Monday, April 20, 2020
We have been evaluating the best way to fairly assign grades to our students for the 4th nine-weeks. After much discussion and reviewing many other district’s plans, we have a modified grading policy that we feel will give our students the best possible advantage in this difficult situation.
Please keep in mind, we are on a nine-week grading cycle and we had just completed the 3rd nine-weeks when school was closed.
In order to calculate the 4th, nine-weeks grade in each class, we will use either the 3rd nine-weeks average OR the average of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine-weeks. Whichever one of these grades is higher and benefits the student will be recorded for the student’s 4th nine-week grade.
For example, if a student earned a grade of 82 in the 3rd nine-weeks but had an 84 when you average the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine-weeks, the 84 would be recorded for the 4th nine-weeks grade because it is higher.
Single semester courses at the secondary level will be based on the 3rd nine weeks average only.
Any student who may not be passing with a 70 in either of these scenarios will be contacted and given opportunities to improve their average to a passing mark prior to determining final grades through the completion of online or paper resources.
For our students taking College Dual Credit Classes, they will be required to complete the course through the college and be assigned the final grade posted by the college for the semester.
One of the driving factors in our approach for assigning grades was the fact that we understand every student and family has a different set of needs and issues. We have students who have full access to our online activities and instruction, as well as other educational resources to continue their educational advancement. We also have students with no access to any online activity and very few, if any, academic resources. So we did not want to assign grades based on the availability of resources at a student’s home.
Please know that we are fully aware that the resources and activities we are providing are not equal to the quality education experience your child receives when they are in attendance under normal circumstances. However, in the current state we are in, we must work together to make the best of a bad situation.
Our teachers will continue to reach out to each student, every week to monitor their progress on the Distance Learning activities and provide guidance and feedback as necessary. If you have a question concerning your child’s activities, please reach out by email to their teacher. If your child needs additional resources, the Texas Education Agency has uploaded many lessons at www.texashomelearning.org.
If you have questions concerning the modified grading policy, please reach out to your child’s campus principal.
The emotional well-being of our students is also a high priority during this period of isolation. We have school counselors on call 7 days a week from 8:00am-5:00pm. If it is after hours, or you need to speak to someone in Spanish, please fill out the google form provided online and we will contact you. It may be that a student needs guidance, or you have other needs and you don’t know where to turn. Please go to our website for the phone number, form, and other resources.
This crisis will pass, school will begin again, and our economy will improve. We look forward to seeing our students walking through the doors and hearing their laughter in the hallways.
Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines and stay safe. We will get through this together and be stronger when it is over because WE ARE ENNIS!
Friday, April 17, 2020Lion Nation,As you may have heard, Governor Greg Abbott has now ordered all Texas schools closed for the remainder of this academic year. Although this continues to be a difficult time, we will continue to support our students to the best of our ability moving forward.As he stated, the Texas Education Agency will be releasing more details soon about how this announcement will affect our students, families, and staff. As soon as this information is known, we will share it with you.With this said, we will continue to provide our students with distance learning activities, free meals, and counseling services for the remainder of the school year.We understand that this is a difficult time for our families and our entire community, but rest assured that Ennis ISD will be there every step of the way.#WeAreEnnis