Grading Policies and Classsroom Rules

Grading Policies

Here’s the grades you can earn on assignments in my class:




 What the heck is an NY? 

It means Not Yet.

Meaning, you haven’t done enough work to get an A or a B yet.

What does that mean?  It means you get a “do-over” and can give it another shot to make your assignment better.  I’m not going to give you a bad grade on the assignment, because a bad grade doesn’t teach you anything.  You’re not here to fail, you’re here to learn, and you learn from getting it right, so if your work isn’t up to the level it should be,  you’ll get to do it again and get it right.

If you need help doing it again, well, that’s why there’s a teacher in the room – it’s our job to help you, so ask us.

Of course, you have to get assignments re-done in a reasonable amount of time, so you don’t fall behind, but that’s something we’ll discuss on an individual basis when the time comes.

The Online Gradebook (TeacherEase) Even though TeacherEase’s name implies that it makes life easy for teachers, it does not.   The school requires me to keep my gradebook up to date online, so there may be times when a student’s assignment shows a C, D, or F grade.  That stinks, but as a student or parent you know that it is still possible to get that grade changed.  The gradebook isn’t a punishment – it’s a communication tool to let parents, in a very simple way, see how their kids are doing.  Please understand that a C, D, or F grade may show up in there for a while – when it does, all of us have a job to do – students need to get that work fixed and resubmitted, parents need to encourage the kids to get their work up to standards and resubmit it, and I need to give the kids the help necessary to get that work where it needs to be quickly.

Not only is the gradebook not a punishment, it’s not a final record of a student’s successes and failures.  It’s a fluid document.  Until those report cards are printed, the grade can always change (up or down).  On that note, Progress Reports are just that – a report of a student’s progress – they are not a report card, and progress report grades can go up or down very quickly before a quarter ends.

Grade Checks for Extra Curriculars – Some students participate in extra curricular activities that require weekly grade checks.  I can not (and will not) change the way I do things just because one student is in a sport and another is not.  I think sports and clubs are just as important a part of school life as classes are, but if students are in a sport or club, they need to realize they have taken that extra responsibility on themselves.   I would encourage them to do their best on the first attempt at an assignment and fix any mistakes they make quickly so the gradebook reflects what they want.   Sometimes a kid might be in the middle of fixing something when the Athletic Director checks grades, Mr. Curtis can not guarantee that the AD or coaches will understand or care that you are almost done – what they care about is what the gradebook says, so make corrections promptly.  If you get benched from your sport for a week, well… I’m sorry, but really, is that my fault?

 Classroom Rules

  1. Do not put anything in any part of your face.  No gum chewing, candy eating, pen gnawing, shoving paper in your ear, scissors in the nose…  it seems like a stupid rule, but used gum on my desks is nasty, and the time the kid had a pen explode in his mouth was awful, and the nurse doesn’t need to see another student who decided to scratch the itch inside her ear with scissors, so stop shoving stuff into the holes in your head.
  2. Be respectful of Mr. Curtis, your classmates, and yourself.                                                                                                                                                The rest of these rules fall under #2, but here they are anyway.
  3. Do your work.
  4. No talking unless called upon – interrupting people is rude.
  5. The bell does not dismiss, Mr. Curtis does.
  6. If you make a mess, clean it up.
  7. Anything you use that belongs to Mr. Curtis should be put back where it belongs.
  8. Be prepared with all necessary materials every day.
  9. Be on time, get in your seat, and start the bellwork immediately.
  10. If you are absent, you are responsible for finding out what you missed.  You have the same number of days you were gone to make up missing work.
  11. One bathroom/locker pass per student per week.  Exceptions may be made for medical reasons if you have a note from a parent or doctor.
  12. Mr. Curtis reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.


    1. Breaking any of the classroom rules will result in your name on the board.  This will serve as a warning.  Note will be made in TeacherEase, which will automatically notify your parents.
    2. A second infraction within a week’s time will result in a detention and a call or email to your parents.
    3. Additional behavior issues will force Mr. Curtis to write an office referral and the principal will become involved. You don’t want that.  She’s scary.

2 responses

8 09 2011

Mr.Curtis, some how i managed to lose my spiral notebook. Me and my mom decided I probably left it in my locker, so i am going to do my other character part of my book summary on a peice of paper and will put it with my other sections in my notebook, (if found in my locker)

18 08 2013
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