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Panthers Striving to Finish Strong

When students and staff return from Spring Break, there will be opportunities available to students to insure that they finish the semester strong, are prepared for their final exams, and are in compliance with the attendance policy. On Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 22nd, students will have the opportunity to receive remediation or to make up absences through the recovery process. According to Principal Jonathan Tyson, “As we begin recovery and remediation for the Spring semester, we hope that all students will participate. The goal is for our students to work with our teachers to improve their overall academic performance.”

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 any student who wishes to work with their teachers in a small group atmosphere to improve academically and be best prepared for their final exams.” Furthermore, parents are strongly encouraged to stay up-to-date on their child’s progress in their classes using the HomeBase Parent Portal. The link to the Parent Portal is on the Piedmont website, and any parent who needs login information should contact the school.

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.

The recovery and remediation schedule has been posted under Academics on the Piedmont website. In addition, there will be Saturday opportunities on May 3rd, 17th, and 31st 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 Channel 14 throughout the school day.

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 Channel 14 throughout the school day. Biology is one course in which all students must take the North Carolina end-of-course exam. According to Biology teacher Amanda Starnes, “Remediation is a way to recapture all of the course material when we are close to the end of the semester and the exam. It is a way to review the entire semester in short, one-hour blocks of time. I strongly encourage all Biology students to participate in the afternoon remediation sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room G6.”

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

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Apr 09, 2014 by Donna Helms

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