Jennings County Middle School
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Guidance

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A Message from Mrs. Phillips
A Message from Mrs. Nicholson

Grading at JCMS

We have taken a close look at our grading practices to help improve what we are doing. The overall goal of this work is to make sure that the grades students receive are consistent within each subject and an accurate measure of what each student actually knows and can do.

We believe:

  • A grade for any given subject is an accurate measure of a student's level of mastery.
  • The amount of effort students put into their learning is very important but may not always be reflected in a letter grade.
  • Soft skills such as timeliness, perseverance, collaboration, and taking personal responsibility for learning are crucial to our students’ development.

This looks like:

  • Assessments (test, projects, performances, etc.) weigh most heavily in a student’s overall grade (about 60% of the overall grade).
  • Teachers use daily checks for understanding to help track each student's progress. Some of these checks are also graded but not as much emphasis is placed on them (30% or less of overall grade comes from these).
  • Practice work, routine tasks, effort tasks (i.e., participation in class, completing an assignment, etc.) weigh very little in the overall grade (15% or less). This does not mean we do not view the effort as important, but rather, we believe the practice work and overall effort should not weigh heavily into a student’s grade.

Learn more about our grading philosophy and practices in this JCMS Grading FAQ’s document.

Homework Help

We hope students who need extra help on assignments will take advantage of this great opportunity. Students can get help with their homework in the library after school every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. They can get their missing work between 3:15 and 3:30 pm. Homework Help sessions are supervised by two assistants each afternoon.

Homework Hotline
Homework Hotline is a free, online service designed to help students in grades 6–12 with science and math. It’s funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is a great resource for students.