Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Grading

Grading for Windsor Middle School Bands

Behavior points available per quarter: 900
Behavior points available per day: 20
Academic points available per quarter: 900

Half of your grade is based on your performance/behavior in class (Behavior Points). Half of your grade is based on work you do outside of class (Academic Points).
Your grade will be based on the “Average” of your “Behavior points” and Your “Academic Points”

810 - 900 = A
720 - 809 = B
630 - 719 = C
540 - 629 = D
below 540 ---- does not earn a passing grade

Ways to earn "Academic" points:
• Practice – 1 hour – 100 points.
• Playing tests – 50 – 100 points depending on difficulty.
• Research papers on Composers or Performers – 100 – 250 points depending on quality
• Performance Review – 50 – 250 points depending on quality
• Composition projects – 50 – 250 points depending on quality
• Music Theory worksheets - 50 points per sheet (4 available per term)
• Music Careers research projects - 50 – 250 points depending on quality
• Band Officer – 500 points (President, Librarian, Treasurer, Sound Tech)
• Jazz Band or EC ensembles – 50 points per session – 250 pts. per performance
• Fill an Instrument vacancy (low brass/low winds) – 500 points
(The points awarded for filling instrument vacancies will be negotiable.
We clearly have a need for some instruments more than others.)

If you have less than “540 points” in the “Total Academic” Category on the last day when the grading period is over, points are added to your “Total Academic” score to bring it up to 539. This will bring your average up. If you have more than “900 points” in the “Total Other” Category, your “average” is calculated based on 900 points and not your actual total. This keeps well behaved students who have not done enough work outside of class from failing, and poorly behaved students who get a large number of “Academic” points from automatically earning a good grade.

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