There have been many, many occasions when I wished life came with a little instruction manual. Sadly, it does not and we just have to figure it out as we go. In order to make your child’s first grade year a successful as possible I thought a little instruction manual could be useful. J Inside you will find information regarding the procedures, rules, and structure of your child’s classroom this year. Keep in mind that our classroom will be ever evolving and changing so expect to see additions sent home throughout the years as the needs of students change.
- Follow Directions Quickly!
- Raise your hand for permission to speak
- Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat
- Make good choices
- Make your dear teacher happy!
We will use a chart to track our actions each day. Students will start each day with their clothes pin on “Happy Camper! (ready to learn)”. From there, a student’s pin can be moved down where they will have time to think about their behavior and correct it. Students can also move their clips up. This will happen when students go above and beyond being ready to learn and show that they are trying their hardest and giving their best Camargo effort! J Students who move their pin down can make an effort to move it back up during the day.
Students will color in their agenda book each day to show how their behavior was. Colors are as follows:
- Pink: Junior Ranger
- Purple: S’more Great Effort!
- Blue: I’m on the Right Trail
- Green: Happy Camper (Ready to Learn)
- Yellow: Don’t get Lost!
- Orange: Something Stinks! (Teacher’s Choice)
- Red: Parent Contact
Treasure chest will be a reward to students when they have earned 5 days of Happy Camper or above. We will keep track of this by using a chart.
Thank you for contributing to our classroom supplies! I have baskets placed on desks that hold crayons, scissors, dry erase markers, erasers, and glue sticks. The students share these supplies throughout the year. I will take up these supplies and refill the baskets as needed throughout the year. I keep a drawer full of sharpened pencils that the students have access to throughout the day and I sharpen them as needed. I keep a pencil sharpener at school but I do not want the students to have one. They may keep any special pencils, rulers, etc. Each student will receive all of their supplies…I will just keep them in a safer place than their desk. When students need more supplies I will either write it in their agenda book or send home a note through my newsletter. Thanks again for your cooperation and help.
Each student will receive an agenda book this year. The agenda will serve as a correspondence tool from home to school throughout the year. Any notes, questions, changes in transportation, etc should be written under the appropriate day in the agenda book. The agenda book is also where I will be writing any notes as well. Notes from the school will be placed in the agenda book. Please check the agenda and initial or sign nightly.
I will be sending homework folders each week. The folder will be sent home each Monday with assignments for Monday thru Thursday night. There is a leave at home side and a return to school side. Be sure to check your child’s folder every night. Homework is not due until Friday, but folders are returned every night for other things to be sent home. I will be checking homework every Friday so please help remind your child to return it to school. Please remember to assist your child with their weekly homework. This homework is to keep you updated on what we are working on in class and is a good opportunity for you to help your child be successful. The homework folders will be sent home again on Mondays with all the completed work from the week. J
Our grading process is going to be similar to last year. During this school year we will begin using a standard based grading process that is designed to give students more direct feedback about specific learning objectives. This allows for students, parents, and me as the teacher to know the areas that they have performed well in and areas that need improvement. The following will outline how this grading system operates and what students can expect.
- For each unit, students will be given learning targets that are in student friendly language. These targets specify what students need to know, be able to do, and demonstrate. Lessons will focus on these learning targets and students will know the learning target that the activity/lesson addresses. Students will be assessed throughout the unit to see how they are doing on their targets. This information will provide feedback to the teacher and student on the progress being made and where to go next.
- At the end of each unit students will be assessed on their understanding of the learning targets. Each unit assessment will be planned out so that each target is assessed an appropriate amount and in an appropriate way. The assessment well be scored and students will receive a report that indicates their performance on each of the targets (see accompanying Performance Level Descriptor). The total points they earn divided by the total points possible will then determine the student’s percentage grade for the unit.
- After receiving feedback on their performance (score) students will have an opportunity (about a week later) to take a second assessment. This second assessment opportunity allows students to show if there has been an improvement in their understanding of individual learning targets they initially had trouble with. If students show an improvement on their learning target performance, their grade will go up accordingly. It they don’t show improvement, their grade remains the same. There is not a penalty for taking longer to demonstrate understanding of a learning target.
- A student who does not demonstrate acceptable understanding will receive help from the teacher and through small group activities. This help can be requested on any target at any time throughout the year. They are also allowed to check their understanding at any point during the school year, and may take another assessment to show understanding. Students can show comprehension of a learning target at any time after the initial unit assessment. Even if it takes them 5 months to grasp the learning target, they can do that and improve their performance if they show the teacher they have mastered it. Whenever this occurs the student’s scores on that target will be changed to reflect this new understanding and their grade will improve accordingly.
- This process allows students to have ownership of their grades. This allows them the opportunity to know what they need to improve on and how to improve it. Students also discover that it’s never too late to learn.
- Data notebooks will be kept and sent home with students so that all stakeholders in your student’s education are well informed of the progress that is being made.
Performance Level Descriptor
The student consistently meets and often exceeds the content standard. The student, with relative ease, grasps, applies, and extends key concepts, processes, and skills for the 1st grade.
This means that they student is able to demonstrate clear and consistent understanding of the knowledge, reasoning, skill, and product target.
The student regularly meets the content standard. The student, with limited errors, grasps and applies key concepts, processes, and skills for the 1st grade.
This means that a student demonstrates understanding of the target, but does so in an inconsistent or incomplete manner.
Beginning or Below Basic=1 or 0
The student is beginning to, and occasionally does, meet the content standards, or does not meet them. The student is beginning to grasp and apply key concepts, processes, and skills for the grade level put produces work that contains many errors.
This means that a student demonstrates a limited understanding of the target.
Please make sure we know how your child is getting home each day. If there is a change in the child’s daily routine please write a note or call to let us know. If you are calling the school due to a change in schedule please try call before 1p.m., if possible. Without a note, each child will be sent home by their regular means; we cannot take the child’s word alone on changes to transportation.
Our first grade motto is “Each Day Counts!” Good attendance helps students develop responsible behaviors and meet challenges of academic achievements. It is very important that you send your child to school every day and on time. When students are not present they cannot learn and quickly fall behind.
We would like to begin the year with an open invitation to the classroom. We will not be giving future invitations to parties; etc. You are invited to attend any class festivities, so please feel welcome to attend. We would love to have you! If you would like to donate your time to the classroom (volunteering), please contact me so that I may further assist you. Please remember that you must have a background check on file at the front office and have attended an orientation in order to work with students and to attend field trips as a chaperone (see our front office or FRC for more information).
First grade students will report to the gym at the beginning of each day. Any first grade student arriving after 7:15 should meet their class in the cafeteria.
Teacher Contact Information
I firmly believe that it takes complete cooperation between home and school to make each year a successful one. Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns. Phone calls to the school will only be sent down during my planning which is 12:00-12:55 and of course phone calls will be taken immediately after school. A message will be taken and emailed to the classroom at other times during the day. Don’t hesitate to ask questions; if we work together we can help your child reach his or her highest potential! J
Our class also has a website on the Montgomery County web page. Any and all important information will be posted there, including our full daily schedule, classroom needs, the weekly newsletter, and spelling words and homework. Please check it out!!
Name: Rebecca Baker
School Number: (859) 497-8776