Monday - Spelling packet goes home and is not due until Friday. If their spelling list is not turned in, it is an automatic 15 min. recess. Fluency - Set a timer and have your child read for 1 min. 3x each night. It is due Friday. Reading - Your child needs to read an AR book that they received at library. If they have a chapter book, they need to read a chapter. The chapter book must be read by time they have to turn it back in to the library so they can take their quiz.
Tuesday - Spelling - do the assignment assigned to them that is written on the correct day on the front of their spelling packet. Fluency - Set a timer and have your child read for 1 min. 3x each night. It is due Friday. Math - a math page will be sent home to reinforce a skill previously taught.
Wednesday - Spelling packet goes home and is not due until Friday. If their spelling list is not turned in, it is an automatic 15 min. recess. Fluency - Set a timer and have your child read for 1 min. 3x each night. It is due Friday. Reading - Your child needs to read an AR book that they received at library. If they have a chapter book, they need to read a chapter. The chapter book must be read by time they have to turn it back in to the library so they can take their quiz..
Thursday - Spelling packet goes home and is not due until Friday. If their spelling list is not turned in, it is an automatic 15 min. recess. Fluency - Set a timer and have your child read for 1 min. 3x each night. It is due Friday. Reading/Phonics - Your child will bring home a reading comprehension or phonics page that will be due to following day.
Friday - Spelling packet and fluency poem is due. They will read their poem to me for a 1 minute timing and they will take their Spelling Test.
Every 3rd homework that your child does not turn in, they will have to stay in for 15 min. during their recess to write the Student's Pledge.
Class Expectations and Routines
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Class Expectations and Routines
For Mr. Kahl’s Classes
What will this class value?
Respect for others
Respect for the classroom
Respect for class time: bell to bell
Respect for academic rigor
Respect for taking risks
Respect for differentiated curriculum and instruction
Respect for collaboration
Respect for the teacher-student relationship
Respect for self
Respect for hard work over luck and talent
Respect for Everyone Regardless of…
Primary language spoken
Country of origin
Race, culture, and ethnicity
Political affiliation & beliefs
Religious affiliation & beliefs
What should I do as I enter class?
Take the appropriate handouts—if there are any—from your class’s handout bin, located near the door.
Say hello to your teacher and your group mates.
Sit down immediately, get out your homework for review, and get to work on the daily journal prompt (silently).
What do I do at the beginning of class?
Before the tardy bell starts to ring…
Place your homework in the upper right of your desk, your book in the upper left, and your daily journal and pen in front of you.
Look at the agenda on the white board. Write down the homework and take note of the daily journal question.
Begin to write silently in your daily journal unless directed otherwise.
What is “tardy” and what should I do when I am?
You are tardy in this class when you are not fully in your seat--with all of your necessary materials on your desk--when the bell BEGINS to ring.
Please do not try to negotiate what “tardy” looks like in this class.
Anyone not in his or her seat with materials on the desk when the bell begins to ring will be marked absent.
Please sign in to the tardy log in the back of the classroom. Later in the day, I will consult the tardy log and then go to the roll sheet and change your absence to a tardy.
If you fail to sign in, I will not remember to change your absence to a tardy.
What do I do when I return from an absence?
Check the class website while you’re away and do whatever you can to keep up with the course work.
Upon your return, check the agenda folder near the door to see what we did in class and what homework was assigned. Check the handout binder too.
If you need some explanation, ask a group mate first.
If you still need more explanation, ask your teacher at the END of the period.
How will homework be checked?
When the tardy bell rings, your homework should already be placed in the upper right hand corner of your desk.
Students’ homework will be checked randomly at the beginning of class.
Not all students’ homework will be checked every day.
You will receive a score of 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0 for the quality and completeness of your work.
You will receive a homework score each quarter.
How will I be quizzed on my reading?
Several question stems will be put on the overhead screen.
Students will be called on in random order to answer the questions.
Only some students will be called on.
You receive a plus on your card each time you demonstrate you’ve read, and a minus each time you cannot do so.
You will receive a reading comprehension grade each quarter.
What if I need to use the restroom?
Sign out using the restroom log located near the door.
Go only to the restroom and back. Don’t stop for anything else.
Sign back in when you return.
Anyone who misuses a restroom privilege will have that privilege revoked for the rest of the semester.
What can I eat and drink in this classroom?
You may drink clear water.
You may NOT eat anything unless you are given special permission.
If you are found to be eating (or drinking anything other than water), the teacher will store your food and drink in the garbage can. You may retrieve your food or beverage after class if you like.
There are many good reasons for this policy.
What happens at the end of class?
Your teacher will often review what you have learned and connect it to what you will learn soon.
Students do not pack up their belongings until after the teacher tells them to do so.
Students do not even flinch when the bell rings. Instead, they wait for the teacher to dismiss them.
Students double check that they understand the homework assignment.
May I have an extension for an assignment?
Every student gets one free extension per year. Be sure to save it for something you need.
Students may revise work that has been completed with care the first time. Please attach the original assignment and rubric to the back of the revision. Annotate the ways in which you have improved on the previous iteration (in the margins of the revision).
How will I be graded?
The course grade will comprise several grading categories, each based on a standard.
Each assignment within those standards will receive a 4 (A), a 3 (B), a 2 (C), a 1 (D), or a 0 (F).
A 4 exceeds mastery of standard
a 3 indicates mastery of standard
a 2 indicates student is approaching mastery
a 1 indicates only some understanding or skill.
No student will receive a D for a semester grade. Students must earn C’s or better to pass the course.
Once the score for an assignment is entered into the Aeries grading program, the program will calculate an overall percentage that leads to the course grade.
The range for an A is 87.5-100%
The range for a B is 62.5-87.49%
The range for a C is 37.5-62.49%
The range for an F is 0-37.49%
How can I get help when I need it?
Ask for help in class.
Schedule an appointment to meet with Mr. Kahl during 4th period, lunch, 6th period, 7th period, or after school.
Ask a question by email. Mr. Kahl’s address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Homework battles happen daily throughout the country and in order to avoid the inevitable struggle it is important to establish routines and expectations with regard to your child’s homework. It is best to establish these when your child first starts bringing homework from school, but if your child doesn’t already have a particular homework routine it is never too late to start. Routine is vitally important because any child when left to their own devices will usually choose to watch television, play or anything other than homework.Coming to an Agreement
First of all expectations must be set for your child. Discuss expectations about a homework routine with your child and have them involved in reaching an agreement about their routine, including any rewards or sanctions. This can be a verbal agreement or a written contract that both you and your child agree on and sign together. The agreement or contract can be reviewed periodically to establish whether or not the routine is suitable and working well. Changes can be made accordingly.
One of the elements of the contract should include a regular time that your child will do their homework. It is very important that this time is adhered to every day if possible.Decide on an appropriate place that your child will do their homework. This should be a quiet, comfortable area with adequate lighting and a desk or table to work at. Restrictions such as no telephone, no television and no loud music can be included in the contract.
When homework is finished it is important that it is checked through, first by your child themselves and then by a parent. Your child should be responsible for putting all their homework and necessary books and equipment into their bags for the next day.The monitoring of a child’s homework progress varies from child to child. Some children work very well independently, others need more help. It is essential that a parent be available to the child while they are doing their homework and to thoroughly check work when complete.Work with the Teacher
Be alert to any teacher comments that may be left on homework. If any issues with regard to homework arise they can be discussed with the child’s teacher. Such issues could be unclear homework directions, homework that is too easy or too complicated, difficulties your child may be experiencing in organising themselves or not having the correct supplies or equipment available at home for completing the homework. Work with your child’s teacher to find a solution and take the opportunity to be involved with your child’s education.
It is important that parent’s are on the teacher’s side with regard to homework. If parents are supportive and encourage the child to follow a routine it will be of huge benefit to the child. Parental attitudes towards homework can have a huge bearing on a child’s own attitude towards their homework. Patience, perseverance and a positive attitude are the best approach to take. If you help your child to establish a routine, and support and encourage them in following that routine, some of the usual homework struggles can be avoided and homework time can become more rewarding and productive experience for both parent and child.Further Reading
Ask for Advice or Share Your Story.
Are your children ready to learn at school? That’s one of the major responsibilities we have as parents! Children who are ready to learn are well-rested, fed, dressed appropriately, and clean. They arrive at school on time, with completed homework in their backpacks. They have a healthy lunch or money to buy one.
The easiest way to make sure that your children are ready to learn, every day, is to establish strong routines at home. A morning routine, evening routine, and homework routine are powerful ways to support your children’s education at school. Here’s how to get going on establishing your routines — pick one and get started now!
The morning routine — getting everyone up and out the door in a calm, organized way — is one of the most important parts of your day as a parent. An effective morning routine takes care of the stress and the screaming, and sets everyone up for a good day at school and at work. Here’s the action plan:
-Spend 15 minutes every evening getting ready for the morning. Lay out clothes. Set out cereal bowls and boxes. Put non-perishables in lunch boxes. Sign everything that needs to be signed, collect homework, and put it all in backpacks. Put backpacks by the door. Check the calendar for the next day. Is there a field trip or a project due? Get ready now!
-Get up at least half an hour before the children. It’s important to be able to get showered and dressed and have a cup of coffee before the kids need attention.
-Children are responsible for getting up on time! Even elementary school children can use an alarm clock. There can be rewards and consequences for getting up on time if it’s a problem.
-Make a written (or pictured) schedule for everyone. The schedule says when to get up, dress, eat, and go. Work backwards to figure out when everyone has to get up to be able to leave home in plenty of time to get to school. If there is a traffic jam in the bathroom every morning, stagger the schedules.
-In many families, the use of media (TV, computer, video games, texting) in the morning takes up way too much time. If this is a problem, make the morning a media-free zone.
-Provide healthy breakfast foods that children can handle on their own, and require them to make and clean up their own breakfast. Even a kindergartener can pour a bowl of cereal and eat a banana!
Remember that you are training your children to be self-sufficient, so following the morning routine is their responsibility, not yours. When my kids were in late elementary/middle school, I was stressed every morning because they weren’t ready to go on time. Since it was possible, although not pleasant, for them to get to school on their own, I announced that the car left every morning at 7:30, and they were either in the car or not. Not surprisingly, they were all in the car and ready to go.
“Natural consequences” is an approach to discipline that allows children to experience the naturally occurring consequences of their actions. Natural consequences work well for morning routines. For example, if a child isn’t dressed when it’s time to leave, he goes to school in his pajamas. If a child hasn’t gotten his lunch packed, he has to eat the school lunch that day. You get the idea — and you usually only have to do it once if you follow through. Morning routines are a way for you to stay sane, but they also teach your children that they are responsible for themselves and that their behavior has consequences for them.
Sending everyone off to work and school in a happy, calm, relaxed mood is a wonderful gift that you can give your family every day.
The purpose of a good evening routine is to get everyone calm and settled enough to get to sleep at a decent hour. When children do not get enough sleep, their school work and school behavior suffers. Sometimes children who haven’t gotten enough sleep act tired and groggy, but just as often they act wild and inattentive. School-age children need 9-10 hours of sleep every night to be healthy and mentally alert. That means if your child gets up at 7 a.m. he has to be in bed by 9 p.m. And many parents do not get enough sleep either! You cannot be healthy and take care of your family if you are exhausted.
Two things have to happen before a family can have a good evening routine. First, the homework routine has to be in place. When evenings are spent in a battle over homework, no one can be calm and settled. Second, there has to be a family policy about outside commitments. If every afternoon and evening is a constant round of activities, there is no time for homework, family dinner, and an evening routine. I suggest that you limit everyone in the family to one or two outside activities at a time. Otherwise our lives get as cluttered as our homes!
Here is an action plan for a good evening routine.
Everyone gets home from work, sports practice and after-school care around 5:30. While Mom or Dad gets dinner going, the kids work on homework.
-After dinner, everyone has some time to finish homework, play, talk, read, or watch TV. Do not allow children to get overstimulated with wild play, violent video games, or scary TV shows. Keep it calm and easy. Most elementary school children are supposed to read to a parent every night, and now is a good time to do that.
-Start the bedtime routine about an hour before bedtime. Have it written down and posted for each child. Each child is responsible for their own routine. Here is an example for an elementary school child:
-Collect homework and school supplies, ask parents to sign whatever needs to be signed, get everything in the backpack, put the backpack by the door.
-Choose clothes for the next day and lay them out.
-Get in the tub for a bath, or wash face and hands if it’s not a bath night.
-Get in pajamas.
-Get in bed for some quiet time with Mom or Dad.
-Middle and high school kids still need a routine, although it will be different and they have to be part of establishing it. Preparing for the morning is still appropriate, as is some quiet time reading in bed before going to sleep.
Once the children are in bed, it’s time to wind down and get ready for a good night’s sleep. Remember — if you do exactly the same thing at the same time every night, then your child’s body will be trained to fall asleep at the end of the bedtime routine.
Most families have to establish a strong homework routine and incentive system to make the evening go smoothly. Some children can get homework done pretty much independently, and it isn’t an issue. Others, though, drag their families through three and four hours of crying and screaming every night. Life is too short for that! The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has an excellent homework survival guide for parents on their website. Go to www.nasponline.org. select the Families tab, find the Back to School section, and select Homework: A Guide for Parents. Peg Dawson, a school psychologist from New Hampshire, has a lot of suggestions about setting up routines and reward systems. Here is an action plan, based on Peg’s system:
-Set up a routine for where and when homework will be done. Choose a place, and set up a homework center with supplies and a calendar for due dates. Remember that some children do best in a quiet spot away from the family, but others need to be near Mom or Dad for help and supervision. Do homework at the same time every day. Some children do best if they get it finished up as soon as they get home from school, but others need to play or relax first.
-Help your children set a homework schedule every day. Sit down with them for a minute or two and review their assignments, make sure they have all the necessary materials, set time limits for each assignment, decide in what order to do the assignments, and schedule in a break or two.
-Set up a system of rewards for homework completion. Some children do fine if they just have something good to look forward to when homework is finished, like a favorite TV show. Others need something a little fancier, like earning points towards a bigger reward.
-Write a homework contract that states expectations and rewards.
Different children need different homework routines. Children need to be part of the discussion and planning for their own homework routine, because you are teaching them to be responsible for their own learning. The big decisions are: Where will homework be done, when will homework be done, what are the rewards for completing homework appropriately, and what are the consequences for failing to complete homework appropriately?
It’s your job as a parent to provide the setting and structure your children need to complete homework. It’s also important to provide the supplies and organizational tools your children need. Supplies include paper, pencils, markers, ruler, calculator, and glue stick. A timer helps many kids keep on track. The most important organizational tool is a calendar. At the beginning of the year, write down school holidays and the dates report cards come out. As the year progresses, keep track of field trips, picture day, conferences, science fair, SAT dates, and due dates for assignments — especially long-term ones.
Some children are motivated and rewarded by grades. Others need external rewards and consequences. Adults like to talk about what “should” motivate kids, but the truth is that grades aren’t important to everyone. Start where your child is when it comes to rewards and consequences! Some children are motivated to do homework by the promise of TV or computer time after it’s finished. Others need the opportunity to earn points towards a bigger reward. Some children need immediate rewards. Others like to work toward a bigger weekly reward. Here’s a sample homework contract for a sixth grader named Dana:
Dana agrees to: Bring her assignment sheet home every night.
Bring home the books she needs for the assignments.
Fill out a homework schedule as soon as she gets home.
Follow the homework schedule.
Work at the kitchen table while Mom gets dinner.
Ask for help when she needs it.
Place completed homework in her backpack.
Mom agrees to: Help Dana fill out the homework schedule every day.
Keep the homework center stocked with supplies.
Help Dana when she asks for help.
Let Dana be responsible for her own homework.
Motivators: If Dana completes homework appropriately all week, she can
-skip all chores on Friday
-sleep in Saturday morning
-earn points towards a guitar
-one point for each completed assignment
-one point = 25 cents
Consequence: No TV or cell phone on any night Dana doesn’t finish homework in a reasonable amount of time and with a good attitude.
If you have a child who is struggling with homework, pick just one of these steps to get started. Look up the homework policy online, or touch base with the teacher. Set up a homework center, or get a calendar and write down assignments. Just get started, and add steps as you can. In the end, you’ll have a solution to the homework problem.
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In our class students have a homework routine that does not change much week to week. It is still important to check your child's planner on a daily basis. Information is also updated on "Latest and Greatest in 3-2".
This is a general outline of what your child will be duing every week.
Reading Expectation : All students should read 20-30 minutes EVERY DAY. Each student has a Monthly Home Reading Log that is due at the end of the each month. Parents should initial each day that their child has read for at least 20 minutes. All students who read a minimum of 20/20 (20 minutes per day/20 days per month) will have a chance to get free books every month.
Word Study : Word Study is a combination of spelling, phonics and vocabulary instruction. Your child will have Word Study homework every Monday through Thursday. For more detailed information, please click here: Word Study Weekly Home Routine
Take Home Reading : Take Home Reading is homework designed to improve your child's fluency and comprehension. Every Tuesday students will bring home a reading worksheet that should be read aloud to an adult 2 times each day for three days (Tues, Wed, Thur) and is due on Friday.
Math Homework : Mr. Tinaglia teaches math for our class. For specific weekly homework in math, please see the Math page.
Class Routines & Expectations
We have a very busy year in store for us! Academic skills, organization, self-confidence and responsibility are the key factors to their success. We are both looking forward to working with you throughout the year as we help your child experience the joys of learning.
Feel free to contact us anytime by phone or email. We are also available in the mornings between 7:45-8:30am.
Our Teaching Days :
Mrs. Jurome: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Mrs. McCrady: Tuesday, Thursday
Student Planners: Student planners are used as a home - school communication tool. During the last period of each day, the students will record their homework and reminders into their planners. It is important that they record the assignment and page number. We always write their homework in the day that it is due. Any incomplete assignments will also noted in their planner. We will be checking their planners on a daily basis. As well, we encourage you to check and sign planners.
Weekly Summary: Each week, the students will reflect on their learning in their "Weekly Summary" duotangs. It is another communication tool to highlight some of the learning, special events and skills learned at school throughout the week. Parents can review the week with their children over the weekend. "Weekly Summary" duotangs go home on Friday and are to be returned by Monday.
Homework: Our homework policy is as follows. It is expected that all homework is completed and handed in on time. Any incomplete assignments will be noted in the student's planner. If the students need help with an assignment, they are welcome to come in after 8:00 am in the morning or stay after school. If they have missed an assignment they can also check their homework our class website.
Tests: Throughout the year, we will be working on helping the students develop their study skills. Test dates will be recorded in their planners one week in advance. The students will be given a study guide to help them review the concepts. Once the test has been returned to the students, they will take it home to be signed and reviewed by you. This will help keep parents informed on their child's progress.
Grading Scale .
A 86 - 100 %
B 73 - 85 %
C+ 67 - 72 %
C 60 - 66 %
C- 50 - 59 %
Absences : When a student is absence, we will have their work gathered with a " We Missed Ya! sheet. The sheet includes the assignments and due dates. We will then go over any of the missed assignments with the students. You can also check the website for assignment due dates.
Physical Education : This year our class is following the new ministry guidelines that encourage "Daily Physical Activity". We will have physical activity for 30 minutes every day. The activities help develop flexibility, endurance and core strength. We have our gym P.E. periods on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students are expected to have a complete gym strip on these days (shirt, shorts and shoes).
Library: Students have an opportunity to exchange their books every Friday.
As a school we believe it is important that students, parents and teachers have some common understandings about expectations regarding homework for all students in the school and the reasons why we develop these expectations.
Students who are able to develop a good homework routine early in secondary school and maintain it are certainly advantaging themselves with regards to improving educational outcomes.What is Homework?
Homework given to students may include:
If you have any queries in regards to homework please contact the relevant Head of Learning Area via email or phone using the contact tab.Diaries
All students are provided with a diary at the start of the year for recording study, homework tasks and due dates. Students are expected to take the diary to all classes. Parents are encouraged to check their child’s diary regularly.Contact Procedures
For assistance with
Contact your student's teacher or Head of Learning Area (HoLA). Click here .
You may also with to contact the Student Services Manager or Relevant Deputy. Click here .