Mr. Marks's 8th Grade Page

Frequently Asked Questions


How do you grade?

I grade on a point system. Grades are calculated by dividing a student’s total earned points by the total points possible. This is turned into a percentage, and the percentage is translated into a letter grade. Here is a list of possible grades:

100% = A+ 93% – 99% = A 90% – 92% = A-
87% – 89% = B+ 83% – 86% = B 80% – 82% = B-
77% – 79% = C+ 73% – 76% = C 70% – 72% = C-
67% – 69% = D+ 63% – 66% = D 60% – 62% = D-
59% and below = F

Grades are based on homework, writing assignments, projects, and are heavily weighted on the side of quizzes and tests. Doing homework is essential for passing quizzes and tests.

What materials are used in class?

  • One 2-inch binder for Core only. Dividers with labels are a good idea.
  • White binder paper – 8 1/2 x 11 college rule
  • Black pens only
  • One pair of medium-sized scissors
  • Mini stapler
  • Two glue sticks
  • One set of eight colored pencils
  • One 12-inch ruler
  • # 2 pencils or cheap mechanical pencils with erasers
  • White-out tape (no liquid White-out please)
  • A dictionary (medium size)
  • A set of highlighters (4-6 different colors)

What is your policy on late work?

Assignments are collected daily. Work must be turned in with a complete heading and title by the start of the two-period Core. If you have a printer issue, email the assignment to yourself or save to a USB drive and print it at school. You may be required to stay in during break/lunch to complete missing work for that day. Late work is accepted up to one week after the due date. Department policy states that late work will earn a maximum of 50%. Late projects and other large assignments are accepted up to a week late for no more than 70% credit; after one week for no more than 50% credit—after two weeks, projects will not be accepted. Late work will not be accepted during the last week of the grading period.

By what process should I make up work due to an absence?

It is your responsibility to make up late work due to an absence. Mr. Marks will not remind you that the work needs to be done. You should check the homework page, ask a fellow student, or ask Mr. Marks what needs to be done if it is not clear. You have up to seven days to make up work if your absence is from an illness or family emergency. After that time, department policy for late work will apply. In addition, if you are aware of an assignment’s due date, and you are absent for reasons other than illness or family emergency, it is expected that you will have the work completed by the day you return, and be prepared to take any of the tests or quizzes for that week.

Do you offer extra credit?

Students wanting extra credit must write a proposal. Proposals may be accepted or refused. Points earned are credited only at the end of the semester when all required work is completed and attempts have been made to resubmit other assignments. Do not rely on extra credit to improve your grades. You cannot earn or use extra credit if you have any missing assignments.

Do you offer test retakes?

Department policy states that there will be no retakes of any kind, except for the Constitution Exam. If your original test score was below 70%, instead of taking another test, you will complete test corrections or an alternate assignment to make up points to bring your score up to no higher than 70%.

If I do poorly on an assignment, may I resubmit it?

Only large assignments that earned less than 89% may be resubmitted. If you would like to resubmit an assignment, you must first get permission from Mr. Marks.

When do you give major tests (tests that likely take at least a half hour to complete)?

Major tests will be given on Wednesdays or Fridays. Quizzes can be given any day of the school week.

I noticed that sometimes you write, “See me” on my homework. Why?

I write “See Me” when I feel your performance on an assignment implies you have not grasped a concept being taught in class. It should be taken seriously, so please make sure to come talk with me and, if necessary, come to my office hours.

Do you offer a tutorial?

Yes. If you need a little extra help on an assignment or understanding a concept, come visit me during my office hours Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:10 to 4:00. Please make an appointment. Do not show up empty handed. Make sure you have something you want help on before coming to an appointment. I tutor the Core subjects only. There will be no office hours on SLCT days.

What is the Thursday envelope, and how does it work?

The Thursday envelope is a big envelope you use to take home corrected work. It is given on Thursday and must be returned empty on Friday. It is between you and your parents whether you will go over the work with them. Failure to return a Thursday envelope on time will result in a four-ticket fine. By the way, DO NOT throw your large assignments, quizzes, or tests away. They may help as study guides or help you improve on future assignments.