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Academics

ACADEMICS

Educational Program: Middle school offers both required and elective courses. Each student has a total of seven class periods.  Five of the seven courses are required: math, language arts, social science, science, and physical education.

Grades: Each teacher will explain course objectives, expectations, and grading policy.  Report card grades are given four times per year at the end of each quarter.  Each quarter grade reflects the preceding 9 weeks of course work and is recorded on the student’s permanent record.  Grades do not carry over into the next quarter.  Progress reports are sent during mid quarter. This allows the teacher and parent time to help a struggling student get back on track and progress toward improvement before quarter’s end.  All grades are assigned by teachers and, by law, can be changed only by the teacher assigning the grade.

Homework and Long-Term Assignments: Travis teachers strive to develop a feeling of responsibility in students by giving assignments that reinforce and/or enrich the learning experience and provide practice time so more content may be presented in class. Consistent with the homework policy set forth by PYLUSD, parents/students can expect:

Grade 6

  • Up to 60 minutes per night
  • Inclusive of assigned reading
  • 3-5 times per week
  • Long-term projects may be required

Grades 7-8

  • Average of 20 minutes per core content class
  • 3-5 times per week
  • Long-term projects may be required

HONORS COURSES

Due to additional rigor of GATE/Honors courses, it is anticipated that homework will have greater depth and complexity and may require additional time to complete.

                                                    Courses other than core content may periodically assign homework

Academic Probation from Activities: Students who participate in co-curricular activities (i.e. band or choir) must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. A student whose GPA is below 2.0 for 1 quarter will be placed on probation, but will still be able to participate. A student with a GPA below a 2.0 for two consecutive quarters will be ineligible to attend field trips or other activities that require the student to miss school. Also, in an effort to support the academic success of all students, eligibility for participation in optional events (Knott’s, Disney, etc.) is dependent on students earning a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students must be passing all classes.  School administration also reserves the right to disallow a student from participation based on serious discipline issues.  Students are expected to get the work from the classes they will be missing prior to the field trip so they do not fall behind in their academics.

Aeries Portal: Parents and students have access to an Aeries Portal account. There, parents/students can monitor current grades, missing assignments, test and project scores, and student attendance. We recommend visiting both teacher websites and Aeries to stay informed of academic progress. Login information is provided at registration. For account assistance, contact the main office.