More Information on Assignments and Grading
In order to help with understanding our expectations for work at
the STEM School, below are some bullets that we believe may help
you as you observe your child's performance.
Edmodo and Grading
Students have daily work they do throughout our units. This work
can be found in Edmodo and is posted in the calendar. Please see
the website information link titled "Current Activities and
Assignments in Edmodo" for detailed information.
Inertia Institute is the name given to the two times in
the year (1st week of January and last week of May) where students
work online to fill in any gaps (scores of Missing or Below Basic).
The online program students use is Edgenuity. This online
work provides students with the necessary information, video,
practice to make sure no individual grades are any lower than
Basic. In order to earn credit for a course at the STEM School,
EVERY grade must be a basic, proficient, or advanced. Students with
any grade not at this level by the end of school will be required
to attend summer school until EVERY grade is at the level of basic,
proficient, or advanced.
Students who have ALL of their grades at basic,
proficient, or advanced participate in Dividend Days in place of
Inertia Institute. These students work on enrichment opportunities
and activities. During this past Dividend Days, students learned
Number Theory (masters level math course), built professional
network, created photo montages, participated in tours of Chatt
State programs, etc.
All PBL project work have rubrics that students are given
at the beginning of a unit. The rubrics include the necessary
requirements for students to earn proficient and advanced levels.
Basic is not an acceptable option for PBL work.
Students at the STEM School are capable of and have shown
they can produce proficient and advanced project work. Our
expectations are that each student is working to produce high level
Students have all year to remediate (or fix) any Learning
Target grade. We will cut off the remediation opportunity in the
second week of May. Up until then, students can work to move any
grade to a higher grade. So, if a student has a score of basic (70)
on a learning target from January, the student can still work to
improve on that grade and can earn an advanced (100) prior to the
end of the year. Once we hit the second week of May, the highest
grade a student can earn is basic (70) on a graded item.