), and may be viewed online by the parents with a password provided by the school.   Teachers are to post grades weekly by following the following criteria below:

 

First through Sixth Grades Religion:

                        40% Class work

                        50% Test

                        10% Projects

 

First and Second Grades Reading:

                        20% Comprehension (one grade a week)

                        10% Accelerated Reading Percentage (one grade per nine weeks)

                        20% Class Work/Homework (one grade a week)

                        20% Fluency reading evaluations (four grades each nine weeks)

                        20% High Frequency words (one grade a week)

                        10% Reading projects (one grade per nine weeks)

First and Second Grades Language Arts:

                       30% Grammar (one grade a week)

                       35% Spelling evaluations (one grade a week)

                       35% Phonics evaluations (one grade a week)

Third through Sixth Grades Reading:

                        20% Class Work/Homework (one grade a week)

                        30% Comprehension (one grade a week)

                        20% AR goal percentage for comprehension (one grade each nine weeks)

                        10% Reading projects (one grade per nine weeks)

                        20% Vocabulary (one grade a week)

Third through Sixth Grades Language Arts:

                       20% Class Work/Homework (one grade a week)

                       40% Spelling evaluations (one grade a week)

                       40% Grammar evaluations (one grade a week)

First through Sixth Grades Math:

                        20% Class work participation (one grade a week)

                        20% Homework assignments (one grade a week)

                        20% Math Facts in a Flash (one grade a week)

                        40% Test (four grades each nine weeks)

First through Sixth Grades Writing

                        20% Class Work and participation (one grade a week)

                        20% Edited writings (four per nine weeks)

                        20% Handwriting (one grade a week) (Cursive 4th – 6th grades)

                        40% Completed Projects (four per nine weeks)

First through Sixth Grades Science:

                        20% Participation and class work (one grade a week)

                        10% Note taking skills (one grade a week)

                        30% Vocabulary (one grade a week)

                        10% Presentation (one each nine weeks)

                        30% Test (four per nine weeks)

First through Sixth Grades Social Studies:

                        20% Participation/class work/Homework (one grade a week)

                        10% Note taking skills (one grade a week)

                        30% Vocabulary (one grade a week)

                        10% Presentation (one each nine weeks)

                        30% Test (four per nine weeks)

Special Classes of Art, Music, Computer, Library, Spanish

                        50% Participation (at least five each nine weeks)

                        50% Projects (at least two each nine weeks)

Physical Education

                        100% Participation (nine grades each nine weeks)

A student’s absence will affect the daily participation grade and special class grades will be reflected on the Student Honor scoring system.

Special Class Grading Scale

100 Outstanding: Always participates, shows 100% effort and successfully completes each lesson

90 Satisfactory: Always participates, shows 100% effort but struggles to complete each lesson.

80 Needs Improvement: Always participates, shows 80% effort and completes most of the lessons

70 Unsatisfactory: Refuses to participate, shows less than 80% effort and does not complete all the lessons.

Academic Grading Scale

Number Grade /Letter Grade

93-100                             A

85-92                               B

75-84                               C

70-74                               D

0-69                                 F

Conduct Grades

Conduct grades are reflections of a student’s behavior and are determined by the results of the behavior.  The following chart is to be used in calculating a conduct grade.

Checklist for Behavior (9-Weeks) Conduct Grading Scale

No Checklist

100               Warnings

95                 Detention (One hour after school)                   

90                 (Deduct 10 points for each additional detention)

ISS               (In School Suspension)

80                 (Deduct 10 points for each additional ISS)

 

Conduct grades do not affect the academic honor scoring.

Student Honors

Sacred Heart has three levels of honors:

              First Honors: all A’s excluding conduct

              Second Honors: all A’s and B’s excluding conduct

              Conduct Honors: an A in conduct regardless of academic grades

 

Promotion Policy

Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School has established minimum mastery requirements for each grade level in its Instructional Management Plan.  The final decision to retain (or promote) an individual student will be a joint decision of the teacher, parent, and Principal with the best interest of the child of primary importance.  Promotion and retention decisions for individual students will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion of four of the five major subject areas in grades 4-6.
  2. Successful completion of the two major subjects in grade 1-3 (Reading and Math)
  3. Successful completion involves a numerical average of 70 or above in each subject.
  4. Consistent attendance at school is required to be promoted to the next grade.  A student should not miss more than 20 days per the 180 days required for the year. Any student missing more than 20 days will not be promoted to the next grade level.  If a student accumulates more than 20 days, and the majority of the days are from a medical condition, promotion to the next grade must be approved with the discretion and recommendation of the teacher and principal.
  5. Results of standardized testing may be an indicator when deciding student progression. 
  6. Maturity level, student progression, and willingness to complete work will be considered when making promotion/retention decisions.