|Ms. Kittelson 2009-2010
As is stated on the course syllabi, students earn grades based on both effort and achievement.
Achievement is measured one of two ways:
1) A set standard whereby:
90% correct is an A;
80% correct is a B;
70% correct is a C; and
60% correct is a D.
2) A modified curve whereby the mean student score is a C, no matter the percentage correct.
The rationale for using a modified curve on occasion is that students should be given due credit when the curriculum is more advanced. Grading this way allows students to aim high without putting their grades at unreasonable risk.
Regarding late assignments*: Homework assignments (other than certain projects and essays) may be turned in ONE DAY late for HALF credit.
In the case of an EXCUSED absence (except with regard to projects and essays), students may be offered the opportunity to negotiate a new deadline; however, the teacher's decision as to the deadline is final and binding.
In order to negotiate a new deadline and to clarify what is indeed due, students who have been absent MUST come in for a few minutes AFTER SCHOOL to speak privately with the teacher, or they may send an e-mail.
*This policy does not apply to AP students. Students in AP English may not turn in assignments late. This AP policy will be further clarified in class.