Homework & Grades
Homework is given on most school nights, but completion time should not exceed one hour. Students not having homework done will need to do it during flex-time unless a homework pass is given to the teacher. If homework is not completed within two days, points will be deducted from the student's grade. A homework pass is earned by having all assignments completed on time for a month. Passes may also be earned for outstanding behavior.
Students will be asked to record assignments in the homework booklet during class. We will then briefly review the homework for the day at dismissal time. Fourth-graders are expected to be responsible for writing the assignments, gathering the materials and getting it all home independently.
A test envelope/Friday Folder will be sent home at the end of most weeks. In this envelope you will find any test or graded assignment completed by your child that week. I ask that a parent or guardian sign each test or paper in the envelope and return it on the next school day.
Tests will be announced a day or two in advance and students must write this in the homework booklet. Children are instructed to study a little each night as we move through a unit or chapter. Studying can be rereading material and jotting down main ideas ,looking over terms, or completing a review page in the textbook.
Tests will not be posted on my website for several reasons. The main reason is that I strongly believe students need develop good study habits by taking on this responsibility themselves. Also, teachers in the upper grades do not post upcoming tests. The final reason is that I am human and therefore imperfect. I don't want parents to rely on tests being posted when I might forget!
Grades will be posted on Power Teacher, and will be updated at least every two weeks. I also try to have at least one graded assignment each week for every class, but it doesn't always work out that way. While I encourage each student to do his or her best, I believe that learning should be fun and not stressful. My class is not Harvard Medical School, so the pressure is off!!!