This year, students are being called down to the office on a weekly basis for grade checks. I wish that I could guarantee the day of the week but my schedule does not allow this to happen consistently. I REALLY try to complete this process on Monday or Tuesday at the latest and will strive for that to happen.
On average, these checks take 1-2 minutes per student. Depending on how quickly students report, there has been up to 10-15 minutes of time waiting to get grades checked because of students lining up and waiting. We are working on this part of the process and hope to reduce this wait time.
There are three possibilities that occur during the grade check:
- A student is on track, doing well, and should continue what they are doing. This means that they are eligible to practice, play, and participate in their activity for the coming week.
- A student is told they are on probation. Parent/guardians, coaches, and the student are informed of specific areas of improvement that must occur in the following week to get on track. This also means that they are eligible to practice, play, and participate in their activity for the coming week.
- A student is told they are on suspension from play. Parent/guardians, coaches, and the student are informed of specific areas of improvement that must occur before the student may return to play/participating in their activity. They are eligible to practice during this time and are encouraged to be in school clothes on the side line or at the activity but are not able to participate. We want students to be able to see what they are missing, help their team through practice, and maintain their own desire to stay involved. Once they have met all of the specific requirements for participation, they will be released from suspension from play at their next weekly grade check.
We acknowledge that this is not a clear black and white system. We feel it is fair because students, families, and coaches have one week notice to correct academic and attendance issues before any penalty is placed on the student. Students will be treated at the level that is most appropriate for their academic and attendance need on a case-by-case basis.
For example, students with good grades but who are not reaching their potential will be pushed and students who struggle academically and are working as hard as they can will be supported and encouraged. We want what is best for all students and their efforts are part of this process. The school will also work with parents/guardians to hold a stricter standard with their student IF it is discussed in advance with Mr. Z. The school will also grade check any student (even if they don’t participate in activities) with parent/guardian request IF it is discussed in advance with Mr. Z.
Essentially, Central Linn wants to have students completing work, retaking assessments, and demonstrating knowledge in a timely manner. This varies by class and is student dependent, but we know that it is very important for student success. We know that families (and even the students) want to keep up with the educational expectations and that the extra “push” from the office will facilitate this happening. Student success is the goal of this program and we will gladly listen to ideas that will increase student success.
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