Academic Policies

 

What's New:

March 6th-20th New Students Enrollment

March 14th-16th Scholastic Book Fair

March 16th PT Conferences

March 17th Day off

March 20th- April 7th FORWARD Testing

March 21st Arabic Spelling Bee (EHS)

March 22nd Arabic Spelling Bee (MS)

 

 

Aya of the Week

Woe unto every slandering traducer, (1) Who hath gathered wealth (of this world) and arranged it. (2) He thinketh that his wealth will render him immortal. (3) Nay, but verily he will be flung to the Consuming One. (4) Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Consuming One is! (5) (It is) the fire of Allah, kindled, (6) Which leapeth up over the hearts (of men). (7) Lo! it is closed in on them (8) In outstretched columns. (9)

Class Size and Groupings
The child shall be placed in a group of peers based on age or grade level and/or special needs as determined by the staff. Elementary classes will be formed consisting of between 18 to 25 students. With 22 considered the average size.
Homework Policy
Homework is considered a reinforcement of what’s taught at school. Parents are responsible for providing a quiet, well-lit comfortable place for the child to complete his/her homework assignments. Parents should make sure children give proper attention to the neatness and accuracy. However, parents must not do the children’s work for them. Homework is an independent activity in which the child reinforces skills learned at school. Parents may assist their children in a limited way. Parents should be prepared to sign homework papers at the teachers’ request. Parents must also follow through with homework assignments that require their direct involvement. Teachers may send special notes home indicating when this is necessary and parents are expected to respond accordingly.
Students in grade K4 through grade two will be given special folders or binders for home school communication and assignments. The classroom teacher will provide the specifics within the first few days of school for parents.
Students in grades three through eight are required to use an assignment notebook. This notebook will be used for assignments, hall passes, parent/teacher communication, etc… Salam School will provide each student with an assignment notebook. If a student loses their assignment notebook it will be their responsibility to purchase an additional one from the school office.
HS Homework Late Policy
2015-2016

HW Submitted

Grades

On Time

Up to A+ (100%)

1-2 Days Late

Up to B+ (87%)

3-4 Days Late

Up to C+ (77%)

5 Days – The 2nd Update after the HW due date.

Up to D+ (67%)

After the second update after the HW due date.

No Grades (0%)

The grading policy above is subject to administrative discretion. School administration may override the policy for certain students without publicizing a reason.
Testing
Testing, as an evaluation and review of the student’s learning, is an integral part of the academic program. Formal and informal tests will be administered throughout the school year. Parents/guardians are encouraged to assist their children to study for these tests.
Standardized tests are given to students in the spring. The entire battery of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills is administered to grades K-8, grades 4th and 8th will also be taking the WKCE tests. These tests are helpful indicators of achievement of basic skills of reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
Each student is involved in a conference with his/her teacher and parents/guardians to discuss the results of the testing. Regular pupil attendance is required during the testing period.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Progress Reports are issued midway in each quarter. A report card indicating achievement and effort is issued to every student in grades K4 through 12 each quarter. Parents/guardians are required to attend a conference to receive and discuss these reports after the first marking period. The quarterly report is an important indication of the student’s daily progress. Additional conferences may be scheduled for other marking periods.
Grading
Report cards are issued four times a year. Scores on daily activities, classroom participation, homework, projects, quizzes, and tests are combined to determine a progress grade for each quarter. A three-point scale is used in kindergarten to third grade. This scale is used to indicate rate or progress in subject matter or skill. It shows a child’s own growth in curriculum areas without comparing the achievement of one child to that of others.
+ = Outstanding Performance
S = Satisfactory
I = Improving
N= Needs Improvement
Student achievement in grades 4-8 is evaluated by letter grades (A-U), with plus (+) and minus (-) noted and recorded on transcripts and calculated for the Grade Point Average (GPA). Grade point averages for honors and class ranks are determined using the following chart:
Letter Grade % Grade Grade Point
A 94-100 4.0
A- 90-93 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 79-77 2.3
C 76-73 2.0
C- 72-70 1.7
D+ 69-67 1.3
D 66-63 1.0
D- 62-60 0.7
U 59 & below 0.0
Note: special ESL grading is given for students with limited English proficiency. Students are evaluated on their effort and progress in a particular subject. When the student has reached a level of proficiency, he/she will be evaluated using the above scale.
Retention
A teacher may retain a student using the following procedure:
1. At the end of the first quarterly marking period, teachers should discuss the student and his/her problem with the parent/guardian and the Principal. A plan for remedial action should be developed.
2. At the end of the second quarterly marking period, the teacher should discuss the possibility of retention with the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian, the teacher, and the Principal must sign a written form.
3. The parent(/s)/guardian(/s), the teacher and the Principal should meet to discuss the final decision.
4. The parent(/s)/guardian(/s), the teacher, and the Principal must sign retention decision.
Textbook Policy
Students will use the textbooks in class under teacher-directed instruction. They may also use these books for homework assignments that reinforce the learning that takes place in the classroom.
For additional reinforcement in a particular subject area, students are encouraged to read supplemental materials from the school or local library. To improve overall reading skills, students are also advised to read literature on a daily basis.
Academic Awards
Each year, it is our goal to recognize the students who show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment, and intellectual development in their academic subjects. It is also the goal of Salam School to promote high self-esteem through Islamic citizenship and positive self-concept. We consider it important to recognize these students for their efforts. Achievement is very much connected to regular study habits and seriousness in completing assignments. We want to see every student reach his or her potential by striving hard.
We acknowledge students for their achievements each year by giving them awards that represents their accomplishments. Awards are based on cumulative G.P.A. including all subjects in all four reporting periods. The awards given are:
Honor Roll (3.50 – 4.00) Academic Achievement (3:00 – 3.49)
Islamic Citizenship Principal’s Award
In addition to academic achievement, the school recognizes efforts towards good citizenship, perfect attendance, and significant improvement. Awards are also given to students receiving the highest points in each subject area. Principal award is given to a student meeting a certain criteria.