Literacy homework will have two main parts: 1. Daily reading of at least 20 minutes every day. 2. Weekly Vocabulary/Spelling: A new list of about 10 words from all subject areas, including math and science, will go home every Monday. Students will write one sentence for eaach word, then turn it in on Friday. On Fridays, students will take a short vocab test and spelling test on these words.
There will be time in class each week to work on vocabulary homework. However, reviewing words at home will geatly increase your child's ability to memorize and understand the terms. Making a weekly at-home study routine to support this vocabulary learning is an excellent idea.
Grades are a communication tool to students and families about each student's mastery of what we are learning. Students are encouraged to redo assignments that don't meet standard and have up two weeks to do so. Extended absences will be given special consideration. Depending on the assignment, corrections and redos can happen at home, before or after school, or during class as time allows. The general grading scale is as follows:
Students are expected to follow all school rules in my classroom. I abide by OHI's discipline policy, and I will always be respectful and kind as I do so. I have frequent discussions with students to address not only their behavior and performance, but their underlying hopes and concerns at school. I will always try to collaborate with students to make school a place where they feel valued, accepted, comfortable, and heard. My classroom guidelines are simple: Respect. Respect for peers, respect for OHI staff, and respect for self.
Students will be expected to show respect for their peers; to treat others as they would like to be treated themselves.
Students will be expected to show respect for OHI staff.
And MOST importantly, students will be expected to show respect for themselves. When students respect themselves, they will strive for lofty goals because they believe that they can.