The North Bend Eagle


School board adopts plan for fourth quarter grading

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/22/20

The North Bend Central Board of Education opened its April 13 meeting with comments by board president Dan Wesely.

“The coronavirus crisis has created a new set of challenges.” Wesely said. “I’m very proud to say that NBC has stepped up during another emergency and is providing an education to students electronically that we are all very proud of.”

High school principal Brenda Petersen presented to the board three options for dealing with grading fourth quarter of the school year. The board went with the first option.

Students in the elementary grades and middle school will receive a social promotion to the next grade unless the student did not meet the first semester requirements.

In high school, “it’s a different beast” Petersen said. The high school transcript follows the student to other schools, whether they transfer to another high school or go on to trade school or colleges.

The third quarter ended March 13, the last day NBC was in session. Those grades are in the books. Fourth quarter grades, which have been done completely online, can’t hurt a student. If the fourth quarter grade is lower than third quarter, they will be given the third quarter grade again. If fourth quarter grades are higher that third quarter, the two will be averaged to come up with a score.
However, if the student doesn’t do any work in the fourth quarter, they will not receive a passing grade for the semester.

“They have to participate in fourth quarter online activities to receive credit,” Petersen said.

Second semester grades will be listed on high school students’ transcripts, but they will not be figured into students’ grade point averages. There will be an asterisk after the grade to signify such.

Petersen said the teachers are modifying and adapting to help the students. Most are not taking off points for late work and are extending deadlines if students need more time. They are e-mailing and calling students or parents to help the students.

“So what we are really asking for is participation in the class activities,” Peterson said. “As long as the kids are trying, we’re gong to get them through.”

There will be no semester tests except in the college credit classes that require a final exam.

In consideration of graduation, Peterson said they do not want to break the seniors’ hearts twice. They hope to have a ceremony this summer, but it may come on short notice.

In other business, the board approved a $99,959.86 expenditure for the physical education curriculum. For the first time a K-12 curriculum will be used for the physical education classes to bring NBC up to national as well as the new state physical education standards. An expenditure of $52,900.51 will cover an elementary, middle and ninth grade comprehensive PE curriculum and supplies needed to implement such. Additional funds were requested for digital heart rate monitors, “Fitness for Life” equipment (offered in high school), and to update some equipment and maximize space in the weight room.

The board approved the hiring of Neely Vavrina for third grade, Ryan Birner for social studies, Kari Case for special education and Whitney Armstrong as high school secretary.

Those openings fill vacencies made by Randi Mimick taking the K-5 interventionist position (formerly Title I), Jon Baehr taking activity director position and other retirements or resignations.
This meeting was held virtually with board members in separate rooms connected by Striv camera equipment, which was also available to the public. The next scheduled meeting is May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

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