Recapture Initiative – 1st Nine Weeks Grading Period
For students who received a failing average in one or more subjects on the 1st Nine Weeks report card, the following structure will be available:
- Teachers will create a Topic in their Google Classroom titled “Recapture Make-Up Work for the 1st Nine Weeks.”
- Teachers will drag and drop selected key assignments from the 1st Nine Weeks into this Topic which will be available to students who failed the 1st grading period starting October 23, 2020.
- In order to be considered for the Recapture Make-Up Work initiative, students must complete seven assignments for each failed subject and turn them in by the due dates. A unit test or other assessment may be considered an assignment.
- Teachers have the ability to reassign the assignments to the selected students for this initiative (meaning, not all in the class will have the ability to redo the assignments).
- The selected students will adhere to the following due dates for assignment submissions:
- Oct. 26 - Nov. 6 - window in which to submit completed assignments 1, 2, and 3
- Nov. 7 - Nov. 20 -- window in which to submit completed assignments 4 and 5
- Nov. 21 - Dec. 11 -- window in which to submit completed assignment 6 and 7
- Grading scale for Recapture Make-Up Work :
7. The average made on the seven assignments will replace the 1st Nine Weeks report card grade in the failed subject. If the final average of the seven assignments is lower than the original 1st The average made on the seven assignments will replace the 1st Nine Weeks report card grade in the failed subject. If the final average of the seven assignments is lower than the original 1st Nine Weeks average, then it will not replace the 1st Nine Weeks report card grade.
Friday 1/2 Day Initiative: Starting November 6, 2020
BISD launched a Thoughtexchange to get feedback regarding a revised calendar to allow for a half-day of school on the last five Fridays of the fall semester. Teachers will have approximately three hours of additional time to devote to preparing materials, lesson planning, uploading assignments, providing feedback to students and more. Overall the feedback has been in support of this initiative.
High schools will be released at 11:50 a.m.,
Elementary schools at 12:50 p.m.,
Middle Schools 1:40 p.m.
Parents who may experience childcare challenges for elementary students on these days are encouraged to contact their principal to discuss their options.
The additional half-day Fridays will not add additional days to the calendar for this school year and, if successful, will be implemented in the Spring as well.