Science Grading Policy

Instructional Focus:  As a team we will work to foster genuine student interest in science as well as increase scientific literacy to improve critical thinking by having students design, collect, analyze, and interpret experimental data in order to make real-world connections and solve problems

Common Instructional Practices/Strategies:

Literacy: Interactive Word Wall, Frayer Model, Visual Mnemonics, Tier II vs. Tier III Vocabulary Acquisition, Cloze Activities and Worksheets, Text Graffiti Protocol, Save The Last Word Protocol, See-Think-Wonder Group Learning Routine, KWL Chart, Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Conclusions (Graphic Organizer + Rubric), Think Maps, Dynamic Learning Objectives (Skill + Strategy), Rumors Snowball Fight Protocol, Peer-to-Peer Feedback (Rubric), and Embedment of State Standards 

Cooperative Learning: Investigate Then Interpret Group Learning Routine, Think-Pair-Share Protocol, Hands-On Problem-Centered Inquiry-Based Labs/Assessment Kits, Gallery Walk Protocol, Dissections, Discussion Diamond Proctol, Station Rotations Group Learning Routine, Problem Pass Protocol, and Engineering Design Challenges.

Technology:,, Google Slides/Forms, Gizmos Online Learning Platform, PhET Interactive Simulations, College Board, Edpuzzle, Ultimate Review Packet,, Brainpop, Zipgrades, Quizizz, CK-12, Science Geek,  Sketch up for Schools, and Sphero Edu Coding.

Social/Emotional:  Human Barometer Protocol, Fist to Five, Turn and Talk Protocol, and Blob Tree Check-in

Grading Policy

Regents Science Classes

  • 35% Examinations 

  • 25% Projects 

  • 15% Homework 

  • 25% Classwork/Participation


Syracuse Dual Credit (Physics)

  • 50% Examinations 

  • 20% Projects 

  • 10% Homework 

  • 20% Classwork/Participation


Advanced Placement Courses

  • 20% Homework

  • 20% Lab

  • 20% Classwork

  • 40% Assessments


Engineering  Science 

  • 40% Projects/Design Challenges

  • 20% Classwork

  • 15% Assessment

  • 15% Homework

  • 10% Participation

ELA Department Policy

ELA Instructional Focus:

To Improve the higher order cognitive ability of each student through a focus on close reading and annotation skills. To promote literacy and metacognition skills through emphasizing citing clear and accurate textual evidence and achieving 90% accuracy in developing multi-level analysis  


Action Plan: 


  1. HMH Curriculum
  2. Independent skill development/reinforcement

    1. IXL (All teachers will need access) 

    2.  CommonLit

    3. Journal Entry (Do Now)/Writing Journal (Skills)  

  3. Peer Tutors 

  4. Grade level assessment at the end of each unit

  5. High Focus on Writing Analysis & Annotation

    1. Chunking

    2. New Visions 3 Read Protocol 

    3. New Visions Exploding Analysis Writing Protocol for (Part 2 & 3) 


Grading Policy






Regents Prep Participation






Exams & Quizzes



* Stony Brook University: Introduction to Film 

Stony Brook Courses (Scerri)



Classwork & Participation






Exams & Quizzes


Current Events



*Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition

 AP Courses (Egashira)



Classwork & Quizzes








AP Exam Prep Participation




 Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Seminar and Research

30% – Class Participation

20% – Formative assessments, prepared oral reports, including objective tests that

assess for a basic understanding of assigned readings

50% – EOY Task Projects


***Regent examinations are worth 30% of all regent bearing courses. Scholars who are absent for an examination will receive a zero. What does this mean? If a scholar maintains a 93% average over three marking periods but is a no show for their regent examination, they will potentially only receive a grade of 70% for the course.



Math Department Policy

School Year 2023-2024 Grading Policy for the Math Department


Assessments: 50%

  • Examinations

  • Quizzes

  • Exit Tickets

  • Projects

  • MAP Growth*

  • Mock Regents / Midterms

Classwork / Engagement: 30%**

  • Handouts

  • Notes

  • Test Review

  • Edpuzzle

  • Collaboration / Participation

  • After School / Regents Prep

Homework: 20%

  • DeltaMath

  • Edpuzzle / ck12 / Khan Academy

  • IXL Skill Sets

  • Other assigned tasks 


* MAP Growth will be administered 3 times a year (Term 1 MP1 & MP3, Term 2 MP3)

**Scholars will have opportunities for incentives (bonus points) based on after school work or extra credit assignments

School Year 2023-2024 Instructional Focus for the Math Department


Scholars will be engaged in collaboration through differentiated learning activities in order to promote growth via data-intensive analysis.


The evidence for the instructional focus above will be demonstrated by the following practices:


Encouraged Collaboration:

  • Feedback Protocol (Glows / Grows)

  • 3-reads

  • Stand & Talk

  • Questioning technique: what do you notice/wonder?

  • Blended Learning protocols

Data Analysis:

  • End-of-Unit Exams

  • MAP Growth Assessment

  • Midterm Examinations / Mock Regents

  • Previous Regents Exams Item Skills Analysis (ISA)

Physical Education Department Policy

Instructional Focus: To improve the overall physical abilities of each student through behavioral and physical practices. 

 Grades are based on a 100- point scale.


  • 40 points are for participation in class

  • 30 points are for warm ups in class

  • 30 points are for changing into appropriate clothing e.g. t-shirt, jogging suits, sneakers, shorts. In addition, points will be deducted for repeated inappropriate behaviors.

Electronics are not allowed in class.


According to the NYS Department of Education, students are required to take 3.5 years of Physical Education in order to graduate and receive their high school diploma. Parents, this goal can only be achieved with your guidance and support.


Arts Department Policy

Instructional Focus: The Arts Department will focus on collaborative activities within the classroom, the arts department, and across academic disciplines that promote 21st century learning skills.


  • Participation 40%

  • Classwork 20%

  • Exams 20%

  • Projects 20%

Foreign Language Department Policy

Instructional Focus: 

Culturally relevant instruction incorporating the four modalities




Grading Policy

Exams/Quizzes 50% 

Homework//Projects 30% 

Classwork /Participation/Preparedness 20%


Grading Policy-AP Spanish Language and Culture 

 Your grade will be calculated according to the following criteria:


Class Participation & Homework:                 20%

Quizzes / Films / Assignments:                        15%

In-class Writing – Compositions:                   20%

Oral Evaluations:  Interview/Presentations/Dialogue    15%

Exams:                 30%

Social Studies Department Policy

Instructional Focus:



To create an Instructional Focus for the year 2023 – 2024 that focuses on engagement and intellectual growth by:

  • Building strong classroom communities by getting to know each other as learners and individuals, respecting a diversity of opinions and ideas, and appreciating each other’s experiences, abilities and achievements. 

  • Utilizing student-centered learning which will allow students to pursue their own curiosity and enhance their critical thinking skills, leading to greater understanding of the subject matter and resulting in high-level decision-making and other transferable skills.  

  • Cultural responsiveness in class:  All teachers will utilize students’ customs, characteristics, experience, and perspectives as tools for better classroom and instruction.

  • Rigor: To improve rigor in class teachers will cultivate a class of critical thinking.  Teachers will utilize the Depth of Knowledge chart within their class by increasing the level of questioning as the class progresses.   (Scholars should connect, design or synthesize as they close out a lesson.)

  • Teachers will utilize grouping in the class by analyzing Regents Scores, Classroom Assessments and Map Growth Data.   


Date Driven Inquiry: Grade level teachers will work in collaboration to help drive instruction through data inquiry.  Teachers will administer assessments no later than a week apart to review all data and then utilize that information to create instructional strategies in and out of the classroom.


  1. Students that perform in the lowest third for assessments will be provided with ed-puzzle, mandatory tutoring, and re-teaching of key material.   

  2. 3 mock pre-assessments will be given throughout the year to gauge scholars’ understanding of the material and to help scholars become comfortable with the language of in class and state assessments.  


  • December (1st Mock Exam)

  • March (2nd Mock exam) 

  • May (3rd Mock Exam) 

  1. Teachers will use item skill analysis to see what skills scholars are lacking.  Teachers will then design/ modify their curriculum to help scholars develop those necessary skills to advance in the class.  (Example – Scholars are having trouble with working with primary sources.  Teachers will then create lessons on how to properly highlight key words and terms in primary sources to help scholars learn how to properly decipher sources .  Finds – Scholars should look for key dates, people, places and who the document was attended for.) These simple strategies should push scholar understanding of not just primary and secondary sources, but also help them understand any literary documents/readings.   


Grading Policy: 

The Social Studies Grading Policy will function on a 100 point scale, where assessment and participation is on a sliding scale and will fluctuate as the year progresses.   


Purpose:  The purpose for the sliding scale for assessments and participation is that students must first become comfortable with all forms of assessments for class.  Students must build up the necessary skills for answering various types of multiple choice, short answers and essays they may see throughout the year and on state tests.  By front loading Participation we hope that more students will be more engaged in the curriculum and ask key questions as we move towards higher grades for assessments.     





Social Studies 



  • In-Class Assignments– 20%

(daily worksheets, exit slips, completion of class tasks, etc) 

  • Home Assignments– 20%

(comprehension, examining, critical thinking and/or analytical tasks that serve to prepare for or reinforce class activities)  

  • Engagement- 30%, 25%, 20%*

(involvement in class discussions or any interactive sessions, participation in pair or small group dialogue, self-reflection or written feedback to peers)

  • Assessments- 30%, 35%, 40%*

(projects, exams, quizzes, essays, debates, presentations)

*percentages (grading value of that specific category) change depending on the marking period.  The first percentage is marking period 1.

  • Syllabus Includes Necessary Regents Prep and tutoringHours.  Students will be accessed at the end of the marking period to determine tutoring hours, which will factor into students’ overall average.  

  • Accountability for students 

    • -10% off for each school day late -> up to 50% off

    • Teacher Discretion based on student effort




  • 2A: Improve student/engagement.

  • 2B: Collaborative Learning on online platforms and school.

  • 2C: Instructional Technology.

  • 2D: Improve Students Social, Emotional struggles