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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
The goal of Deer Creek Middle School is to help all students achieve their highest potential. We offer two programs, Humanities and STEM, with enrichment and remediation as well as differentiated instruction within the classroom for all learners. For more information about our academic programs, please visit our website.




STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Students must accept responsibility for their own success. Students must make school work a high priority; attend help sessions and after school labs; give their best effort the first time and not just wait for a second chance; study and prepare for each day of school; utilize technology in an academic and appropriate manner; organize their work and materials; and let teachers know when they need help. Deer Creek’s programs and policies are designed to promote student achievement and accountability in a way that recognizes individual student needs and supports their academic growth.




STANDARDS-BASED GRADING
The focus of standards-based grading is to measure student mastery of the learning standards for the subject. There are two components to the gradebook in each class: the Content Knowledge grade and the Work Habits grade. The primary goals of standards-based grading and reporting are:

  • To assess and report what each student knows and is able to do in relation to curriculum content, which is aligned to district standards (Content Knowledge).
  • To demonstrate the connection of positive and consistent work habits and behavior to student learning (Work Habits).
  • To provide guidance regarding interventions needed for student success.



STUDENT PROFICIENCY
All students are expected to work toward proficiency. In order to demonstrate their understanding of the standards and learning objectives, students must demonstrate proficiency on related assessments. Teachers will provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency, which may include alternative assignments or assessments. In order to redo work, students may be required to meet additional conditions, such as obtaining a parent/guardian signature on the original work, attending help sessions, or completing corrections. Because trimester grades are final, work turned in after the end of the term will not impact a previous grade. Additionally, exams given at the end of the term may not be subject to retakes.




LATE WORK POLICY
All work is expected to be turned in by the class period that it is due. All teachers accept late work within two weeks of the end of a unit for full Content Knowledge credit. The Work Habits grade will be impacted by work that is turned in late.




MAKE-UP WORK
For each day of absence, the student is allowed two days to make up work. The Work Habits grade will be impacted if the work is not made up in the allotted time.




HONOR ROLL
Honor roll is awarded each trimester to students who meet the following criteria:

  • For High Honors, a Content Knowledge term grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher AND Work Habits term grades of 3.0 or higher in all classes.
  • For Honors, a Content Knowledge term grade point average of 3.5 to 3.74 AND Work Habits term grades of 3.0 or higher in all classes.

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