fOURTH gRADE gUIDELINES
Your child will be recording all homework in an agenda. It must be signed by a parent/guardian Thursday night (T-days). Unsigned agendas will result in a 15 minute recess detention. This is a school-wide policy. Students will be given guidance in doing these tasks for the first few months.
A percentage of trimester grades will include homework. Homework will receive a numerical grade or be assessed on a “done/not done” basis (a check mark). Acceptable homework and class work should be legible, properly labeled and on loose-leaf paper.
Homework assignments will be written daily on a homework board in each classroom. Students are responsible for copying all assignments into their agenda. However, they will be guided during the first few months of school with the eventual goal of becoming independent in the process. Teachers communicate so as to balance the amount of work assigned. Assignments are expected to be turned in on time and as specified, due to the fact that they are often utilized in class as an additional teaching tool.
Quite often, several days are given to complete larger homework assignments. Students are urged to complete portions of the assignment nightly so as not to become overwhelmed the night before it is due. If an assignment is late, a recess detention will be assigned during which the student will begin working on that late work. All late assignments will result in a loss of points, however students will be given one "free" late assignment per trimester. Project grades will be lowered by one full number grade for each day late (ie: one day late=starting grade of 90, two days=80, etc...).Unusual circumstances may be explained in a note from a parent.
In the case of absence, students will be given two days for each day absent to complete all missed work. If your child is absent for one day only, your child’s work will be gathered and placed aside for the following day and you need not call the office to have work sent home. If your child is absent for two or more days, and you would like to pick up missed work, please call the office by 10:00 am. In order to give needed time to compile the work and send written directions with it, we ask that all work be picked up in the office after 1:00pm. All missed assignments should be returned within a week.
Students will be given prior notice of upcoming tests and quizzes. They should use this time to prepare adequately. All upcoming tests will be written in the agenda. Please check the agenda frequently.
Approximately twice a month, packets of student work will be sent home. Please sign only the failing papers and return them attached to the signed packet slip. All papers that received a passing grade may be kept at home. The signed packet slip must be returned even if there are no failing papers. Students will be given two days in which to return the signed packet slip.
All students are required to bring a chapter book of choice with them to each class. Appropriate reading material is required.
-Work completed for any subject must have the proper heading and be written on loose-leaf paper using the page set up given in class and required for that assignment. (Students will have a copy of this stapled in their agenda for reference.)
-All assignments are required to be completed in pencil, especially math, unless otherwise indicated. Work completed in pen will not be accepted.
-All math work must be shown. Answers alone will not be accepted unless otherwise stated in the directions or by the teacher.
-Answers in other subjects must be written in complete sentences unless otherwise stated. Children will be guided during the first trimester as to the proper way to answer questions.
-Students will be guided in cursive writing during the first months of class with the goal being to complete all assignments in cursive. Parents will be notified in the agenda when this will take place.
We will try to respond to parent communications as soon as possible, however, at times this may not be possible due to teaching schedules, duties, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Please be patient since we value the teaching time with our classes. In most cases, your concerns can be addressed via a telephone call. However, if you feel a conference is in fact necessary, please send a note or call the office for an appointment. Due to teacher involvement in extracurricular activities, faculty meetings, duties, and classroom availability, conferences are more easily accommodated on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings at 8:00.
Our main goal as your child’s teachers is to assist him/her with learning strategies in order to develop a sense of accomplishment in what has been mastered and a genuine desire to continue learning at his/her next level. This will require support and encouragement from you, as the first and primary teacher of your child.
These guidelines were developed to alleviate possible confusion that is inevitable with the start of a new school year. Please review the above specifications with your child.