Parents: The following
is a thorough list of what to do if your child is not performing as
you would like. Please:
- Encourage your child to develop
habits of responsibility. I assess primarily on effort, and
grades are often a reflection of a student's ability to follow directions
(both written and oral) and turn in assignments on time. If your
child is doing poorly, it is almost certainly due to deficiency
in one or more of these areas.
- Encourage your child to be
responsible and turn in all work on time! Late assignments receive
a maximum of half credit. In later years, many teachers will give
no credit for late work, thus, the students need to develop habits
of responsibility and organization now.
- Encourage your child to do
extra credit reports (in their own handwriting with sources cited)!
I have a liberal extra credit policy, and bonus work has been
offered to all the students interested in raising their grade.
- Encourage your child to come
for tutoring--I want them to succeed! I am available for tutoring
on a daily basis before school, during lunch, and after school (except
for the days when I have an afternoon meetings--about once every
- Check that your child is doing
their work! The best ways to monitor your child's science assignments
and academic progress are to view the daily planner your child should
be maintaining, as well as review the grade printouts when you sign
them. Your signature is an acknowledgement that you have reviewed
their assignments and grades to date.
If you have a 'quick'
question or positive comment, please feel free to email. If your question
requires an 'involved' response, or if you have a critical comment to
make, please call me directly at 549-8840 x 1254. I will continue to
try my best to educate your child, and augment their understanding,
and appreciation, for science. Thank you for your support!
-Mr. Finley, Science