Academics and Counseling
Concerns with a Class - Student or Parent
- Talk to the teacher or write a note to tell him/her about your concern.
- Listen more, ask more questions, or spend more time on homework.
- Talk to your counselor and ask for his/her suggestions.
- Talk to your parents, and ask them to talk with your teacher.
- Request a parent, teacher, and student conference.
- Leave a voicemail or send an email.
- The counseling office is open during the day as well as before and after school.
- To see a counselor, leave a request slip in the counseling office before class, and you will be called as soon as possible. Parents may talk to your counselor in person or by telephone.
The role of the counselor is to: help each student have a successful school career, help students with future educational planning, assist students with career exploration, assist students in personal or social development, be someone just to talk with about anything.
- This publication describes courses offered at Holmes.
- It is available upon request in the office.
Family Life and Sex Education
- This course is offered to all 8th graders.
- It covers topics related to human sexuality.
- Students are encouraged to discuss class topics with their parents.
- All materials are available for parent review.
- Participation is subject to parent approval.
- Progress reports are mailed home halfway through each quarter. They may indicate good progress, improvement, or danger of failure.
- If a student's class work is at or above average, the teacher may not indicate a grade on the progress report card.
- Grades will be mailed to your home at the end of each quarter. Quarter end dates are listed on the handbook calendar.
- Grades range from "A" for Outstanding to "F" for Not Passing. Citizenship grades are also a part of the grading system. In some circumstances, and with prior arrangement between the teacher, student, parents, and counselor, a "P" (Pass) may be given in lieu of an academic grade.
- Students can expect homework in most classes on most nights.
- The amount varies and depends on the assignment and on student study habits.
- Students who earn a 3.5 grade point average at the semester are eligible for the Honor Society.
- Honor Society members are eligible for the Honor Society Field Trip.
- See an administrator or counselor for additional information.
- Selected and specially trained student peer helpers are available for students if they need someone to talk to, resolve a problem, etc.
- Request slips are available in the counseling office for students to fill out and a peer helper will meet with you.
Periodic Grade Check-sheets
- Occasionally, students and parents utilize a periodic grade check-sheet. These check-sheets are usually arranged through the counseling office or vice principals.
- These check-sheets help you and your parents know if you are getting your work done and if your attendance and behavior are acceptable.
- The student takes the sheet to each teacher to be filled in and is responsible for taking home the completed sheet.
- 7th and 8th graders must pass required academic courses.
- Students who fail courses will be reviewed by a Promotion Review Team.
- If you fail an academic required course(s) (English, Math, Science, Social Studies), you will be required to make up the course content either during summer school or the following school year.
- A student who fails 2 or more academic requirements may be retained in his/her current grade level. This decision is also based upon standardized test scores.
Resources to Holmes From the District, Community, and County
- Davis Police Department School Resource Officer
- Drug and Alcohol Prevention Counselor
- School Nurse
- Speech and Language Therapist
- School Psychologist & Crisis Counselor
- Allied Services for Kids (ASK) Outreach Counselor
Completed homework assignments contribute to academic success. You should have your own system for keeping track of classroom assignments and homework. The following are a few tips that may assist you in being successful at Holmes Junior High.
- Keep a 3-ring binder with a section to track each class.
- Keep an assignment sheet for each class.
- Check your homework needs before you leave school.
- Ask questions if you don't understand the assignment.
- Schedule a specific time and place to do homework.
- Tell your teacher right away if you are falling behind.
- Take class notes and review them in the evening.
- Put completed assignments in your backpack, ready to take to school.
- Always carry extra pens, pencils, and an inexpensive calculator labeled with your name.
Teams for Seventh Graders
- Each 7th grader will belong to a core team.
- The team will share the same English, Science and Social Studies teachers.
- The teachers may plan some or all of your lessons so that there is a connection between the subject areas.
- The team arrangement eases the transition from elementary school to junior high school by special class events, discussions, etc.
- You will be given a series of standardized achievement tests each spring.
- Physical Education Fitness Assessments are given each year - fall and spring.