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1415 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
Courier #: 482
P: 980-343-5500  |  F: 980-343-5593 
Principal: Melody Sears
LC: Central 2
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: 6-12
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Grading Policy, effective 2021-2022

NWSA Grading Reference Sheet.pdf

NWSA Grading Reference for

Teachers and Policy for Students


Grading Overview


CMS Grading ScaleQuarter 1/ Quarter 2 Grade DistributionQuarter 3/ Quarter 4 Grade DistributionFinal Course Grade Calculation






20% "Prepare" Assignments

30% "Rehearse"  Assignments

50% "Perform" Assignments

20% Midterm Exam (HS Only)

20% "Prepare" Assignments

30% "Rehearse" Assignments

50% "Perform" Assignments




Semester One -: 40%

Semester two -  40%

Final Exam: 20% of Final Grade


Number of Graded Assignments in Powerschool (Quarterly)


PrepareRehearse Perform

Min:Max: 20  (4x4)

Min: 5 Max: 20 (year-long)

Min: 6 Max: 10 (4x4)

Min: 4 Max: 10 (year-long)

Min: 3 Max: 4 (4x4)

Min: 3 Max: 4 (year-long)

Smaller assignments that allow students to practice new learning. Can be graded for completion or accuracy.

(i.e. Homework, warm-ups, exit tickets, smaller checks for understanding)


Assignments that provide students with feedback on progress towards mastery of standards

(i.e. Quizzes, labs, mini-assessments, mini-projects, classwork)


Culminating/formative assessment that measure mastery of one or multiple standards  (i.e. Unit assessments, common assessments, performance tasks, writing assignments, projects with rubrics)


Late/Missing Work

Prepare and Rehearse Assignments

Late assignments  (assignments submitted after the teacher's due date) will  have a late penalty of 5 points per day (using a 100 point scale.).  Assignments submitted up to one week after the "Perform" date will receive a maximum of 50% and teacher feedback.  

Procedure for:Grade  in Powerschool
Assignment missing 0,  flag as "missing"
Assignment missing due to absence0,  flag as "absent"
Assignment attempted with score lower than a 5050, in comments box put actual score as well as specific teacher feedback on assignment
Assignment not attempted five days after "Perform" (assessment)  date0, in comments box state assignment not attempted five days after "Perform" (assessment) date


Perform Assignments

Culminating/formative assessment that measure mastery of one or multiple standards


Assignment DescriptionGrade  in PowerschoolDetails
Midterm and Final ExamEnter grade earnedNo retest
Assignment missing due to absence50,  flag as "absent" until made upTeacher will provide an opportunity for make-up within 5 days of the student's return.

Student scores less than a 50




Student does not take the assessment


Does not apply to midterm and final exam

50,  note the earned grade in the comments section
  • Students will continue to participate in additional opportunities for learning while preparing to  be re-assessed using a parallel assessment to show mastery. Students must arrange with the teacher to re-assess.
  • One reassessment opportunity per assessment
  • Can earn up to 80% on the re-assessment.
  • Re-assessments MUST be different than the original assessment but should be identical in terms of rigor, standards assessed, and the percentage of standards


Dress Code Policy

Appropriate dress encourages respectful behavior and helps reduce distractions to the school environment. In accordance with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, the following dress code for students at NWSA has been established:
  1. Students are required to wear shoes at all times for health and safety reasons.
  2. Students are required to wear shirts at all times.
  3. Abusive, suggestive or profane language, symbols of illegal drugs or alcohol, or any other words, symbols,
    or slogans that disrupt the learning environment may not be worn on clothing or as jewelry.
  4. All clothing must be worn in an appropriate and tasteful manner. No attire is acceptable if too tight or too
  5. Shorts and Skirts must be fingertip length even if leggings/tights are worn.

The following items will NOT be worn at school:

  • Tank tops, tops with spaghetti straps, halter tops, strapless tops and jerseys with no sleeves. Straps
    must be three (3) fingers wide.
  • Bedroom shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Pants worn below the waist or showing clothing beneath the main outerwear
  • Shirts exposing the stomach, being excessively tight, see-through or low cut in the back. No cleavage
    can be exposed.
  • Headgear: scarves, bandannas, stocking caps, hoods, hats, headphones, towels, sunglasses, doo-rags,
    sweatbands and combs.
  • Anything not listed, but deemed disruptive to the learning environment, will be addressed individually by the staff.

Students who do not follow dress code:

1st offense – Written warning, phone call home and a change of clothes will be brought to school. If parent/guardian cannot bring a change of clothing the student will be assigned to ISS (In School Suspension) for the rest of the day.
2nd offense and all subsequent offenses – Administrative Consequence, phone call home.

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Dress Code Policy

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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