Alan B. Shepard High School

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This is year eleven for me as a Special Education Teacher at Shepard High School. I studied Special Education at Illinois State University, earning my Bachelor's Degree in 2006. I then earned my Type 75 Master's Degree in Educational Administration from University of St. Francis in 2009. 


2016-17 Classes:

Foundations of Math

Team Taught Intro to Art

P.O.W.E.R. P.E.


Foundations Grading and Retake Policy:

The goal of Foundations classes is to help students learn to be lifelong learners, who are able to confidently self-advocate, and who have the skills they need to be successful contributing members of their communities. For that reason, the process of learning is the focus, rather than the final grade.


In accordance with the district’s grading policy, students’ grades reflect their mastery of skills taught:

65% of final grade based on Common Assessments - What have I really learned?

20% of final grade based on Other Assessments - How am I doing so far?

15% of final grade based on practice


When students do poorly on a Common Assessment, this simply shows they have not mastered these skills yet and will need to study more or study differently. This may include time during lunch, class, or after school for re-teaching or to develop alternative study aides such as electronic review games, study cards, visuals, etc. Students then have the opportunity to retake the common assessment. Students are always encouraged to take advantage of the accommodations listed in their IEPs.  If additional modifications are needed for individual students, those will be provided during the retakes and noted in Skyward.


POWER PE Grading and Retake Policy: 

Student mentors' grades are broken down below based on a daily teacher rubric. In the case of an absence, students must follow the standard district PE policy, staying after school in the weight room to complete a make-up activity. Students may make up missed journals upon their return to school. 


Type 1 Assessments

Daily Points—students will be given points daily based on their dress, behavior, participation and leadership. Each student can earn up to 4 points per day.


Other Assessments

Weekly Journal-POWER mentors will complete weekly reflection logs and journal entries that will be graded.



Daily Dress—students will wear appropriate PE uniform each day (POWER PE shirt, gym shoes). 




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