Middle School

Assessment & Evaluation

STUDENTS’ ASSESSMENT & REPORTING FOR GRADES 7 & 8

In each semester the breakdown of marks is as follows:

  • Quizzes (6.0 marks).
  • Class work (5.0 marks).
  • Homework (3.0 marks)
  • Mid-Semester Exam (6.0 marks).
  • End-of-Semester Exam (16 marks).

The marks of both semesters will be averaged to determine the final grade out of 100.

PROGRESS REPORTS

Two progress reports will be issued each semester; the first is issued after the Mid-Semester Exam and the other after the End-of-Semester Exam. The progress report is to be checked by the parents or guardians. The original must be signed and returned to the homeroom teacher on the next day. Parents may keep the copy attached to the original. After each report card, there will be a parent-teacher meeting.

Homework Policy

The concept of homework in educational terms should consist of the following elements:

Material Revision
Reinforcement
Applied learning

Homework is set by the class and/or the subject teachers to allow students to independently consolidate the learning that has taken place in the classroom. Homework should be purposeful and productive and should not overburden or cause a restriction on any student extra-curricular activities outside of school.

This means that too much homework can be counter-productive and quite often a waste of time causing parents who have to supervise it to become angry and frustrated with their children. Learning periods in the normal school day do not exceed 45 minutes each, as this period of time has been determined around the world as the optimum learning block for students.

We believe that homework time should be quality time not quantity time, and it is for these sound educational reasons that the following homework policy will be adopted:

  • Grade 4 – 6: 45 minutes written work and 45 minutes reading.
  • Grade 7 – 10: 30 minutes Math, 30 minutes English, 60 minutes other subjects.

All homework assignments will be marked, dated and returned to the students on a daily basis. Teachers will record homework performance in a section of their mark book, and may use this as an additional reference when reporting to the parents.

The Subject Head of Department will review students’ performance through a review of mark books at least twice per month.

Curriculum

When looking at programs, keep these elements in mind — as well as the specific needs of your child and family. Not every program is perfect for every child. Some children thrive in a program with more direction, some with less. Talk to your child’s preschool teacher, visit a few schools, and talk to the KG Supervisor or a kindergarten teacher before deciding.

Always give the program and teacher some time to get the year going. If you observed the class in the spring and it seems different when your child starts in the fall, there may be a good reason. Many programs start slowly, taking time to help children separate from their families and feel confident in school before adding learning demands.

If after a few weeks you still have concerns, talk to the teacher. You are welcome to call the KG Reception and make an appointment to meet your child’s teacher during her office hours. Ask her about her goals and share your expectations. Sometimes an apparent mismatch can be just a difference in approach. Keep the dialogue going. Ask for information, but also be willing to hear the “whys” of the teacher’s philosophy.

Still, there are times when a teacher or her approach is not the right fit for your child. Then it is time to talk with the Supervisor and Student Counsellor. Come prepared with clear points you want to make. This will help the KG Supervisor and Student Counsellor see what the problem is and make suggestions to help your child.

Sometimes (but rarely) children need to switch to a different teacher or school. This can be the result of many classroom observations of your child by the teacher, supervisor, student counsellor, and/or another professional. It is important to have group consensus on this decision.

Middle School Dress Code

It is mandatory for your children to wear the school uniform as provided by the school on a daily basis without exceptions.

  • Boys: Gray trousers and white shirts.
  • Girls: Dark blue pinafore and long-sleeved dark blue blouse.
  • Closed shoes and socks must be worn. Sandals or slippers are not allowed.
  • When students have classes then the appropriate clothing required for their physical Education classes must be worn.
  • PE uniform: Dark blue sweatpants with a white T-shirts (half-sleeves) and sneakers are mandatory.
  • The uniform shop called (Al-Abdulkarim) carries the uniform with the emblem on the shirt and the t-shirt.
  • The wearing of chains is not permitted.
  • Short trousers are not permitted.
  • Skirts or dresses are not permitted.

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