Grading Policy and Assignments



    Students in junior high school art may use a variety of art techniques such as painting, drawing, pastels, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, collage and photography. They will use their imagination and personal experiences to create original artwork. Students will study important periods, movements, artists, and styles in art history along with contemporary art and artists.



    • Pencil
    • Sketchbook
    • See supply list



    Students are expected to follow all school and classroom rules. Students will demonstrate collaborative behavior and sensitivity to peers of diverse backgrounds and ideas. Proper behavior is expected regarding studio citizenship, and the care and maintenance of art room materials, supplies, tools and equipment. Food and soft drinks are not allowed, but students may bring bottled water to class. Cell phone use is not allowed.



    Students will be graded using the following methods:

    • Major grades: 60% percent
    • Minor grades: 40% percent

     Other Class Assignments will include the following:
         -Sketches & Planning for Projects
         -Classroom Care & Clean-up of Materials
         -Reading & Writing about Art
         -Worksheets & Short Activities

    Art Project Rubric:

          -Have all been met creatively?
          -Incomplete projects will not pass.
    2. EFFORT
          -Student has clearly worked hard without wasting valuable class time.
          -Student has worked to the best of their ability to create a neat & sturdy project.
          -Student has used materials safely & effectively.
          -Student is responsible for cleaning up properly.
          -Student has not been disruptive or distracting. 
          -First & last name written neatly on the back of artwork.
          -Grade & section written neatly on the back of artwork.

    Grading Averages

    All McMillan Junior High School courses will average their nine weeks and semester grades according to the following criteria:

    • Students will receive a minimum of 9 minor grades and 3 major grades during each nine week grading period. It is expected that the teacher enter at least one grade per week.
    • Individual grades may only be entered once. For example, a major project may not count as 3 major grades unless each grade is specific to an identified piece of the project.
    • Grades are expected to measure progress and mastery across an entire nine week grading period. Thus, the general guideline is that students receive a minimum of one minor grade each week and one major grade each three weeks.
    • Principals have the discretion to work with teachers on a case-by-case basis to modify this guideline.
      Major grades will count 60% of a student’s nine week grading period average. Minor grades will count as 40%.


    Late Work – Minor Grades

    At grades 7 and 8, late work will be accepted up to 3 days after the due date for no academic penalty. Students will be assigned to work recovery sessions in order to complete any work that is late. Failure to complete the work within the 3 day window or not attending work recovery may result in Thursday Night School.


    Make Up Work

    For every school day absent, the student has one school day for completion of missed assignments. Administrators have the discretion to modify this guideline in circumstances where students are absent due to an extended illness.


     McMillan Tardy Policy:

    See McMillan's Policy