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Academic Guidelines

Requirements & Assessment

You will be required to complete a number of projects, assignments and tasks, which are evaluated on an ongoing basis. These may include presentations, journals, tests, quizzes, dioramas, portfolios, etc. Creativity, problem-solving and working in teams is an important component of learning and your assessment. 

D2L will be an important tool for you and your family to use regularly to understand your learning, and to discuss solutions when assessment results have been lower than your potential. Note that D2L captures some grades, but is not exhaustive and cannot reflect the daily learning conversations you have with your teachers and fellow students, which become part of the formative assessment whereby teachers understand your learning.

Sometimes, you may need to ask for an extension to submit your assignments. Ask a teacher before the due date. Asking for extra time after the due date does not reflect a conscientious approach. Your teachers will communicate with you about your learning, give you time to complete work, and offer strategies (especially during Friday Bronco Block). If, after extensions and support, you do not submit an assignment and a final deadline has been reached, you will have lost the opportunity to receive credit for learning.

An appeal process is in place when you are concerned about inaccurate assignment marks, report card marks or your grade placement. For marks throughout the year, please see your teacher first to resolve any problem. Should further discussions be necessary, you would see the Resource Teacher or Assistant Principal. At the end of the year, a day is provided for your parents to meet with the school to discuss year-end marks or grade placement if necessary.

There are two school terms: September to January (Term I) and February to June (Term 2). In Grades 7-9 your daily timetable for learning in Term 2 may change based on the complementary classes you have been enrolled in. 

Homework

In all subjects, you will be expected to complete assignments and daily work, which will often require some study and work at home. Completion of homework and other assignments contributes to your success as a learner. Therefore, it is important that homework and study responsibilities be carried out as promptly and diligently as possible. The CBE outlines that Grade 6 students may be expected to complete up to 20 minutes of their total homework load per day. Grades 7-9 students may be assigned from ½ to 1 hour of homework per night. 

Homework is to be recorded in agendas or the format of your choice on a daily basis. Assignments are available on D2L to support homework. While teachers strive to coordinate project, assignment and test dates, there may be times in which you are not able to complete all of your homework. Do discuss with individual teachers any requests for extensions before the due date. It is the student’s full responsibility to ensure that any homework that accumulates, due to absences from school, is collected and completed within a reasonable amount of time. 

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