Ayers' Math Newsletter

11/06/17

Report Cards Go Home Today! PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN ON WEDNESDAY. THANKS!

Report cards go home today. Please let me know if you have any questions concerning grades.


You may also send a request for a parent conference if you have concerns.


Please remember that you can check Powerschool to see your child's grades. I think you will need to call the office and tell them you need the access code since each child has a unique code. I can not give you a code. The secretaries can tell you what to do to sign in. I highly recommend this so that there are no surprises.

NEW MATH UNIT STARTED TODAY

We started Measuring and classifying shapes today in math. Students learned about Benchmarks in measurement such as the thickness of a dime is 1mm. Then they used a ruler and meter stick to find their own benchmarks in the room.
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1st MEASUREMENT BENCHMARK THIS Thursday!

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BENCHMARK TEST 2 FRIDAY November 17th

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BENCHMARK TEST # 3 Wednesday November 22nd

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Afterschool Math Tutoring

I believe it is important to catch the students' weaknesses in math by the end if the unit and work to fix the misconceptions and help students feel confident in solving the problems. I don't like waiting until the end of the year to start remediation. For this reason, I am open to having your child stay after school until 3 pm any day of the week except Thursdays. Thursday is our faculty meeting day. I will start with what the student struggles with the most and then add some additional review. Most students just bring a snack or drink and we work at the board in a small or sometimes one-on-one session. Some students who struggle in the class may just take one session to catch onto what we are doing because it is a small group setting.


I do ask that you send me an email in advance to make sure that I do not have any other parent meetings scheduled and can work with your child.

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HOMEWORK POLICY

Just a reminder that homework is due Thursday this week. Normally students receive the homework on Friday or Monday and it is due on Friday.


PLEASE NOTE THE NEW HOMEWORK POLICY:

Students have 4 days minimum to complete what takes most students 20 minutes max to complete. So homework is expected to be turned in on time. I use homework as a teaching tool so I like to let kids grade their own paper as we work through the problems. However, if I have 1/3 of the class with no homework, I can not go over work that students have not even done yet. That is unfair to the ones who made a 100 because they earned it and not because they sat in class and heard all of the answers.


Starting Thursday, if homework is not turned in on the day it is due, the student will put a warning in the WARNING book and given until the next school day to turn it in without a deduction in points. If it is not turned in the following day, students will be given a 50 and late work will not be accepted. Reminder, 10 warnings means they do not participate in 9 week celebration.


****On the progress report I do not drop grades but IF a student has turned in ALL homework on time the entire grading period, then I drop 1-3 of the lowest grades on the report card.*****


Thank you for helping your child learn responsibility at a young age so that they can grow into responsible individuals.