Academics at Holmes

  • HONOR ROLL/GRADE POINT AVERAGE
    The Holmes Honor Roll recognizes outstanding academic achievement. Honor Roll students must earn a grade point average/honor roll average of 3.333 for a marking period. The honor roll average is determined by dividing the number of honor points earned by the number of classes. Grade points/honor points are not rounded. This score is particularly important to high school counselors and college admissions officers. Students who earn the privilege of being on the Honor Roll will be recognized after each marking period. If an 8th grade student is honored for each of the first three marking periods, he/she will also be honored at Honors Night.

    Letter Grade     Honor Points
    A...........................4.000
    A-..........................3.667
    B+.........................3.333
    B...........................3.000
    B-..........................2.667
    C+.........................2.333
    C...........................2.000
    C-..........................1.667
    D+.........................1.333
    D...........................1.000
    D-..........................0.667
    E............................0.000

    PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
    Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year. Conferences are “arena” style and are conducted in the gymnasiums and cafeteria. The goal of conferences is to communicate ways to assist students in becoming self-confident, cooperative learners who are skilled in problem solving. Discussions on helping students to be successful will be the focus. Individual parent conferences with teachers may be arranged as needed throughout the school year by contacting the teacher or counselor.

    PARENT/STUDENT CONNECTION
    Parents have access to all teachers Gradebooks via the Parent Connection. You may contact your student’s counselor if you need assistance with a password. Students are encouraged and expected to monitor their own progress by viewing their grades online via Student Connection.

    PROGRESS REPORTS
    At approximately the midpoint of each of the four marking periods, a computer-generated Interim Progress Report will be available for all students. Although the vast majority of these reports will show positive progress, some of them will indicate areas where a student needs to improve. In the latter case, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact individual teachers and/or the counselor. These Interim Progress Reports allow time for students who may be failing a given class to improve their grade.

  • REPORT CARDS
    At the end of each quarter, report cards are completed to reflect the student’s progress. Two marks are given. One mark is a letter to tell the quality of the student’s work.

    A – Represents excellence
    B – Represents above average
    C – Represents average
    D – Represents the lowest quality of work for which a passing grade is given
    E – Represents failure for that marking period
    I – Represents incomplete work (You have 10 days to complete whatever work is missing and have the grade changed. If it is not changed in that time frame, it will become an ”E”)

    The other mark reflects the student’s citizenship.

    1 – Almost always contributes to a positive classroom atmosphere; almost always demonstrates courtesy and respect; almost always comes to class prepared.
    2 – Regularly contributes to a positive classroom atmosphere; regularly demonstrates courtesy and respect; regularly comes to class prepared.
    3 – Sometimes contributes to a positive classroom atmosphere; sometimes demonstrates courtesy and respect; sometimes comes to class prepared.
    4 – Often contributes to a negative classroom atmosphere; often is discourteous and disrespectful; often is unprepared to class.
    5 – Almost always contributes to a negative classroom atmosphere; almost always is discourteous and disrespectful, almost always is unprepared for class.

    *Students are eligible for retention (repeat the grade), if they fail two or more core classes for the year.

    GRADING ASSIGNMENTS DURING SUSPENSION
    Students placed on suspension will have the responsibility to make up any graded assignments. Any assignments turned in to the teacher upon return from a suspension will be graded with full credit.

    WORK MAKE-UP POLICY
    Upon returning from an absence, students are expected to inquire regarding missed assignments. These assignments are due the next class period except in the case of consecutive absences. Time allowed for making up these assignments from extended absences will correlate with the number of classes missed. A student is allowed one day to make-up assignments per day(s) missed. However, previously assigned work with stated due dates is due immediately upon the student’s return. Students who return to school and receive make-up work and then are absent again are expected to submit all previous work upon return to school.