About projects and grades

Dear Parents and Students,

I use a layered grading scale in my class. It is based on the students doing extra projects and participating in class discussions to earn their grades. Being the history teacher I want all my students to become historians themselves.

To earn a ‘C’ this year the student will have to earn 70% or better on all quizzes, tests and homework. In addition the student will have to do one special project of their choosing.

To earn a ‘B’ this year the student will have to earn 80% or better on all quizzes, tests and homework as well as participating in classroom discussions. In addition the student will have to do two special projects of their choosing.

To earn an ‘A’ this year the student will have to earn 90% or better an all quizzes, tests, and homework as well as participating in all classroom discussions. In addition to their already completed ‘B’ projects they will have to do one more special project of their choosing.

All students can bring up their grade average by doing additional special projects. Also students who choose not to participate in class discussions can still earn their grade by doing an additional special project. Increased quality will be expected for second and subsequent projects.

There are many kinds of special projects. I want the students to do what excites them the most. In the past students have done written and oral reports, put on skits, and made crafts. One of the favorites from past years is when the students make and serve a food that was common to the culture we were studying.

I hope this helps to clarify. Please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions you might have. I can be reached at Email.

David Tomei