4thGrade Back to School Night August 20, 2013
Contact Information Conference Time: 1:45-2:30 or 2:30-3:20 PM daily (by appointment) Emails: • firstname.lastname@example.org --Language Arts & SS • email@example.com --Math • firstname.lastname@example.org --Science School Phone: 495-9705
School Rules • Listen to others. • Follow directions on first request. • Respect self, others and property. • Make safe choices. • Always do your best!
Classroom Management Systems • Classes will follow a positive behavior reinforcement system called Class DOJO. • This system allows students to earn a point after each class if they reached their behavior goals. • Students can receive a total of 6 points. • Points are never taken away. • Major Takeaway: Student reflection!
School-wide Behavior Consequences • 1. Verbal warning • 2. Redirection to an alternative activity • 3. Cool down (in an alternative classroom if needed) • 4. Note or call home to parent • 5. Office Referral
Expectations • Agendas must be filled out by students and signed for Tuesday by a parent, guardian, or other adult mentor. This communicates to the teacher that parent is aware of weekly assignments. • Homework All homework is due by Friday with individual assignments due as indicated in Agenda. • 4 Week Progress Reports will go home in Thursday folders and are due back signed by parents by that Friday.
Homework • Provides important practice of skills taught and reviewed. • Required in all core subject areas weekly. • Counts as a daily assignment completion grade. • Completion counts toward Lil’Longhorn Leader responsibility recognition. • Parents will be notified every time a homework assignment is not turned in via a note in the student’s agenda.
STAAR Testing Dates • Writing (Day 1) - April 1, 2013 • Writing (Day 2) - April 2, 2013 • Math – April 22, 2013 • Reading – April 23, 2013
Grading(Science, SS, ELA) Any late work that is not excused will result in a 5 point daily deduction and must be turned in no later than 3 school days from the due date.
Grading(Mathematics) Any late work that is not excused will result in a 5 point daily deduction and must be turned in no later than 3 school days from the due date.
Tutoring • After school sessions will be provided • Dates and eligibility will be announced at a later date • Benchmark data, daily classroom data, and past test data will be used to determine eligibility
Report Cards and Awards Assemblies • Report Cards go home each 9 weeks • Progress Reports go home at 4 week intervals • Awards Assemblies will be held twice this year – at mid-year and end-of-year. • Recognition Ribbons will be given based on achievement in academic areas, special areas, and behavior. • Distinguished Achievement (All A’s) • Recognized Achievement (A’s and B’s) • Longhorn Leader (3’s and 4’s) • Perfect Attendance (No Absences and fewer than 3 Tardies) • Special Area Ribbons
4th Grade Curriculum Language Arts: • Narrative and Expository Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking • A shift from learning to read to reading to learn. • More independence required. • Building endurance to read for longer periods of time with a high level of comprehension and ability to discuss, write or answer questions about text. Social Studies: • The Election • Texas History and Geography • Document-Based Questions and Writing • Use of Primary Sources • Note-taking and tested on content Science: • Emphasis on Earth, Life and Physical Sciences • Hands-on Experiments and Cooperative Group Learning • Performance and Content Assessments Math: • Analysis of multi-step problems • Required mastery of math facts and computation • A variety of ways to estimate and solve problems • Application to real life events • Algebraic Thinking
Field Trips • Sea World • The Capitol • Bob Bullock Museum • Others TBD
Donations • We need physical activity supplies and equipment. You can help by donating to our classroom directly. (Examples include: soccer balls, nerf balls, beach balls, jump ropes, ring toss, etc.) • Clipboards • Bean Bags • Electric Pencil Sharpeners!!!
Join Little Longhorn League Formerly called Parent Forum, this leadership group will coordinate school functions and fundraising. Mrs. Ledbetter is our faculty representative on L3 this year. Our goal is 100% parent involvement. Please join L3! Thank you!!