No toys or electronic devices out (or on) during school hours including walking out to the buses
short shorts or short skirts (finger tip rule)
spaghetti straps (2” rule)
flip-flops (heel strap rule)
inappropriate messages and/or images
Behavior will be tracked this year using the Class Dojo website. Class Dojo is great because students AND parents can keep track of daily behavior through the website using smartphones, tablets, and computers for FREE! Students will bring home a paper with their account information for the parents to have access to their account as well. After parents have created an account, parents can check up on their child’s behavior on a daily basis.
The Behavior Policy is very simple in my class. Students will receive positive and negative marks in Class Dojo when they:
are being Quiet when asked
are following Directions
are Helping others
are On Task
are participating in Teamwork
are using Time wisely
get a white Ticket
are being Rude/Disrespectful
are Talking at an inappropriate time
have disruptive Behavior
are not Following Directions
are not Prepared for Class
are Off Task
did not bring required Homework to class
need to use the Restroom during class (only if a student didn’t use the restroom during the given time)
Class Dojo Consequences
I understand that everybody has a rough day every now and then, so students will start fresh every day. Students will walk or do their recess detention the following day.
Consequences for the marks are as follows:
1 Mark- Warning
2 Marks- Walk 5 minutes of recess
3 Marks- Walk 10 minutes of recess
4 Marks- Recess Detention
5 Marks- Write-Up and a meeting with Mrs. Perry
ICIS is starting a school wide reward system. Students can earn white tickets from me and from other teachers. Once a student has ten white tickets, he/she can turn them in for a blue ticket. Blue tickets get to be turned into Mrs. Perry for a weekly drawing. Students will have the opportunity to exchange positive Class Dojo marks for rewards and privileges such as sitting next to a friend of his or her choice, free time on the chromebook, or other rewards. The students can choose to save up their Dojo points for bigger and better rewards or spend them as they earn them.
If students forget to do their homework or leave it at home, students will receive a mark on Class Dojo and the following consequences to go with it:
1st-3rd Missing Assignments- Warning
4th-9th Assignments- Recess Detention
10th Missing Assignment and after- In Class Suspension
Homework marks reset at the beginning of each new quarter.
This homework policy does not apply to students who were absent. lf you are absent, you will have the same number of days you were out to make up the assignment. For example, if you were absent for one day, you will have one day to complete the assignment.
If students have a missing assignment, they will be required to fill out a “Missing Homework Slip.” This slip will include the day of the missing assignment, the name of the missing assignment, and the reason why the assignment is missing. These homework slips will be sent home with the student to be signed by the parent and returned to the teacher the following school day. The homework slips help us communicate homework concerns between school and home, so it is very important to return them promptly.
Grades and Infinite Campus
Infinite Campus is a crucial piece to your child’s success in 5th grade. You have the ability to monitor your child’s progress. Grades are updated frequently. Check Infinite Campus weekly. Grades on Midterms and Report Cards should never be a surprise. lt is easy to see if your child is missing assignments or has done poorly on an assignment. lf an assignment is missing, including if your child was absent, it will remain a “0” until the assignment is turned in and graded.
Grading Scale 100 A+ 99-90 A 89-80 B 79-70 C 69-60 D 59-00 F
Students will work on the same Wordly Wise list for two weeks. Students will be introduced to the spelling and definitions the first week, but the main focus will be on correctly spelling the words. They will be tested on the spelling of these words on the first Friday. Students will focus on the definitions of the words during the second week. They will be tested over the definitions on the second Friday.
Math work should be done in pencil. Daily homework in class is considered to be practice work. Therefore, each homework assignment will be worth 2 points. lt will not matter if the students answered all of their problems correctly or not. lf students attempted their homework they will receive the full point value. This is PRACTICE! Many times parents help students with their homework. This is what parents are supposed to do! However, if homework assignments are worth more points it will weigh the grade and not show a student’s mastery of the skills. Skills will be tested and worth more points through homework checks, quizzes, and tests to check on mastery of these skills. Math textbooks will be available online. As soon as accounts are setup, students will be given their information to access their textbooks.
Students will be creating a Math Notebook this year. Math Notebooks are designed to help students review previously learned skills as well as help the parents understand how the lessons were taught. Students should bring their Math Notebooks home every evening to help with homework. Notes will also be available on our class website.
3 Week Chapter Books
Instead of doing Reading Logs this year, students will be expected to read a chapter book on their lexile level every three weeks. Students will take a Reading Counts quiz over the book that will be used as a Reading grade. Stay tuned for a yearlong book challenge I have planned!
Each fifth grade student will have their own chromebook to use during school. The chromebooks WILL NOT GO HOME. Chromebooks are used to reinforce classroom skills as well as to engage students in independent learning with technology. Using the chromebooks is a privilege. Students who do not follow chromebook rules and requirements may lose the privilege of using the chromebook.
Weekly newsletters will be sent home and posted on our Weebly website. (www.nlower.weebly.com)
Important reminders will be sent through Class Dojo.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email me. Please keep in mind that it is much easier and quicker to reply when communication is done through email.