Dear 5th Grade Students and Family Members,
Welcome to 5th Grade at T. Harry Garrett Elementary School! We hope that you are as excited about the upcoming year as we are.
Courtesy, respect, and behavior are important parts of school and home life. We expect the same things from your child that we imagine you expect at home. Students should not interrupt when we are speaking nor should they talk when other any adults are speaking (a parent, a Principal, or another teacher). Students should show their peers the same courtesy by not interrupting each other. When we are in class students should stay on topic and of course students should always follow school rules and help keep our classroom and our building neat and clean.
We do not anticipate behavior problems, but if issues do arise we will contact you. You should also feel free to contact us. We communicate best through emails and texts (see our contact information at the bottom of the page). If a major problem arises we will step out of the classroom and call you immediately.
We post homework, test, and project information on Remind 101. Codes will be sent to you for each subject. We also update grades frequently in Infinite Campus. Please check with the school office if you do not know how to access your child’s grades. We are happy to meet with you to conference about your child’s work if at any time you have questions or concerns. Following is a chart providing you with information on how we grade. The same grading percentages and policies will apply for all fifth grade subjects.
We want every student to be an active participant in class. This does not mean answering every question, but it does mean staying on task, answering (or attempting to answer) when called on, and volunteering to answer on at least a few occasions.
Written homework in math is usually assigned every day. Every student is expected to read at least 30 minutes at home each day. This can be independent reading, reading to a sibling, a parent, a grandparent, etc. It is especially helpful for struggling readers to read aloud and then be asked questions about what has been read (comprehension check). Science and Social Studies homework will vary with the unit being studied.
Classwork is expected to be completed when it is assigned – in class! If not, then it is often assigned to be finished at home in addition to other homework.
Short quizzes will be given in all subjects on a routine basis. Some will be announced and some will be given as “pop” quizzes.
We will have announced tests in all subject areas. Students should expect to study for tests at home, particularly in Science and Social Studies. We will have projects, some of which will be done at school and some of which will be done at home. All projects will be announced well in advance with instructions given along with completion dates.
This is the Richmond County grading scale:
A = 100-90 B = 89-80 C = 79-74 D = 73-70 F = 69 and below
Thank you in advance for your help in making the 2017 – 2018 school year successful for your child. Although this will be a challenging year academically, we are looking forward to a great year full of fun and learning. Our goal is to provide the best possible learning environment for each and every child. Thank you for entrusting your child to our care.
Lynn Haynes Fonda Patterson
5th Grade Math and Science 5th Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies
Lynn HaynesEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgGrade(s):5Subject(s):Math