Students give Jupiter Grades an A+

Students give Jupiter Grades an A+

Henry Jean-Philippe

In its first semester at Fremont High School, a new school-wide grading system is getting high marks.

The online grading system called Jupiter Grades is accessible to teachers, parents, and, perhaps most importantly, students on any computer at any time.

“Jupiter Grades is a very good idea because you don’t have to wait for your teachers to give your progress reports,” said senior Arnice St. Remy.

Elizabeth Tupou, a sophomore, explained how much it’s been a help to her.

“I can tell what grades I have in my classes,” she said. “I could use it anytime.”

The system cost the school about $2,500. Teachers voted to use Jupiter Grades instead of two other systems after getting information about them in the weeks before school started. Most of the teachers say they are pleased with the decision.

“I like how I can check in on their classes and encourage them to do well in all their classes,” said freshman Algebra teacher Sunny Chan.

However, some teachers acknowledge that they still haven’t fully adapted to using the new grading system.

“I’m still learning because some [of the older] teachers like me get confused about computers,” said English teacher Ed Holohan.

The school held several training sessions for teachers on how to use the system in August.

Principal Daniel Hurst said the change was important for family communication and student accountability.

“We want all teachers to use the same [grading] system because it’s easier for students and parents to know how their child is doing in [all] of their classes,” said Hurst.

Hurst has required all teachers to keep their grades current on Jupiter Grades so that the school can print progress reports after each three weeks of a six-week marking period.

The school now prints progress reports for students to receive in their advisory classes so they know how they are doing midway through the marking period.  Students must fill out a reflection sheet about why they have the grades they do and what they can do to either maintain good grades or improve bad ones.

“I like how students can see exactly were they stand and see what they are missing,” said English teacher Beth Suddreth. “I like that it shows students grades” based on what they turned in.

History teacher Elizabeth Siarny used Jupiter Grades last year and encouraged the school to adopt it.

“I love Jupiter Grades,” she said. “I can track students’ progress and so can they. Their parents and loved ones can keep track too. I can also track attendance and behavior.”