Academic Supports

Learning Plans: (FSD Policy 2302)

All students in this district will develop a parent-approved student learning plan by the end of the eighth (8th) grade.  Students’ learning plans will set forth their plans for high school and post-high school options. The purpose of learning plans is to outline a course of study and learning activities for students to become contributing members of society.

Each learning plan will be developed by a student and his or her parent or guardian with advice and recommendation from appropriate school personnel.  Each learning plan will be reviewed annually and may be revised at any time.

Middle School Credit Requirements: (FSD Policy 2605)

The middle school credit system requirements for all sixth (6th), seventh (7th), and eighth (8th) grade students are listed as follows:

1. Each student must attain a minimum of eighty percent (80%) of the total credits attempted in the current grade before the student will be eligible for promotion to the next grade level.  Students with fourteen (14) credits per year must pass twelve (12) to be eligible for promotion to the next grade.
2. If a student fails both semesters of a year-long course, (s)he will be ineligible for promotion to the next grade level.  
3. If a student has excess absences in any course(s) that have not been made up by the end of the current term, (s)he will not receive credit for the course(s).  (See “Student Attendance” on page 8.)
4. Students who are not eligible for promotion will be required to repeat all courses for the grade level that is repeated.

Credit Recovery

Students who fail one or more classes during the regular school year have the following options for making up the credit: 

1. Completing a credit recovery course for any core classes failed in the first semester during an Academic Studies/Credit Recovery class in the second semester of regular school year.  Students will give up an elective class as necessary to accommodate for the Academic Studies/Credit Recovery class.  Credit recovery packets must be completed by the due dates established by the teacher(s) to count for credit recovery.

2. Taking IDLA or other approved correspondence courses for credit prior to the start of the next school year  The students will be responsible for any costs associated with credit recovery using IDLA or correspondence courses.   SFJH does NOT offer summer school.

Note:  Courses made up using the IDLA or credit recovery packets will be documented in the student’s permanent file as completed; however, the grade will not be altered on the report card will not count toward GPA calculations

Student Advisory

Each student will be assigned to an academic advisory class.  These classes will meet daily for 21 minutes.  Students will be required to take their planners and homework or a free reading book to class each day.  These classes will be graded Pass/Fail based on preparedness and work completed in class.  The advisors will monitor their advisory students’ grades and attendance weekly and will help determine eligibility to participate in long lunch privileges.  Teachers may use advisory time for other academic activities including, but not limited to, group reading, discussions about internet safety, bullying presentations, resilience training, etc.

Interventions

Students who struggle academically as demonstrated through low grades and/or low achievement on State and school benchmark assessments (e.g., ISAT, ISIP, PSAT, etc.) may be enrolled in one or more intervention classes designed to identify specific learning needs and help students develop strategies for increasing their learning.  Students may be enrolled in Academic Studies, Reading Fundamentals, Math Fundamentals, Study Skills, and/or Credit Recovery depending on the student’s unique learning needs as identified by the school.  Students will be enrolled in these classes in place of an elective.  Progress will be reviewed regularly that may result in changes in placement in intervention programs.

Title I-A Targeted Assistance Program

South Fremont Junior High School currently implements a Title I-A, Targeted Assistance Program.  The purpose of the program is to provide targeted students the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state and local academic standards and assessments. As part of the target assisted Title IA program, the school encourages parental input toward the implementation of the program and to help students needing targeted assistance meet performance standards.  As part of the Title IA target parental involvement policy, the school will appreciate input toward the developmental and/or amendment of School/Parent Compacts that shall been sent to parents of students participating in the program. ‚Äč

Teacher Office Hours

Teachers will be available in their classrooms from 3:20 to 3:45 Monday through Thursday for office hours, unless arrangements have been made with the administration.  Students are encouraged to use these times to make up assignments/tests and to seek additional help.  Students are expected to be working on assignments or homework during these times not just “hanging out.”  Teachers may use office hours for other preparation activities or meetings and may be working in other locations in the school.

On Fridays, teachers will often be in inservice trainings or meetings, so they will not always be available for homework help or meetings.

Parents who wish to meet with teachers are encouraged to schedule meetings during teacher office hours or before school.  Spontaneous or unannounced meetings with teachers are discouraged, especially during school hours, because teachers may be actively engaged in class preparations, instruction, meetings, and/or other assignments.