Questions
1)  What can I (the student) do extra to help my grade?
2)  Do you accept late work?
3)  Since you do not accept late work, how can I make up a low daily grade?
4)  What is a Benson Bonus?
5)  What are Benson Bucks and how do I get them?
6)  Do you offer replacement exams to replace low test grades?
7)  What can I (the parent) do to help my child do well in your class?
 
Answers
1)  Q What can I (the student) do extra to help my grade?
A
To help your daily average, the following are available:
> Weekly Benson Bonuses
> Cash all 10 Benson Bucks to replace 0 with a 100.
> Persuade parents to sigh up for on-line grades.
> Come in either before school or after for tutorials.
To help your exam average, the following are available:
> Continue to work on the material that is giving you trouble so that you can do well on the comprehensive exam. You can then replace a low unit test grade with the one made on the six weeks exam.
2)  Q Do you accept late work?
A
NO. The only exception, of course, is when a student has been absent. They then have the number of days they were absent to complete the work. Assignments due on the first day of an absence must be turned in the first day returning. Late work due to absences should be turned in to the "IN BOX" (black tray) located on the white shelves at the front of the room. Student should write absent at the top of the paper so I will know why it is being turned in late.
3)  Q Since you do not accept late work, how can I make up a low daily grade?
A
> Save all 10 of your Benson Bucks to replace a low grade with a 100..
> Download, work, and turn in (by Friday) the weekly Benson Bonuses.
> Have parents sign up for on-line grades and turn in a report for a free 100.
Be sure your name is on it.
4)  Q What is a Benson Bonus?
A
Each Sunday afternoon a Benson Bonus will be posted on this webpage. (See buttons to the left.) You may download the worksheet and complete at your convenience. It is due by the following Friday afternoon at 4:00PM. Each Benson Bonus is worth 10 daily bonus points. The points will not be added until the end of the six weeks when ALL bonus points are totaled and added as an extra grade. Remember, bonus points can only help your average.
5)  Q What are Benson Bucks and how do I get them?
A
At the beginning of each six-week grading period you will receive 10 Benson Bucks that may be used for the following purposes:
• 3 bucks to leave the room. This includes but not limited to the restroom, drink, office, and nurse. This applies only when YOU CHOOSE to leave the room. It does not apply if the assistant principal, counselor, or nurse sends for you.
• 3 bucks may be used to replace a trady (must be redeemed immediately).
• 1 buck per point to replace a test question. Must be redeemed when turning in the test.
• 10 bucks will replace 1 daily grade with a 100
• 1 buck exchanges for 2 bonus points each.
6)  Q Do you offer replacement exams to replace low test grades?
A
I do not offer individual replacement exams. But come in for tutoring before or after school and work on those topics that you are missing on the exams. By the time you reach the six weeks comprehensive exam, you will know the material and can demonstrate that on the six weeks test. At the end, you may replace a low test grade with your six weeks exam grade.
Getting rid of the low test grade will raise you average. Replacing it with a higher grade will raise you grade even higher.
7)  Q What can I (the parent) do to help my child do well in your class?
A
1) Provide a quiet study place and time and see to it that the student is using it. We will have assignments EVERY night.
2) Communicate daily with your child about how they are doing in the class. Remember, progress reports will be coming home the day after each exam and will require your signature so they can be returned the next day.
3) Stop by the office and sign up for online grades. All it requires is an ID. You will then have access to all your child's grades in every class. The grades are real time. Once I enter the grade, you will have immediate access to it. This way students can find out in the evening what they made on the test (or other materials) earlier in the day instead of having to wait until class time. After signing up for on line grades, be sure to print and send with your student a report of their grades. It will be worth a free 100 daily grade (maximum 1 per six weeks).