We are off to a great start! Students have spent time learning procedures in their classes, lunch and throughout the school. They have done a great job.
Each student has a copy of their weekly schedule for math, language arts, science and social studies, and the time they change classes.
Parents, your student's Math home opportunities to learn (homework assignments) can be found by clicking the "Homework" link within this site. This work provides valuable information about student's thinking and understanding of the current concepts being studied. Please remind your student to try and use their Math Journal as a resource to guide them through the process. This is an important step in the student's academic success.
In addition to a math workbook, the students will also have a math journal. This journal will contain vocabulary words and examples of how it applies to math concepts. Their journal should go home each night and used as a reference while completing their assignments. The students have been instructed to make sure their journal is in their back pack Monday through Thursday. Students have also been instructed to write questions in their math workbooks as they complete their home opportunities to learn. At the beginning of each math class, they are asked to review the previous day's concepts and vocabulary words. This provides an opportunity to have an open discussion among the students, which is an important aspect of their math success. This discussion also provides and opportunity to challenge their thinking and help them further develop their critical thinking skills.
The students have been instructed to check the website for assignments when absent. The student is expected to make-up the work assignments and have them completed within the next two school days. If your student is absent for more than one day, please remind them to discuss their missed assignments or tests with me as soon as they return to school. If you plan to pick up any assignments when your student is absent, please contact the office and leave a message to include the approximate time the information will be picked up. If possible, please let us know early in the day so we can have it ready prior to your arrival.
Koontz Intermediate 5th graders are studying "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." We focus on these habits in classes throughout the day. Students have written first quarter goals for themselves for each of their classes. They are reminded weekly to think about them and ask them if they are starting their day with the "end in mind."
My email address is posted at the top of this page. I check email before 7:20 a.m. and after school is dismissed. In the event I have after school duty or meetings, it may be later than 4:00. I will try to answer any emails within 24 hours. Thank you for your patience where this is concerned.
Thank you so much for your help at home. I am enjoying getting to know your student and look forward to a productive year.