- 8:20-9:45 Math
- 9:45-10 Break
- 10-11:15 Spelling and Vocabulary
- 11:15-12:10 Recess and Lunch
- 12:10-1 Reading
- 1-1:10 Break
- 1:10-1:40 Writing
- 1:40-2:20 Science or History
- 2:20-2:50 Math Review/Practice
•Do Your Best
Students have the opportunity to practice these rules daily. If students are not able to follow the rules, the following consequences will be used:
- verbal reminder or redirection
- loss of recess time to reflect or discuss the problem
- time out of the classroom to cool down
- conference with the principal
- note or phone call home
Some students may need an individual behavior plan. If this is needed, I will contact you and let you know how I will help your child be more successful.
Why is homework important?
- It helps children remember what was learned that day.
- They get a chance to practice skills, like math facts, that need refreshing.
- It allows the teacher to see what has been mastered and what is confusing to the child.
- They learn and practice time management skills. This skill is especially important for third-fifth graders and a part of their normal development.
Students have homework daily, Monday through Thursday. Homework will be turned in each morning at 8:15 and immediate feedback will be given.
Homework consists of:
- Spelling word practice
- Sentence writing, using spelling words (1-2 sentences)
- Math fact practice (1-5 minutes)
- Reading practice (20-30 minutes)
Students who have not finished their homework will have the opportunity to finish it at recess.
Third-fifth graders earn letter grades for content areas (math, spelling, reading. etc.). I use the following scale to determine final grades for report cards:
Below 61 F
Students are required to redo assignments or tests in which they earn a D or an F. If there are skills or concepts that need to be retaught, I will do that before they redo the test/assignment.
Students can earn high grades if they:
- Participate in class
- Complete their work
- Accept help when it is offered
- Attend school regularly
All of these need to be in place for grades to reflect a student’s best work.
Absences and Makeup Work-
Absences should be kept to a minimum, if at all possible. Students who are often absent struggle with schoolwork and with interactions with their peers. Of course, absences should be balanced with the health of the child. Please keep your child home if he/she has had a fever of 99ºF or higher or has vomited/had diarrhea. Twenty-four hours without a fever or vomiting/diarrhea and without medication is usually enough time for them to completely feel well and not pass their illness to others. Students who have a constant cough should also stay home.
Students who have been absent will receive a sheet that details what they have missed. I will mark the items that need to be done at home and then turned in, but there will be things that can’t be made up, for example, class discussions. I will do my best to review information, but I can’t recreate everything that was said or done.
In the rare cases in which you know that your child will miss school for more than two days, I may be able to get some work for them ahead of time, if I am given 24 hours notice. I generally do not send home work if a student has missed one or two days. I wait until they return to school. This gives me the chance to talk with the student and better explain what they need to do and what they missed. Extended absences because of illness need to have a doctor’s note and extended absences for other reasons need to be cleared ahead of time with the principal, Mrs. Holmes. Please refer to the Student and Family Handbook for more information.