All textbooks MUST BE CARED FOR and COVERED AT ALL TIMES. The students name must be written in ink in each book. The teacher issues textbooks and students will return their book to the teacher if they withdraw from school during the term or at the conclusion of the school term. An inspection of textbooks will be conducted periodically to determine the condition. The original textbook must be paid for before a replacement will be issued. Textbook records for the year must be cleared before the end of year report card is handed out.
Homework is given to practice and enhance what has been taught in the classroom. Written homework is only a part of the home learning process. The reading of assigned and related materials and consistent review of previous material leads to academic success. Students in the primary grades should read aloud to a parent at least fifteen minutes each evening.
Parents should check the student?s folder and assignment book (where applicable) each night to see if there are papers to be signed. If papers are to be signed, please return them the next day.
The diocesan policy states completion of homework is important. The time spent in order to complete homework assignments is to be age-appropriate. Unfinished class work may be assigned as homework for completion at teachers discretion. Homework is to be checked by the teacher or within the classroom.
For each nine weeks grading period, a minimum of 15 grades will be taken, to include 3 from major tests/projects, in the core subjects of Religion, Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.
At St. Mary Catholic School tests/major projects will be weighted at 40% of the final average during each nine weeks period. All other assignments will be weighted at 60% of the final average during each nine weeks period.
If work is taken for numerical grades, late work will be accepted with a penalty.
F Below 70
Late work will be accepted. In all grades, 20 point will be deducted each day until zero is reached. The only exception would be a true emergency or verified illness.
Middle school students are eligible to exempt mid-term and final exams if they have a cumulative 90 or above average in a given class for the semester. Each exemption is done on a class to class basis per semester. Students missing school for extended travel will not be exempt for mid-term or finals. If the student has 4 or more tardies in a nine weeks period, he/she has NOT earned the right for exemption.
Report cards are issued at the end of each nine weeks period. Parents receive the first and third report cards from the front desk. Teachers will then be available for conferences in his or her classroom or a conference may be scheduled at that time. Report cards will be available for pick-up in the lobby from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. after the second grading period. Report cards for the fourth grading period will be handed out at May Crowning.
In addition, access to Parent Portal will replace progress reports of each nine weeks period. Parent Portal is accessible to parents and students as a perpetual report of student progress. Parents and students are expected to use this tool to remain abreast consistently of academic progress.
Report cards and other school records are withheld when financial responsibilities to the school have not been met. This also includes other obligations such as make-up work, fines, returning schoolbooks or equipment.
To qualify for the Distinguished Honor Roll (95 and above) or the Honor Roll (90 and above), a student must achieve the required grade in all subjects.
Physical Education classes are part of the curriculum for all students. Because it is a graded subject, participation is required. A note from parents is necessary when sickness or other conditions prevent student participation.
Middle school students are required to dress out in the gray PE shirts and blue athletic shorts purchased at the school. Students who refuse to "dress out" for PE will receive points off their grade. Repeated refusal to conform to the PE dress code may result in school suspension.
Students in grade 5 are REQUIRED as part of the 5th grade academic curriculum to attend Camp Kappe. This is part of their required academics in Science. This is an environmental camp that deals with all subject areas. The students are engaged in learning activities while on this 4 days 3 nights trip. The science teacher will give more details.
Spanish is offered to students in grades 7 and 8 as an elective. Students may take Spanish in the 7th and 8th grade to obtain a high school credit. Students must complete 4 semesters of Spanish and be able to pass a test given at the end of the course to determine if the student will be given high school credit for Spanish I. Students in Kindergarten through 6th are taught Spanish once each week.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION
A student is promoted if he/she has satisfactorily completed the work of their current grade level. Students will complete each grade level consecutively and no grade will be skipped.
In elementary school, students shall attain an overall average of 70 or above for the year. If a student fails to do so, the student is retained in the same grade the following school year.
In middle school, students shall attain an average of 70 or above in each major subjects. If a student attains an average below 70, the student fails that subject.
Major subjects are language arts, reading, social studies, mathematics and science. If one major subject is failed, the student may still be promoted to the next grade. However, if two major subjects are failed, the student will be retained.
A student may receive passing grades and still be retained if it is determined by their parents, teachers, and the principal that the students skills are insufficient for him/her to be successful at the next grade level.
The principal shall formulate procedures for awarding credit to students who are not enrolled for a complete grading period at the local school. These procedures shall be established within the parameters published by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department and shall include at least the following:
In determining grades for the nine weeks period or semester grades, students transferring from an accredited Texas school shall have those grades from the accredited school included in proportion to the time those grades represent.
Students transferring from a non-accredited and/or non-graded school shall have grades for the nine weeks period or semester grades determined by conferences between the teachers and the principal. They shall consider student performance in relation to other students in the receiving local school.
These conferences are the performance of the transferring student shall determine a fair and reasonable grade for schooling received at the non-accredited or the non-graded school.
An achievement testing series and an educational ability battery will be administered to the specified grades at the discretion of the superintendent in consultation with the principal.