• 8th Grade Directed Studies

                                                                                                                            Ms. Mach


    Dear Parents and Students,


    Welcome to 8th Grade Directed Studies.  This course provides individualized and small group instruction for students in the Special Education program in the areas specified on each student’s IEP.  The students are instructed according to the California State Standards utilizing various techniques.  Support is also given as needed for general education courses.



    You will receive a grade in Directed Studies meant to reflect your individual progress.  I do expect you to put forth your best effort on all assignments. The scale is as follows:


      A      90-100%

    B      80-89%

    C      70-79%

    D      60-69%

                   F      59% and below


    Students earn 5 points per class period which include the following:

    • Participation in group discussions
    • Materials/Planner brought to class
    • Correct entries in Planner
    • Proper work habits
    • Proper behavior/attitude


    Work Habits Grade:

    This grade reflects the student's ability to be prepared, stay on task, and complete assignments on time. 


    The grading scale is as follows:

    Outstanding                                    0-2 missing assignments/checks

    Satisfactory                                     3-6 missing assignments/checks

    Needs Improvement                   7-10 missing assignments/checks

    Unsatisfactory                              11 or more missing assignments/checks


    Citizenship Grades:

    This grade reflects the student’s behavior and participation in the classroom. 


    The grading scale is as follows:

    Outstanding                                      0-2 checks

    Satisfactory                                       3-6 checks

    Needs Improvement                     7-10 checks

    Unsatisfactory                                11 or more checks



    3-ring binder                           highlighters                         calculator

    book                                           pens(blue/black/red)      pencils

    notebook/graph paper      markers                                 colored pencils

    earbuds/headphones         chromebook                        planner                  


    All I expect is your personal best.   I hope this has given you a clear overview of what is expected in Directed Studies this year.  This is a special year for your son/daughter.  Let us work together to ensure a positive learning experience!


    Thank you,

    Susan Mach