Syllabus

           CHARLES T. KOONTZ INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 305 Overlook Road Asheville, NC 28803 828.684.1295 http://www.buncombeschools.org/


Mrs. Karen Hough

Room 621

Email: karen.hough@bcsemail.org

My Philosophy

I fully expect every child to be successful in my classroom.  I have high expectations of myself and hold my students to a high standard.  Students today are competing in a global world and need global skills to be successful.  Communication is a strong basis for learning these skills and then applying the skills in a variety of circumstances.  Students need to be creative and develop the ability to think BEYOND.  All students think differently and I plan to foster this differentiation in my classroom.  Students need to see that sometimes there is no right or wrong answer.   

I also believe in a student’s healthy academic, social, emotional, mental, and physical development.  Boys and girls at this age are changing rapidly and every day is a new day.  My goal is that everyday is also a successful day.

ELA Standards: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/curriculum/languagearts/scos/


ELA Overview:


  • Whole Group - We will utilize the EL Curriculum to read and analyze grade level text.  The EL Curriculum (https://eleducation.org/) combines rigorous, standards-aligned content with effective instructional practice, bringing together the “what” and “how” of literacy success.  It integrates reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills applicable to the 5th Grade Standard Course of Study.


  • Small Groups and Literacy Centers- These flexible groups will allow students to work on skills and strategies that meet their specific individual needs in a small group setting.  This time will be to focus a variety of language arts skills, including, but not limited to:

  • Fluency

  • Vocabulary/Word Study

  • Comprehension

  • Writing

  • Grammar and Mechanics

  • Research/Project-Based Learning


  • Independent Reading –The classroom library and media center are available for students to choose independent reading books.   


Social Studies Standards:  http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/curriculum/socialstudies/scos/


Social Studies Overview:  

Continuing the history, geography, civics and government, economics and culture strands from previous grades, fifth grade expectations will address change and continuity in United States history.  Students begin the study of United States history with American Indian groups indigenous to the United States before the arrival of European settlers and conclude with the Civil War and Reconstruction period.  Students will focus their study on the same time period as in fourth grade, but will transfer their understanding from the state to the national level. Learned concepts will be applied within the context of American history.  We will utilize the History Alive! curriculum.  


Grading Scale

Buncombe County Schools Grading Scale:     100 - 90 = A 89- 80 = B 79 - 70 = C 69 - 60 = D Below 60 = F


Throughout the year, we will use a variety of assessments, including but not limited to:

  • Mid-Unit and End-of-Unit Assessments

  • Writing and Open-Ended Assessments

  • Benchmark Assessments

  • NC Check-ins (3 times a year)

  • ELA EOG Test


Grade Percentages

Homework/Participation = 10%        Classwork/Notes = 20% Mid-Unit Assessments/Quizzes = 30% Final Unit Assessments/Projects = 40%


Late Work

  • Work missed due to absences, tardies, etc. are NOT considered late work.  Students will have 3 days to make up assignments due to these situations.

  • Work that is not turned in on time will have 10 points taken off each day that it is late.  After the assignment is one week late, the student will only receive half credit.

  • Other situations will be discussed on an individual basis.


Classroom Expectations

  • Come prepared for class :

    • Pencils/Pencil Pouch

    • Homework

    • Materials

    • Positive and ready-to-learn attitude


  • Optional:

    • Water bottle with only water in it

    • Healthy, individual-sized snacks (packet of crackers, granola bars, fruit, etc)


  • Please do not bring:

    • Cell phones and personal electronic devices

    • Fidget spinners, slime, focus cubes, and other distracting items.  


  • School-Provided Computer Expectations:

    • Devices are a privilege, not a right.  

    • Devices should only be used for the content covered in class.

    • Devices should only be out at teacher-approved times.

    • Students should stay on task while on the device.

    • Students are expected to follow all expectations outlined in the Buncombe County Device Agreement.



* Anything that becomes a distraction to the learning environment can and will be taken and given back at the discretion of the teacher.


Supplies Needed for Language Arts and Social Studies Class:

  • Notebook paper

  • 2 Composition or Spiral Notebooks  (1 for ELA and 1 for SS)

  • 1 Pocket Folder with prongs-Yellow (if possible)

  • One 1 & ½ inch binder with 5 dividers with pockets and tabs

  • Pencil Pouch with scissors, glue sticks, coloring supplies, pencils

  • Earbuds for computer use

  • Kleenex , Clorox/Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer (Hough’s homeroom only)

 

Classroom and School Expectations

PBIS, L.E.A.D, and The 7 Habits

The staff at Koontz encourages and expects all students to be leaders.  We use a system called PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Support), which is based on the ideas of encouraging leadership skills and positive work habits, as well as consistently enforcing ground rules and expectations throughout the entire school day.   We reward positive behavior through  Our school uses the acronym L.E.A.D, which stands for Leadership, Empathy. Accountability, and Determination.  These four ideals lay the groundwork for our PBIS system.  In each area of the school building there are L.E.A.D expectations.  Failure to comply with these expectations will result in a fair consequence, which will be assigned by the staff member in charge at that time.  I will strictly and consistently adhere to our school’s plan. For more information, see the PBIS section of the Koontz website, or see the Koontz Handbook.  Part of the mission at Koontz is to prepare each student for the 21st century.  We have adopted Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as a guide to help us ripen our students for the obstacles and challenges that lie ahead of them.   

The 7 Habits

  1. Be proactive

  2. Begin with the End in Mind

  3. Put First things First

  4. Think Win-Win

  5. Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood

  6. Synergize

  7. Sharpen the Saw

For more information on the 7 Habits go to the following website:

http://www.theleaderinme.org/the-7-habits-for-kids


Communication

From me:

Early, regular, and on-going communication between home and school is the backbone of a student’s healthy academic, social, emotional, mental, and physical development. Additionally, my webpage is an excellent “go-to” source.    Here, you can find a class schedule, syllabus, homework assignments, helpful web links, wish list, field trip information, grading policy, student candid pictures, and student projects.  Individual student feedback will also be forthcoming on a regular basis.  

To me:

I have an open door policy.  I encourage family members to come and observe ANY

TIME.  However, I ask that if a family member needs to speak with me, he or she contacts me in advance.  This way, critical instruction and student learning will not be interrupted.  Also, if a family member wishes to volunteer to participate in our classroom, please let me know so we may coordinate details. Students and their family members may contact me ANY TIME via email.  I will always try to get back with you within 24 hours.  If for some reason you have not heard from me, please send another email.  When pertaining to student success, I believe there can NEVER be too much communication!  


Our school uses the acronym L.E.A.D, which stands for Leadership, Empathy and Respect, Attitude, and Discipline of Self.  These four ideals lay the groundwork for our PBIS system.  In each area of the school building there are L.E.A.D expectations.  Failure to comply with these expectations will result in a fair consequence, which will be assigned by the staff member in charge at that time.  I will strictly and consistently adhere to our school’s plan. For more information, see the PBIS section of the Koontz website, or see the Koontz Handbook.