Just wanted to give a heads up that the gradebook is about 90% updated by now…since we have a professional development day tomorrow, I plan on finishing up with that last 10%.
5S is doing a very good job thus far handing in their assignments on time. While the overall quality has continued to improve each quarter due to the increased expectations and standards that I put forth throughout the year. Only 5S has been responsive thus far when it comes to submitting their work fully completed and also on time.
5C, you really need to step things up. I’m missing a ton of work from notes to vocab to the review questions as well as the accompanying worksheets for each lesson in Chapter 6.
- Our Chapter 6 Test will take place before the end of the week after our Review so please, submit any missing work ASAP because once that Test is over, so are any chances to hand in late assignments. The goal here is to prepare you for next year and every year after that, so focus on being responsible and doing your job and I promise that the grades will take care of themselves.
While you of course have time to make things up, by now these assignments will be marked late and you will lose some credit. With that said, please do not rush to get things done because as I’ve said countless times leading up to Q3, I am grading things more appropriately rather than simply based on completion and whether or not it was handed in. Both parents and students alike knew that this transition was coming so absolutely no one should be surprised.
As I mentioned the other day, there were about 17 students that did not submit the Homework during our last meeting time. The assignment was written on the board in class 48 hours in advance and it also appeared on my blog the same day I saw 5C…for students to make excuses that they didn’t know is downright unacceptable. This assignment will not be dropped, rather, it will be counted, and if students do their job and get the work in ASAP along with the Homework worksheet on Making Economic Choices that coincides with both the missing assignment in the Textbook, the loss of credit will be minimal (depending on the quality of work that was submitted of course).
Anyway, for both parents and students alike, please continue to do your job by checking Net Classroom a few times a week to make sure that your child is on top of things. As you’ve learned by now, I’m a very reasonable person that wants nothing more than for my students to learn and become well-rounded participants in society one day. I know my philosophy of education and style of teaching works because I have many students visit/reach out to me expressing how grateful they are that I cover certain advanced/higher-order material at an early age because now they are ahead of the curve, ahead of all other students that attend these private day schools. What we do in class works, I just need the parents to do their part and hold their children more accountable when it comes to looking up their assignments on the blog and getting the work done.
Lastly, I will continue to update the gradebook more often once basketball is over in about 2 weeks. I like to do it a couple times during the week and on Sunday evening. You will then have a better idea of what work is missing/late (which loses points) as well as which assignments were poorly done as reflected by a grade less than a 10.
The honeymoon period from Q1 and Q2 is over- the high expectations I have for all my students from both classes is now taking precedent above all else. We will continue to work hard in all subject areas and I promise that the work that we’re putting in now will not only pay off on the standardized test in April, but also as our 5th graders grow and mature into young adults one day soon.
If you have any questions just let me know. Remember, I’ve been discussing these changes for weeks now and so this should not come as a surprise to anyone.
Lastly, I’m never hard to reach. From what I’ve been told, I’m aware that some parents prefer to raise issues about the 5th grade behind closed doors and thus these gripes never make their way to myself or Mr. Carr (probably for good reason). If you need to reach me, the best method would be my cell phone which I’ll give out if you email me (I don’t want the kids to have it) at firstname.lastname@example.org
I respond to text messages at all hours of the day and night because most often emails get swamped and lost because we get about 100 each day (and maybe 2 or 3 are actually for me). The phone/text is the best bet, so if you need to get in contact w/ me and don’t have my number at the moment, just shoot me an email and I’ll send it your way.
I know this was a long response that originally started as a gradebook update, but I just wanted to also use this time to clarify how things will be moving forward. An assignment will be considered late if I don’t have it by the time I punch it in the gradebook. Assignments 2 weeks past due or past the time I give the Test on said material will not be accepted. Other than that, I’m still lenient and will accept most things because my concern is that students are learning, however, if the quality of the assignments are poor and rushed, you can expect a loss of points as a consequence.
Sorry about the long message, I just wanted to make sure we’re all on the same page.
Have a great morning/long weekend!