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MMS Honor Roll and Recognition Night Information

Hello all.  I hope that the week has gone well for you so far. I wanted to share some information to keep everyone in the loop.  We have received a number of questions regarding grades and honor roll, and I wanted to share the plan for this year.

 Grades

As you all may know, we are issuing pass/fail grades for quarter 4.  I have communicated about this recently.  Those grades will be based on student involvement in learning.  I am happy to say that the teachers have been seeing most students regularly in the meetings or communicating through email.

 Quarter 3 grades are now finalized.  We based the grade on the work that was assigned prior to our closure.  We did not send out a report card. You will see those grades along with quarter 4 on the end- of -year report card that we send home at the end of June. You can also log into Powerschool to see those grades.

 Honor Roll

I have had some questions on how we are handling honor roll for quarters 3, 4 and the year.  Below is the explanation for each.

 Quarter 3 

We missed 1/3 of the quarter due to the closing.  Many students did not get the opportunity to receive as many 4s as is typical.  Due to the fact that there were options but not as much time, we have adjusted the cutoffs for 3rd quarter honors.  See the information below.

 Honors Level for Quarter 3

Honors – Students must have an overall average of at least an 83 and no grade lower than a 70.

High Honors – Students must have an overall average of at least an 83, no grade lower than a 70 and 1 proficiency score of a 4.

High Honors with Distinction – Students must have an overall average of at least an 83, no grade lower than a 70 and 2 or more proficiency scores of a 4.

Quarter 4

With a pass/fail grading system, an honor roll does not work.  For this reason, there will not be a designation for quarter 4 honor roll this year.

Honors for 2019-2020 School Year 

Each year we invite students to our celebration of excellence, which highlights students who have made the honor roll for the first three quarters of the school year.  Although we will not be coming together this year, we wanted to honor the hard work students have done. Once again, we had to make a change due to the 3 weeks of time we missed during quarter 3.  In order to be fair to students, the cutoffs for the year have been adjusted so that students will not be harmed by the loss of time.  Below is a table that shows the cutoffs for honors for the year.

Honors Level for 2019-2020

Honors – Students must have an overall average of at least an 83 for Quarter 1, 2 & 3, no grades lower than a 70 in any quarter, and 2 or more proficiency scores of a 4 during the school year.

High Honors – Students must have an overall average of at least an 83, no grades lower than a 70, and 3-4 proficiency scores of a 4 during the school year.

High Honors with Distinction – Students must have an overall average of at least an 83, no grades lower than a 70, and 5 or more proficiency scores of a 4 during the school year.

Students will receive a pin linked to the level of honors they have met for this year.  That pin will be available for pick-up during designated laptop drop off times.  Details about locker cleanout and laptop drop off will be coming later this week.

8th Grade Recognition Night

I have been working hard to develop a plan for our 8th grade recognition night for this year.  For a while, I have been concerned that we would not be able to host any event for our 8th-grade students to recognize their transition to becoming a high school student.  I am happy to let you know that we have developed a plan to make this happen for our students while keeping all members involved safe.  I am still working out the details, but I can give you some preliminary information today.  The event will be in the evening on Tuesday, June 9th.  We will be having our event at Messalonskee High School.  I will have much more detail for you in the next 2 weeks.  We are working hard to abide by the Department of Education’s rules regarding these types of events, so I am finalizing the last few details.  If you would like to look at the state expectations, you can find them here.  Knowing that we will not be able to accommodate the over 1000 people we usually have at this event and knowing that many family members live out of state and are not able to attend, I have set up streaming of this event on our website and social media.  There will be much more information to come.

Have a great week!

 

Mark Hatch

Coming Events at Messalonskee Middle