Q: Can my child re-do homework?
A: All students have an opportunity to correct nightly homework for full points as long as it is turned in before the test. Any late points will still apply.
Q: Can my child re-take a test?
A: Any child who scores lower than a 70 may re-take the test. The re-take will be averaged with the first test. The average will be the child's new grade unless it exceeds a 70%, at which point 70% will be the highest possible average allowed.
Q: My child forgot their homework, may they still turn it in?
A: I will accept all nightly homework turned in up to one day late with no penalty. After the second day it is late, the homework will not be accepted. However, homework that has been given multiple days to be completed, such as science, and other long term projects will get points taken off for lateness. Two points will be taken off of a long term assignment being a day late, and an extra point will be taken off for every day after. Long-term assignments will be accepted past one day late, but points will accumulatively be taken off.
Q: What are the classroom expectations?
A: Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Prepared. Be an Active Learner.
Q: Do I need to sign tests?
A: Please sign and return all tests and projects that are 50 points or higher. CSR (Correct Sign Return) will be written on it. Students must correct problems that they had wrong to help them learn from their mistakes and have it signed and returned to ensure parents are informed with their child's progress, .
Q: How do you grade using "points?"
A: Each assignment is worth a given amount of "points." At the end of a marking period, a given amount of points can be earned. I add up the number of points that a child earned and divide it by the total possible number of points to determine the child's average. Most tests are worth around 100 points. Quizzes tend to be 50 points or less; they are not worth as much, and do not weigh as heavily at the end of the marking period. All assignments will be given a point value, and the amount earned will be written above the possible amount. I will then divide it and give it a percentage for the child, but the point value is what matters. If there is only a percentage given, this means that the assignment was out of 100 points, and the percentage number is the same number as the points earned.
Q: What do the stars and PF on my child's homework mean?
A: Stars - Language arts skills homework are worth two points each night, and math homework is worth three points each night. A star on the homework means that all points were earned. All nightly homework can be re-done for full points. If a child receives a PF - Please Fix, they did not receive full points, and the child should re-do the homework so that s/he can earn all possible points.
Q: What is "involvement in class learning outcomes"?
A: Part of the student’s grade in science will be the child’s overall involvement in class learning outcomes. This will include participation, behavior, lab work, and total physical and mental involvement. A 10 is full active engagement, a 9 is frequently engaged, an 8 is partially engaged, a 7 is little engagement or disciplinary issues that detract from class learning, and a 6 or lower would be multiple disruptions to others that detracts from class learning.
Q: How should my child prepare for tests and quizzes?
A: Students will always have muliple days notice before any test or quiz. Therefore, it is important for your child to study a little bit each night. Remember that math, science, and language arts all have the textbooks online. Also, under the Useful Links tabs are other great resources to help learn and review the material.
For math , I recommend that students do many practice problems from the book (either brought home or online,) past homework sheets, the math practice test, and/or their math practice books.
For reading , all tests will be open-book. The tests will not be announced beforehand because we will be testing students on their comprehension, however, they will have the books available to them to review information during the test. It is important for students to read slowly while questioning, predicting, re-reading, and summarizing the material they have read. We will practice these skills in school.
For science , a study guide will always be sent home before any quiz. I recommend answering the study guide questions on flashcards. Students should, again, study a little bit each night, and not wait until the day before the quiz. I recommend re-reading the sections being tested on and reviewing their interactive student notebook pages. Some questions on the quiz will involve using knowledge from the study guide and applying it to short essay-type questions.
Lastly, for vocabulary quizzes, I recommend reviewing the words (or some words) every night. Flash cards (electronic or handwritten) are still a great study tool. Practice using the words throughout the week in conversations. Play charades or come up with silly movements to associate with the words and their meaning.