Academic Standards and Programs

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

AND PROGRAMS

REPORT CARDS

The school year is divided into three trimesters. Students will receive an official report card in October, February, and May. In addition, students will receive a 6-week progress report during each trimester.  A progress report or report card should be expected every six to seven weeks. Parents should contact the school if they DO NOT receive one of these reports in the mail or brought home by your student. 

 GRADES AND CITIZENSHIP

Students receive one credit for each core class (Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies), Physical Education, and an elective course completed each trimester.  Parents can also access their child’s academic information on the Etiwanda School District’s website through the Aeries Parent Portal at: https://aeries.etiwanda.org/parent/. At this website you will be able to view the student’s information, assessments, grades, progress reports, attendance, and class schedule.  Contact the school office for a username and password.

UNIVERSAL ACCESS (UA)

The UA period adds an extended instructional period to the school day by where students are grouped based on standardized data, district assessments, common formative assessments, and classroom performance. 

All students are grouped by academic target areas for UA classes. UA classes are designed to meet the unique academic needs of students by offering multiple levels of differentiated flexible classes.  UA class changes may occur throughout the year as student levels of performance are realigned with the UA class that provides the best support. 

UA academic support and instructional practices are developed with close attention to the needs of adolescent learners, district expectations, state frameworks, and current research.  State data, local and site assessments, and classroom performance assist our staff in not only identifying students who need additional academic support for achieving proficiency, but also in the design, implementation, and monitoring of instruction for them.  Advanced level UA classes are also available for identified students.

HOMEWORK

It is the policy of the Etiwanda School District to assign directed homework beyond the regular school day.  Homework will be reasonable in amount, explained in advance, and have a purpose.  Teachers are available for individual assistance to students on a daily basis.  If the student has difficulties with any assignments, he/she should contact the teacher of the subject.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Etiwanda Intermediate School expects all students to demonstrate academic honesty and to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting student work, collaborating during group projects, and completing classroom tests/assessments.

Maintaining the integrity of the grading process demands fairness and compassion on the teacher’s part and honor on the student’s part.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information or citations, facilitating acts of dishonesty by other and to others, altering grades, unauthorized prior possession of exams, submitting  of another person or work previously used without informing the teacher and securing written/verbal approval, or tampering with the academic work of other students. Amy evidence of academic misconduct may warrant a failing grade, removal from leadership positions/extracurricular activities, progressive office discipline, lowering of citizenship mark, and/or forfeit eligibility to receive school wide honors, awards, and/or recognitions. 

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS

The Etiwanda Board of Trustees has established the following requirements for 8th grade promotion.  A student must take and receive credit for 39 of 42 trimester classes beginning with the 3rd trimester of the sixth grade year and extending through the 3rd trimester of the eighth grade year.

In addition to academic standards for promotion, students will meet reasonable behavioral standards in order to participate in the promotion activities. Inability to participate in the activities associated with promotion by students, who fail to meet behavior standards, but have fulfilled the academic requirements, will not prohibit the student from receiving a diploma reflecting promotion from the eighth grade..

YEAR-END ACTIVITIES

Eighth grade students, who are prepared to enter high school and have met the academic and behavior requirements, may participate in special recognition, end-of-the-year activities. 

Students may be excluded from the trip if the student whose presence on the trip would pose a safety or disciplinary risk.

RECOGNITION PROGRAMS

The Etiwanda Intermediate School Renaissance Program and Recognition Programs appreciate, celebrate, reward, and promote academic improvement and positive citizenship through monthly awards/certificates, school activities and privileges.

Student of the Month

Students, selected by their homeroom teachers, who exemplify the positive academic and character traits are eligible.

 Accelerated Readers’ Rewards

Student earning Accelerated Reader points  are rewarded for every six week marking period.

RENAISSANCE PROGRAM

Renaissance High Honor Roll

Students who earn a 3.60 academic grade point average (GPA) or better and maintain a citizenship record of "S" or higher in all classes are eligible.  Students who are on the Renaissance Principal's Honor Roll the first two trimesters will be invited to participate in an off-campus field trip near the end of the school year.

Renaissance Honor Roll

Students who earn a 3.00 to 3.59 academic grade point average (GPA) or better and maintain a citizenship record of "S" or higher in all classes are eligible.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY FOR

EXTRA-CURRICULAR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

All students are eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities if they maintain a GPA of 2.00 or better and exhibit good citizenship by earning “O’s” and “S’s.” Students who earn 3 “N’s” by two different teachers or one or more “U’s” will not be eligible for extra curricular activities.

Extracurricular activities include after school programs such as dances and intramural sports programs.

A Restricted List is generated every six weeks at each progress reporting cycle and each grade reporting cycle.  Any student whose name is on the Restricted List will not be able to participate in any extra-curricular activities for up to six (6) weeks. 

Student’s names are placed on the Restricted List for the following reasons: 

1. Suspension from school (6 weeks from the day of suspension)

2. Disciplinary action by administrator                                 

3. Truancy (period or day) from school

4. Negative citizenship in the classroom by receiving one “U” mark or three “N” marks by two different teachers

5. GPA below 2.0

 Students who are absent a majority of the school day (4 classes or more) may not participate in extra-curricular activities including sports for that day.