Mr. Celestino's Grading Policies
8th Grade Language Arts
Each assignment will fall into one of five equal, weighted categories in Aeries. The categories are as follows:
Coursework 20%: Coursework includes any written, completed work that is assessed for completion. These are generally worksheets, Thinking Maps, and focused notes that are completed as homework and classwork. In most cases, these assignments are collected into unit packets that will have several individual assignments grouped into one grade in Aeries.
Participation 20%: Participation includes Reading Counts packets, some online programs, and in-class oral activities that are assessed for compliance. RC packets are goal-setting and progress monitoring tools that help students reach their reading goals. The online programs that are included in this category include NoRedInk and Canvas Practice quizzes, both of which are based on mastery, meaning students have unlimited attempts but must complete the activity correctly. For in-class oral activities, students will be asked to participate in grand conversations, Socratic seminars, and other collaborative, academic conversations.
* While distance learning, the Coursework and Participation categories will be combined into one, 40% category.
Tests and Quizzes 20%: Tests and quizzes are assessed for performance will be administered both in digital and paper formats, depending on the assignment. Content for tests and quizzes include vocabulary, grammar, standards-based skill assessments, and text-based comprehension assessments.
Writing 20%: Writing assignments will be assessed by student performance level and includes essays, creative writing, and online discussion posts.
Reading: 20%: Reading assignments are also assessed by student performance level and include Reading Counts or Reading Plus assignments.
Late Work: Any assignment can be turned in for one week following the due date posted in Canvas.
Yearbook and Journalism
For both yearbook and journalism classes, assignments will fall under two, unweighted categories: coursework and deadlines. Coursework will comprise of lessons and activities that occur within the traditional classroom setting.
Deadline assignments include any work that students complete towards publication including writing articles, photoshoots, working on spreads and layouts, polls, cartoons, and other assignments as assigned.
Late Work: Any assignment in the coursework category can be turned in for one week following the due date posted in Canvas. Failure to complete an assignment in the deadline category on time may result in a complete loss of points without any opportunity to make up the assignment.