Homework will be assigned throughout the school year. Assignments will be discussed in class and posted on the assignment board and on my website. Students will list their assignments in their assignment notebook, and take it home each night. During the first quarter of the school year, I will check and initial every student’s notebook for completeness. During the following quarters, students will have notebooks checked and initialed on an individual basis.
Homework is to be handed into the appropriate homework bin on the counter at the beginning of the school day the assignment is due.
For each late assignment a note will be made on the student's Friday Folder. Parents will initial the Friday folder each week. Also five percentage points will be deducted from the final score of the assignment for each day it is late.
In the event that a student is absent, the student’s “homework buddy” will collect the daily assignments for the absent student. These assignments can be picked up when the student returns from his/her absence or in the office at the end of the school day. For every day a student is absent they have a day to make up the missed work. For example, if a student is absent three days, then they have three days after they come back to make up the missed assignments.
In the event that an absence is known about prior to it occurring, it is school policy that assignments cannot be given out prior to the absence.
Expectations and Consequences:
Students will be expected to follow school and classroom expectations. Consequences for not following the rules are as follows.
As a reward for working hard and following classroom and school rules, the class will accumulate pennies. Once fifteen pennies have been earned students will get to vote on an activity of their choice. Possible choices for an activity could include a dodge-ball game, and extra recess, free choice, or whatever creative and reasonable idea the students come up with.
A penny is earned if the class makes it through the whole day with no marks on their Friday folders/Behavior Logs, if the class receives a compliment in the hallway for good behavior, or when exceeding expectations.
I encourage all students to bring a healthy, mid-morning snack each day to keep their energy level up. We will have snack around 10:30 each day. Some examples of appropriate snacks might be the following: string cheese, cheese cubes, yogurt, pretzels, fruit, crackers, etc. Please do not bring cookies or chips; I do not consider those healthy snacks. I also encourage students to bring a water bottle each day if they choose to. Students should only put water in the bottle, and they should take it home each day to wash it. To ensure that student’s supplies stay dry, students will have to keep their water bottle on the floor next to their desk.
As part of our reading program students are to read twenty minutes daily at home. This reading is meant to be for leisure and can include novels, short stories, magazines, newspapers, or anything a student chooses. Reading logs will be distributed weekly and should be completed each night. Parents are to sign the reading log on Thursday to ensure the student is reading.
The classroom jobs consist of the following: One line leader, one caboose, two basket carriers, one mail helper, and one personal assistant. New helpers will be chosen every Monday. When a student’s name comes up in the rotation, they may choose a job as long as it is a job they have never done before. I will keep track of what job each student has done to ensure everyone receives a fair opportunity to choose the job of his or her choice.
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