Frequently asked questions
how does the Grading work?
The way I do grades is very unique and different than other teachers at Emmaus High School. It is an extremely fair and student-friendly grading system. To learn about the grading system, please watch the short video above.
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If you would like to watch a video explaining exactly how the grading system works, please click on the following link:
"How do I turn in my projects?"
If you're completing a project on a computer, and you want to submit it electronically, please share it with Mr. Mihalik through Google Drive. If it's a file that is outside of Google Drive, you can upload the file into your drive and then share it. Please do not email Mr. Mihalik your projects to his school email account. If you have large files to send and Google Drive won't let it happen, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I was absent yesterday. What did I miss?"
Absences/illnesses/vacations happen often. I want to keep every course I teach moving forward and it's the responsibility of the absent students to catch up so they don't fall too far behind. It's also my job as a teacher to help them do that and I hope to accomplish that by posting all notes online and keeping an up-to-date calendar online too. No student should ever have to ask me what they missed while they were absent unless I don't have it on the calendar. To find the calendar, go to the page of the course your son/daughter is taking and simply scroll to the bottom.
"i missed a test. when can i make it up?"
This is a new policy that will go into effect for the spring semester in 2016 ... Students have 1 week to make up a test or else it goes in as a 0. I will be very accommodating if there are extenuating circumstances, but for the standard absence on a test day, those students have 1 week to make it up. You can make it up during a study hall or even during class time. Because of my coaching commitments in the spring, I cannot offer makeups after school. Why am I doing this? I'm tired of kids waiting until the end of a marking period or semester to do their work.
What should they be doing at home?
This is a very popular question. I am not a big fan of assigning regular, nightly homework assignments. I prefer to assign a project or more significant assignment at the start of each chapter and give them more time to complete something that is more substantial, in my opinion. To stay up to date with this, follow along on the calendar, but you can also download the current chapter packets from the website. Just go to the chapter that we're on in any class and download the packet. You'll see exactly what project we are doing and any other assignments too.