Grading and Retake Policy
The Westside Grading Policy for the 2012-2013 school year is as follows:
1. The division between major and minor grades for all curriculum teams except Algebra 1, English 1, Biology, and W. Geography is 70%-30%. Those subjects have a 60%-40% split. While not mandated by school administration, Westside has elected to use a minimum of “50” for major grades. This does NOT apply to instances of cheating. In accordance with HISD policy, “A student found cheating on any assignment or test will be given a zero.”
2. All Curriculum Teams will have the same major grades (quantity, weights, and content). Minor grades will be similar, but are not required to be uniform.
3. Teachers must post at least one grade to GradeSpeed everyweek.
4. Teachers must have a minimum of three major grades each grading cycle unless otherwise notified by the principal.
5. Teachers must have more than one grade represented in each grading category.
- Only major grades are eligible for a retake.
- Students are limited to one retake per six weeks per subject.
- Students must complete one or more of the following, determined by consistent academic team policy
- Attend necessary tutorials
- Complete alternative assignment
- Complete necessary homework
- Complete test corrections.
- Retake test must be of similar length and subject matter as the original test.
- Retake must be completed within one week of original test grade being posted in Gradespeed.
- Retakes are for grades 75 and below only.
- Pre-AP retakes are capped at 75 while Prep retakes are capped at 80.
- Alternative major grades (projects, labs, essays, other long term assignments, etc.) are subject to teacher discretion for retake approval, and teachers must communicate retake eligibility,in writing, before the assignment.
- Students must fill out retake form prior to the retake assignment.
- Students with absences still have the opportunity to have aretake for a make-up exam.
Test/Major quiz (a quiz that is 25 or more minutes) dates are:
• Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for English Language Arts and Science.
• Wednesday and Thursday for World Languages and CTE.
• Tuesday and Friday for Math, Social Studies and other electives
Which school should my child attend?
HISD is a district of choice, providing strong neighborhood schools, magnet and specialized programs, Montessori, early college high schools, programs for gifted and talented students, and career and technical academies. To find out which schools serve your address; view boundary maps and school information; and learn about other options and school transfers, visit this link. To determine which schools serve your residence, please click on Select a School at the top of that page or call the Student Transfer Department at 713-556-6734. For more information, you can also view school boundary maps.
Families living within HISD may apply to have their child transferred to a school other than their "zoned" campus. Transfers are available for students wishing to attend specialized schools or programs, as well as those with special circumstances. Out-of-district transfers may be possible on a "space available" and tuition basis for students residing outside of HISD. All out-of-district transfers, including Vanguard and HISD charter school and contract programs, require approval of the principal and superintendent of schools. For information about available space, the application process, and eligibility for transfers, call the school in which you are interested or the Student Transfer Department at 713-556-6734.
How do I enroll my child in school? Each HISD school handles its own registration and enrollment. To find out the enrollment schedule for a specific school, contact that school directly. To find a school in HISD, see www.HoustonISD.org/FindASchool.
How old does my child have to be to enroll in school?Children must be 4 years old to be eligible for registration (HISD gives priority for prekindergarten to students age 4, but please see the policy on 3-year-olds here). Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 of a given school year to attend kindergarten. Students must be 6 years old by Sept. 1 of a given school year to be able to enroll in first grade.
What documents do I need to enroll my child in school?
To register and enroll your child in the school that he or she is zoned to attend, bring the following to school: the child’s birth certificate or other proof of age and identity; proof of your identity and residential address (driver’s license and utility bill); and a record of your child’s current immunizations signed by a doctor.
Your child may be eligible to enroll provisionally if the required immunization process has begun. Texas law requires that a child must be enrolled by the child’s parent or guardian or another person with legal control of the child under a court order. It also requires the district to record the name, address, and date of birth of the person enrolling the student. For more information, please visit this link.
What immunizations does my child need before classes begin?Immunization requirements can be found on the Health & Medical Services website. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to find out where to get free immunizations near you.
Where can I download important medical forms and learn more about the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid eligibility and other healthcare options?HISD’s Health & Medical Services Department can provide assistance on student health-related questions. Go to the following links for information:
Can my child ride the school bus to get to and from school?Contact your child’s school for information about eligibility and requesting transportation services. If a special-needs student’s Individualized Education Program requires transportation services, HISD will provide bus service to the closest available program that meets the student’s needs. Students are required to use three-point seat belts, when available, any time the bus is in motion.
For information about bus stops or to arrange transportation for your child, click here or call 713-613-3040. Pinpoint your child’s bus with HISD’s bus tracker. Register with the district’s account number: 76647, which will be activated by the first day of school.
Parents or guardians of students who are not eligible for bus service must arrange for the student’s transportation to their assigned campus. METRO offers a 50 percent discount on its Q Fare Card for students who are at least 6 years old.
Does HISD offer Pre-K?HISD has 155 elementary campuses with Pre-K that provide nurturing environments for young learners to reach their highest potential, as well as 8 Early Childhood Centers that cater specifically to our youngest learners. Tuition-based Pre-K is also available for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements to attend prekindergarten for free. See HoustonISD/PreK for a list of schools and additional information.
When is the first day of school?
Students report to school on Monday, August 28, 2017. For an HISD 2017-2018 Academic Calendar, see HoustonISD/Calendars.
Can you provide me with a list of needed school supplies for my child?Parents should contact their child’s school directly for a list of needed supplies.
Will my child be required to wear a uniform?
Maybe. Each school determines dress codes and uniforms. Information on dress codes and a list of schools requiring uniforms can be found here.
What are the attendance requirements? Even in elementary school, attendance is a key factor in determining your child’s long-term success. Studies have linked dropout patterns with poor attendance beginning in kindergarten and shown that young students who miss too many days have trouble mastering reading. By grade 6, chronic absence is a proven warning sign that a student is at risk of dropping out. A child is considered chronically absent after missing two or more days a month – including unexcused and excused absences. Missing more than 10 percent (or 17 days) of school a year can lead to a student not receiving a grade or being retained. It is each parent’s duty to make sure his or her child attends school. Parents who do not are subject to civil prosecution by the truancy court. Visit HoustonISD.org/Attendance.
How do I check my child's grades? Access attendance, assignments, and report cards through Parent Student Connect. Get started at HoustonISD.org/HISDConnect.
What time does my child need to be at school? What time is dismissal? School hours vary, so contact your child’s school directly for hours. Each school is required to have 7 hours and 20 minutes of instructional time each day. There are several early dismissal days, which give teachers and administrators time for planning, professional development, and parental involvement activities. Please check with your campus to confirm if they are participating. Those days are:
- September 21
- October 20
- November 10
- January 26
- February 23
How do I check my child out of school?
Students may be signed out of school by the person who signed the child’s enrollment form, a person who has legal custody of the child, or a person who has written permission from the student’s parents. That person must present identification at the school office.
May I visit my child’s school?
Parents and members of the community are welcome at our schools. Visitors must sign in at the school’s main office and agree to observe campus procedures. The school principal may limit visits, and visitors cannot disrupt any school activities.
What kind of food does HISD serve children? How much does it cost?
HISD provides nutritious, well-balanced breakfasts, lunches, and snacks to students. Approximately 275,000 meals are served each day. Breakfast is free for all students. Lunch costs $2.35, but qualifying students may receive them at a reduced rate of $.40 or free. Applications for free or reduced-price meals are available online at HoustonISD.org/SchoolMeals and at each school. Adult breakfast is $2.25 and adult lunch is $3.50.
To manage account balances, click on SchoolCafe.com, formerly ParentOnline.net, or download the app for iPhone at the App Store or Android at Google Play.
To get menus and nutritional information, click on HoustonISD.org/Menus.
A number of HISD campuses also offer free dinners or after-school snacks to children ages 1-18. To see if your child's school participates, please call HISD Nutrition Services at 713-491-5700.
What happens if my child gets hurt at school or needs to take medication?
Your child’s school will contact you or a designated relative or family friend in the event that your child becomes ill or suffers an injury. By law, public schools are not liable for injuries students suffer while on campus.
Insurance: By law, public schools are not liable for injuries that students suffer while on campus. Parents may purchase accident insurance, which includes coverage for only school hours or 24 hours a day. Enrollment information is available through Texas Kids First. Questions may also be directed to HISD Risk Management at 713-556-9225. Prescription medication may be administered to students when advance written parental and physician permission is submitted. Medication must have the prescription label affixed to the container.