This page is designed to inform you of the expectations and policies for the 2009-2010 school year.
|As a class, we will
be working on treating each other with respect, putting
forth 100% effort, and teamwork. In addition to
these, I will also focus on instilling responsibility,
enhancing study skills, and establishing organizational
habits. Students will be challenged to learn and I
expect everyone to do their best!
|When your child is absent
from school, a sheet outlining the work missed will be completed. Handouts
and assignments will be attached and placed on the student's desk.
Students will have one day for every day they were absent to turn in the
missing work. For example, if a student is absent on Monday and
returns on Tuesday, the work that was assigned on Monday will be due along
with Tuesday's assignments on Wednesday morning. The only exception
to this policy is if the assignment due had been assigned well before the
absence, in which case this assignment needs to be turned in the day the student returns
to school (report, special project etc...)
|Students will be given an
assignment planner to record their daily assignments. We will fill
these planners out together as a class at the end of each school day.
I will personally check each planner for accuracy before students are
allowed to leave for the day. This assures both the teacher and the
parent that the students know exactly what is expected of them regarding
the next day's assignments. In the event that a student forgets his
or her planner at home, I will have an assignment sheet available for
students to fill out.
|Classroom rules such as
listening, refraining from talking during class until called upon,
following directions, following requests made the first time, and using
class time wisely are all necessary for a smooth operating environment.
I will deal with problems fairly and give each student the opportunity to
succeed. The consequences for choosing not to follow expectations may include:
- First, the student will be asked to correct the
- If behavior is not corrected, a discussion
will be held between student(s) and teacher.
- If no solution is made and problem still
persists, time out from the class may be necessary.
- Parents will be notified via weekly report,
phone call if problematic behavior continues.
- Last resort for persistent problems will be
intervention by administration. Parents will be notified.
|* An exception to
this procedure would be in the case of a severe infraction. Example:
endangerment of life, threats, fighting, and stealing. In cases such
as these, the administration will be asked to intervene immediately.
|English, Social Studies,
and Science grades will be figured based on various homework assignments,
quizzes, and tests. Please see each subject page for information on
how grades are figured for:
- Reading Grade
- Spelling Grade
- Math Grade
|There will be homework assigned almost
every night, including some Fridays. Students will be given time
daily to work on these assignments and ask for additional help from me.
It is imperative that students learn the responsibility of using class
time wisely and getting assignments done on time. All assignments
are due the morning after they are given unless otherwise stated.
|Late Homework Note
Students will have the opportunity to turn in a late homework
assignment for a reduced point value (10% points) as long as it is
accompanied by the
Note signed by both parent and student. If the late homework
note does not accompany the assignment the following day, the assignment
will be given a point value of zero. Your cooperation in signing
this letter is vital and serves two purposes. One is that you, the
parent, are always kept aware if your child is not doing assignments or
forgetting them at home. Secondly, it sends a message to the
student that communication between home and school is an ongoing process
that benefits all in an educational setting.
|There should not be an excessive amount
of time spent on homework each night. While I believe that practice
and reinforcement of skills learned throughout the day is important, I
also believe that family time is an extremely valuable portion of each
child's day. Homework should include finishing any assignments that
your child did not finish within the given amount of work time during
class, as well as practicing math facts and reading AR books. The
total amount of time spent on homework should be no more than 30-60
minutes. If you are consistently noticing more than an hour of time
spent on homework in the evening, please contact me. This usually is
a result of students not using their class time wisely!
|There will be incentives for positive
behavior, helping, and good work. The main incentive program
involves a classroom economy in which the students will learn "real word"
financial skills. I will be teaching students responsibilities which
include opening and maintaining a checking account, earning a paycheck,
paying bills, and budget planning. Please take a closer look at the
details of the "1st
Bank of North Ward" on this website.
|Each Friday your child will be given a
weekly report. This report keeps track of your child's completed
assignments, test scores, as well as three week and seven week grade
updates. At times, reminders, comments and other information will be
written on it. There is space provided at the bottom of the weekly
report for you to write me a note if you have any questions or concerns.
Please sign and return these reports each Monday.