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Parent Communication Regarding 4th Marking Period and End of the Year Grading

 The Christina School District has worked tirelessly to provide all students the opportunity to continue their learning during these challenging times.  With that in mind, we will be utilizing the remainder of the year to focus on key skills and concepts that students will need to be successful in their transition to the next grade level.  Additionally, it is the District's belief that students should be recognized for the hard work they have done so far and within the current remote learning structure, utilizing a “help not harm” approach to grading. 

 At the elementary level, teachers will determine your child’s mastery of concepts, as of March 13th, to determine promotion to the next grade level.  Families can expect to receive a customized progress report for the fourth marking period that describes if their child was promoted or assigned to the next grade level.  It is our purpose to ensure that students are not negatively impacted in their progression to the next grade level.  

 At the secondary level, teachers will average your child’s marking periods 1, 2, and 3 grades to determine a numeric value for the fourth marking period.  If your child was in a semester course, we will use the third marking period grade as the numeric value for the fourth marking period.  Students have the ability to improve their fourth marking period average by completing their remote learning assignments.  Students will earn an additional 10% bonus points, one letter grade, to their fourth marking period average for successful completion of remote learning activities.  In order to successfully earn the bonus points, students must complete the remote learning activities beginning May 4 – through the end of the school year as evidenced via Schoology or submission of printed learning materials.  Students and families may drop off the completed printed learning materials beginning May 14th and every Wednesday through June 10th, at each of the meal distribution sites; Kirk and Shue-Medill Middle Schools, Leasure Elementary, and The Bayard and Bancroft Schools.   

 We understand these are difficult times for everyone.  Our goal is to provide supports that are intended to promote learning, motivate students, and help those who would like to increase their final grade in each class.  In summary, our goal of “help not harm” is to ensure that no student’s final grade is negatively impacted during this unprecedented time period.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher and/or principal if you need additional information on how your child will be evaluated at the end of the year.