Academic/Curricular Information

CHARACTER EDUCATION

Each month our school will emphasize a different character trait of the month. Through homeroom, teachers will nominate one student each month that exhibits the character trait of the month. That nomination will be read over the intercom and the students will receive RIGHT STUFF AWARDS at the end of the month at a breakfast in the cafeteria.

The character traits of Buncombe County and Reynolds Middle School emphasize each month are as follows:

 

August

September

October

November

December

January

February

March

April

Tolerance

Responsibility

Respect

Citizenship

Caring

Honesty

Courage

Fairness

Self-discipline

CONFERENCES: PARENT-TEACHER-STUDENT

Communication between parents, teachers, and students is a vital component of a successful middle school experience. Parent-teacher-student conferences are one form of open communication. Parents can arrange conferences by calling the students team teachers or the appropriate grade level school counselor. We hope that parents will come when a conference is scheduled at school. If a parent is unable to attend a conference, he/she should call the school (298-7484 or 298-0940) and reschedule.

As a general rule, parent-teacher-student conferences are conducted with the team teachers. This team approach is in keeping with the team concept of middle school philosophy and gives an overall evaluation of the student's strengths and abilities. A counselor and /or administrator may also attend. The attendance of the student is optional.

CUMULATIVE RECORDS

Parents have the right to view their child's cumulative record at a mutually convenient time with the appropriate grade level guidance counselor. A parent simply needs to call the guidance office for an appointment.

GRADES

The following information defines the grade scale used at A.C. Reynolds Middle School and its reporting of those grade to parents/guardians of our students.

GRADING SCALE

A

B

C

D

F

100 - 90

89 - 80

79 - 70

69 - 60

60 - 0

HOMEWORK

Students will be assigned homework at the discretion of the teacher. Teachers are encouraged to see that students have from five to ten hours of homework each week. Studies show that students who have assignments of ten hours and who do their homework have significantly higher standardized test scores.

Our primary purpose in assigning homework is to reinforce the concepts and ideas taught in the classroom. Without this reinforcement, many students just do not do as well. Students are reminded that copying another student's homework is considered cheating and will be treated as such. Homework should be completed at home.

HONOR ROLLS

Students will have the opportunity to be recognized for academic progress and achievement by earning a spot on one of these three honor rolls:

A Honor Roll

A/B Honor Roll

Most Improved

All A's in all classes

All A's and B's in all classes

Students who have shown significant improvement in one or more classes

MID-NINE WEEKS REPORT (MIDTERMS)

Teachers will issue midterm reports to all students at the end of four (4) weeks (Buncombe County School Board Policy #625) during each grading period. The form of this report varies from teacher to teacher. The purpose of the midterm report is to show students and parents how well the student is progressing.

REPORT CARDS

Report cards are issued every nine weeks (Buncombe County School Board Policy #625). The approximate dates for the end of each grading period in the 2008-2009 school year are October 27, January 20, March 26 and June 2. These dates may vary slightly due to snow days and other cancellations. The report card envelope should be signed by the parent/guardian and returned promptly.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (HEALTHFUL LIVING)

Students are required to dress out each day. Dressing out includes wearing a t-shirt or sweatshirt, shorts or sweatpants, socks, and athletic shoes. The physical education instructor will explain further during the PE orientation. The teacher must approve all alternate clothing.

Students are required to participate in the physical education classes. If there are reasons why a student cannot participate or must have limited participation, he/she must bring a doctor's note stating the reason, the length of time, and the exact limitations the student has (exactly what the student can and cannot do during the class).

If there are other medical problems, students are expected to participate within the limits of that problem and to contribute to class. If a student does not have a medical reason for not participating in physical education, students are expected to be a part of the PE program. Failure to participate in PE class will result in an alternate written class work assignment to be completed during that class.

STANDARDIZED TESTING

There are several standardized tests, which are required of all students by the Buncombe County Board of Education or the State of North Carolina. It is important that students do their best on these tests because they may well determine whether students are promoted or not, which level of classes the student will be eligible to take in the future, etc.

Approximate Testing Times for Grade Levels

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

May - End of Grade Test

March - Writing Test

May - End of Grade Test

Oct. (& March) - Computer Competency

May - End of Grade Test

TEACHER GRADING POLICIES

Each teacher will give students a copy of exactly how he/she will determine grades. This will speak to the elements that teachers normally use to determine grades.

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