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Williams Middle School grade promotion point system simplified

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams Elementary-Middle School has revised the middle school point system by simplifying the plan and making minor adjustments.

The policy is for grades six, seven and eight to help determine whether students qualify to be promoted to the next grade level or should stay in their current grade.

At the end of each semester academic points are awarded for progress made in each class. Behavior and attendance points are tracked throughout the year and awarded at the end of the second semester. Students are required to earn at least six out of the possible 10 points available in order to be promoted to the next grade.

With the new policy, points are earned in three categories: academics, behavior and attendance.

A student can earn up to six points through academics. Students earn .5 points per semester for each class passed with a 60 percent or better.

Students who fail two core subjects (language arts, math, science, or social studies) for the entire year may not be promoted without successfully passing summer school or a course of equivalence online. Students who fail three or more core subjects for the entire year will be scheduled for retention.

If kids stay out of trouble they earn behavior points. A student can earn up to two points for positive behavior. If a student receives no referrals, they are awarded two points. With three or four referrals they receive one and a half points, and it continues on down to zero points for nine or more referrals.

If a student is on out-of-school suspension, he or she automatically loses all behavior points.

Attendance points can be earned if a student has few absences throughout the year. Students can earn two points for zero to four days absent per year. They receive one and a half points for five to eight days absent and it continues down to zero points for 19 or more absences per year.

Students with excessive absences may be retained or required to attend summer or online school even though they may have the requisite amount of points to be promoted. Exceptions can be made for students who are ill for an extended amount of time.

The point system may vary for students on Individualized Education Programs and will be at the discretion of the principal and the special education team.

Since all students are unique, flexibility is built into the plan. For any students with questionable status, the principal and/or a review committee will evaluate the individual's specific situation.

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