Category Archives: Student – Teacher Communication

Mr. Joyce’s Grading Communication Site

This website will be used as a communication tool in order to make me a consistently available to respond to any questions, concerns or comments about grades and grading.

Grading Policy:

Hello Parents, Guardians and Students,

It is my aim to explain the grading policy for my students as clearly as possible. Feel free to send me emails or post comments in the Parent-Teacher Communication tab.

In my classroom I will be creating an environment and culture that values learning. My lessons are designed to teach to the Ohio Common Core Standards of Language Arts. You can find them HERE  .

When I review students work for grading I value effort and growth. My students will have ownership over their grade and it will be based on student current trend of achievement. Students will keep track of their own grades on assignments, creating a portfolio of the work they complete throughout the year. I believe this is essential to showing students that what they achieve will reflect the effort they put into learning.

I know all students can achieve great things if they are motivated to prove themselves. As a teacher it is my goal to motivate students in this way. Poor grades would be an indicator of missing work and attendance in most cases. Miss-behavior usually is due to the student not buying in to classroom culture. Miss-behavior will not be penalized in grading, however if miss-behavior is consistent enough it will inhibit the student and class from learning.

Letter Grade Scale:




To get a “A” a student will demonstrate content mastery and the ability to demonstrate the content knowledge in clear, efficient, creative and intuitive ways. These students put for highest effort at all times, on all assignments and produce quality work. These students continually demonstrate good habits in taking lesson content and applying it to refine academic skills.


To get a “B” a student will demonstrate content mastery and the ability to demonstrate knowledge in a clear and efficient way. These students demonstrate consistent effort to get assignments done in a way that reflects quality work. These students demonstrate consistent efforts towards maintaining good habits in taking lesson content and acquiring academic skills.


To get a “C” a student demonstrates mastery over some content knowledge and can demonstrate this most of the time in a clear and efficient way. These students put in good effort to complete assignments adequately; putting in the effort and producing the quality work the student is capable of is not yet reached. These students have some good academic habits, however they need to put more of a consistent effort into maintaining good academic skills and implementing learned skills.


To get a “D” a student demonstrates little content mastery and does not consistently demonstrate the ability to communicate content knowledge in clear ways. These student put in minimal effort just to get the assignment out of the way. The student needs to demonstrate more consistent effort in producing quality work. These students need further education in how to learn effectively. This student may have poor attendance and missing work.


To get an “F” a student will have little to no assignments turned in and have very poor attendance. A meeting will be had to figure out how to support this student’s academic achievement immediately.

What Encompasses Student Academic Performance?


Effort is highly valued in my classroom. If a student is putting forth great consistent effort, they will be successful. Effort is defined by quality and care put into work produced to demonstrate content curriculum knowledge.


Participation is a key component of acquisition of content knowledge and demonstration of it. Students who participate in class discussions and are confident to speak their thoughts will find success in my classroom. All of my lessons, assignments and projects require participation. Students learn by experience and reflecting upon it. To be able to do this participation is necessary.


Attendance is a necessary to be able to adequately acquire the content knowledge of classroom lessons. If the student is not present, they will not learn. There are many communication tools in place to communicate with me. With enough forewarning, I will be able to accommodate absences by providing a sort of online learning experience for the student when needed.

Classroom Behavior:

Miss behavior inhibits the ability for all students to get the best possible learning experience. It is my duty as an educator to provide a learning environment that is safe and engaging towards learning. When miss behavior occurs, it will be dealt with according to school policies highlighted in the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook that ass students sign confirming having read it. Most miss behaviors stem from not buying into classroom culture. If miss behavior gets too consistent or severe, I will contact any parents, faculty or administrators that should be notified.


Responsibility is a moral value that will be evident in my classroom culture. Students will be instilled with the sense of ownership in all the work they do and in grading. Responsibility is a trait that is reflected in all good academic habits.

Giving Zeroes:

I do not give zeroes. Students that do not turn in an sort of work for an assignment will get a minimum score of a 50%. This is because I believe that a 0% is not a fair reflection of a students performance in any way. A 0% on any assessment gives the perception to a student that they did not try at all or do anything right. When it is averaged into the students grade for the school year, it may unfairly bring down the students overall performance. This would not be a fair measuring academic growth and performance thought the entire school year.