Grading Philosophy of Owen High: The focus of grading at Owen High School is to give students accurate and meaningful feedback that supports and encourages student learning. Student grades are based on mastery of course content. Grades are based primarily on summative assessments (tests, performances, projects, etc.), with little weight on formative assessments (daily practice, homework, etc.). The purpose of daily practice and homework is to learn, receive feedback, and have the opportunity to clarify or correct errors in thinking or understanding.
The state of North Carolina requires that final grades be reported as a number grade on a 10 point scale for all students.
A = 90 - 100 B = 80- 89 C = 70 - 79 D = 60 - 69 F = below 60
SMART Lunch Tutoring expectations: Students with a grade below 70 at any time in the 9 week grading period or who are directed by a teacher are expected to attend SMART Lunch tutoring and will receive an administrative referral if they do not attend. Students not required to attend tutoring are allowed to participate in activities of choice during SMART Lunch.
Owen High School has adopted a Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support. Our school promotes these characteristics for all students in all situations:
I - Integrity A- Attitude M-Maturity
Teachers recognize students for their positive behaviors and try to redirect students from negative behaviors both through modeling and establishing consequences and rewards.
Attendance Policy: Buncombe County School Board policy states that a student may only have a total of five absences per semester per class. (A student must be in class for 2/3’s of the class period to be counted present.) Once a student misses more than 5 days, the student is required to make up the days through After-School Attendance Makeup, Saturday school, or Summer Attendance school.
Course Specific Expectations: I expect students to show up to class on time and ready to learn. As I do not give homework, attendance is a crucial factor in your child’s success. Also, cell phones will not be tolerated in class. If a student has a cell phone out during any time of the class, the phone will be sent to the office until the end of the day. Further infractions will result in administrative referrals.
Supplies / Textbook / Etc.: Students are required to bring a notebook, pen and/or pencil, and a highlighter. All books, novels, etc. will be provided.
Homework: Simply put, I do not give homework. I used to...until I had my own child in school who received mounds of homework. The homework added unnecessary stress on my family and resulted in my child hating school. As a result, I revamped my policy. If your child does not finish an assignment in class and would prefer extended time, then he or she is encouraged to take the material home. This allows extra time for those who need it and also gives an opportunity for parents and guardians to provide assistance. However, if a child is goofing off in class and not focusing on the assignment, then he/ she will not be given the option to do the work at home. If you want your child to have more work, I encourage you to go to the local library and check out a book. Reading for enjoyment is a great way to boost vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Reading the same book as your child is a great way to bond.
Otherwise, get outside. Walk, run, and play.