Grading and Infinite Campus
Infinite Campus is also known as the Parent/Student Portal.
East High School divides the academic year into six 6-week grading periods, three six-week grading periods each semester. Students record their grades each week in class with Aimee. See "Tips for interpreting grades" below.
Infinite Campus (aka Parent/Student Portal)
Denver Public Schools contracts with Infinite Campus, Inc. to provide students and parents (and mentors) online access to their student's academic progress. In class, you and your student will use Infinite Campus to discuss progress. You might discuss grades, attendance, GPA, test scores or other performance-related issues. You may also wish to check your student's grades at other times during the week, sending suggestions or notes of encouragement to your student when appropriate.
Getting Started with Infinite Campus
Login to the DPS Infinite Campus website or smartphone app using your student's login and password information (which your student is permitted to give you). The login is the student's six-digit ID and password their six-digit birthdate (mm/dd/yy). Note: On the app, you will also need the district ID (DXFSLP).
Here are three tips to get you started using the Infinite Campus website.
1. Login, using your student's credentials, then click Schedule & Assignment.
Most teachers keep grades by each six-week grading period and then average those grades to determine the final grade. Other teachers keep a running, cumulative grade book that calculates everything under the final grade.
Each week, freshmen and sophomores enter grades for the current grading period on their grade sheets (i.e., not the cumulative grade).
Give the teacher at least a weekend to enter grades and assignments, but don't hesitate to verify a grade with a teacher.
2. The Schedule page lists each class, by semester.
You can see the current grade and assignments for a class by clicking the class name. You can also click the mail icon to send a message to the teacher.
3. For each class, the Grading Task Summary page lists every assignment, quiz, test and other graded activity. Excuses you may hear from students:
"That assignment's not missing. I turned it in!"
"My teacher hasn't turned in the grade yet..."
"What?! That grade's not right."
"We just took a test, so this grade will go up!"
You will probably hear these excuses when reviewing grades with your student; they might be accurate, but sometimes they are not. Be supportive without challenging your student's honesty. Encourage your student to turn in the work or retake a test. Remind your student of ongoing missing assignments. The comment 'Missing' on the Grading Task Summary will result in a grade of '0' unless the work is submitted and accepted by the teacher.
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Tips for interpreting grades
A grade of "0" probably indicates a missing assignment and not a final grade of zero. Sometimes, but not always, the notification "missing assignment" will appear in red next to the grade.
Note the weight of a grading category. Help your student focus on the assignments with the greater weights. (Not all teachers weigh assignments.)
Note the "due" and "assigned" dates for missing assignments. If an assignment is missing due to the student's excused absence, encourage your student to "self-advocate" -- that is, discuss the situation with the teacher, asking to make up the work or have the assignment excused.