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Back to school


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Back to school

  1. 1. Welcome! 2007 – 2008 School Year Brigg Chaney Middle School English, Ms. O’Connor Grade 6
  2. 2. Agenda/Topics to Be Covered <ul><li>Volunteer Sign Up Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Important Dates </li></ul><ul><li>Grading & Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul>
  3. 3. Volunteer Sign Up <ul><li>Please see one of the composition journals </li></ul><ul><li>Possible jobs : </li></ul><ul><li>1. Photocopying </li></ul><ul><li>2. Filing </li></ul><ul><li>3. In-Class Writing Coach </li></ul><ul><li>(training will be provided) </li></ul><ul><li>4. Guest reader (live or audio-taped) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Treat Donator </li></ul>
  4. 4. Important Dates <ul><li>Outdoor Education Parent Information Night : </li></ul><ul><li>October 24, 2007 at 7:00 PM </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences: November 9 & 12, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor Education Field Trip : </li></ul><ul><li>Trailblazers: January 7 – 9, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Pathfinders: January 9 – 11, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Cost $80.00 </li></ul><ul><li>Aquarium Field Trip: </li></ul><ul><li>Trailblazers: February 11, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Pathfinders: February 13, 2008 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Grading & Reporting
  6. 6. Grading “Goals”: <ul><li>For the entire marking period : </li></ul><ul><li>10 – 13 Formative Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>For the entire marking period : </li></ul><ul><li>3 – 4 Summative Assessments. </li></ul><ul><li>* As a result, each assessment will become about 5% of the overall grade . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Homework/Class Work Completion <ul><li>Homework/Class work for completion is 10% of the students’ overall grade. </li></ul><ul><li>If these assignments are at least attempted, full credit will be awarded. </li></ul><ul><li>For example , if a homework assignment has 5 questions and the student has answered all 5 questions, the student still will earn 5 points. This is true even if errors exist. </li></ul><ul><li>Note : If a student does not make a good faith effort, his/her grade can be lowered. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Formative versus Summative Assessments <ul><li>Both are “Checks for Understanding” </li></ul><ul><li>Formative Assessments can be retaken. </li></ul><ul><li>If a Formative Assessment is retaken, the reassessment grade is the final grade, even if the reassessment grade is lower than the initial grade. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Because we are measuring mastery. </li></ul><ul><li>Summative Assessments cannot be retaken. </li></ul><ul><li>This type of assessment is at the end of a learning sequence. A Summative Assessment will not be given unless a Formative Assessment has been already taken. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Formative Assessment Retakes? <ul><li>1. Must come in for extra help. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Must schedule a time for the retake. </li></ul><ul><li>3. The assessment can be retaken until the </li></ul><ul><li>learning sequence is over. </li></ul><ul><li>*Most often, this will be before the </li></ul><ul><li>Summative Assessment on that topic. </li></ul>
  10. 10. 50% is the … <ul><li>lowest a student can earn on any given assessment </li></ul><ul><li>For example : If a student gets 3 correct answers out of 10 questions, he/she will earn a 50%. </li></ul><ul><li>is lowest a student can earn on an assignment--as long as it is turned in by the deadline . </li></ul>
  11. 11. What constitutes a zero? <ul><li>A zero will be earned if an assignment is not turned in. </li></ul><ul><li>A zero will be earned if a student cheats or attempts to cheat. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Due Dates & Deadlines <ul><li>A due date is the day when the assignment “should” be turned in. The assignment can potentially earn FULL CREDIT. </li></ul><ul><li>A deadline is the last day the assignment will be collected for credit. Note : the highest a student can earn if turning the assignment in on the deadline is 90%. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes the due date & the deadline can be the same day. </li></ul><ul><li>Generally speaking, the deadline is a day or two later than the due date. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Classroom Behavior <ul><li>Respect self. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect others. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect property. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Extra Credit & Learning Behaviors <ul><li>No extra credit will be given or accepted. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a Countywide Policy. </li></ul><ul><li>The county is focusing on the mastery of curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Middle School Comments” will report on </li></ul><ul><li>learning behaviors and skills at Interims. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a little yellow sheet. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Meet Ms. O’Connor <ul><li>Masters in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Plus 30 Graduate Credits in </li></ul><ul><li>“ Integrating Technology into the Curriculum” </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Science Degree, K – 8 Education Certification </li></ul><ul><li>This month, I will begin my 14th year of teaching. Over the years, I have taught various positions. As a matter in fact, I have experience teaching every grade level ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. </li></ul><ul><li>I am a part-time adjunct instructor for Washington College. Since 2001, I have taught 3 graduate level courses for its Masters of Education program. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Mission for my students <ul><li>I want my students to set goals and to develop responsibility for their own learning. </li></ul><ul><li>I believe that it is important for middle schoolers to have the opportunity to explore individual areas of interest. </li></ul><ul><li>I also encourage children to develop an appreciation for diversity. </li></ul><ul><li>My hope is that my students will appreciate that the application of knowledge is very powerful. </li></ul><ul><li>I design my lessons to enrich my students reading, writing, and thinking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, I hope their souls will be nourished by our kind and respectful classroom community. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Check out Edline for: <ul><li>For upcoming assignments </li></ul><ul><li>For reminders </li></ul><ul><li>To see your child’s grades </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: You should have received your Edline Account in the mail. Your child received his/her account today. It is taped into his/her planner. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Data Sheet <ul><li>The top table gives a range for the Lexile score . </li></ul><ul><li>Publishers usually write text books at a particular lexile level. Looking at the table you could say, most sixth grade texts are written at the 850-1050 lexile level. </li></ul><ul><li>Seventh grade texts are usually at the 950-1075 level. And 8th grade texts are written on the 1000-1100 level. If a student is in 7th grade and his lexile range is 975-1025, he is capable of reading 7th grade texts and understanding it. If a 7th grader's lexile range is 650-800, he's probably going to struggle with his 7th grade texts. </li></ul><ul><li>The bottom charts shows median (middle) scores and mean (average) scores for Fall and Spring administrations of the MAP-R . These are national norms. </li></ul><ul><li>Posted by : Laurie McLeish and Evie Wallace, Reading Specialists </li></ul>
  19. 19. Thank you for coming! <ul><li>I am so excited for an awesome year of learning! </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for supporting your child and his/her education. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a Course Syllabus and/or an Expectation letter on the way to your next class. </li></ul><ul><li>Questions or comments : </li></ul><ul><li>Please leave me an index card, call me or email me at your earliest convenience. </li></ul>