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How Do I Claim My ‘A’ And Call It A Year

How do I claim my ‘A’s in my classes and call it good for the school year right now?

Yesterday, DeKalb Schools released an End-Of-Year Guide explainging how the district plans on wrapping up the 2019-2020 school year. In addition to a modified calendar and end of year activities, it explained final grade calculations.

1st – 11th Grades – Final Grade Calculations
Teachers will calculate each student’s final grade after evaluating which option is higher.
• Option A – Use the grade as of March 13, 2020 as the semester final grade
• Option B – Use the grade as of March 13, 2020 and the virtual learning assignments to calculate the semester final grade

If a student has earned an “A” as of March 13th, the grade is archived. Any virtual learning assignments will be graded and can only improve a student’s grade. Administrators will receive the procedures for teachers to access the archived grades within the next week. During a scheduled student and/or parent conference, a teacher will be able to share a student’s archived grade. In the meantime, a parent and student may access the current grade including virtual learning assignments through Infinite Campus.

Parents who would like to see their student’s grade as of March 13th which was the 9-week grading period, can log into Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Once parents log into parent portal, click on the course and then click on term 2-1 and you will see the 9-week average.

My most frequently asked question from parents and students: How do I claim my March 13th ‘A’ and be done with the school year in that class?

Some of the heartfelt responses from teachers include:

This is a great opportunity to improve grades!!! Teachers are working hard on lesson plans and to try to help kids with virtual assignments!! I’m trying my hardest as a mom and as a teacher! Don’t throw in the towel!!!!


I am doing three things in my classes, and it is exhausting! For those who were failing at 9 weeks, I have to find a way to give them an opportunity to raise their grade and pass. For those who want to be prepared for the future, I have to find a way to make sure they have an opportunity to learn all they should learn. And for those who just want a bump, to turn that C into a B or that B into an A, I have to have a mechanism that fairly allows that. But I expect (quite reasonably) that most of my students are going to disappear. And I will miss them a great deal…

Stacy Stepney is the Chief Academic Officer at DeKalb Schools. She has some thoughts for students who would like to call it a year.

Stacy Stepney DeKalb Schools

STACY STEPNEY
DeKalb Schools – Chief Academic Officer

All students are encouraged to continue learning the content standards and skills in each course until school ends. Some courses cover pre-requisite content and skills that serve as a foundation for future courses in areas such as mathematics, science, world languages, and English language arts.

Scenario:
A student has earned an 87% in an AP, IB, or dual enrollment class. The 87% is weighted as an “A” because the student receives 4 quality points when the grade point average is calculated in DCSD. If the student continues to submit virtual learning assignments, the student may increase his/her class average to 90%, which is truly an “A” that receives 5 quality points when the grade point average is calculated in DCSD.

When the student’s HOPE grade point average is calculated, the weighting is removed and re-calculated by HOPE’s formula. The high school grade point average is not the same as the HOPE grade point average.

Many scholarship opportunities use the weighted grade point average as a qualifier as reflected in the scenario above. One factor that determines the valedictorians, salutatorians, and top 10% graduates is the weighted grade point average. Also, a student’s grade point average in core area subjects is considered during the gifted eligibility process.

If a student has earned an “A” as of March 13th, the grade is archived. Any virtual learning assignments will be graded and can only improve a student’s grade. Administrators will receive the procedures for teachers to access the archived grades within the next week. During a scheduled student and/or parent conference, a teacher will be able to share a student’s archived grade. In the meantime, a parent and student may access the current grade including virtual learning assignments through Infinite Campus.

STACY STEPNEY
Chief Academic Officer

DeKalb Schools – End Of Year Guide For Students And Families

We are approaching the end of the school year at DeKalb Schools. So, what’s the plan? This will hopefully answer many of your questions.

DeKalb Schools

SUMMARY

• Last day of school for Seniors will be Friday, May 8, 2020
• Last day of school for PreK-11 will be Friday, May 15, 2020
• The week of May 11-15 will be an academic support week for seniors and their teachers. The deadline for teachers to post the senior grades is Friday, May 15th.
• Post-planning for teachers will be the week of May 18-22 instead of originally planned May 22nd. The deadline for teachers to post PreK-11 grades is Wednesday, May 20th.
• Essential employees will continue to work on supply/demand schedule until such time the Governor’s Shelter-in-Place Order is modified.
• All other employees will continue to telework until such time the Governor’s Shelter-in-Place Order is modified.

GRADUATION CEREMONIES
Graduation ceremonies will be moved from the week of May 18-23rd to the week of June 22-27th. We have not made the decision yet on type of graduation but two options on the table.
• Virtual Graduation
• Hybrid Face-to-Face with seniors and staff only (will live stream and broadcast on Comcast channel PDSTV24 for families and friends)
• Final decision will be made near end of April/first of May pending Governor’s decision on Shelter in Place.

FULL End of Year Guide – 26 Page End-Of-Year Guide including FAQ

DeKalb Schools - End Of Year

FINAL GRADE CALCULATIONS (PRE-K – 11TH GRADES)

HOLD HARMLESS – All students’ grades from January 6 – March 13, 2020 have been archived. Virtual learning assignments can only be used to improve a student’s final average in the course.

Kindergarten
Teachers will continue to assess the students using the Kindergarten report card.

1st – 11th grades
Teachers will calculate each student’s final grade after evaluating which option is higher.
• Option A – Use the grade as of March 13, 2020 as thesemester final grade
• Option B – Use the grade as of March 13, 2020 and the virtual learning assignments to calculate the semester final grade

Any student in K- 11th grade who is not passing will have the opportunity to take a subject area competency assessment supported with remediation and a credit recovery program. Students will automatically be placed in the transition program in August 2020 to receive additional academic support throughout the year.

12th grade
Teachers will calculate each student’s final grade after evaluating which option is higher.
• Option A – Use the grade as of March 13, 2020 as thesemester final grade
• Option B – Use the grade as of March 13, 2020 and the virtual learning assignments to calculate the semester final grade

Summer opportunities will be provided for seniors who were not on track to graduate prior to March 13, 2020 to attempt grade recovery in order to be a summer graduate. If the senior is unable to successfully complete all graduation requirements before the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the senior will be classified as a retained 12th grade student.

END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES (12TH GRADE)

End of Year Date for Seniors: May 8, 2020
The last day for seniors is May 8, 2020. However, the week of May 11-15, 2020 is available for additional academic support. Teachers will post final grades for seniors on May 15, 2020.

Senior Week: May 11-15, 2020
Schools will conduct VIRTUAL senior celebrations during this timeframe. Principals will plan accordingly.

Graduation Ceremonies: Week of June 22-27, 2020
Graduation ceremonies have been moved to the week of June 22-27, 2020. The District is considering a virtual graduation or a hybrid face-to-face ceremony at the AIC Auditorium. A firm decision will be made no later than May 13, 2020. (Note: Decisions may change based on the most current COVID-19 information/updates.)

Summer Graduation Ceremony: August 7, 2020
This ceremony will be open to summer graduates and May graduates who were unable to attend in June.

Senior Activities
School-sponsored class trips and field trips scheduled for the 2019-2020 school year have been canceled. Details and guidelines for reimbursements are under development and will be communicated as soon as possible.

Proms have been postponed. Each high school principal will review prom contracts to determine if the prom event can be re-scheduled at a later date. If not, the local school will contact the students to provide details about reimbursements, if applicable.

All end of year activities are contingent upon the most recent state, local and district guidance related to health advisories per the COVID-19 pandemic. DCSD will monitor guidelines as it relates to large gatherings and establish parameters in compliance with the guidance.