Junior High Evaluation and Assessment Policy

If evaluations are to be effective, there needs to be clear communication to students related to assignment criteria and completion timelines. To ensure the academic success of all students, a two-phased approach is required:
  1. Proactive Planning and Support
  2. Response Protocol Procedures:
    • Procedure 1: Late/Missed Assignments
    • Procedure 2: Late/Missed Assessments (Tests/Quizzes)
    • Procedure 3: Second Chance Opportunities

Proactive and Preventative Planning and Support Late/Missed Assignments and Tests/Quizzes (Regulations 4.13-4.24)

Juniper Ridge Intermediate School will use a number of strategies to help prevent and/or address late and missed assignments. Proactive planning and strategic support include the following components:
  1. Ongoing communication by administration and teachers to students and parents/guardians regarding clear expectation of student responsibilities for the completion of assignments;
  2. Explaining to students the relevance and value of completing assignments for their overall achievement and as evidence of one’s learning;
  3. Ensuring teachers assign a minimum number of relevant and engaging assignments specifically targeted to key curricular outcomes;
  4. Completing assignments in stages during class time where possible; with the teacher monitoring progress and providing descriptive, frequent and timely feedback support to ensure a higher level of completion.
  5. Communication with parents regarding upcoming assignments/assessments.
  6. Our school will use Review 360 and PowerSchool as a monitoring system for students who repeatedly miss tests/quizzes.
  7. Parents/guardians and students must be proactive about providing timely notification regarding planned upcoming absences (i.e. family vacations). Parents/guardians need to contact the office to notify the school of their child’s absence. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are aware of missed work and missed assessments. The teacher will determine how the missed outcomes will be alternatively assessed.

Procedure 1: Late/Missed Assignments (Regulations 4.13-4.16)

Students are expected to submit all assignments according to the date designated by the teacher. If an assignment is not received by the deadline:
  • A zero will be assigned as a placeholder.
  • An L (Late) will be placed in GradeBook.
  • The student will inform the teacher of the reason for the late/missed assignment.
  • The teacher will inform the parent/guardian that the assignment was not submitted (through email, phone call, etc.) on the day the assignment is due. Parents/guardians must contact the teacher to provide a reason for the missed assignment.
If the reason for a missed assignment is deemed valid: The teacher will inform the student and parent of the new deadline. Valid reasons for missing an assignment deadline include: illness, medical appointment, injury, hospitalization, incarceration, school sponsored trip/activity, approved educational travel, or death in the immediate family. Documentation will be required to support valid reasons. Documentation must be submitted to the teacher no later than the newly assigned due date. Extenuating circumstances will be considered by administration on an individual basis.
  • If the reason for a missed assignment is deemed invalid:
  • The teacher will initiate a process of mark reduction.
  • Invalid reasons for a missed assignment include:
    • Forgetting/claiming to not being aware of the date of the assessment
    • Refusal to write the assessment, unprepared for the assessment
    • Failure to notify school of an absence
    • Non-medical/non-urgent appointments (i.e. hair appointment, driving lesson, etc.) or failure to not providing documentation as requested.
    • Extenuating circumstances will be considered by administration on an individual basis.
  • If the grade reduction process is initiated, the following guidelines will apply:
    • Assignments late by 1 school day will result in a 10% deduction to the final grade earned
    • Assignments late by 2 school days will result in a 20% deduction to the final grade earned
    • Assignments late by 3 school days will result in a 30% deduction to the final grade earned
    • Assignments not submitted within three days of the scheduled due date will be assigned a grade of zero. For example, an assignment due on Monday will be accepted until the end of the school day on Thursday.
    • Extenuating circumstances will be considered by Administration on an individual basis.
    • All assignments are to be submitted to the teacher during the class period that the assignment was due.

Procedure 2: Late/Missed Assessments (Tests/Quizzes) (Regulations 4.17 -4.24)

Students are expected to complete assessments (tests/quizzes) according to the date/time they are scheduled. If a test/quiz is not completed as scheduled:
  • The student or parent/guardian will inform the teacher of the reason for not writing the assessment.
  • If notification was from the student, the teacher will inform the parent/guardian that the assessment was not written, first through PowerSchool and then through email or phone call if necessary, on the day of the assessment.
  • If the reason for a missed assessment is deemed valid:
    • The teacher will inform the student and parent of how and when the missed assessment will be completed. Valid reasons for missing an assessment include: illness, medical appointment, injury, hospitalization, incarceration, school sponsored trip/activity, approved educational travel, or death in the family.
    • Documentation may be required to support valid reasons. Extenuating circumstances will be considered by administration on an individual basis.
  • If the reason for a missed assessment is deemed invalid:
    • The teacher will inform the student how and when the missed assessment will be completed. Invalid reasons for a missed assessment include but are not limited to: forgetting/claiming to not being aware of the date of the assessment, refusal to write the assessment, unprepared for the assessment, failure to notify school of an absence, non-medical, non-urgent appointments or not providing documentation as requested. Extenuating circumstances will be considered by administration on an individual basis.
    • A zero will be assigned as a placeholder.
    • An M (missing) will be placed in GradeBook.
    • A mark deduction of 10% may be applied to the earned grade when missed assessments are completed.
    • A student who refuses to complete an assessment will be referred to the administration and may be given a zero.
    • A student with recurring incidences of missed assessments will be referred to administration for an intervention plan.
  • Missed quizzes or similar type assessments (ie. Listening assignments, labs, etc.) may be completed the teacher’s discretion. Given the nature of the assessment, the teacher may opt to use an end of unit assessment or similar assessment measuring the same outcomes to replace the missed assessment.
  • Student refusal is not a valid reason for not completing an evaluation.

Procedure 3: Second Chance Opportunities (Regulations 4.29- 4.36)

  • Second chance opportunities are an important component of intervention plans for students who are academically at risk. Teachers will use their discretion considering two key overall parameters:
    • Important curriculum outcomes linked to future learning.
    • Whether students are academically at risk of failure.
  • In each circumstance, students may be required to complete prerequisites; including: completing assigned work, attending tutorials, correcting mistakes on previously assigned work, etc., as assigned by the teacher.
    • The assessment provided as a second chance opportunity can be an alternate version of the original assessment or a different type of assessment as determined by the teacher. Furthermore, the new assessment may address select key curriculum outcomes from a previous assessment or may be a full assessment based on the unit of study.
  • The date and time of the second chance opportunity will be determined by the teacher.
  • When second chance opportunities are permitted, any improvement will be reflected in a student’s overall achievement.
  • Second chance opportunities are at the discretion of the teacher in alignment with school guidelines and are not an automatic mechanism for increasing a student’s mark.
  • A review of a student’s program should be initiated if second chance opportunities are required on an ongoing basis in order to be successful.

Academic Honesty (Regulations 4.28)

Based on consideration of the contributing factors and the professional judgment of the teacher, in consultation with the school’s administration, consequences may include, but are not limited to:
  • disciplinary action in accordance with the school’s Code of Conduct (ex. suspension from school and/or school activities);
  • an opportunity to complete a similar assessment with a possible mark reduction as determined by the teacher and the school administration;
  • a grade of zero on the assessment.

School Wide Intervention Plan

Students who are academically at risk may require a School Wide Intervention Plan. This School Wide Intervention Plan may include the following interventions:
  • Contact with parents/guardians (Teacher, Guidance or Administrator Initiated): Types of contact include: phone call, email, Parent-Student portal of PowerSchool, Review 360, etc.
  • Teacher/Student Conference (Teacher Initiated): Determine any supports which may be required for future success. Discussion around academic priorities, goal setting, time management, work habits and study skills. A student contract could be used at the teacher’s discretion.
  • At-Risk Student Meeting (Teacher, Administrator or Guidance Initiated): The student’s academic achievement to date in all courses/programs is reviewed by a school team to determine next steps and if changes to the student’s program are required. Teachers, administration and guidance meet in teams (grade level, divisionally, department, etc.) to discuss all academically asterisk students and to develop appropriate student intervention plans.
  • Review of Program (Teacher, Administrator or Guidance Initiated): The student’s program is reviewed to determine appropriate placement. This may involve the initiation of the pre-referral/IEP process as well as a review of academic records and psycho-educational assessment results.
  • Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) (School Team including Administration): If the student has an IEP, it will be determined if the current assessment is appropriate and whether an alternate assessment is required.

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Digital Citizenship

  • Think before you post and avoid gossip.
  • zGet permission before taking pictures, videos or images. Students are not permitted to take photos, voice recordings, or video clips at any point of the school day and/or on school property without permission from administration.
  • Protect your personal information online. Keep personal photos and information, including passwords, private and keep personal devices in a secure place.
  • Be aware of your online safety.
  • Tell a trusted adult about anything which makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Report cyberbullies and suspicious online activities.
  • Be respectful in the online environment and report any online activities that are not in keeping with this respect.
  • Devices are not be out or used during instructional time unless directed by the teacher.
  • During school hours, phone is set to DO NOT DISTURB
  • During class time students are not permitted to be using electronic devices in the hallways or bathrooms
  • Students are permitted to use cell phones during recess and first half of lunch. They are not permitted in the Cafeteria.
  • Follow your school electronic contract.

Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement Students and Parents/Guardians

The use of electronic devices is now a part of daily life for most students. These devices can help student learning and engage students in the classroom. Our school uses electronic devices such as computers, interactive whiteboards, tablets and other mobile devices in the classroom to enhance academic achievement and help motivate students. Through the use of the school’s network, access to learning resources and applications (apps) help all students meet learning objectives. To help protect all students, proper use guidelines and practices for these devices must be established, followed and monitored. All parents/guardians must sign an Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement prior to students being permitted to use/access technology and online resources at school. The purpose of the agreement is to:
  • Ensure students and parents/guardians are aware of the conditions under which students are permitted to use technology;
  • Outline expectations and responsibilities of students and appropriate and inappropriate use of technology.
We ask parents and guardians to monitor use and to discuss these regulations and the proper use of technology with their children and we thank you for your support.

Online / “Cloud Services”

Some online tools and apps are referred to as “cloud services”. This means that students will store saved work online. Using cloud services, or online resources, will allow students to work on projects outside of school time. Schools will provide each student a user name, password and email address. To gain access to online resources and applications, students will need to use the provided account, password, and email address. Online privacy is a top priority for our school and the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (District) and we protect the online work of our students to the best of our ability.

Safe and Caring Schools

All students are expected to abide by the school’s Code of Conduct when using technology, accessing the Internet and interacting online.

Internet Access and Filtering

All schools now provide Internet access for teaching and learning. The Internet contains a wealth of educational material for the classroom but can also contain material that is not appropriate. The District filters web sites believed to be inappropriate for students. The District cannot and does not guarantee that inappropriate material can be completely filtered.

Email

Students will be assigned a gmail account for email purposes, e.g. JDoe_s@nlesd.ca. All student email addresses have the underscore (_) and ‘s’ contained in them. For more information, go to the District’s E-mail Policy and associated Regulations. Social Media The District recognizes that social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) is a tool that can further enhance teaching and learning in our schools as well as communication between home and school and with the public. Students may have the opportunity to access various forms of social media at school. Further information will be provided at the school level. For more information, go to the District’s Social Media Policy and Terms of Reference for Students .

Portable Devices

The use of portable electronic devices (e.g., iPads, iPhones, laptop computers) is now part of daily life for most students. These devices promote student engagement, creativity and learning. Many schools now have sets of devices available for classroom use. Students may also be able to use their own portable electronic devices at school, in accordance with consistent, school-wide guidelines as determined by the school administration and staff. This Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement applies, whether a student is using a school-owned or personal device.

Acceptable Use of Technology

  • Technology, is to be used for educational activities and learning, and for other purposes as permitted by the school administration.
  • The use of personal devices (e.g., student-owned iPads, cellular phones, laptop computers) during class time should be for educational purposes only, in accordance with consistent, school-wide guidelines and practices as determined by the school administration and staff. Please note that school trips are considered class time.
  • Students must follow all District and school policies when using technology and treat others with respect at all times.
  • Portable electronic devices are permitted in rooms where exams are being written, with the permission of the teacher. For instance, permission must be obtained to use a device as a calculator.
  • In general, the use of personal devices is not permitted in K-6 classrooms, except in circumstances where their use is required to support the documented learning needs of individual students. The determination is made by the school administration, in consultation with appropriate staff.
The following is NOT permitted :
  1. Attempting to gain access to someone else’s information or account without permission;
  2. Sharing or posting personally identifiable information (such as phone number and address) online;
  3. Meeting in person with anyone met online without parent awareness and permission;
  4. Breaking copyright or license use agreements; copying ideas, work or writings done by another person or source; and
  5. Engaging in activity which may be considered to be bullying or intimidation of others or engaging in activity which is disruptive to the school environment.

Expectations

  • Student users are expected to :
  • Behave as they would in any other environment where they represent their school and/or the District. Students are to conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical and respectful manner in accordance with the standards of the District.
  • Ensure their mobile device is charged before coming to school – there may be limited electrical outlets available;
  • Ensure proper action is taken such as turning off ringers, so that a personal mobile device does not disrupt instructional time;
  • Ensure that their device is always stored in a safe and secure place;
  • Keep usernames and passwords private and respect the privacy of others;
  • Use all technology responsibly and not abuse or deliberately damage equipment or networks;
  • Be responsible for their own mobile devices. The school or District is not responsible if a personal device such as a cell phone or iPad is lost, stolen or damaged;
  • Immediately report any safety or security problems, or any inappropriate or uncomfortable situations involving technology; and,
  • Respect information/media obtained on the Internet by including references/citing the correct source.

Monitoring and Access

Staff may access district-provided student accounts and communications for assessment purposes, to maintain system integrity, and to ensure students are using the system responsibly and safely.

Consequences

Use of technology resources including networks, computers or mobile devices and the Internet is a privilege that can be restricted or denied at any time for misuse or abusive conduct. Students may be subject to disciplinary action for using technology in violation of district policies, up to and including suspension. Failure to cooperate with the above will result in the application of an escalating scale of clear and consistent consequences.

● In the event that an electronics device is used for academic fraud a parent will be contacted and the device will be confiscated, a grade of 0% will result.

The following is a summary of the escalating scale of Clear and Consistent Consequences for the Electronics Policy at Juniper Ridge Intermediate for the school year 2017 – 2018:

Clear and Consistent Consequences: Electronics Policy

Clear and Consistent Consequences: Electronics Policy

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IMPT: JR. Band Info

Start up information and band schedules went home today!

Please email me at amyfleming@nlesd.ca so that I can set up an email list to help alleviate the amount of paper being used as well as to help us get information out to you quickly!

Thank you for your support and I look forward to working with you!

Welcome!

Hi there!

I am the replacement teacher in Math/Science 7 this year. I will be working with students until April 2018. Mrs. Stephanie Chaytor will be returning to the position at that time.

Please hit the following link to visit my website: Mrs. Singleton’s Website

Courses:

    Math 7E

    Science 7E

    Health 7E

    Math 7F

    Science 7F

    Social Studies 7C

    Religion 7C

    Religion 7D

If you have any questions or concerns please call me at the school 437-3361 or by email: kristasingleton@nlesd.ca

Thanks!

Krista Singleton B.Sc., B. Ed., M. Ed.

Science/Math Teacher – Grade 7

Juniper Ridge Intermediate, Torbay, NL

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