Frequently Asked Questions
- Will my child receive letter grades?
- How will I know about homework and special dates?
- How much is ASP?
- Can I volunteer in the classroom?
- Does 4th grade take the ITBS?
- What should my child bring home everyday?
- How can I best reach you?
- How much homework should I expect?
- What is differentiated instruction?
Will my child receive letter grades?
Yes. This is the first year that the students will receive letter grades.
A=90-100, B=80-89, C=74-79, D=70-73, F=69 and below
If your child receives a poor grade, please talk to him/her about this. And
please remember that there are many grades that factor into the final report
How will I know about homework and special dates?
Please check my website often for homework assignments and upcoming events.
The main communication tool, in regards to assignments, will be your child's
agenda. This is where your child will write down all pertinent information,
including daily homework assignments. The agenda is a great tool to use
because it helps children become organized and accountable for their work.
Please check your child's agenda every night and have them SHOW you the
work. After they do this, please initial the bottom to let me know you are
aware of their responsibilities.
How much is ASP?
ASP is $7.00 per day.
Can I volunteer in the classroom?
Sure! I love to have volunteers. If you have special areas of interest or
expertise such as science or story telling, please let me know. If you
would like to volunteer to help in other capacities please let me know as
Does 4th grade take the ITBS?
No, they do not. In elementary school, first, third and fifth grade take the
ITBS. Fourth graders will take the CRCT in the Spring.
What should my child bring home everyday?
Each child needs to take home his/her Homework Folder and agenda daily. There will be
some days that books will be taken home. Please check for math, spelling and GUMS workbooks as well.
How can I best reach you?
The best way to reach me is by email. Please feel free to send in a note or
call the school if that's the best way for you to reach me.
How much homework should I expect?
Personally, I do not believe in giving hours and hours of homework. I
understand there is life after school. :) However, you should expect
approximately 40 minutes of homework. Most days, the children are given time
in class to get started and/or finish the work. If it is taking hours to
complete it, please don't continue. You may write a note or send an email to
explain the circumstance.
What is differentiated instruction?
Carol Ann Tomlinson
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy
The Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
From an interview with Leslie J. Kiernan, 1996
Differentiated Instruction is based on the following beliefs: Students
differ in their learning profiles
Classrooms in which students are active learners, decision makers and
problem solvers are more natural and effective than those in which students
are served a "one-size-fits-all" curriculum and treated as passive
recipients of information
"Covering information" takes a backseat to making meaning out of important
The key to a differentiated classroom is that all students are regularly
offered CHOICES based on their learning styles, interests and prior
Differentiation means getting the best out of every pupil so that they are
able to show what they know, understand and what they can do. Differentiated
teaching is a process which includes planning curriculum aims, teaching
strategies, resources, teaching methods and ways of interacting with pupils
while giving special consideration to:
differentiation between pupils according to ability
the different ways pupils learn
the different speeds at which pupils learn
As well as the above, differentiation between pupils also occurs in
attitude, background, gender, support etc. The following show the ways that
differentiation can appear:
in the planning
in the teaching
in the learning
in the feedback to pupils