Welcome to 4th grade! I will be following the New York State 4th Grade Common Core Curriculum, with special emphasis on strengthening multiplication and division skills. I will also enhance the writing process where students are expected to write paragraphs daily. The goal is to have all students writing essays by January. Creative writing prompts will be implemented and submitted into contests and hopefully get published. 4th graders are expected to take the state exams in ELA, MATH and SCIENCE this year.
All 4th graders are expected to adhere to the rules and regulations of the academy’s handbook. In addition, students are expected to come to school on time and be prepared with the proper supplies needed for success. Although chrome book usage is encouraged in daily lessons, if students do not use the internet properly, the chrome book will be taken away for that period. Parents will be notified of negative chrome book usage immediately which can result in a deduction towards their child’s academic grade. Students and parents will be held accountable for any damage or destruction to the property of Holy Angels Catholic Academy. For example, lost or destroyed textbooks must be paid for before another book is reissued.
Attendance is taken daily. Students who are late, after 8:00 a.m. must provide a late pass. Students who are absent from school must provide a note from the doctor or parent stating the reason why the child was obtained from school, otherwise it will be recorded as an illegal absence.
Religion is a serious component of spiritual development. All students are expected to be reverent and participate in Church liturgies/Masses as well as in religion class. Activities and projects will be given frequently to enhance a closer relationship with God and the world.
Homework is given daily. Sometimes the assignment is started in class and students are expected to finish the task at home. Reading and Math are essential subjects that will always be given. Most homework is expected to be submitted on loose leaf unless otherwise noted. Approximately, 20 homework assignments will be counted for the marking period. All homework must be signed by parent/legal guardian.
Tests/quizzes will be given weekly with notification in advance. Tests will not be given during last period. Tests are only 1 form of assessment which will be averaged into the final grade for each marking period.
Projects will also be factored into the grading system for that particular subject. Most times a rubric will be submitted as a guideline to ensure the highest grade possible.
Submission of late homework/projects will result in a 5 pt reduction for the grade of that particular subject.
Grading Policy: Tests/quizzes/Projects = 50%
classwork = 20%
participation = 5%
behavior = 5%
Collaboration + Communication = Success!
Please contact me with any concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or use google classroom to check for updates on assignments and communication. It will be a pleasure and honor to work with you to ensure success for your child.
Ms. M. Ortiz