Academics & Instruction

2021-2022 School Year

  
ACADEMICS
Academic Grades and Honors
 
A
B
C
D
F
90 - 100
80 - 89
70 – 79
60 – 69
59 and below
 
 
 
Academic Recognition
¨       Principal’s List:  A student must have all A’s in all courses.
¨       A Honor Roll:   A student must have an overall grade average of 90.0 with no grade below 80.
¨       B Honor Roll:   A student must have an overall grade average of 80.0 with no grade below 70.
 

Promotion / Retention

WCPS Policy 3420 states that the principal has the authority for promotion/retention decisions in accordance with state and local regulations.  Promotion and retention shall be considered on an individual basis.  Students in grades 6-8 must pass English/language arts, mathematics, and three additional subjects to be selected from cultural arts, second language, social studies, science, physical education, and career-technical education to be promoted. End of Grade (EOG) Test scores may be used to support a promotion/retention decision, but shall not be used as the sole criteria.
 
 
Grading Periods
Wayne County Public Schools is on nine weeks grading periods for grades K-12.  Please refer to the WCPS school calendar as to when the grading periods end and when report cards are scheduled to go home.
 
Progress Reports  
Each teacher shall complete an interim progress report during each nine-week grading period for every student, or at any time deemed necessary by teachers and/or requested by parents. Progress reports must be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the teacher. 
 
Academically or Intellectually Gifted Services
Students who show a high level of academic need for differentiation or potential for accelerated learning can be recommended for screening starting in fourth grade.  Screening referrals can be made by the classroom teacher, parent, student, or other school personnel.  A screening request can be made to the AIG Specialist at your school.  Visit our district website at www.waynecountyschools.org to download a copy of the Parent Screening Request and return to your student’s homeroom teacher.  For more information, contact Amy Williams, AIG Coordinator at [email protected]
 
CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION
The mission of the WCPS Career and Technical Education programs is to empower students for effective participation in a global economy as world-class workers and citizens. WCPS offers a comprehensive Career and Technical Education program for students in middle and high schools. Courses are offered in Agricultural Education; Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education; Career Development Education; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Health Science; Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education; Technology Engineering and Design Education; and Trade and Industrial Education. Note: All programs may not be offered at each middle and high school. 
 
WCPS offers Freedom from Discrimination in its Career and Technical Education Program. For more information, please reference “Academic and Personal Freedom” information on pages 22-23 of the School Handbook.
 
CHEATING 
A student known to have cheated on a test or examination shall receive a zero on the test or examination and his/her parents shall be notified of the incident, and will also receive a discipline consequence aligned with a Level II offense (see Policy 4300). 
 
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
The WCPS Exceptional Children’s Department is committed to proactively providing specialized instruction and staff support that ensures quality programs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) that will lead students with disabilities to optimal success in school and in life. Information regarding policies governing services for children with disabilities is shared with every parent of a child receiving services within the Exceptional Children’s program. Additionally, issuance of the North Carolina Notice of Procedural Safeguard will be distributed prior to Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings and included with the notice/invitation to an IEP conference/meeting.
 
Please contact the Exceptional Children’s Department at 300 Dixie Trail Building O, Goldsboro, NC 27530 or call 919-705-6027 for more information.
  
Child Find
In accordance with Section 1502 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Wayne County Public Schools conducts an annual child find to identify children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, residing in the school district, including children who may attend private schools or religious schools or who are home schooled, who are in need of special education and related services. Please contact the Exceptional Children’s Department at 300 Dixie Trail Building O, Goldsboro, NC 27530 or call 919-705-6027 for more information. 
 
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS 
Wayne County Public Schools recognizes the importance of activities above and beyond what is taught in the classroom.  Participating in a club or organization opens the door to building new friendships, enhancing each student’s academic life, and exploring career opportunities.  As an active member, a student learns important teamwork, leadership and management skills when participating in a variety of programs and service projects. Schools across Wayne County offer a multitude of extracurricular offerings, and students are encouraged to participate in clubs and organizations that cover a wide variety of interests.  Note: Many clubs, organizations and honor societies have academic criteria that must be met in order to participate.  
 
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGAGE
Wayne County Public Schools is rich with culture and diversity. Our diverse population is made up of students from around the world with many different languages represented. To help address the unique needs of our English Learners (EL) in our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, our schools work to provide students with the necessary resources and supports to help them learn and grow academically. For more information, contact Youlonda Wynn, email address [email protected] or 919-705-6171.
 
Homeless School-Age Children
Services for students who are homeless can be provided through Wayne County Public Schools.  Please contact the McKinney-Vento liaison for Homeless Education Services, Dionna Smith-Johnson, 919-731-5916 ext 3004; address, School Street Early Learning Center, 415 S. Virginia Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530-4797.
 
Homework 
Homework is an integral part of the total school program.  It reinforces and extends what a student has learned in class and develops a sense of self-discipline, personal responsibility, and independent thinking.  In order to give a student an opportunity to develop various kinds of skills, teachers will give many types of homework assignments.  Research clearly indicates that appropriate amounts and higher standards of homework have substantial, positive effects on students’ learning.   It further suggests that homework provides a mechanism whereby parents, students, and teachers can work cooperatively as partners in education.  Homework, as stated in this policy, is work that the teacher assigns to a student to complete outside of the regular class session.  The following is a list of some purposes homework can effectively serve:

 
            A.  Reinforcement and/or extension of previous learning
B.  Completion of familiar, unfinished work
            C.  Development of responsible, independent study habits through learning to use and manage time
            D.  Utilization of out-of-school resources for learning; giving students opportunities to explore, create, and
       broaden his/her interests
            E.  Involvement of parents with students’ school experience through related home activities which keep parents
       informed of the school program
            F.  Enrichment and development of student initiative through accommodation of student abilities and learning
      differences
            It is suggested that 45-90 minutes of homework is age appropriate for students in grades 6 – 8.
            *Note:   Homework should not be used as punishment for students.

 MAKE-UP WORK
Students are responsible for all work missed when absent from school.  Immediately upon returning to school a student must make arrangements with each of their teachers to make up all missed assignments and tests within the next five (5) school days.  If there are extenuating circumstances, the makeup time may be extended by the administration.  Work not made up by the end of grading period (within the prescribed limits) will result in a grade of “I" (Incomplete) for that grading period.  All incompletes must be removed by the first five days of the following grading period or the incomplete(s) will revert to a failing grade.   
 
  • Students are expected to do their work alone unless directed otherwise by the teacher.
  • A student who is absent due to out-of-school suspension or other disciplinary action may make up daily work missed during the absences.  He/she may also take any tests or exams missed while under suspension upon returning to school.
  • Makeup work may be specific material missed by the student or it may be of a reinforcement or enrichment nature.
  • No academic penalty shall be given a student for absences.  A student may not be given a failing grade or "zeros" for days missed -- only on assignments that are missed and have not been “made- up."  No additional make-up work will be provided to the student until the initial make-up work has been completed and turned in.
  • If a student is expected to be confined to his home and/or a hospital for an extended period or time due to injury, illness or other disability, the child's parent/guardian should be referred to a guidance counselor as soon as possible to possibly obtain the services of a "homebound" teacher.
 
MEDIA CENTER
The media center is a valuable resource available to students.  The purpose of the media center is for reading, study and research.   Media personnel will assist students in checking out materials, selecting appropriately challenging text, or using media equipment.  The Media Center houses a collection of many types of materials, books, magazines, computers, etc.  Students may check out materials from the Media Center for classroom work, home study, or for pleasure.  Generally, materials may be checked out for a two-week period.  There are no overdue fines charged, howeverstudents pay for all lost or damaged materials.  Students owing money to the Media Center may not check out materials until the money is paid.
 
Migrant School-Age Children
Services for students who are migrant can be provided through Wayne County Public Schools.  Please contact the Migrant Liaison, Youlonda Wynn: telephone, 919-705-6171; address, Wayne County Public Schools, P.O. Drawer 1797, Goldsboro, NC 27533-1797.
 
Military Child Education & Support
WCPS has more than 2,100 military connected students attending schools across the district. Please contact the WCPS Military Liaison Counselor, Jamie Livengood, with questions or for more information about military student support: telephone, 919-738-0070 or email, [email protected]
 
Support for military students and families includes, but is not limited to:
  • Military Liaison Counselor – supports and advocates for military-connected students and families. http://www.waynecountyschools.org/military.aspx
  • Deployment Support – available by request. School counselors can help provide support for your child over the course of a deployment. Schools may offer deployment support groups or sessions. Remember that schools rely on families to inform them about an upcoming deployment. Please contact your child’s school counselor to discuss deployment support.
  • Student 2 Student and Junior Student 2 Student program – is a student led organization that welcomes incoming students to their school and helps departing students prepare for their next school. S2S eases transitions and creates a positive environment at WCPS middle and high schools with the highest military population. 
  • Anchored4Life – is a transition and resiliency program that makes a significant difference in military and civilian children's lives by offering positive support, encouragement, and life skills as they face many unique challenges. Students are trained and lead the program, focused on character development, transition support, new student tours, and service projects at WCPS elementary schools with the highest military population.
  • School-Based Military Family Life Counselor – counselor who works specifically with military children at WCPS schools with the highest military population. 
  • Interstate Compact – law specifically addressing the needs of transitioning military students; including such issues as enrollment, eligibility, placement and graduation.


 
*Note: The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Council of State Governments, has developed an Interstate Compact that addresses the educational transition issues of children of military families. Currently, all 50 States and the District of Columbia participate in the interstate compact and provide a uniform policy platform for resolving the challenges experienced by military children. It is estimated that the average military family moves three times more often than the average nonmilitary family. These frequent moves can cause children to miss out on extracurricular activities and to face challenges in meeting graduation requirements. The Interstate Compact ensures that the children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals. For more information, visit www.mic3.net. 

 

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES ACCEPTABLE USE
 
All students must have a student acceptable use of technology resources agreement on file before using any technology resources, i.e. Internet.   Failure to abide by the agreement as outlined in policy code 3225 may result in suspension of resources. 
 
Textbooks
Textbooks are school property provided by the state of North Carolina for your use.  It is the responsibility of each student to keep his/her books in good condition.  Books must be returned at the end of the year or when a student transfers.  When books are returned, they will be examined for damage.   All school books that are assigned to students are solely the student’s responsibility until they are returned.  Students will be required to pay for lost or damaged books. College textbooks purchased by WCPS are also considered the property of the school district, and must be returned by the student after use in a college course.
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