REPORT CARDS: The Diocese of Ogdensburg has a reporting system to provide clear data about students’ progress with content and skills. The diocesan report card not only informs parents of their child’s overall performance; it also updates parents about specific strengths and weaknesses in each subject area. Students receive a grade in each subject area along with a rubric score for each performance standard within the subject area. Report cards are distributed quarterly – November, January, April, and June.
GRADING POLICY: Trinity Catholic updated and adopted a new grading policy in 2011. This policy was developed by the administrator and faculty of Trinity Catholic and was approved by the Educational Council.
- Performance demonstrated on tests, quizzes, homework, classwork and interdisciplinary projects will contribute to students’ final grades and proficiency levels. All work assessed for final averages will be weighted equally.
- Pre-K: Progress reports are distributed in January and June. Parent conferences are held in January.
- Kindergarten: Performance will be reported using only proficiency levels for each performance standard listed on the report card.
- Grades 1 & 2: Students will receive letter grades in each Core subject along with proficiency levels on performance standards. A minimum of 10 grades must be recorded for religion, math and ELA and grades for ELA must include reading, writing, and listening skills. Performance in science and social studies will not be measured until the 2nd marking period.
- Grades 3-6: Students will receive numerical grades in each Core subject along with proficiency levels on performance standards. A minimum of 10 grades must be recorded for religion, math and ELA and grades for ELA must include reading, writing, listening, and speaking. A minimum of 5 grades must be recorded for science and social studies. The lowest grade averaged into a final grade will be 50.
- Music, Art, Physical Education: Kindergarten students will not receive grades in these areas. Students in grades 1 & 2 will only receive proficiency levels for each performance standard. Students in grades 3-6 will receive numerical grades along with proficiency levels for each performance standard. Numerical grades will be averaged into overall averages for students in grades 3-6. Teachers must record a minimum of 7 grades per marking period for students in grades 3-6. Grades and proficiency levels will be reported each marking period.
- Incomplete Work: In grades K-3, patterns of incomplete work will be addressed individually with parents. Together teachers and parents will develop strategies to assist students with completing work in a timely manner. Students will not be kept in from recess to complete unfinished work. In grades 4-6, incomplete work must be made up by the next class; if it is not completed by then, parents, teacher, student and the principal will decide on a plan to help student complete work in a timely fashion. Students in grades 4-6 who do not complete a long-term project must complete an alternative assessment in order to demonstrate their level of proficiency. This assessment will be administered at the convenience of the teacher.
- Incomplete Work Due to Absence: Missed assignments such as homework and classwork will only be given in advance for excused absences or at the discretion of the principal. Excused absences do not include family vacations, athletic events or dance competitions. Students will have one week after their return to make up missed assignments and to prepare for missed tests or quizzes.
- Teachers’ Roles & Responsibilities: Teachers will grade and return assessments counting toward final averages by the end of 2 weeks. Long term projects may require 3 weeks before they are graded and returned.
- Minimum Passing Average: The minimum passing grade in all subjects for grades 1 and 2 is a letter grade D. The minimum passing grade for all subjects in grades 3-6 is 70%. When 80% of students in a class do not achieve a proficiency level of 3 or 4 on an assessment, the material will be re-taught and re-assessed.
- Criteria for Promotion: Students must demonstrate social and emotional skills developmentally appropriate for their age. Students in primary grades must achieve passing grades in each subject area. Students in grades 3-6 must achieve an overall average of 70% and passing averages in math and ELA. Parents must sign a waiver if a student is recommended for retention and transferred to the next grade at their request.