1100 Gumwood
McAllen, Texas 78501

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Phone: (956) 686-3651
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Policies


Grading Policy (3rd-8th grades)
Grading Scale (1st-8th grades)
Honor Roll Policy (1st-8th grades)
Progress Reports
Report Cards
Promotion
Enrollment Block
Testing
Homework
Make-up Work
Graduation
Permanent Records
Release of Records

 

Grading Policy (3rd - 8th grades)metals2
Homework: 25% of Academic Grade
Classwork/Quizzes: 25% of Academic Grade
Tests: 50% of Academic Grade
Projects: Counted towards classwork, quiz, or test.
Community Service Grade: (6 to 8th grade) Students in grades 6-8 will be required to do 20 hours of community service during the school year and will become part of their religion grade. The religion teacher provides detailed instructions.
Grading Scale (1st - 8th grade)

A - 94-100
B - 86-93
C - 75-85metals
D - 70-74
F - 69 and below is failing

Honor Roll Policy (1st - 8th grade)

"A" Honor Roll Grades for all subjects must be 94 to 100 with no more than 5 discipline slips, 6 tardies or 4 unexcused absences.

"A-B" Honor Roll Grades in all subjects must be 86 to 100 with no more than 5 discipline slips, 6 tardies or 4 unexcused absences.

Progress Reports

Parents are responsible to ask their child for the report. A copy of the report is to be signed and returned to the homeroom teacher.

Grade
Progress Reports Issued
Pre-K and Kindergarten 3 times each year; once before Christmas and twice more during Spring Semester
Grade 1 - 8
Approximately midway through each marking period. The date is listed on the official school calendar and in the monthly newsletter. It is the responsibility of the parent to ask the child for the report
Report Cards

Report card envelopes must be signed and returned to the classroom teacher. Requests for grade change must be made in writing to the teacher within 2 days of distribution. Below are the times report cards are issued.

Grade Report Cards Issued
Pre-K & Kindergarten Three times a year; October, March, and May
1st - 8th
Every nine weeks and receive numerical grades. Grades are not issued to 1 st graders until the second nine-week marking period.
Promotion

A student is promoted if, considering his/her abilities, he/she has satisfactorily completed the work for the current grade. Regulations for promotion for various grade levels are as follows:

Grade
Report Cards Issued
Kindergarten
A student must have completed the requirements for Kindergarten and have the social maturity to be promoted.
1st - 5th
A student must have passing grades in all major subjects (Religion, English, Reading , Math, Science and Social Studies)
6th - 8th A student, according to accreditation standards must earn a minimum of 7 credits per year.
Enrollment Block

The school reserves the right to dismiss or to block re-enrollment of a student for the following reasons:

Repeated violations of the Code of Conduct

  • Violation of Specific Policies
  • Excessive unexcused absences or tardies
  • Excessive non-compliance with tuition payment policy
  • Continued uncooperative behavior on the part of a parent

Because it is impossible to foresee all problems which arise, this clause empowers the administration to block enrollment for any repeat behavior which violates the spirit and philosophy of Our Lady of Sorrows School even though not specified above.

Testing

Testing of students may include the following:

Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) Level 1 administered to 5th grade and Level 2 administered to 8th grade during the spring semester

  • Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) for grades K-8 administered during the spring semester
  • Classroom testing (weekly and quarterly) to assess student performance
  • Special academic evaluations for students with specific needs by the appropriate testing agency, the public school district in which the student resides, or other specific testing personnel
Homework

Assignments are to be neatly written and completed on time. Forms of homework assignments may include:

  • Class Projects
  • Research Projects
  • Science Projects
  • Preparation for a Class Test
  • Technology Projects

Assignments are given to reinforce skills taught in class, to foster habits of independent study, and to meet growth needs of individual students. It is our goal to help each child develop responsibility in completing homework assignments. We believe that learning good homework habits will benefit students as they progress in their academic education. The following guidelines have been set to help us achieve this goal:

  • Homework - Primary Department - Grades 1-2
    • Homework is due the following day after the assignment is given unless otherwise noted. It is checked for completion, recorded, and returned.
    • Parents are notified in writing if homework is not brought in, and the child is allowed time during the day to complete the homework.
    • Consistently late homework is noted on the progress report and reflected on quarterly report cards.
    • Students who are absent are given a day for each absence to make up work.
    • Students absent three or more days are given additional time to make up work. Arrangements must be made with the teacher involved.

*When advanced notice is given for a long-term assignment, no excuse is accepted for lateness. If you know in advance that you will not be present on the due date, make plans to turn in the assignment in advance.

  • Homework - Elementary & Jr. High Dept. - Grades 3-8
    • Each student is responsible for keeping his/her assignment notebook up to date.
    • Late homework is not accepted and does not receive credit.
    • Parents must read teacher notes concerning behavior or work and sign the appropriate notices.
    • Parents are notified if a student has miss three homework assignments.
    • Students who are absent are given a day for each absence to make up work.
    • Students absent three or more days are given additional time to make up work. Arrangements must be made with the teacher involved.

*When advanced notice is given for a long-term assignment, no excuse is accepted for lateness. If you know in advance that you will not be present on the due date, make plans to turn in the assignment in advance.

Make-Up Work

It is the responsibility of the student (grades 3-8) to arrange with the teacher the time and place for make-up work.

  • Make-up must be completed within the allowed time -one school day for each day the student was absent - to make up assigned work and tests that were missed.
  • Work that is missed during an out-of-school suspension may not be made up.
  • Students who do not make up work during the allotted time, or who have not made other arrangements with the teachers, do not receive credit for the missed work. For one day of absence, homework will not be sent home. If a student is absent for more than one day, parents should contact the office to obtain assignments from the teachers.
Graduation

The school coordinates Kindergarten Celebration and Eighth Grade Graduation ceremonies and receptions. Check with the calendar of events for the specific date.

Permanent Records

Health records and emergency cards are kept in the nurse's office. The following items are kept in a student's permanent file:

  • Academic transcripts from other schools
  • Academic testing scores
  • Semester and end-of-year grades
  • Credits earned in Jr. High
  • Attendance record
  • Promotion information
Release Records

Copies of Permanent Records and Health Records are released to a receiving school when that school applies directly by mail to Our Lady of Sorrows School. These records are released without an on-site parent's signature on file. There is no charge for the first transcript. However there is an additional transcript charge, refer to the Tuition and Fees section of this website.

The release of special education or psychological test results to a receiving school must include a parent's signed release form for that information.

No records will be released or forwarded until Business Office accounts have been settled. (As per Parent/Student Handbook)

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