Middle School Weekly Wrap Up

11/9/18

First Quarter Award Ceremony

First academic quarter over!!! We would like to take time to reflect on our hard-working high school students and honor them during a Quarter 1 awards ceremony on November 16!


We are looking for students who are impressing Agora staff in the areas of:

· Growth mindset – owning mistakes, using feedback, trying again, making improvements

· Engagement/Participation – in class, in the course, modeling how it’s done for their classmates

· Goals/Aspirations – they’ve set short- or long-term goals because they know who they are and what they want to do and what it will take to get it done!

Teachers, case managers, family coaches, school counselors—we’re looking for student names from all of you! Please post your picks for student recognition on one, two, or all three tabs on the spreadsheet linked here:

https://goo.gl/forms/e4z1P4VUZeSPW22o2

Grading Policy:

Second-chance assessment opportunities shall be made available to students who have missed a summative assessment, to students who have failed a summative assessment, and to students who have earned below an 80% on a summative assessment. For students who missed a summative assessment for a legitimate reason (an excused absence or emergency), the highest possible score that may be earned on a reassessment is 100%. Students who must reassess because they missed an initial summative assessment for an unexcused reason, who must reassess because they failed an initial assessment, or who wish to reassess because they have earned below an 80%, may earn up to an 80% on the reassessment.


1. If a student who fails with less than a 65% reassesses and earns a higher grade, the higher grade replaces the previously recorded lower grade (up to an 80).


2. Since a teacher should only require students to reassess on non-proficient skills or tasks, the reassessment grade should never result in a lower final grade on the assignment.


3. A teacher may require a student to complete all formative assessments that are directly correlated with the summative assessment before a reassessment for the summative is administered (if this step has not previously been taken).


4. A teacher may require students to complete a relearning plan (detailing the steps that a student will need to undertake to demonstrate proficiency on the summative) before a reassessment is administered.


5. A teacher may assign a reasonable timeline for a reassessment opportunity.


6. Reassessment opportunities for formative assessments are at the teacher’s discretion.


7. Assessments may be monitored by Agora staff. (see Testing Requirements)

Common Unit Assessments

Allowing students a week to complete the common unit assessment allows for plenty of opportunity. It also meets the need of extended time since there is time outside of the classroom to complete.


Remember if you have students who are excelling and working ahead it is okay to assess them with the mid unit assessment so they can move on as well as the end of the unit assessment. This is part of differentiated instruction. Use the data to decide which students need to remain on a topic and re-mediate and who can move forward. Students do not all have to be at the same place at the same time when data and differentiation are used properly in class.

Nearpod Lesson Samples

Here is a blog of how Florida Virtual is using Nearpod. It is always great to see how other schools are using Nearpod for lessons. Enjoy!


https://nearpod.com/blog/virtual-school/?fbclid=IwAR1UN3bnsqoRiFEG_niMHtg78mBU820s8AA-dnPFQgMYCKnKFU0Be3U_uKY

Student Attendance

Just reminder to let students know to strive for 95% daily attendance!

Reminders:

November 12: Staff PD at 3:00pm

November 13: Bridget MTSS meeting at MCIU in PM

November 14: Bridget Principal Meeting in AM

November 16: Report cards posted to Sapphire