While all parents/guardians understand, and look for, their students’ grades, the faculty and staff at Englewood Christian School (ECS) wanted to ensure that you were able to use the Report Card provided to fully understand your student’s standing and progress. This packet will help you do so. Also, we are asking that you fill out the packet receipt attached so that we are certain you received it.
As you should be aware, all of our students receive some or all of their education using workbooks created by Accelerated Christian Education (ACE). These books, called PACEs, are assigned using diagnostic testing that tells us where your student has learning gaps or what their next level of progress. The grades for these PACEs are contained in the first section of the report card and look like the picture to the right.
There are two important pieces of information that you should take notice of in this section. To begin with, each PACE subject will have a number in the AVG column. This number indicates the student’s current average in that PACE subject. Please note the average may contain incomplete items that lower the average as the grade is 0.
The second piece of information, and perhaps the most vital piece, is the number in the “# Comp” column. This represents the number of PACEs you student has completed for the first quarter.
Remember, at the beginning of the year, you were asked to submit a choice for the learning track of your student. It was a page at the back of the handbook that you were supposed to sign. (If you never did, your student was assigned based upon teacher observation). In those tracks, each student is required to complete a specific number of PACEs per quarter to be considered “passing” in her or his current grade level. If your student has completed less than the required amount, he or she is in danger of failing for the year.
Finally, note that this section will grow throughout the year and will, at year end, contain a final average.
Along with their PACEs, students at ECS may also, depending upon their learning track and parent election, receive some or all of their education using Alpha/Omega Publishing’s Ignitia System online. (Please note that all computer assignments and progress can be reviewed by parents at home using their students’ logins.) the grades for the units, lessons, quizzes, tests, and projects for these subjects are contained in the second section of the report card and look like the above picture.
As with the PACE section, there is critical information in addition to the grades that can be found in this section as well. To begin with, your student’s grades are broken down here to show her or his grades on the individual components of the subjects that have been assigned. Also important is the information contained in the “Year” column, which shows you the school year in which your student’s subject was assigned. This is critical as it reveals how far behind some students are from not completing work from previous years. Finally, the “% Comp” column. This column shows how far a student has moved through the subject. By first quarter, the student should have completed at least 20-25% of their work, unless the student arrived partially through the year. This will change each quarter until the work reflects 100% in the final quarter. Also here is the yearly average. (It should be noted that incomplete items can affect averages as their value is 0.)
ECS makes an effort to allow various learning types and out-of-desk activities with our extracurriculars. These include Chapel (for spiritual growth), Art and Science (for hands-on and visual learning), Music and Drama (for Fine Arts learning), and Physical Education (as required for graduation in the state of Florida). In this section, your student will receive a numerical grade reflecting her or his attendance and/or participation. The section looks like the picture to the right.
In this section, a 0 indicates a failure. This can occur when a student misses more than 50% of the classes or refuses to participate in more than 50% of the classes. For high schoolers, this can be a critical section as Florida state Law requires 2 actual credits in Physical Education and several electives, which these activities will cover. A “0” becomes a failure, and that will be reflected in the student’s permanent record.
ECS takes attendance very seriously. Recent changes in the SUfS and McKay scholarships have added attendance requirements. Also, many government agencies for student support (including SSI) request full knowledge of student tardies and unexcused absences. This section details the school’s record of your student’s attendance for each quarter and looks like the picture to the right. Tardies occur when a student arrives after we conclude our opening exercises, and unexcused absences occur whenever a student misses and the school does not receive the proper written excuse. For single absences, a parent/guardian note (or text to our administrator, Pastor Lindsey) is acceptable, but for absences spanning multiple days or frequently reoccurring absences, a written excuse from an accredited medical professional or government service must be received by the school. Family/travel related absences must be cleared with Pastor Lindsey
One of the things we dislike the most is having to negatively reward a student for her or his behavior and classroom conduct. However, we know and understand that not all behavior is appropriate in spiritual, moral, professional, and/or social situations. Therefore, we award students demerits for various things, and the distribution of these demerits looks like the picture to the right.
Behavior Issues result when a student demonstrates behavior that is in violation of school rules or adversely affects other students, faculty and staff, or school property. A demerit for forgotten items is rewarded when a student leaves her or his materials at home. A demerit for Classroom Rules is rewarded when a student fails to complete homework or classroom assignments, violates academic and classroom rules, or violates privilege limits. Finally, any violation related to travelling to or from school on a school related vehicle results in a demerit for Bus Issues.
This section details the way in which your student relates to the socially/academically acceptable behavior we are to cultivate and nurture. All of these can be Biblically traced to the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The section appear above.
The number assigned corresponds to how your student’s teacher feels she or he are living up to each of the desired traits. Each teacher has his or her own views. Therefore, questions regarding your student’s ranking should be directed to your teacher.
This section contains faculty and staff observations and suggestions regarding your student.