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Planning Begins for Final Exams

Pictured is Algebra I teacher Karen Gunn incorporating technology into her Algebra lesson. Algebra I students are encouraged to attend scheduled remediation after school if they are having difficulty with course content. 9th grade students have a laptop and there are also many online resources to help with review for the end-of-course test in Algebra I.

The final six-week grading period is upon students and staff, and that means it is time to begin attendance recovery and remediation sessions for first semester classes. Piedmont teachers will be available in all curriculum areas on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the semester to assist students with tutoring and attendance recovery. According to Principal Jonathan Tyson, “The overall goal of this process is to enhance the educational program at Piedmont High School so all students can improve academically.”

Remediation and recovery is an important part of preparing for the end of each semester. According to Tyson, ”Recovery and remediation at Piedmont serves two purposes. First, it allows students who are outside the attendance policy to make up days that they have missed. Also, it provides an opportunity for all students to spend additional time working with their teachers in order to improve academically.”

Students who have accumulated more than seven excused or unexcused absences in any class must complete the UCPS High School Attendance Recovery process at Piedmont in order to receive credit for the class. According to UCPS policy, students may make up a maximum of eight class periods with a maximum of three make-ups in any one class. Since Piedmont operates on a block schedule, it is possible for students to accrue a number of absences in one class, but more or less in another. According to attendance counselor Mandy Smith, “Even if a student has a note for an absence, that absence is counted as one of the total absences for the course.” Smith is available to discuss individual attendance concerns and waiver policies, or parents can schedule a conference with teachers through the Guidance Department.

Piedmont has established the following schedule for attendance recovery for the fall semester: December 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, and 18th, January 3rd, 8th, and 10th. In addition, there will be Saturday opportunities on December 8th, 15th, and January 5th and 12th from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday recovery and remediation will begin at 3:30 in the rooms designated on each department’s schedule, which will be publicized on the school website and the daily broadcast announcements.

While recovery of absences is important to a child’s success in school, remediation also provides a valuable opportunity for students to receive tutoring from teachers in preparation for their final exams. Remediation will be available in all curriculum areas beginning at 3:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The schedule for teachers who will be conducting the review sessions will also be posted on the website and publicized on the daily announcements and broadcast. Algebra I is one course that is required for graduation, and the end-of-course test in January can be challenging for many students. According to Jennifer Guignard, “Remediation offers Algebra I students the opportunity to strengthen the skills needed to be successful on the EOC exam.”

Questions about recovery and remediation can be directed to grade level administrators: 9th grade – Sarah Starr; 10th and 11th grades – Michael Schrader; and 12th grade – Steve Campbell.

The following remedition/recovery department schedules are available for download:

 

 

 

 

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Nov 29, 2012 by Donna Helms

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