Middle School Math (Course 1, 2, & 3)
GRADING CRITERA (the grade weight may slightly differ based on your course)
(*a minimum of 2 hours per week on the ALEKS math program is required and will be part of your final grade in Tyler)
GRADING SCALE: 100-90% = A 89-80% = B 79-70% = C 69-60% = D 59% = F
- Schoology has taken the place of Google Classroom. We are no longer using Google Classroom.
- All students are required to have a Schoology account and will be expected to check it daily. *Additional coursework listed in the Edgenuity program will come from the LIVE lessons and Schoology activities. Activities in Schoology will be required unless otherwise noted.
- Students should check their progress on Edgenuity and ALEKS each time they sign on to the programs.
- Understanding your Edgenuity grades:
There are 2 Grades listed on an Edgenuity Progress Report:
1) The Actual Grade is more like what you would see in your traditional classroom. The Actual Grade is the grade based on the work you've submitted, but it is adjusted down IF YOU ARE BEHIND in progress. Edgenuity considers everything assigned up to the current date. Due dates can be found in your course report.
2) The Overall Grade is the grade on only the work you have actually submitted/completed so far. There is no penalty for any missing or overdue assignments.
- For ALEKS, students and parents can check their progress by clicking on "REPORTS" once signed into ALEKS. These reports show the time spent each day/each week, and also show topics learned, show progress, etc. Come see Mrs. Keene if you need help understanding these reports.
- Math students can earn extra credit through Classcraft. Classcraft is a classroom management and incentive program. Classcraft does not take additional time, and it is not a video game. The program does have educational WebQuests that students may choose to do and use toward their weekly activity log. Find more information here.
*Make sure you are ALWAYS logged into your IDfirstname.lastname@example.org account when emailing your teachers or AAO staff.
- The preferred way of communication with me is through email to email@example.com.
- Requests for quiz and test unlocks should be sent from your scool email and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please check your STUDENT GMAIL DAILY for announcements, assignments, and answers to frequently asked questions. Be sure to check your email several times a day to make sure nothing new has been added.
- Schoology is up and running, sooyou will need to check that daily. This has taken the place of Google Classroom. That is where I will add helpful videos, materials, and resources to help you through your course lessons. You may use these resources as part of your notes.
- Our "AAO MS DAILY UPDATE" will be sent every morning Monday-Friday to give you the daily schedule, news, important dates, daily announcment video from Mr. S, etc.
- Email is ALWAYS the best way to reach me for questions and support. Remember, at AAO, an email is like a "virtual hand raise" in a traditional classroom. :)
- The website for you to log in is student.edgenuity.com; your login information is email@example.com; your password is your first name with the first letter capitalized.
- Edgenuity is self-paced. You will watch videos on each topic.
- While watching the video, you need to take quality notes in a notebook, then you can use your notes to take and pass a quiz. You may choose to take notes with paper and pencil or on your computer, however, the notes on paper are more effective for learning and studying. The more effort you put into your notes, the better your grade will be. Remember, I will be asking to see your notes if you need to meet with me about a topic.
- Make sure you have a notebook for EACH subject you are taking in Edgenuity. Organized notes help you be more successful and are a great tool when you go to take your quizzes/reviews.
- At the end of each chapter, you will take a Unit/Topic Test that contains all the concepts you learned in that chapter. In addition, there is one final cumulative exam based on the entire course (so make sure to keep your notes in a notebook that is clearly math).
- You may be asked questions during quiz or test interviews in order to support and reinforce your individual learning experience.
- Unit Tests must be unlocked by the teacher after you complete and pass the unit review (Read about Test expectations under What are the Test/Exam Rules? further in this document).
Notes about Grading and Progress Reports:
- Edgenuity Learning Management System automatically keeps a record of your current grade based on weight categories for completed Assignments, Quizzes and Tests. You can see your grade by logging into student.edgenuity.com.
- Quiz: 10 questions at the end of each section. All work needs to be shown in a dedicated notebook and you may be asked to show your notes at any time. In other words, your notes may help you, and they may also help me to pinpoint where you are having difficulty in your learning.
What are the general rules for Edgenuity?
- All quizzes, tests, and final exams will be locked and will require a teacher to unlock.
- Time limits: Quiz: 60 minutes, Test: 120 minutes, Final Exam: 180 minutes.
- I will be available to answer questions, unlock items, etc., during your assigned school day.
- You will be required to maintain an appropriate pacing schedule (weekly Zoom meetings will help us check and connect).
How do I get credit?
- Your teacher can ask for evidence of your work (i.e. notes, handwritten work, etc.) before counting a quiz, test, exam, or final grade. This could be before, during, or after a quiz/test/final.
- At any time you may be asked to check-in with your teacher on Zoom/video chat. During this check-in, you may be asked to show your notebook and show evidence of the work you have been doing (on paper). During this check in you can have questions ready to ask your teacher, and you should also be prepared to answer questions from your teacher about your lessons/notes, etc.
- Once you complete your Edgenuity course, you may be asked to turn in your notebook for verification. Your notebook should contain all the notes that you took from the videos, as well as quiz and test work, labeled by question and topic. I will verify that all work is your own before submitting your credit to the office.
What are the quiz rules?
- Before each quiz is unlocked, you may have to show your completed guided notes/send a photo of your notes for that section. Your notes must include examples and show the work you completed to solve your problems.
- You may need to submit why one wrong answer was not correct for every quiz question. You may also be asked to explain why the right answer is correct. An interview may serve as tutoring to raise a failing quiz grade to 60%.
- If you are asked to explain how you did a problem, your answer can’t simply be, “I did it in my head," or “I didn’t understand.” Be specific, include evidence from your notes, assignments, and lessons. With math, if you can show me by showing your calculations on paper, it will help me see where you are specifically having difficulty with a topic or problem, and that will help me provide you with better support.
- You will be asked to participate in a Zoom interview for quizzes and tests that are attempted twice and receive 60% or lower.
What are the Test/Exam Rules?
- Tests and the final exam may be proctored via video conference (with camera and microphone “on”).
- Before each unit/topic test and final exam, you will be required to pass the test review with 70% or better and show work for the review. An interview may be required.
- After your test/exam, you may be required to pass an interview over a video conference where you will be asked to explain problems that your teacher chooses from the test (regardless of your grade). If you are unable to explain, refuse to participate, or make up an excuse regarding why you can’t participate, you will receive a score of 50% on the test and all quizzes.
- If you want a test retake due to receiving a 50% from the situation outlined above or a failed attempt, your test review will be reset and you will have to re-do it, and then participate in a conference before retaking it to show that you are ready.
What is Cheating? Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
- Giving your guided notes/notes to someone to copy or claim as their own
- Using Google or other online apps to solve the problems for you, copying the steps, and then claiming you did the work
- Using Google to copy explanations of concepts and claim them as your own explanations
- Copying and pasting writing and ideas from any source. Your ideas should be your own. Remember, we can check for plagiarism.
- Using apps/websites/videos of any kind to solve problems during a timed assessment
- Using Google to copy and paste Edgenuity questions to try to look up the answer
- Sharing quiz/test answers with others through any means (screenshots, texting, etc.)
- Getting someone else to take a quiz/test for you
- Getting help from someone else while you are taking a quiz/test
- Edgenuity tracks your active work time and when you log in. You must work for the duration of your assigned period. Attendance will be taken using this session log or Zoom.
What happens if I cheat or am caught cheating?
- You may receive a 50% on the assignment/quiz/test.
- You may have to re-do the assignment/quiz/test.
- You may have to restart your chapter (lose all of your progress).
- You may have your quizzes supervised from that point on.
- You may have required conferencing/video conferencing with the teacher before each quiz.
Always do your personal best. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Always be willing to try. If you do these three things, you will be off to a great start! Remember, I am here to help!