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William Street School’s Grade Conversions:
- Report card grades will be based on the weighted point averages of tests, quizzes, projects, and assignments. Homework is generally not graded, but is reviewed. Children will earn a homework completion grade only. If an assignment will be graded, it will be noted in agenda.
- Students who receive failing grades due to lack of understanding will be remediated and retested. Students who receive failing grades due to lack of preparation or excessive absenteeism will need to meet with teacher to devise a plan to improve study habits and/or catch up on missed assignments.
- Students will receive rubrics when assigned projects and/or written pieces so that they know, in advance, how it will be scored.
- All unit tests need to be corrected by the student, and then signed by a parent. This is to keep parents apprised of their child’s progress.
- Parents will be notified of all long-term assignments through the agenda planner, notices, homework link, and/or Remind 101. Most, if not all, long-term assignments will have ample time allotted for completion in class.
- All grades will be uploaded to the Parent Portal in a timely manner, so you can be apprised of student progress.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s 5th Grade Homework Policy
I believe that homework is an integral part of education. It provides the necessary repetition of skills learned in the classroom to help students master the subject material. It also helps children schedule their time and organize materials. Your children will have 40-50 minutes of homework Monday – Thursday.
Reading: It is my expectation that students read at least 20 minutes each night, through weekends and holidays. They may select to read whatever interests them. My goal is to help foster a love of reading in each of my students. (20 minutes of homework)
Math: Students will have specific IXL strands to work on as math homework, Monday-Thursday nights. They need to log into IXL and complete at least 20 minutes of active work. IXL stops recording minutes after a period of inactivity (dinner, snack break, trip to bathroom, …) so they will need to access “analytics” to find out how many minutes they actually logged in. Once a quarter, students will record their scores on various strands that have been assigned, and those will be taken as a grade. I’ll distribute the list of graded strands two weeks before the quarter ends so that kids have time to raise any scores that may be low/missing. IXL is the best skill-based practice I’ve found! Students who practice these skills at home leave more time in the classroom for problem solving and critical thinking. (20 minutes of homework)
Science: Students will not routinely receive homework in science. Occasionally, they may be asked to glue in pages to their notebooks, and they will obviously need to study before tests and quizzes. (0-20 minutes of homework)
At the end of each day, students will be given time to copy homework into their daily agenda planner, or they will be given a “Home Learning Planner” with assignments already included. Upcoming quizzes and tests will be recorded here, as well as homework to be done. In addition, a link to the week’s homework is located on my WSS web page to provide easy access for parents. If a child misses a homework assignment, that assignment will be highlighted on the planner page. Agendas and take-home folders are expected to go home every night. I ask that parents “eyeball” agendas and take-home folders each night, and clear out the “Keep at Home” side. I generally don’t grade homework, but will start each child off with a 100% homework grade in each subject. 5 points will be deducted for each missing assignment or late homework. Homework grades will reset to 100% at the start of each quarter. These homework grades comprise only 10% of a child’s subject grade, but they are a good indicator to parents as to whether or not homework is being completed on a regular basis.
Tests and Quizzes: Although student grades are easily accessed through parent portal, I generally require tests and quizzes be corrected by the student and then signed by a parent. This way, you can see not only the grade, but the types of mistakes made by your child.
If at any time you have questions or concerns about the amount/degree of difficulty of work brought home by your child, please contact me! Chances are that there was a miscommunication, or perhaps your child didn’t complete the work in class in the allotted amount of time. Either way, let’s have a conversation about it.