PROCEDURES for Successful Fifth Graders
DISCIPLINE: Empowering students to self-manage through training is essential to the climate of respect in the classroom. Students who are responsible, self-motivated, and self-managed cause very few problems and contribute greatly to the well-ordered classroom. Every homeroom class in 5th grade has a discipline book which travels with the class to other teachers. If students make an unwise choice, they will receive a verbal warning and then the next misbehavior will result in a mark in the book. If the student receives two behavior marks in one school day they will have after school detention the following day. On the day the child earns the detention, a detention permission slip will be sent home that the parent must sign. The form will need to be returned the next day with the student. Detention will be held after school Monday-Friday. Detention will be from 3:45 until 4:15. During detention students must be working on schoolwork or reading an AR book. We hope this approach will deter inappropriate behaviors at school and allow all students to focus more on their academics. We will be emphasizing classroom procedures in the first few weeks of school so your child will be clear about what our expectations are in the 5th grade.
ENTERING THE CLASSROOM: Students are never allowed to enter the classroom unless a teacher or other authority figure has instructed them to do so. Upon entering, students should stand silently behind their chair until they are asked to be seated.
WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY: All students walk down the hallway on the first tile from the wall. When walking as a class, the line leader will stop at each designated stopping point and wait for the teacher to ask them to continue. There is to be no talking in the hallway.
RESTROOM BREAKS: No more than four students are allowed in the restroom at a time. No horseplay will be tolerated and talking is not allowed. We take a group break after the noon recess. Students can go to the restroom from class as needed when they are working on an assignment but not during instructional time.
ASSIGNMENTS: All assignments completed according to the directions, done neatly, and finished on time will be accepted and graded. A correct heading of the student’s name and number are a part of the required directions for every assignment. Unacceptable/late assignments will be noted in the student’s agenda.
Assignments are generally due the day after they are assigned. Daily assignments not turned in when collected by the teacher will be considered late.
Should a student choose to work on an assignment from a different class when the current teacher is instructing or when they should be working on an assignment for the current class, that assignment will be removed from their possession and discarded. However, students will be allowed to work on another class’s assignment or read an AR book when the current class assignment and teaching has been completed.
Assignments will be kept in the appropriate section of the expandable file until they are collected.
ABSENT/LATE WORK: If a student is absent, they will have the same number of days absent to complete their work. It is the student's responsibility to write ABSENT on the paper or it may be considered late. Late daily assignments can only earn 50% of the grade. Assignments due during the first five weeks of the quarter cannot be turned in after progress reports are sent home. Any work assigned after that date must be turned in prior to the end of the quarter.
REDO PAPERS: Assignments below 70% may be redone for a higher grade except for a late assignment and quizzes or tests. Redo papers must be done on a separate sheet of paper, stapled to the original paper, and returned in a timely manner. The original grade and the new grade will be averaged together for the final grade.
AGENDA: Every student will be required to have an agenda which must be signed by a parent or guardian every evening. Each teacher posts their assignment for the day, and students are given time in class to copy them down. If your student does not have their agenda filled out and signed, it will be recorded in the discipline book. Parents can hold students responsible by asking to see the completed assignment listed in the agenda.
CELL PHONES: Phones are to be turned off and stored in the student's backpack for the day. They will be allowed to turn them on when they are dismissed at the end of the day. If this procedure is not followed, the first time the student will be reminded of the procedure and aksed to turn the phone off. The next time the teacher will take the phone to the principal, and he will keep it for the day. The second time the phone is sent to the principal, the parent or guardian will be required to pick the phone up during normal school hours.
STUDY HALL: We offer a study hall at the end of the day for the students to work on homework, read silently, take AR tests, check agendas, go to the library, work on Lexia, or visit with other teachers. Students who did not pass the fourth-grade reading and/or math tests will be involved in the RtI process. They will be working to strengthen those skills.
SUPPLIES: Students are expected to always keep sharpened pencils and erasers in their backpacks and extra notebook paper in the expandable folder.
THURSDAY FOLDERS: Valuable information and graded assignments will be sent home in this folder. Students will ask their parents to sign the folder after reviewing the work with the student, and then students will return the folder by Monday at the very latest.
OTHER PROCEDURES: Each teacher will have procedures that are unique to their classrooms. Students are expected to learn and follow all procedures of the school, fifth grade, and the individual classes.