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.
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.
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:
In our classroom, the two main expectations are that we be kind to each other and try our best. 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: Be Kind, Think, and Work Hard. More specific classroom norms will be created by the students and teachers as we create a Class Constitution in September to guide our time together.