Preparation for Class
Students are responsible for completing all class assignments and homework on time. Failure to do so indicates a lack of serious preparation for class. Incomplete homework assignments will result in demerits and/or detention, and will ultimately affect students’ effort grade on the report card.
Daily performance of students is assessed by the teacher. Examination of copybooks and worksheets for neatness and completeness of work, as well as class participation, are part of the overall report card grade.
All students must be encouraged to use copybooks properly. Students should not tear pages from copybooks, skip pages, or use their copybooks as a drawing or scribbling pad.
Students are expected to:
- Give attention and respect to the teacher at all times
- Show respect and concern for other students by a willingness to listen,
share, and take turns
- Actively participate in class by responding orally or in writing as
Educational research has shown that homework is an essential ingredient to academic success. Homework is assigned so that concepts and material previously taught will be reinforced. Homework includes both written and study assignments. Students should work independently on homework assignments and projects. While this does not preclude parental help or interest, the assignment should not require undue parental assistance or supervision. Parents should not complete the student's assignment because this action deprives the student of an important educational experience and it teaches them to be dishonest.
Following are the time allotments for homework:
Grades 1-2 -- 30 minutes Grades 3-4 -- 60 minutes Grades 5-6 -- 90 minutes Grades 7-8 -- 120 minutes
A structured, scheduled homework period is strongly recommended, and homework should always take precedence over other activities. The message should be that school is the number one priority.
Consistent failure to complete homework assignments will adversely affect the student's effort grade.
When students are absent, it is their responsibility to obtain homework and whatever else was missed. Regulations regarding this will be discussed in each homeroom early in the year. If, in an emergency, you must call the office for homework, do so before 9:30 a.m., so that the teacher has ample time to gather the student's work and books for pick-up after 1:30 p.m.
The planning of family vacations during the academic school year is strongly discouraged. If there are special family circumstances, please contact the principal. Teachers are not expected to provide assignments in advance. All work, however, must be made up after the child returns to school. Students may access the teacher website for homework assignments or ask for the assignments upon their return. The student will have 10 school days from date of return to make up the assignments. It is the responsibility of the student to make up any schoolwork that has been missed during vacation. Any work not made up may affect the grade that the student receives in a particular subject area. Teachers cannot re-teach the material missed by vacationers, but will assist students in their efforts to complete assignments in a timely manner.
A summary of students’ progress is available on line through My Students’ Progress, the online communication system. This program allows parents to monitor their child/children’s progress on a regular basis.
Report cards are issued three times a year, in December, March, and June. Parents are asked to sign the report card envelope and return it to school the following school day.
Students in grades 5-8 will be awarded honors at the end of the third trimester.
First Honors - 93 cumulative average or above in each subject and a 3 or 4 in effort and conduct.
Second Honors - 88 cumulative average or above in each subject and a 3 or 4 in conduct and effort.
An Awards Assembly will be held during the last week of school and the following awards will be given:
Highest General Average - One child in grades 5-7 from each homeroom. Effort - one boy and one girl from each homeroom - grades 1-7
Christian Attitude - one boy and one girl from each homeroom - grades 1-7
Infractions for conduct will not be used to deduct points from any academic subject; however, it will be reflected on the Personal Development Behavior section on the report card.
Arrangements for parent-teacher conferences can be made in writing to suit the convenience of both parties whenever deemed necessary for the benefit of the child. Parent conferences are not to be conducted before school or after school unless requested by the parent or by the teacher in advance. The time before school should be dedicated to teacher preparation. When requesting a conference, please state the nature of the concern, so that the teacher will be better prepared to address it. Should a problem arise concerning any child, parents should feel free to discuss it with the proper school authority – the teacher, the principal, or the pastor. Due to confidentiality, please make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns that you may have. Stopping a teacher in the hall, lunch room, and recess yard or when he/she is with a class breaks that confidentiality.
The Terra Nova test is administered each year to students in grades 3-8. The results are communicated to parents and are utilized by the school for curriculum planning.
The primary purpose of school assemblies is educational. Being part of an appreciative audience is a learning experience; therefore, every student is expected to show proper respect and courtesy at this time.
These educational experiences are planned by the teacher to enhance students' academic development. Permission forms for the trip must be signed by the parent; if a child fails to return the signed form to school, he/she will not be permitted to attend. Any student whose behavior has been consistently uncooperative or disruptive may lose the privilege of participating in a field trip. In the event a student is not permitted on the field trip, he/she must come to school and complete work that has been assigned by the classroom teacher.
Eighth grade students who have completed the prescribed course of study and maintained a suitable discipline record are eligible for graduation, if all financial obligations have been met. Procedures for graduation are determined by the Administration and 8th grade teachers.
Participation in closing exercises is a privilege, not a right. The school has the right to restrict any student from participating in closing exercises if, in its view, the student’s conduct, or academic or disciplinary record indicate that the privilege should not be extended.