- Academic Calendar
- Academic GPA
- Academic Integrity
- Athletic/Activity Eligibility
- Class Attendance
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- NCAA Athletic Requirements
- Preparation for College
- Seal of Biliteracy
- Transcripting Outside Courses
- Valedictorian Criteria
- Weighted Grades
- Withdrawing/Dropping from a Course
Westview High School is on a semester system, with two 18-week grading periods. The school day runs from 7:45 AM until 2:30 PM. Students attend four approximately 90 minute classes each day. On “A” days students attend their odd number classes, periods 1,3,5 and 7. On “B” days students attend their even number classes 2, Seminar or Advisory, 4, and 6. Each class, periods 1-7, earns .5 credit each semester toward the 24 credits required for graduation. Classes meet either for one semester or a full year.
Regular grade point average (GPA) is computed on a 4-point scale with the following point values awarded per grade: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, and F = 0. In addition, a second “weighted” GPA will also be calculated for students. “Weighting” a grade adds to the grade point value earned in certain courses. In the Beaverton system, grades of A, B, and C earned in AP, IB and Dual Credit classes earn an extra grade point. Therefore, an “A” in a weighted class yields 5 grade points (4 points for the “A” and 1 more point as a weighted “bonus”), a “B” yields 4 grade points, and a “C” yields 3 grade points.
Westview expects all students to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity. Violations of academic integrity include cheating, plagiarizing, turning in another’s papers or projects, giving one’s work to others, passing test information to others, misrepresenting other’s work as their own, or being found in possession of another’s work.
What Is Plagiarism?
Definition: Plagiarism is the use of another person’s words, ideas, or facts as if they were your own, without giving credit to the original source.
● You are plagiarizing when you use information from another source without including proper documentation (e.g. citations and a list of works cited or a bibliography).
● You are plagiarizing when you turn in another student’s work as your own or allow someone else to copy your work; this work might include homework, tests, papers, or other assignments.
● You are plagiarizing when you copy materials from sources such as the Internet, books, or periodicals without introducing the material or using citations to show the beginning and end of the “borrowed” material.
(Adapted from the OCTE pamphlet “What’s Plagiarism and How Can You Avoid It?”)
Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism:
● Indicate clearly when you use anything from another person’s work, even if only a phrase or a single keyword, by using quotation marks. If you use more than three words from a source in a row, put them in quotations and cite the source.
● When summarizing or paraphrasing, distinguish clearly where the ideas of others end and your own comments begin.
● When using another person’s ideas, credit the author by name and identify the work in which you found the idea.
● Err on the side of caution by giving credit whenever you suspect you are using information, other than general knowledge, from a source.
● If you are unsure if you are plagiarizing, it is your responsibility to consult with your teacher regarding the work before the assignment is due.
(Adapted from Write for College, published by Write Source.)
Note: Assignments or portions of assignments submitted in a class may not be submitted in a second class unless the teacher of the second class gives prior approval. Submitting the same work in multiple classes (or even in a class previously taken) without authorization will bear the same consequences as plagiarism.
Consequences for Plagiarism or Violations of Academic Integrity
Violations of academic integrity result in these consequences:
1. Parent/Guardian contact.
2. Discipline referral and consequences according to the Student & Parent Resource Handbook.
LINK TO BSD STUDENT FAMILY HANDBOOK
3. Ineligible to be a Westview Honors Scholar.
For second offenses, more extreme cases, or cases that occur in AP or college level classes, the consequences may also include:
1. Notification of teachers who have written letters of recommendation and possible withdrawal of letters of recommendation.
2. Notification of colleges through Common Application updates.
3. Notification of National Honor Society.
4. Notification of all of the student’s current teachers.
Regular attendance and punctuality are critical lifelong skills which are emphasized at Westview. Because participation in class through collaborative activities is an essential element of student learning and assessment, and because students must be present to achieve these outcomes, student absences must be minimized.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
At the high school level, once a student turns 18, all the rights that once belonged to his or her parents transfer to the student. However, a secondary school may still provide an eligible student’s parents with access to education records, without the student’s consent, if the student is claimed as a dependent for IRS tax purposes. Other exceptions to FERPA’s general consent rule may also apply, such as disclosures to parents or emergency responders in a health or safety emergency. Another exception is the disclosure of “directory information”. FERPA defines “directory information” as information contained in the education records of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Typically, directory information includes information such as name, address, telephone number, date of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and dates of attendance. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the school to include this type of information in certain school publications. Examples include:
- A program, showing a student’s role in a drama production;
- The yearbook;
- Honor roll or other recognition lists;
- Graduation programs; and
- Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. The annual enrollment verification sheet we send home each August allows parents to decline to provide student names and addresses to military and/or college recruiters. If you do not want Southridge High School to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must annually notify the school in writing within the first two weeks of school.
Grading involves an evaluation of student achievement, and is guided by requirements for reporting on student academic achievement. The intent is to measure where a student currently stands in mastering a long-term target. Many of our classes use a standards-based grading process. Through a standards-based grading process, various types of information and measures of students' performance -- such as numbers based on a 1-4 continuum -- are converted into grades. The numbers reflect how a student is performing on particular learning targets within a given subject. The number 4 is considered “highly proficient” and 1 is “developing.” The school district has created a summary judgment chart that explains how many 4s are needed for a student to receive an overall grade of A on a report card or how many 1s might equal an F. However, individual teachers determine how students will demonstrate their learning and how their progress will determine the letter grade.
NCAA Athletic Requirements
The NCAA Eligibility Center is an organization that clears student athletes for initial eligibility in NCAA division I and II athletic programs. If you are a student athlete with aspirations for college athletics, it is important to note that your athletic eligibility in college will be tied to your performance and completion of required classes in high school, as well as to your graduation from high school. For specific information and requirements, log onto the NCAA eligibility site. Note also that it is a student and/or parent’s responsibility to determine college athletic and eligibility requirements, and not the responsibility of the Southridge staff, coaches, or athletic department. Generally, any online courses do not count.
Preparation for College
Students applying to the State of Oregon universities must submit college entrance test scores (SAT or ACT) and should have completed at least 14 credits in college prep classes. Students should have completed at least four years of college prep English, three years of math, three years of science, three years of social studies, and two years of a second language. For more information about choosing and applying to a public university in Oregon, visit websites of the individual the Oregon universities (Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, and Eastern Oregon University.
College can be a challenging academic setting. To further prepare for college:
Seal of Biliteracy
Westview High School students have the opportunity to receive the State of Oregon's Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by the time they graduate. It is intended to help students recognize the value of their academic success and promote the benefits of being bilingual. The STAMP test is offered during the school year to give students an opportunity to show their language proficiency. Students should contact their counselor for more information.
Transcripting Outside Courses
In most years, Westview will name a single valedictorian. Per School Board policy, Beaverton schools have the flexibility to tailor eligibility and criteria to the site, but criteria will include at minimum: GPA, academic integrity, and rigorous course-taking. Accordingly, criteria includes incorporating academic, leadership and citizenship components. Current criteria also includes:
- Hold the highest cumulative weighted GPA (subject to review in cases of identical or nearly identical GPAs; GPAs in weighted classes will be re-calculated to create an equitable comparison);
- Also hold an unweighted GPA of 4.0;
- Meet approval of the valedictorian selection committee (appointed by the principal). Graduating students must have completed at least three years at Westview to be eligible for consideration as valedictorian. In the case of identical or nearly identical cumulative GPA averages, the valedictorian(s) will be selected by a designated staff valedictorian selection committee and approved by the principal. The valedictorian honor is not noted on the official transcript or diploma, but is recognized at graduation.
- The valedictorian will be the graduating senior with the highest cumulative weighted GPA at the end of Semester 1 of the senior year of the cohort, who also qualifies for the Westview Scholar Award for the class of 2022 and must be a Westview Honors Scholar starting with the class of 2023. The Valedictorian must attend Westview for at least three of their four years of high school, completing the senior year at Westview.
See the district weighted courses list for all courses in the Beaverton School District that receive weighted grades.
While students may enroll in additional courses at a college level for enrichment, such courses are not transcripted or considered for GPA purposes. As a high school transcript is a reflection of the work students are doing toward high school graduation or toward a specific high school program of study, off campus courses are transcripted only if the course is needed in order to attain enough credits to graduate (e.g., credit recovery).
The Beaverton School District does not display a student's class rank on the school transcript. This includes both numerical rank and percentile rank. When required for a scholarship or school application, students can request, in writing, this information from the counseling department.
Withdrawing/Dropping from a Course
Students are expected to complete any course, required or elective, in which they are enrolled. Schedule changes will only be made during the first week of each semester, when students are given their schedules. Schedule changes will only be made for students who are missing a class, for students who are placed in the wrong level of class, or for those who need a class to graduate (provided there is space available in the newly requested class). Schedules will not be changed for teacher or lunch preference. Any course dropped after the first six days of any semester is recorded on a student’s transcript as “W/F” (Withdrawal/Fail), which counts against a student’s GPA.