Grading and Schoology
East High School divides the academic year into four nine-week grading periods, two nine-week grading periods each semester. Students record their grades each week in class with Aimee. See "Tips for interpreting grades" below.
Denver Public Schools contracts with Schoology to provide students and parents (and mentors) online access to their student's academic progress. In class, you and your student will use Schoology 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 Schoology
Login to www.schoology.dpsk12.org 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).
Each week, students have the assignment to 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.
Excuses you may hear from students:
"That assignment's not missing. I turned it in!"
"My teacher hasn't entered 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. In Schoology a missing assignment is reflected with a grade of 49%.
Tips for interpreting grades
A grade of "49%" probably indicates a missing assignment and not a final grade. 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.