• Grades and Grading

    • Grades are posted on my website every 2-3 weeks.  You can view them by visiting the BVMS website at http://bvms.tvusd.k12.ca.us/, then clicking on “teachers,” then “Sanders”.   Grades are calculated by the percentage of points on assessments given in class and being accountable for completing all assignments on time.

      Teachers do not give grades to any student.  The student earns the grade by completing assessments in class and at home.  The easiest way to earn a good grade is by paying attention in class, putting names on papers, being an active member of class, completing assigned work, turning it in on time, and being prepared for assessments and tests given.

      If a student has a questions about their grade, it is best if the student lets me know at the start of class and plans to stay after class so the question or issue can be discussed privately.   Students in middle school who advocate for themselves and discuss questions or problems with the teacher are more likely to advocate for themselves as adults.  

      Student who cheat on a assignment, quizzes, or tests, either by copying answers or giving answers to other students will receive a referral and suspension from class. 

    • Language Arts

      5% District Assessments (2 per Semester)
      45% Tests / Essays / Projects
      30% Quizzes / Drafts / Worksheets
      20%  Practice / Accountability

      Social Studies

      50% Tests / Essays / Projects
      30% Quizzes / Drafts / Worksheets
      20%  Practice / Accountability


      100-90%                   "A" indicates Exceptional work 
      89-80%                     "B" indicates Above Average or Outstanding work
      79-70%                     "C" indicates Average work
      69-60%                     "D" indicates Below Average work - Failing
      59% and below      "F" indicates Failing work


      75% and below are at risk of Failing 

    Homework Grading

    • Homework in Mrs. Sanders’ class is graded under Practice / Accountability. Each assignment is worth 4 points:
    •      - Assignment completed correctly  = 4 pts
    •      - Most of assignment completed = 3 pts
    •      - Half of the assignment completed = 2 pts
    •      - Less than half/some completed= 1 pt
    •      -  Few completed or none = 0 pts 



    If students forget homework at home, students will receive a 0 in the grade book.  The assignment will be marked as Missing in Infinite Campus and receive 0 points.  


    Students who do not turn in assigned projects on time will lose one letter grade each day it is late.

    If your student is absent, he/she is required to check Mrs. Sanders’ web site for the assignments to be completed.  Students must complete assignments within TWO DAYS of the absence for the assignment to be graded for full credit. After TWO DAYS the assignment will receive a ZERO if not completed and be marked as missing or late if completed following TWO DAYS after the student returns.


    Test Corrections

    • Beginning of the Year to Parent Conferences
      1) Student performing 69% and below may complete test / quiz corrections up to Parent Conferences in October for 1/2 point per correct answer. 
      2) The student's grade on the test / quiz is below a C-.
      3) Students must take the test / quiz home to show their parent / guardian and get a FULL SIGNATURE in ink from the parent / guardian on the test they plan to correct and return the test / quiz within a week after the test / quiz was taken
      4) Forms turned in late or without a parent signature will receive no points earned. 
      After Parent Conferences to the End of the Year - No test corrections will be allowed.

    Intervention / Planner Grading

    • Intervention or 7th Period is a class designed to help your students receive the help they may need prior to leaving school for the day.  In this way, students make arrangements to return to and meet with a teacher they may need additional help and ask questions they did not have time to ask during the class itself.

      In addition to students having the ability to receive help, Intervention consists of students working on homework from all classes, but also weekly reading of a chapter book or novel at least once a week for the entire period.  Finally, students are graded on filling out their planner and receiving a score each day or week for the planner.