Most of our students thrive on the establishment and achievement of short-term goals. As a result, Community School uses a points system to hold students accountable for their work and to give them immediate feedback. These points, given for attendance and participation, are tracked on Blue Cards.
A student earns a point when the teacher places his/her signature on the student's Blue Card in the area of both attendance and participation. A student earns a point for an entire period of work, which will at times involve participating in activities designed to prepare the student to demonstrate course proficiencies (effort), and at other times involve the actual demonstration of a specific course proficiency (quality of tests, quizzes, projects). Students who do not meet course proficiencies have multiple opportunities to do so.
Every student carries a Blue Card from class to class each day. At the end of the day, students are expected to place their Cards in the box outside their first class of the following day, then when the student arrives at school the next day, his/her Blue Card is waiting.
Students are responsible for keeping track of their Blue Cards. A lost Blue Card means lost points. Students will receive a new Blue Card every two weeks.
Points and Credit
Students must earn 90% of the points available each Hexter in order to earn credit. The number of points to be earned each Hexter varies by the length of the Hexter, but essentially means not missing more than 2 points in a class. Teachers will inform students at the beginning of each Hexter how many points equal 100% and 90% for that Hexter.
Points and Appeals
Students must earn 90% of the points in each and every class or they must go to Appeals. At Appeals, students have the opportunity to explain why they did not make their points, and receive problem-solving support from the students and staff so that all points (and credit) can be earned in the next Hexter. Consequences for not making points are also discussed and imposed. Students will receive an 'N' in any class for which the necessary points were not earned.
Points, Arrows, and X's
|Project Arrow - If a class is working on a project over time, then a Project Arrow will be assigned. A student will receive all the Project Arrow points when the project is completed and passes at an 80% or higher proficiency level.|
|Quiz Arrow - A student may take a quiz or test as a measurement of their point for the period. Because it is unlikely that a quiz or test will be graded before the period is over, a Quiz Arrow will be assigned to show an assessment has been taken but not yet graded. If a student meets the assessment at an 80% or higher proficiency level, the point will be earned for the Quiz Arrow. If the student fails to meet the proficiency level, the teacher will provide an opportunity for the student to retake the assessment. The point will be earned when the student passes the retake.|
In all cases of negative Arrows, a teacher will take a moment to explain to a student the reason he/she has received a negative Arrow. The teacher will also let the student know whether or not he/she can make up the negative Arrow of if the student has lost the opportunity to earn the point for that class period.
|Late Arrow - A Late Arrow is assigned when a student appears late for a class, based on each teacher's discretion. If a teacher feels that a student has appeared in class late beyond a reasonable allotted time, then a Late Arrow is given with the number of minutes late also noted. The teacher may give a student an opportunity to make up the Late Arrow by staying late or making up time after school. If a student makes up the time within the week, then they may earn the point back. After seven (7) days, the student can no longer make up the point.|
|Talking Arrow - When a student becomes a disruption to him/herself and/or other students, a teacher will assign a Talking Arrow and the student will not earn his/her point for the period. A Talking Arrow may or may not be able to be made up, at the teacher's discretion.|
|Wandering Arrow - A student who needs to use the restroom to take a quick break in class may do so. With that in mind, a student who leaves the classroom for too long is taking away from his/her opportunity to learn. A teacher will assign a Wandering Arrow when a student does not come back to class in a timely fashion. A Wandering Arrow may or may not be able to be made up, at the teacher's discretion.|
|Did No Work Arrow - In a class period in which a student fails to be productive or use his/her time toward the learning target, a teacher will assign a Did No Work Arrow. With a Did No Work Arrow, a student has shown an unwillingness to put forth the effort needed to accomplish the class's goal for the day and, in doing so, forfeits the opportunity to make up the point.|
|Electronics Arrow - If a student has his/her cell phone or other electronic device (i.e., iPod, tablet or laptop) out during class time, an Electronics Arrow will be given. The only way an Electronics Arrow may be made up is for the student to voluntarily turn their phone or device in to the Attendance Office for an entire day.|
|X||If a student blatantly refuses to work or behaves disrespectfully to other students or staff, the student will earn an X. The student cannot make up this point and will be sent home for the remainder of the day. A student with an X on his/her card will be escorted to the front office and a parent or guardian will be notified that the student is being sent home for the remainder of the day.|
In all cases of negative arrows, a teacher will take a moment to explain to a student the reason he/she has received a negative arrow. The teacher will also let the student know whether or not he/she can make up the negative arrow or if the student has lost the opportunity to earn the point.
Extra points may be earned in several different ways. The student may make up work due to an absence or an arrow that they earned. If a student performs "above and beyond" the expectations given in class, the teacher may opt to award the student an extra point.