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Elementary Grades

Achievement in School Work
The following will be grading symbols shown on the report cards, issued three (3) times per year grades K-4, and four (4) times per year grade 5:

Calculation of Marking Period/Final Grades for Middle School

The following departmental grading policies will be in effect for students in grade six (6) through eight (8) only. Each grade will be based solely on academic performance. The basis for grading will include tests, performance-based assessments, homework assignments, project work, and classwork (see chart below).

Grading for Conduct and Citizenship (C/C) and Work Habits (WH) will be as follows:
O= Outstanding, S= Satisfactory, N= Needs Improvement, and U=Unsatisfactory

* P.B.A- Performance-based Assessments

Number Values for Grades
Some courses will not receive a numerical grade based on a 100-point scale. These courses will use the following grading scale:

Requirements for Middle School Honor Roll (Grades 6-8)
The following information describes the requirements for the High Honor Roll and the Honor Roll based on what is currently set up in PowerSchool.

  1. Students with a U or N in Citizenship or Work Habits are excluded from the Honor Roll. This looks at ALL
    current courses, even courses excluded from the Honor Roll GPA calculation.
  2. A student must have a GPA of 85 or better to make the Honor Roll. The GPA is calculated as a straight average of the classes listed in the Table A below. It is calculated to the 3rd decimal place and is NOT rounded.
    1. High Honor Roll = GPA equal to 90 or better
    2. Honor Roll = GPA greater than or equal to 85 and less than 90
  3. If a student has any grade below 75, he/she cannot make the Honor Roll even if his/her GPA is 85 or higher.
  4. Classes included in the Honor Roll GPA calculation are listed in Table A below. In summary, those classes are:
    1. Core classes (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish 7 & 8)
    2. Art 7 and Studio Art
    3. Discovery 6
    4. Health, Home/Careers, Tech Ed
  5. Classes not included in the Honor Roll GPA calculation are listed in Table B. In summary, those classes are:
    1. Math LAB, ELA LAB, Art 6, LEGO Robotics, Enrich Reading, Enrich Math, FLES 6, Resource Room)
    2. ENL
    3. Music classes* (Music Lessons, Band, Orchestra, Chorus, General Music, Music UA)
    4. PE*

Classes with an * are not included in the Honor Roll GPA calculation but could be included in a standard GPA calculation and calculation. At this time, a standard GPA is NOT calculated. Class rank uses the courses included in the honor roll calculation and is only calculated for the 8th grade students at the end of the year.

Table A: Classes Included in the High Honor Roll/Honor Roll Calculation(Grades 6-8)

The list below shows all currently offered classes that are included in the Honor Roll GPA calculation.

Table B: Classes Excluded from High Honor Roll/Honor Roll Calculation(Grades 6-8)

The list below shows all currently-offered classes that are excluded from the Honor Roll GPA calculation.
Adoption: September 18, 2023

 Click here to view the Grading Policy PDF. 

Internet Safety Sites


POPULAR SITES FOR STUDENTS:                         


The following sites contain a wealth of information for parents and teens concerning Internet Safety; includes games, movies, and resources:


Removing Personal Information

How to Remove Personal Information from & AOL



    Q. How do I cancel my MySpace Account?


                    If you wish to terminate your MySpace Account, start by clicking on “Home” in

                    the top navigation menu from any MySpace web page.  Once on your personal

                    home page, click on “Account Settings,” appearing in the upper left portion of

                    the page, next to your picture.  On the “Account Settings” page, click on the

                    “Cancel Account” link, found just above the “My Account Settings” box of

                    editable information. You will be brought to the “Cancel My Account” page.  On

                    this page, click on the “Cancel My Account” button. Your MySpace account has

                    now been deleted.

                    Keep in mind, canceling your MySpace account will PERMANENTLY REMOVE all

                    of your profile information from MySpace, including your photographs, comments, journals,

                    and your personal networks of friends.  This information cannot be restored.  You may

                    re-register your current email address after canceling, but you will need to rebuild your

                    personal network from scratch.


  1. America Online (AOL)
  2. How do I delete my AOL Member Profile?


       Go to AOL Member Directory and click to access your profile.  On the side, you will

       see a list of options.  One of these is “Clear Profile.”  Click on “Clear Profile,” and

       your profile will be removed.

  1. How do I block someone on IM?


       At the top of your AOL browser, click on the word “Safety” (not the safety icon).  Go to

       “IM Settings” and click on the “Privacy and Security” tab.  You will see a variety of

       options for IM, including blocking, and scanning IM’s for viruses.

  1. How do I change the safety and privacy settings?


       Again, click on the word “Safety” at the top of your browser.  In the drop-down menu,

       click on “Settings.”  A list containing access to all areas will appear.  For example, you

       can change settings for chatting, e-mails, IM, etc.  Choose which areas you would like to

       look at and change.   



          NOTE: Students should request assistance from their parent, guardian, or another trusted adult, when

          removing personal information and creating safety settings.  This handout was created by Miss Simon,

          District Social Worker, in response to student requests for knowledge of removing personal information

          from and AOL.  

          The information provided was obtained directly from and America Online in May 2006.

Social Networking Sites

Social Networking Sites 

Website Approximate # of Users
Bebo 34,000,000
Facebook 39,000,000
Fotolog  9,000,000
Friendster 47,000,000
LiveJournal  12,900,000
MySpace 200,000,000
Netlog (formerly Facebox)  24,000,000
Photobucket 50,000,000
Windows Live Spaces (formerly MSN Spaces)  120,000,000
Xanga 40,000,000
YouTube 13,000,000 (per month)


**The above information was obtained in September 2007 from the following web resources: and



“Any site that allows people to communicate with people that they don't know, including dating sites, chatrooms, community sites, and bulletin boards.  A unique part of SN is not the ability to meet new people, but the ability to articulate and make visible one's social network.  Participants are not necessarily "networking" or looking to meet new people; instead, they are primarily communicating with people who are already a part of their extended social network, ranging from close friends to passing acquaintances.” (Boyd and Ellison.  Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.  2007. Obtained from on September 11, 2007.) 


SN sites require creation of a profile upon joining.  The profile is generated using the answers to questions, which typically include descriptors such as age, sex, location, interests, and an open "about me" section. Most sites allow users to upload a photo to represent them.  Sites, such as MySpace, allow users to enhance their profiles by adding other multimedia content (music) or modifying their profile's look and feel. (Boyd and Ellison.  Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.  2007. Obtained from on September 11, 2007.) 




RISKS:  Social Networking “profiles have been linked to many social problems, including: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, alcohol and drug abuse, hate crimes, planned school shootings, and suicide.  The biggest public concern centers on the potential vulnerability of youth to predators and pedophiles.”  (Hinduja, S. and Patchin, J.W.  From “MySpace: Personal Information of Adolescents on the Internet.”  Retrieved on September 11, 2007 from


BENEFITS: “Online interaction provides a venue to learn and refine the ability to exercise self-control, to relate with tolerance and respect to others’ viewpoints, and to enhance self-discovery and identity formation.”  It provides a place to remain in contact with friends and family regardless of spatial distance.  (Hinduja, S. and Patchin, J.W.  From “MySpace: Personal Information of Adolescents on the Internet.”  Retrieved on September 11, 2007 from

Cyber Bullying FAQ's

Island Park Schools

  1. What is cyber bullying?
    Using the internet or other devices (i.e. cell phone) to harm or act meanly towards others.
  2. What does a cyber bully do?
    A cyber bully might send messages (e-mail, IM, text) to the victim, or post pictures, create websites, or write blogs about the victim, which are meant to be mean or embarrassing for the victim.      
  3. Does pretending to be someone else on the internet in order to trick someone or play a joke on them count as cyber bullying?
    Absolutely!  Trying to trick someone is not a joke.
  4. Can cyber bullies be punished?
    Yes!  Some acts of cyber bullying violate criminal law:  Harassment and stalking, taking (and sharing) pictures of someone in a traditionally ‘private’ place (like a shower or locker room), threats of violence or coercion, and obscene or harassing calls or messages, may all violate criminal law.  These acts may result in legal consequences.


  1. When cyber bullying occurs outside of school, there is nothing the school can do to help, right?
    False.  Students may be disciplined for conduct occurring outside of school that might endanger the health, safety, or welfare of students, or have a negative affect on learning.     
  2. I am being cyber bullied.  What should I do?
     Tell someone!  Don’t keep this a secret.  Don’t open or read messages by cyber bullies.  Keep these messages in a folder, unread, as they may be needed to take action in the future.