A-A School Board discusses grading scale, back-to-school updates

Friday, September 18, 2020

The high school grading scale was discussed at the Sept. 14th Alta-Aurelia School Board meeting. It was previously decided the scale should be standardized because some teachers have been using different grading scales. “That creates a lot of confusion and one teacher pitting themselves against another,” Superintendent William Walters said. Board members agreed the grading scale should be standardized.

High School Principal Scott Mitchell and faculty members researched grading scales and devised a new one, aligned to the middle school’s grading scale. The proposed scale is more rigorous than before. “I know kids adjust and they’ll rise to the expectation. We’re not hurting our kids by having a harder grading scale,” Walters said.

After discussion, the board voted unanimously to table the issue until a special meeting can be held with Mitchell and teachers involved on the project to go over more details.

In other school board news:

Mitchell is impressed with responses to COVID requirements at the high school. “The students have been phenomenal with the protocols,” he said. He mentioned there are 11 virtual learners, homecoming will be Oct. 2nd with a parade that day, and students are working on a service project for Veterans Day in November.

Aurelia Middle and Elementary School Principal Jeannie Henningsen said there has been minimal pushback relating to COVID requirements. In addition, transportation is great and students have followed the rules, she said.

Alta Elementary School Principal Stacy Mueller said there was one positive COVID case in the building at the beginning of September. “We hope it’s our first and last case,” she said, adding that kids have been good about keeping on masks.

Faculty members brought four therapy dogs to the meeting and spoke about how the dogs visited the schools and said they tend to calm down students, the kids love them, and it changed the whole mood of the day. “Our kids only benefit,” Superintendent Walters said.

From the $77,000 CARES Act funds the school district received due to COVID-19, it was noted that a large sum of money has been spent on shields including face and room shields.