Academic Information

Academic Information

Textbooks and Curriculum

The staff at the Penn Kidder Campus is dedicated to working with students to ensure academic success.  We are constantly working to keep our curriculum current with today’s offerings and to meet state standards.  We utilize the following textbooks and curriculums:
 

  •   *D’ Nealian Handwriting- Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley
  •   *Reading, Language Arts, Process Writing, Spelling-
  • Scott Foresman- Reading Streets
  •   *Mathematics- Scott Foresman- Addison Wesley
  •   *Science- Scott Foresman
  •   *Social Studies- Varies by grade level.

Progress Reports
  Progress reports are sent home at the midpoint of each marking period.  Parents are requested to sign the report and return it to school within three days.
 
Report Cards
  Report cards are issued to students every nine weeks.  There are four grading periods each year.  Attendance is also conveyed on the report card.  Report envelopes must be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the child’s homeroom teacher within three days.
 
Grading System
  A= 93-100
  B=85-92
  C=75-84
  D=70-74
  F=0-69
 
The following letter system is used for minor subjects, student behavior, and study habit characteristics:
   
  G= Good/Exceeds the requirements
  S= Satisfactory/Meets the grade level requirements
  N= Needs Improvement
  U= Unsatisfactory/ Below grade level requirements


Honor Roll Requirements (Gr. 1- 6)

Principal's List

All A's in major subjects and no N's or UNS's in minor subject areas, homework, conduct, effort.  A 4 in Process Writing is required.

Honor Roll

All A's and B's in major subjects and no N's or UNS's in minor subject areas, homework, conduct, effort.  A 3 or above in Process Writing is required.

Honor Roll Requirements (Gr. 7 - 8)

PRINCIPAL’S LIST

A 93 or better in all five major subjects and no grade lower than an 85 in any other subject.

HONOR ROLL

A 93 or better in two major subjects and no grade lower than an 85 in any other subject.


Credit Scale (Grades 7 and 8)

  • Reading (1 credit)
  • Language Arts (1 credit)
  • Math (1 credit)
  • Science (1 credit)
  • Social Studies (1 credit)
  • Computer Science (.5 credit)
  • Health (.3 credit)
  • Physical Education (.2 credit)
  • Art (.25 credit)
  • Music (.25 credit)
  • Technology Education (.25 credit)
  • Family & Consumer Science (.25 credit)

Total: 7 credits

*indicates a major subject 


Homework Guidelines
 
Homework is an extension of skills taught in class and is assigned to maintain mastery of those skills.  Most assigned homework is designed to be a daily review of classroom work and can be completed with little assistance.  Repetition is essential for young children to gain skill mastery.  In the upper grades, teachers often require special projects or research and both students and parents are made aware of any extended timelines.
 
Homework may include completion of classwork, practice to maintain mastery, special projects, or research.  Each child should read for at least 15 minutes daily using materials other than school assignments.  Homework times will vary according to grade level and ability of each child.  In general, homework should not exceed 45-minutes/one hour.  When this occurs, consult the teacher for assistance.
 
Homework should be monitored by parents, corrected by parents, but NOT DONE by parents.  A regular time and place should be designated for homework time.
 
The following applies to all students in our school with regard to homework;
 

  • Homework includes written and studied lessons.
  • A notebook for copying assignments is required.
  • Parents should sign the homework assignment book.
  • Homework is due the next day unless otherwise specified.
  • Students are expected to do their best and write neatly.

In the event of extended absence, parents requesting homework should call the office before 10:00 am.  Homework assignments will be sent to the office for pickup at 2:30 pm.  Under no circumstances should parents go to the classroom to request homework.  Classroom teachers, as part of their individual policies, have guidelines regarding makeup work and tests.  These guidelines are shared with parents at our annual “Meet the Teacher Night”.
 
Repeated failure to complete the required homework assignments may result in detention after the third missed assignment.  Following the third detention for missed assignments, a parent/teacher conference is required to determine the nature of the problem.


Promotion & Retention
 
Promotion Requirements: Grades K-6

Open communication is expected between teachers and parents when students show signs of failing.  If a parent desires, a conference can be held with the teacher, counselor, principal, or IST Team.
 
Students who fail a major subject at the end of the school year must attend summer school or receive instruction of 30 hours in that subject area by a certified teacher in order to be promoted to the next grade.  At the end of that time, the student will be required to pass a test that is prepared by the school district.
 

  • Students who fail a major subject for the second year in a row will be retained.
  • Students who fail two major subjects will be retained.
  • A failure in reading at the primary level (Grades K-3) is cause for retention.
  • In the case of failure, coupled with excessive absence (30 days and beyond), retention will be considered.

 
Major subjects for grades K-3 include:

  • Reading
  • Process Writing (grades 2 and 3)
  • English
  • Math

 
Major subjects for grades 4-6 include:

  • Reading  
  • Process Writing  
  • English
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Promotion Requirements: Grades 7-8
1. In order for a student to be promoted, the student must earn a minimum of SIX (6) credits and must achieve passing grades in Language Arts, Reading and Math.
 
2. If a student DOES NOT achieve a passing grade in Language Arts, Reading or Math, the student will be required to receive remedial instruction in a district (or district approved) summer program in order to be promoted.
 
3. If a student does not earn a minimum of SIX (6) credits, credit may be earned in a program of remediation (summer school, tutoring) approved by the principal. Only two (2) courses may be remediated.
 
4. Students with Individual Education Plans will be evaluated on an individual basis by MDE team.
 
5. Students who enroll in the district during the school year will be evaluated based on the grades earned in both the previous school and in this district.
 
NOTE: All tuition/fees/costs/ for summer school programs will be the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian.
 
If a student SUCCESSFULLY completes the required summer school program(s), he/she will be promoted.


Process Writing & Composition
 
Process writing is a language arts area subject not to be confused with handwriting.  Process writing is the ability to express ideas in sentence/paragraph form.  A great deal of classroom time is spent on this subject area in order to have students reach the level of proficiency required by the State of Pennsylvania.
 
Clear, concise writing with ability to sequence and utilize grammar, usage, and mechanics appropriately is essential in order to pass this subject area.
 
Grading of Process Writing is according to a descriptive rubric of how well the student utilizes the techniques and skills.  The numerical scoring is 1-4, with 4 being the highest.  A numerical marking of 1 or 2 signifies a failure in this subject. Writing is treated as a major subject area and graded at all levels.
 
4   Advanced
Sharp, distinct focus; expressive; writer’s voice is apparent in tone.  The writing contains few, if any, errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics.  Writing exceeds grade level expectations. Required for Principal’s List or Honor Roll.
 
3   Proficient
Clear focus, content is organized in a logical way with details that clarify ideas.  There is appropriate variety in sentence structure and word choice.  Writing contains few errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics.  Writing meets grade level expectations.  Minimum grade required for Honor Roll.
 
2   Basic
Focuses on purpose and contains some details.  Content and ideas are organized, but not fluent.  Mistakes in grammar, usage, and mechanics do not detract form meaning.  Writing is near grade level expectations.
 
1   Below Basic
Sample contains some awareness of purpose and audience.  Some detail included; mistakes in grammar, usage and mechanic detract form clarity and meaning.  Writing does not meet grade level expectations and is a failure.
   
0   Unscoreable
The sample is blank, unreadable, and/or incomplete.  Student refused to participate is the assessment.  Writing does not meet grade level expectations and is a failure.