Radnor Middle School Instructional Plan

  • Radnor Middle School developed an instructional plan that will continue to, if not better, meet the needs of the most important stakeholders in our school community, our students. This instructional plan took effect on Monday, April 27.

    As a staff, we plan to incorporate and increase both forms of virtual instruction, synchronous (live) and asynchronous (flexible) into our instructional blocks and/or office hours/help sessions. Like the various instructional techniques that are unique to teachers inside a brick and mortar building, the same applies to a virtual environment. Finding a balance between the two instructional styles is paramount.

    • The goal of creating this semi-structured schedule was to provide a sense of normalcy and routine for students and families and create more opportunities for synchronous (live) time with teachers and classmates. As you will see from the updated schedule (click here; redesigned for clarity May 6), this new rotation is very similar to the schedule students were following for the last two weeks, where flexibility is at the core. The difference is that office hours/help sessions have been structured by period. We have also developed a blank schedule template that students can use to better plan-out their academic week (click here).
    • An added feature of this schedule is that our students will now have an opportunity to participate in daily enrichment and/or brain breaks. All students will have the opportunity and access to various cross curricular enrichment activities via a Schoology course in the very near future. This is not a mandatory, nor graded, course; therefore, students can choose to participate in these activities to the degree in which they chose. It is important to highlight that all the changes to our schedule, including the enrichment/brain break time has not lessened the instructional minutes of a content areas in a week.
    • Students are reminded to follow the sequence of learning activities that are presented by their teachers on Schoology. Moreover, students are expected to adhere to RMS netiquette expectations (click here), as it is important to recognize that the online classroom is in fact a classroom, and certain learning behaviors are expected when students communicate with peers and instructors.

    Please know that we are here to support you and your child any way possible. If there are circumstances that prevent your child from successfully engaging in the work being requested, please let the teacher know. Teachers will continue to communicate their online availability and provide a specific window of time during which they can facilitate and engage in communication with families and students. Administrators, school counselors, and other staff are also available via email should you have questions.

RMS Grading Procedures

  • Radnor Middle School surveyed the other middle schools in our area, and discussed grading as a leadership team for a great deal of time. Taking several factors into consideration, a plan was developed that kept all of our students in mind.

    While we acknowledge and value the practice of assigning traditional letter grades to gauge achievement and academic progress, we must understand that this is a unique and challenging time. As a premiere middle school in Pennssylvania and the United States, we are proud to highlight the importance of learning for the sake of learning.

    We will be deemphasizing the traditional grading scale for marking period 4 and reallocating weights for each marking period to obtain a student's final average grade. Our students will not be at a competitive disadvantage by receiving a grade not included in the A-F range. By doing this, we are keeping the best interests of all of our students at heart.

    Marking Period 4

    • Students will be routinely assessed on a variation of learning assessments.
    • Teachers have discretion to assign, assess, and provide formative and summative feedback on student work throughout this time-frame as they may typically have done.
    • Students will earn a grade of “P (Pass) or NI (Needs Improvement)” for their end of marking period grade based on the work completed.
    • An end of marking period grade of “P” will be assigned based on the numerical range of a 72.6%- 100%. For final grade determination (MP1-MP4), a “P” will quantify as am "A- 90%".
    • An end of marking period grade of “NI” will be assigned based on the numerical range of a 72.5% or less. For final grade determination (MP1-MP4), a “NI” will quantify as a "C- 73%"
    • The building administration reserves the right to assign a student a grade of “F” for those who do not complete assignments/assessments/projects throughout the 4th marking period. This decision will be based on the layers of intervention that were put in place prior to discussing the possibility of the failing grade.

    Final Grading


    YEAR-LONG COURSES (Core Classes, Health/Physical Education)

    For classes that are conducted over the full school year, year-end grades calculations will be altered based on the school closure. The calculation will encompass marking period grades for marking period 1 and 2, weighted as 32.5% each, and marking periods 3 and 4, which will account for 25% and 10% respectively.

    Marking Period 1

    Marking Period 2

    Marking Period 3

    Marking Period 4
    32.5%

    32.5%

    25%

    10%


    SEMESTER-BASED COURSES (Encore, Elective Classes)

    For classes that are conducted over one-half school year, year-end grades calculations will be altered based on the school closure. Students who completed encore courses in the first semester (marking period 1 and 2), the grade earned will stand as-is.

    Marking Period 1

    Marking Period 2

    Marking Period 3

    Marking Period 4
    50%

    50%

    N/A

    N/A

    Students who are currently being instructed in semester 2 courses will earn a final grade that is anchored by the student performance in marking periods 3 and 4, each weighing 60% and 40% respectively.

    Marking Period 1

    Marking Period 2

    Marking Period 3

    Marking Period 4
    N/A

    N/A

    60%

     

    40%