ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS
 

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO:

bullet Arrive on time; instruction begins at 8:45.
bullet Turn homework in at the beginning of class the day it is due.
bullet Be prepared with all required materials, including sharpened pencils, before class begins.
bullet Include a complete and proper heading on all papers.

                     (full name, student ID number, class code, date, subject & assignment)

bullet Do all work neatly, in cursive, and with proper margins. 
bullet Write final copies of writing assignments in blue or black ink when they are not typed.
bulletRead at least 20 minutes at home daily.  (More is even better!)
bullet Turn in a reading journal with a letter-essay about a book weekly.
bullet Begin long term assignments as soon as they are assigned.
bullet Take quality notes.
bullet Ask good questions.
bullet Study for tests—more than just once the night before the test.
bullet Practice the organizational skills taught in class.
bullet Learn from mistakes.
bullet Participate appropriately in class discussions and group activities.
bullet Use an assignment pad to copy down assignments every day.
bullet Have teachers initial the assignment pad in school daily.
bullet Have a parent initial the assignment pad at home daily.
bullet Take a Friday folder home weekly and bring it back with required signatures on Monday.
bullet Be helpful.
bullet Be positive!
bullet When in doubt—ask!

 

HOMEWORK

There will be very little ELA homework assigned, however classwork not completed in the time allowed will need to be completed at home.  All homework and classwork taken home for completion is due upon arrival in class the day it is due. It must be neat, complete and of acceptable quality.  If this is not the case, the student will complete missing assignments or redo unacceptable work during recess and/or in after school detention.  

Under some special circumstances, a student will be allowed extra time to finish an assignment as homework if a note from a responsible adult explaining the circumstances is submitted in place of the assignment that was due.  Illness and power failures are examples of special circumstances that might cause a student to require extra time to complete an assignment.  It is expected that this will be a very rare occurrence.   Failing to take home the materials necessary to complete an assignment is not an acceptable excuse for not completing an assignment on time.

Homework should not take a fourth grader more than 30-45 minutes a night including the 20 minutes of reading.  If a parent notices that a child is having a hard time completing homework in this amount of time on a regular basis, s/he should contact me or the child’s other teacher(s) to discuss this.     

Updated 9/25/12