The mission of the Pontiac Township High School Freshmen Learning Community is to create a caring and supportive environment that eases the transition into high school while encouraging students to focus on academics, career planning, and being part of the school community.
|Mr. Brian Blair
|Ms. Katy Kaluzny
|Ms. Kim Hoss
Social Studies Department
|Ms. Dana Knapp
|Mr. Jesse Faber
|Mr. Nate Nollen
|Mr. Danny Fiorini
|Mr. Nathan Stein
Social Studies Department
|Ms. Elizabeth Hatfield
|Ms. Sarah Verdun
|Ms. Brittany Janz
The learning of concepts for students may occur at different rates or as a result of different experiences or support. Since all students will be measured against the content and standards for the subject area, retakes are allowed for all students who have failed to meet the minimum competency and mastery requirements of the standards. As the teacher is the authority in the classroom, the teacher maintains the right to disallow a retake at his/her discretion determined on a case by case basis.
Students have the opportunity to demonstrate higher mastery of the standards than was previously demonstrated on an initial assessment.
What about responsibility? The redo will foster responsibility by holding students accountable for the material. In this way, students are actually taught responsibility by maintaining a high level of expectation regarding the learning of specific content and standards.
If they must work to relearn material, isn’t a student always behind? No. They will be required to catch themselves up with the teacher and others on their own time. It will be much work and effort, but students will be expected to keep up with the current material in the course while participating in a make-up.
Won’t students simply intentionally do poorly the first time on the assessment knowing that they can get a retake? In this way, won’t they have an advantage over those that took the assessment on time? All students have the ability to retake an assessment to demonstrate a higher level of mastery—even students earning an A on the original assessment. However, participation in the process of a retake will be rigorous and demanding. Again, anyone thought to be manipulating the teacher will not be allowed the retake opportunity.
What does teacher discretion mean? If a topic is based upon a minor standard, a retake may not be allowed. If a student attempts to take advantage of the system, a retake may not be allowed. If a student wastes the teacher’s time by failing to adequately prepare for the retake, a retake may not be allowed. In addition, there may be other instances evaluated on a case by case basis where a retake may not be allowed. Students should see the retake policy as an opportunity in the classroom rather than a right.
Examples of what a student may be required to complete prior to being able to retake an assessment:
Students that either choose to participate in a retake, or are encouraged due to poor performance, will have to complete additional learning. The teacher has the ability to adjust this policy based upon the individual needs of the student. Items that may need to be submitted in order to participate in the retake process may include: