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Welcome to Room 128!
Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!
- Reading- Reading is one of the cornerstones of the class. Building reading stamina is one of my goals as well as exposing students to different genres of reading, as well as different authors & cultures. Students are expected to read both at home and in school. We will have Self- Selected Reading (SSR) 2 times a week where students are expected to read a book of their choice during class for at least 15 minutes. Students will either bring a book from home or choose one from the class library, but they need to have a book. We will read whole class novels in addition to the independent reading books. Students need to read two books at a time. In class we will focus on analyzing both literature and informational texts in order to build reading stamina and analytical skills.
- Writing- Writing is the other cornerstone of the class. We will write often and we will produce writing over the course of the year that will be informative, literary and creative. We will go through the writing process and through our own writing we will improve our writing and grammar skills.
The Nuts and Bolts
- Homework- Homework will be given 2-3nights a week depending on what we are doing. If we are reading a whole class book, then there will be reading homework every night. If no specific homework is given, then students are expected to read their SSR book.
- Make- up Work- Students will be able to make up certain assignments, but not all of them. I will let students know when they can redo an assignment. All writing assignments can be redone if they come see me after school.
- Late Work- There will be a 10 point deduction on all work handed in late (unless I state otherwise). Students can still hand in late work, but the points will be deducted. Please allow 2 weeks for me to grade any late/missing work. If your work is not turned in within 1 week of the due date (entering week 2 and beyond), you will spend an afternoon with me completing the work and the highest grade possible will be a 70%. If there are any extenuating circumstances, you will need to let me know immediately (before the assignment is due).
- Grading- I use a total points system in my class. It is important to note that every assignment will not be graded. No one assignment or project can cause a student to fail the class. Students will be given ample opportunity to complete and make up assignments; it then becomes the student's responsibility to make up the assignment.
This will be my 12th year as a classroom teacher and my 2nd year at CSD. I am very fortunate to be at a school like CSD where they are passionate about students and education. It is my hope that we an work together as a community to foster that success and make it a great year! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or issues.