Second semester is underway and a common concern I hear at this time of year is whether or not a student is in danger of being retained. At Nuttall Middle School, we monitor each student's grades throughout the school year. If they are in danger of failing, we notify the parent/s and arrange to have an ARP. ARP stands for Academic Remediation Plan. The ARP is established for students who make little or no academic progress to determine the problem for the poor academic record. Goals will be established to assist these students in improving grades. If the students do not improve their work ethic, an alternative education placement may be considered. We ask that parents attend all conferences regarding the progress of their children. It is most beneficial for the parents to communicate with teachers at the first sign of academic difficulty. Students have a better chance of correcting poor study habits if their parents participate in conferences and set up firm and consistent guidelines for the completion of work at home. Students failing one core subject will not be retained. Students failing two or more core subjects will be considered for retention. The decision to promote a student to the next grade level is based on successful completion of the curriculum, attendance, performance on standardized tests, and other testing. A student will not be promoted based upon age or any other social reason not related to academic performance. The ultimate decision for retention rests with the building principal. If you have further questions about promotion or retention, I would encourage you to contact Mrs. Catt or myself at 544-8616.
Thanks for taking the time to read this message,
NMS Assistant Principal