Grades/Report Card Update

Today is the cutoff date for grades to be posted for the 1st 9 weeks report card.  All assignments that have not been turned in have been labeled as “Missing” and are currently factoring as “0’s” on students’ averages with the exception of missing tests and quizzes.    Test and quizzes are labeled as missing but are not being factored into students grades because most are due to absences and will be made up when it is logistically possible.   Up until today these assignments have just been labeled as “missing” and have not affected averages but I wanted both parents and students to know that those assignments where missing at that time.   With the change today many students’ grades may have been affected.  All grades are on a running total this year so averages will not be “locked” until students get their “final end of the year” report card meaning when these missing assignments are completed, turned in, and graded their averages will be readjusted accordingly at that point and will reflected on the next report card.  Logging into Infinite Campus will show what assignments are missing.  I would suggest if a student has a missing assignment to have them write down the name of the assignment and bring it to me so I can give them the proper instructions for making it up.  I usually give alternate assignments for missing daily grades so they will need to see me if they are missing one or more of those.   


If you do not have a parent login for Infinite Campus the school can supply you one but until then parents can always use their child’s login.  At the top of the WJMS homepage is a tab labeled “IC Parent Portal”.  Click on that tab and scroll down until you see another link that says “Infinite Campus Parent Portal”.  Once you click on that link it will take you to the IC website.   Your child’s username is their “5 digit lunch code” and their password is their first and last initial of their legal name and their 6 digit birthday mmddyy.  For example John Doe’s password would be ” jd010113″.  Once logged in click on “Schedule” and click each individual class to see grades and assignments and what is missing.

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Performance Task Oct. 18th.

Students’ second county issued performance task will be worked on in class next Thursday and Friday and is due by the end of class next Fri. Oct. 18th.  Any research for this performance task needs to be done at home and ready to bring in next Thursday.  Copies of the assignment choice list and rubric can be found in an earlier post below.

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Unit 3 Middle East Government Common Assessment

Next Wednesday students will be taking their Unit 3 Middle East Government test.  Study guides have been sent home today for this exam.

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Online Textbook Login Information

Below is the login information for the online textbook “People, Places, and Changes” linked at the bottom right of this page.  While we rarely use the textbook in class it is a great resource for research and projects, reviews for tests and quizzes, and other general social studies skills.  Once you click the link and login choose the “online textbook” option on the bottom right and it will take you to the website.

Username: bsmart64

Password: x6s5d

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Performance Tasks Days Sept. 25-27th

Students’ first county based performance tasks are due on Sept. 27th.  Performance tasks are in many ways like tests and allow students another way to demonstrate their knowledge and mastery of the content.  Due to this fact just like tests some of the work must be done at school in the presence of the teacher.  We will be completing and presenting performance tasks Sept. 25th-27th.  Students will need to bring in any materials they need to complete the project they have chosen on those days.

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Geography Vocabulary Exam Tues. Sept. 24th

Next Tuesday Sept. 24th students will be taking one of three vocabulary tests they take this year.  This test will be over 50 geography terms the students were given back in August during the first week of school.   This grade will be reflected in their Geography Standards and Literacy Skills.

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Unit 2 Common Assessment Fri. Sept. 20th

Students will be taking the Unit 2 Common Assessment this Friday, Sept. 20th.  Study guides for this exam went home today.  This is our second major exam of the year.

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SACS Parent Survey

Parents many of you may not know but our school comes up for accreditation every five years by SACS(Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).  This is the organization that makes a high school diploma or college degree have value and worth.  SACS likes to perform a comprehensive review which includes surveys from school employees, parents, and students.  Below is a link for the parent survey that SACS would like for you to take.  You only have to take the survey once so if you have taken it already from another teacher’s website or link you do not have to do it again.  Thank you for your participation and for helping improve West Jackson Middle School.

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13.5 Weeks Performance Task Lists.

Attached is a copy of the Performance Tasks students will be selecting next week to work on.  These are new and given to us by the county board office.  13 Week Performance Task More information will be coming soon about due dates etc.

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We will be starting Unit 2 Middle East History next week after Labor Day.

The standards for this unit are linked below for anyone interested.

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Study Guides

Study guides went home yesterday for the Unit 1 common assessment on Friday Aug. 30.

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Unit 1 Common Assessment

The Unit 1, Middle East Geography, common assessment is tentatively planned for next Friday Aug. 30th.  This test will cover standards SS7G5, SS7G6, SS7G7, SS7G8.  Study guides will be going home early next week.

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Testing Aug. 21-27.

All 7th grade students will be taking the ITBS and CogAT standardized tests over the next five school days.  These tests are very important for giving teachers accurate information about the current academic level of each student.

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Workbooks have been distributed.

Our Clairmont Press CRCT Prep workbooks have been given to students for this year.  The workbook on their website is currently being updated and should be available very soon.

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Welcome to Team 703 Social Studies 2013-2014!

I am looking forward to an outstanding school year.  This website will be used as a communication tool for both parents and students.  I will post when we are taking quizzes, tests and working on major projects.  I will also use this site to announce when I have updated grades in Infinite Campus.   The site is currently being updated to add more online learning resources.  Maps, the online workbook from Clairmont Press, and other learning tools are currently linked on the bottom right side of the page.  If you subscibe to the website then you will be sent a notification to your email address every time I post an update, so I encourage all parents and students to subscribe.  Check back soon for updates!

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