Here are common questions I receive from parents and students:


Questions
1)  Why do I see weird things in my student's grades like X's, Z's, 99.9's, etc.?
2)  How can a student earn extra credit?
3)  Will my student have homework in PreAP US History? What about on-level US History?
4)  What does the "HW" or "CW" mean in the assignments in my student's grades?
5)  Where can I find what my student is doing or learning in class each day?
6)  What is remind 101? How do I sign up for it?
7)  What are the important dates in this class?
8)  What are your classroom rules and expectations?
9)  What supplies do I need for this class?
10)  What's the difference in PreAP and on level US History?
 
Answers
1)  Q Why do I see weird things in my student's grades like X's, Z's, 99.9's, etc.?
A
In my grade book, there are common symbols I use to remind myself and students what the circumstances were surrounding that grade. Here is a key:

X = The student was absent and it is not an assignment that will be made up. The X does not count FOR them, and it does not count AGAINST them in their six week average.

Z = The student did not turn in this assignment. It is a zero in the grade book. However, the assignment CAN be made up for partial credit.

0.00 = The assignment is a zero in the grade book and the assignment CANNOT be made up.

99.99 = If the student completes a zero/low grade make up during the 5th week of each 6 weeks for extra credit, the lowest daily grade is replaced with a 99.99. Using a 99.99 is a clue to Mrs. Miller, the student and parent that the grade has been changed to reflect the extra credit.

70.55 = If a student fails a test and retests, the grade for the test is made up to reflect the new test grade and the original grade. For example, if a student makes a 55 on a unit test, and then makes up the test for a 70, their grade will reflect a 70.55.
2)  Q How can a student earn extra credit?
A
Students will always be given a zero/low grade make up assignment during the 5th week of the 6 weeks to replace their lowest daily grade, including Zeroes.

Other forms of extra credit will be assigned as the six weeks goes on.
3)  Q Will my student have homework in PreAP US History? What about on-level US History?
A
In short, sometimes. There is not a daily or weekly assignment sent home on a regular basis in either class. Homework in History tends to be assignments that don't get finished in class. Typically, homework will be brought home about 1 time a week.
4)  Q What does the "HW" or "CW" mean in the assignments in my student's grades?
A
CW stands for class work. These are assignments that are completed 100% in class as a whole class, small group, or individually.

HW stands for home work. These are assignments that are finished at home and returned the following day for checking.
5)  Q Where can I find what my student is doing or learning in class each day?
A
Please check the assignment and due dates tab of my website. I do my best to update the week's lesson plans and due dates. Please email me if you have specific questions! CourtneyMiller@hebisd.edu
6)  Q What is remind 101? How do I sign up for it?
A
Remind 101 is a tool for teachers to communicate through text messages with students and parents without sharing personal information such as personal cell phone numbers.

I will be using Remind 101 to communicate with parents and students about due dates, upcoming tests and projects, and important class reminders. Please see instructions below.

To receive messages via text, text @cjhHistory to 81010. You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying "unsubscribe @cjhHistory"

If you have trouble using 81010, try texting @cjhHistory to (682)478-3654

To receive messages via email, send an email to cjhHistory@mail.remind.com. To unsubscribe, reply "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
7)  Q What are the important dates in this class?
A
Important Dates in US History:


CBA 1: September 28th and 29th
CBA 2: November 8th and 9th
Fall Semester Exam: January 12th and 13th
CBA 3: February 22nd and 23rd
DBA: March 8th
CBA 4: April 11th and 12th
Spring Semester Exam: May 23rd and 24th
8)  Q What are your classroom rules and expectations?
A
1. Be responsible
2. Be respectful
3. Be ready
9)  Q What supplies do I need for this class?
A
At the beginning of the year, you will need a sturdy 2" binder (PreAP needs a 3") that will be used for all of your history notes, assignments, graded work, and data. You may keep this in the classroom or in your locker. It MUST be with you everyday in class.

Other suggested supplies: pens, colored pencils, highlighters and notebook paper. Please see front page of website for optional classroom donations.
10)  Q What's the difference in PreAP and on level US History?
A
There are several differences between the design, pacing, and preparation for PreAP US History.

-PreAP US History is a Pre-Advanced Placement class. This means that the students in PreAP US History show a work ethic and desire to participate in AP and/or IB courses at the high school level. Preparation for these upper level AP and IB courses begins in 7th and 8th grade.

-Pacing of learning new curriculum is much faster in PreAP. Students are responsible for studying new vocabulary, map elements, and test preparation on their own outside of class.

-PreAP grading scale is different. Category A grades (tests, projects) make up 60% of the student's average, while Category B (daily grades) make up 40%. In On-Level classes, the divide is 50% and 50%.

-PreAP US History students will have more outside reading required for class in the form of text books, historical fiction novels, and assigned articles as well as more historical expository writing in the form of note taking, outlining, and document-based-question responses.

-PreAP US History students will have higher expectations in quality of work, work ethic, class participation, organizational skills, and responsibility for their own learning in preparation for their high school AP and IB classes.

-Per district policy, students must maintain a 74 or higher classroom average on their report cards. Failure to do so will put the student on probation. Failure a second time will result in the student being moved from PreAP to an on-level class which may require a total schedule rearrangement,