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Grading Guidelines
Published by Pam Hayes on April 29, 2020
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Thank you for your patience as we have worked to interpret and apply the guidance developed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and approved by the State Board of Education (SBE) on April 23, 2020.   A team of school and district personnel has developed guidelines and expectations to help answer your questions.

It is important for all students to continue working and learning in order to be prepared for future classes/coursework.  

We will share more information and provide updates, as necessary, based on additional guidance that we may receive from the state.  Thank you for your continued support of your child’s school.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
Why did the NC State Board of Education create this grading policy? 
  • State leaders believe it is important that grading policies positively impact as many students as possible, validate the efforts of students and all those supporting remote learning, and address issues of equity and excellence.  
  • It is the intention of this policy to ensure that no student receives a failing grade and that students’ grades, as of March 13,  serve as a minimum or a hold harmless point. 
Will my child receive final grades for this school year?
Elementary Students-Grades K-5
  • K-5 students will not receive a final grade. Instead of a final grade, teachers will provide year-end feedback to students/parents for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Feedback will be provided for the final quarters.
  • The feedback about the standards covered in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study will be categorized in one of three ways: Above Grade Level,   On Grade Level  and  Below Grade Level .
  • Academic and social/emotional feedback will be used to help transition students into the new school year. 
Middle School Students-Grades 6-8
  • Students in Grades 6-8 will receive a final course grade of PC19 (Pass) or WC19 (Withdraw).
  • Teachers will provide year-end written feedback for students based on their learning this school year. 
  • School district leaders will decide the format for this feedback. 
  • Academic and social/emotional feedback will be used to help transition students into the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • WC19 does not mean the student failed the course and does not imply grade retention for middle school students. WC19 means there is a lack of evidence the student mastered the course standards. 
  • Middle school students enrolled in high school courses will follow grading options listed below. Students will receive course credit but, as in existing policy, the grade will not be counted in the GPA calculation.   
High School Students-Grades 9-11 
  • Students in grades 9-11 and non-graduating seniors will choose how each final course grade will appear on their transcript for their currently enrolled courses, year-long and semester courses.  If students cannot be reached to make a choice, they will be permitted to do so after school buildings reopen.
Option 1:

  • Report the numeric grade, their highest grade representing either their learning as of March 13 or as improved through the semester as remote learning continued.
  • Students will receive course credit. 
  • The numeric grade and quality points for each course will be used to calculate GPA. 
Option 2:

  • Report a PC19 or WC19.
  • Students opting to receive a PC19 will receive course credit. 
  • PC19 or WC19 will not impact GPA.
  • WC19 receives no course credit but students could take advantage of future credit recovery or repeating a course for credit. 
Will my child be promoted to the next grade? 
  • Student promotion and retention will remain the decision of the school principal and staff.
  • Schools will primarily focus on those retention cases that were already well underway prior to March 13 for reasons other than the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic issues. 
How will the assignments and activities assigned impact my child’s grades?
  • Beginning April 20, teachers  started providing  distance learning experiences for their students that include a focus on previewing new skills and knowledge. Students are being  given assignments and activities with a focus on feedback, participation and skill development.
  • The work students complete and the feedback teachers provide during the final quarter(s) is meant to maintain a continuity of learning, track progress, and foster a growth mindset for students. 
Spring Courses: Grades 3-8 Spring Courses Grades 9-11
  • Students completed the first three quarters prior to March 13. 
  • Students’ grades in Quarter 4 will not drop below the average of Quarter 1, Quarter 2, and Quarter 3.
  • Students’ Quarter 4 grades can only increase based on the rubric shared in the section below.
  • The baseline Quarter 4 grade will be the average of Quarter 1, Quarter 2, and Quarter 3.  Students will have the opportunity to earn additional points as outlined in the rubric below.
  • Students will be given assignments and assessments as usual with a focus on feedback and mastery.
  • Students completed the first two quarters of the second semester prior to March 13.
  •  A student’s grade in Quarter 7 and Quarter 8 will not drop below the average of Quarter 5 and Quarter 6
  • Students’ final grade can only increase based on the rubric shared in the section below.
  • The Semester 1 grade, earned prior to March 13 will serve as the baseline grade for both Quarter 7 and Quarter 8. Students will have the opportunity to earn additional points as outlined in the rubric.  
  • The final grade will be the average of Quarter 5 and Quarter 6 and additional points earned from the rubric.
Grading Rubric 

Percent of Assignments Completed No Assignments Completed 1-10% 11-20% 21-30% 31-40% 41-50% 51-60% 61-70% 71-80% 81-90% 91-100%
Added Points 0 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 11-12 13-14 15-16 17-18 19-20
K-2 Instructional Packets :
Instructional Packets were provided for students to complete from March 18-May 15. Students should retain these packets and submit them once school resumes. In the meanwhile, families can upload pictures of the completed packets to their teachers for immediate credit for completion and teachers will provide feedback and monitoring through regular check-ins with families and students.
NOTE:  CCS’ grading guidance for graduating seniors is in alignment with the policy adopted by the State Board of Education on March 27, 2020. Review it here: https://bit.ly/grading-guidance-for-seniors

 

After reading this information carefully, please contact your child’s school if you have questions. 

        
COVID-19 UPDATE: SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR THE REMAINDER OF SCHOOL YEAR
Published by Pam Hayes on April 29, 2020
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Fayetteville, N.C. – Today, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, but remote learning will continue. Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will continue to provide virtual learning opportunities for students through its Cumberland@Home remote learning initiative.
“I commend our staff and families who are working collaboratively to support student learning and engagement during this pandemic,” said CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “This is an unprecedented time for all of us, but we will continue working together to support the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.”
K-11 Grading Guidance
The State Board of Education approved a grading policy for public schools on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The policy aims to positively impact as many students as possible and recognize the efforts of students and those supporting remote learning while addressing equity and educational excellence.
In alignment with the state’s grading policy, the district has issued end-of-year grading and student promotion guidance for students in grades K-11: https://bit.ly/CCSGrading9-11. The district will hold students harmless for grades beyond March 13, while providing opportunities for students to remain engaged in instruction and improve grades obtained prior to March 13.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we have worked to unpack the guidance developed by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction,” said Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman, the district’s chief academic officer. “We remain dedicated to responding to the well-being and educational needs of our students. We will continue to enhance remote teaching and learning through the remainder of the school year.”
The district’s grading guidance for graduating seniors is in alignment with the policy adopted by the State Board of Education on March 27, 2020. This information was shared with seniors and their families earlier this month and can be found here: https://bit.ly/grading-guidance-for-seniors.
Graduation Update
The district has convened a graduation advisory team, which is composed of district and school administrators, staff, and students. The team is gathering feedback and considering options for celebrating graduating seniors while adhering to the social distancing guidance provided by local and state health officials. The team is considering a range of options and will provide an update to families in the coming days.
Once the stay-at-home order is lifted, high schools will provide opportunities for students and families to pick up senior regalia, announcements, etc.
“This is new territory for us,” said Dr. Connelly. “However, we are committed to celebrating the Class of 2020. This is a top priority for us, and we will share updates with everyone in the near future.”
Food Distribution Will Continue
The district will continue to provide meals for students while school buildings are closed. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/mealpickup.
        
CCS LAUNCHES LIVE, VIRTUAL MATH TUTORING FOR STUDENTS
Published by Pam Hayes on April 29, 2020
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Fayetteville, N.C. – Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is continuing to find ways to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist with math instruction, CCS is launching Cumberland@Home LIVE, which will connect students in grades 6-12 with a CCS math educator for live, virtual tutoring.

Students can access Cumberland@Home LIVE on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m., through Google Meet or a telephone helpline, to seek assistance with math content. This service will serve as an extension of academic support and will not replace instruction provided by students’ math teachers.

“Our students are our highest priority,” said Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman, the district’s chief academic officer. “We recognize that students and families are facing challenges with remote learning. Cumberland@Home LIVE is one more way we can reach our students, supporting their academic learning and also their well-being.”

Students can connect with a math tutor via Cumberland@Home LIVE using the following Google Classroom codes and helpline phone numbers:

Sixth Grade
Google Classroom Code: kljbfzr
Helpline Number: 910-500-7580

Seventh Grade
Google Classroom Code: j6osig6
Helpline Number: 910-500-7581

Eighth Grade
Google Classroom Code: 5gdrsl2
Helpline Number: 910-500-7582

Math I-II
Google Classroom Code: l7dip4a
Helpline Number: 910-500-7583

Math III-AFM
Google Classroom Code: 7ifrkmc
Helpline Number: 910-500-7584

        
UPDATED 2019-2020 Student Handbook
Published by Pam Hayes on April 4, 2020
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DRESS CODE UPDATE:
Effective September 24, 2019

By Direction of Superintendent Marvin Connelly, Jr.:

Dress Code Guidelines

Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, stomach, breasts, and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric.  All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.

Students Must Wear:

  • A Shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms) that reaches at least to the waist 
  • Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts).  All shorts, skirts or dresses must reach at least mid-way between the thigh and waist.
  • Shoes

Students May Wear:

  • Religious headwear
  • Hoodie sweatshirts (wearing the hood over the head is not allowed)
  • Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans” as long as the shirt entirely covers the buttocks
  • Ripped jeans, as long as the rip is at  least midway between thigh and waist
  • Athletic attire

Students Cannot Wear:

  • Clothes with violent language or images
  • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity)
  • Hate speech, profanity, pornography
  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups
  • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments
  • Swimsuits
  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon
  • Hats (except as a religious observance)
  • Pajamas or bedroom shoes

 

As noted above, MWMS and all CCS schools will make any necessary religious accommodations for any type of headgear or head coverings otherwise restricted or prohibited by this dress code.

 

No student will receive Out of School Suspension based solely upon violation of an existing school dress code.

        
MWMS Student Laptop Agreement
Published by Pam Hayes on April 4, 2020
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CCS Technology Acceptable Use Policy

MWMS Student Laptop AgreementLaptop with Books coming out

Beginning 2018-2019 Mac Williams Middle School will provide each student in with a Chromebook which will be carried from class to class, but not taken home.  The device will be used to enhance instruction and each student is responsible for following all guidelines set forth in the Cumberland County Schools Internet Use Agreement and G-Suite for Education Permission Form. Although this agreement authorizes the student’s use of the device for the year, the device is the property of the district and must be returned upon the district’s request or on the last day of the student’s attendance for the school year. In using the device, the student is subject to and must comply with all district policies, procedures, and regulations. A violation of any of these policies could result in loss of network privileges, loss of right to use the laptop, or appropriate discipline. Read more

        
ParentLink Hotline Opt-In
Published by Pam Hayes on April 4, 2020
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3 different cell phonesIf you blocked the number that the automatic ParentLink calls come from, you cannot receive any phone calls from that number.

If you accidentally opted-out of automated calls from ParentLink, you can opt-in by calling the ParentLink Hotline at 1-855-502-7867 and selecting Option 2.  The user must call from the number that is blocked in order to change the status.