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Remediation, Recovery, and Exams

Students and staff are busy preparing for the end of the semester and final exams. As part of the process, students will be offered several opportunities for remediation and recovery to insure all students are successful this semester. According to Principal Jonathan Tyson, “Students at Piedmont need to be prepared to work hard academically in preparation for final exams which will begin on Monday, January 12th. With exams quickly approaching, academics should be the priority for all students.”

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 in order 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. Many teachers offer tutoring in addition to what is available during Recovery and Remediation on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and students are strongly encouraged to check with their teachers if they need assistance with course content.

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. Attendance counselor Mandy 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 Students on the Piedmont website, which will include one additional Saturday opportunity to make up absences on January 10th. Tuesday and Thursday recovery and remediation will begin at 3:30 in the rooms designated on each department’s schedule, which are publicized on Channel 14 throughout the school day.

The final exam schedule for the Fall 2014 semester is as follows:

Monday, January 12 – First Block Exam/Second Block Review Session
Tuesday, January 13 – Second Block Exam/Third Block Review Session
Wednesday, January 14 – Third Block Exam/Fourth Block Review Session
Thursday, January 15 – Fourth Block Exam/Return to First Block
Friday, January 16 – Make-up exams/Normal schedule for all other students not making up exams

There are many classes testing in an online format this semester, and all students who are testing online should bring their Chromebooks to their testing location by 8:00 a.m. on the day of the exam. It is important that students fully charge their Chromebooks each night in preparation for the exams.

High school exams count 25% of a student’s grade for the semester. No student may exempt any exam. At the Board of Education meeting held on September 4, 2012, the Board unanimously voted to remove the exam exemption provision in Policy 4-1c. According to Tyson, “It is important that all students finish strong this semester, and I want to encourage all students to take advantage of the many opportunities for review in preparation for their final exams.”

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Jan 05, 2015 by Donna Helms

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