Literacy homework will have two main parts:
1. Daily Reading: 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 each word, then turn it in on Friday. On Fridays, students will take a short vocab test and spelling test on these words.
3. Students will also receive a HW packet on Monday where they review a different reading skill set each evening. The HW will be due each week on Friday.
There will be time in class each week to work on vocabulary homework. However, reviewing words at home will greatly 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.
It is the responsibility of each student to work towards improvement of his or her grade. Students will receive letter grades in the subject area this year and also an outstanding (O); satisfactory (S); (P); or needs improvement (N) in skill areas of each subject. Here is the scoring reference:
If your student has not met a score of 70% or better on a graded assignment, it should be redone. I give students several chances on most assignments to reach a score of 70% with your help at home. If a student scores a 70% on an assessment test, and would like to raise their overall grade they may redo the assignment once. The highest score a student may receive on any redone assignment is a 90%.
ExpectationsStudents 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. At the beginning of each school year I feel it is important for the students to brainstorm and create their expectations for the class and themselves.