Mr. Jackie McCartney

Phone: (940) 235-1118

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications - Midwestern State University Master of Education in Leadership - Lamar University

Mr. Jackie McCartney

I'm excited to be teaching technology at McNiel Junior High.  I grew up in Wichita Falls, but I attended Burkburnett ISD schools and graduated from Burkburnett High School.  My undergraduate degree is in Mass Communications from Midwestern State University.  Before I became a teacher, I spent 10 years in broadcast and media working at KJTL, KAUZ, and the Times Record News.  I changed careers and began teaching broadcast journalism, digital media, multimedia, and yearbook at Kirby World Academy.

I'm married to Missy who is a teacher at Notre Dame Catholic School.  We have three children; Emma, Elizabeth, and Andrew.  Working around our home is one of my favorite past times.

Grading Policy

  • Grading is the process by which a teacher assesses student learning and progress towards mastery of the objectives as aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). This process must include establishing clear learning goals and setting standards and evaluative criteria which guide student learning. The grading process should provide clear and consistent feedback to students to focus them to take responsibility for their own learning.
     
    The purpose of this policy is to provide a consistent set of grading and reporting processes. This policy describes Cunningham’s grading system which all teachers will implement and fosters consistency in grading and reporting student achievement. 

      

    These guidelines ensure that grading reflects a student’s mastery of an assignment and that a sufficient number of grades are taken to support the grade average assigned.

     

    GRADING SCALE

     90 – 100

     80 – 89 

    75 – 79

    70 – 74

     0 – 69

      

    For an assignment, project, quiz, test, or any other form of assessment where a grade for that particular individual assignment will count for ten percent or more of the student’s grade during the grading period, the student will be provided one opportunity to relearn/retest the assignment. A student will be permitted up to fourteen calendar days to relearn/retest an assignment beginning the day the initial grade is reported to the student. The student will receive the grade attained on the relearn/retest or whichever is the highest grade.

Homework, Make up, and Late Work Policy

  • Homework Policy – Homework assignments are to reinforce learning by providing practice and developing study habits. Homework may be provided as an enrichment activity to the material mastered in class. Homework shall not be given for learning new material not covered in class.
     
    Assigned homework should take about 10 minutes per grade level (ex: 3rd grade – 30 minutes). Daily additional reading assignments may be required and would not count toward the total of homework minutes. Homework will be reviewed by the teacher as appropriate to the assignment, but not graded.
     
    If a student does not complete homework, the student will receive a work habits mark (2points) and will have a working lunch to complete the assignment. If a student completes two consecutive weeks without obtaining a work habits mark, then he/she can earn back a work habits mark (2points).
     
    Make-Up Work Policy – All students will have time equal to the number of days absent to complete make-up work when absent from school. Parents can request that assignments be placed in the office for them to pick up or the student can pick up the work when they return to school. Teachers will review the make-up work and if needed reteach the concept that was missed.
     
    Late Work Policy – Sufficient time is allotted for each class assignment. In addition, there are times during the day for students to complete work. If work is not completed, the student will receive a work habits mark (2 points) each day that the assignment is not completed. A working lunch may be assigned to complete work. . If a student completes two consecutive weeks without obtaining a work habits mark, then he/she can earn back a work habits mark (2points). All assignments must be completed within the nine weeks grading period.
     
    PROJECTS, FAILING GRADES AND ZEROS
     
    Projects – A rubric or grading scale will be provided to students and parents prior to giving the project assignment. Projects may require additional time outside of the school day and are considered part of an extended assignment and are not defined as homework. Projects must be based on the TEKS currently or previously addressed in the course.
     
    Failing Grades and Zeros – Upon assigning a second zero for daily work or other assignment to a student in a course during a grading period, the parent must be contacted. This contact must be documented. If the problem persists, a student/parent/teacher conference is required. This conference will be documented. The conference provides the opportunity for the parents and the teacher to become better acquainted and to combine efforts in the interest of the student. The conference also allows the student to understand that the school and the home are working together for his/her benefit. 

Schedule

  • 1st Period - Yearbook
    2nd Period - Digital Media
    3rd Period - Broadcast Journalism
    4th Period - Digital Media
    5th Period - Conference
    6th Period - Multimedia
    7th Period - Digital Media
    8th Period - Digital Media 
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Tutoring Hours

  • Monday and Tuesday
    3:00 PM - 3:45 PM 
     
    Thursday
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
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