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2019-2020 Grades and Promotion

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Hi, Charger nation. What a great first week of online learning! Students submitted over 30,000 assignments this past week! That is amazing work by our students and teachers. Parents, you have played a huge role as well in supporting your child’s education. Thank you!!

On a personal note, I have a fourth grade son and I have been amazed at what he's learned in such a short amount of time. Just in the first week of online learning he's discovered the relationship between fractions and decimals as well as how to read decimals all while breaking down a poem into its parts and identifying its elements in English. I have also watched him learn proper etiquette for participating in a video conference with his classmates and his teachers. It truly has been exciting to watch. I hope you and your children have had a similar experience.

My main purpose today is to give you information on the grading practices that will be used for the remainder of the school year as well as the promotion and retention policies that will be utilized for 2019-20.

In most cases, by Spring break, approximately 85-90% of new content has been taught in almost all grades due to teachers ensuring students are well prepared for state assessments. As a result, teachers and administrators have adequate data to make a proper determination of whether students in grades Pre-K - 6th should be retained or promoted. It is the intention of the district to promote all students through sixth grade to the next grade level unless he or she is significantly behind in which promotion would not be in the best interest of the child due to hindering his or her education in subsequent years. Those determinations will be made on a case by case basis. If you have questions regarding your elementary student’s standing please contact the building level principal.

Promotion and retention of secondary students is more complex due to Carnegie unit credits and graduation standards. First, I would like to begin by addressing the Class of 2020. Regardless of whether we return to school, you will graduate on May 15, 2020. We have already begun working on alternate plans for graduation in case they are needed. Due to the suspension of state assessment requirements, state tests will NOT keep any Oxford High School senior from graduating. The only requirement for graduation is students must have obtained 24 Carnegie unit credits. Courses in which students are currently enrolled and passing will count as Carnegie units as well. Seniors, for some reason if you were not passing a course, please be sure to complete the necessary work to obtain a passing grade. Remember, your grade cannot go down while you are participating in online learning. You can only improve it. Use this time as an opportunity to show your teachers and administrators that you value a diploma from Oxford High School.

For all underclassmen, the same grading policy stands for you as well. Your grade will not decrease while participating in online learning. It's the perfect time to improve your grade by completing the work assigned by your teachers. Carnegie unit credits will be awarded based on your overall course grade at the end of the school year. It is the intention of the district to award Carnegie unit credits in all cases where students have made every effort to obtain a passing grade by completing their assignments while participating in online learning.

If you need further assistance with the online learning system please email studentsupport@oxfordsd.org, email your principal, or call the front office of your respective school. We are here to serve you in whatever capacity we can to ensure you have a successful 2019-20 school year.

Students, keep up the great work! Your teachers and administrators are proud of you!